Environmental statistics 10% open

South Africa

What data is expected?

A selection of deforestation, pollution statistics (air and water pollution), as well as information on extractives activities, and their concessions/licences.

  • Air pollution levels
  • Water quality
  • Extractives activities
  • Deforestation
  • None of the above

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Available free of charge No I cannot ascertain if data from the DWS's water information system is given freely after access to the locations is granted. Data from the other two departments is available freely.
Publicly available No The DWS only gives access to the water data on their water information system on specific locations. The DEA and the DAFF provide access to reports of their data online on their websites.
Openly licenced No There is no explicit open licence and appropriate legal framework governing the use of the data.
Up-to-date No The air pollution data on the South African Air Quality Information System (SAAQIS) seems to be updated daily and on a platform supported by Google Earth Technology. However, the DAFF's published reports on afforestation and other forestry information seem to have last been provided for 2013. I cannot ascertain if the data on the DWS's water information system is up to date.
In an open and machine-readable format Other pdf
Digital data No I cannot ascertain this for the DWS because I could not get access to their water information system due to time constraints of this project.
Print data No I can ascertain this either for the DWS.
Collected by government Yes Three government departments collect data on various dimensions of the environmental statistics specified for this survey.
findable_steps I searched for the relevant dimensions of environmental statistics specified for this survey. I selected the relevant hits for the specific data required, which was the websites for the three government departments.
characteristics Air pollution levels, Water quality I could only find data on afforestation from the DAFF and not specifically deforestation.
Controlled access No Data from the DWS's water information system is only accessible when one applies for access to specific locations where the information system can be accessed.
Collector name The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) collects data on water quality. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) collects data on air quality. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) collects data on afforestation.

Meta data

Data location   Unknown
Data licence   Unknown
Data format   Other
Reviewer   Mbongeni Hlabano
Submitters   anonymous
Last modified   Thu May 03 2018 20:40:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)