Better Demographic Data for Improved Planning and Problem Solving in South African Cities

The proposed Lightning Talk presents an open data platform, SCODA, developed for the South African Cities Network by Open Data Durban to facilitate an evidence-based approach to city planning. It is being used to predict demographic trends at the ward level (the smallest South African administrative unit) of South African cities, and overcome limitations in current demographic data. This tool provides an innovative step in addressing gaps in population data by improving accuracy of current migration and population growth analysis to assist in more accurate spatial planning and land use planning. The demographic trends analysis provides an example of the potential of the SCODA portal that will be used to store city related data, and allow for government and community stakeholders to store and analyse a range of information that can be used to improve quality of life in urban areas