The government of Sierra Leone launched a data portal on water and sanitation. The portal displays data analysis features, maps and raw data from the 28,000 water points mapped in 2016.

The open website is a joint initiative led by Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Water Resources and has been set up using open source technologies provided by Akvo.

dws-akvo-wash-portal-sierra-leones-map-350px  All 28,000 water points mapped in Sierra Leone.

Sharing data on water
The aim of the data portal is to publish data for the WASH indicators as established by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 6 on water.

Additionally the website aims to simplify the way data is shared so all stakeholders can work more efficiently.

Information available includes: water supply access and functionality, water supply and sanitation facilities for households (including newly completed wwtp Kenema on top photo), current sanitation and latrine coverage, and data on demand for latrine emptying services.

Baseline monitoring
The idea is that all progress on water and sanitation facilities in Sierra Leone will be measured, compared and published on this portal over the next 13 years.

This way, the baseline and subsequent monitoring data will provide an important foundation for water sector planning and strategy development of the WASH sector in Sierra Leone.

dws-akvo-sierra-leone-engineers-350pxLocal water engineers are trained to familiarize themselves with the open access data tools provided by Akvo.

Field surveys
The platform uses the latest open source technology developed by Akvo, a not-for-profit foundation specialized in open source software.

One of Akvo’s latest products is Akvo Lumen. It lets people process the data of field surveys even if they are not data specialists, and produces graphical displays on a dashboard

Akvo developed a multi-language tool for collecting, evaluating and displaying any quantity of geographically referenced field data - using smartphones and an online dashboard.

Akvo’s tools are used worldwide to monitor and evaluate improvements to infrastructure and services, and make informed investment decisions based on accurate, current data.

See portal: Wash data Sierra Leone

This news item was originally published on the website of Akvo.

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