I love data. Few months back I was ranting to a colleague that there is no reliable health data online about Nigeria; then I was looking though the scientific journals for the prevalence rate of hypertension and type II diabetes. But I could not find any recent data. Then I discovered NIGECS [http://www.nigerianlgaclassification.com/index.html"].
Though not the ideal databank yet, NIGECS gives a fresh insight into what a web-powered data mining and presentation can do for Nigeria. The website, the first interactive repository of its kind, presents geographical and statistical information about the 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) in Nigeria.
One can quickly see where the super wealthy lives, or regions where school kids are not in schools because of cost, etc. Data presented are from the National Bureau of Statistics for each of the 774 LGAs collected in 2006; so it’s a bit aged, but this very very relevant.
It will be great if like minds can come together and build-up this tool. The usefulness can not be quantified! It’s open-sourced and peer-reviewed, according to the creator, Dr. Adegbola Ojo.
For me, this is the best discovery of 2010!
Hat-tip: Nigerian Health Watch blog.