Journal: KE Data Share Working Group


Agenda: What's next?

    • Idea: Surfacing data better (so that we avoid asking repetitive questions of the same communities.) Have we fully exhausted these other places where we could be looking for alternative secondary data? How do go about identifying them? Making that knowledge available/public?

      • Context: Nairobi history and the data that feeds into/makes Nairobi history. What is easily available? What is missing and should/could be made more available?

        • Proposed next steps:

          • 1) Identify what data is available (RE: Nairobi history). Where/what formats? What stakeholders do we need to involve?

          • 2) Input curated versions into RDS, with permissions.

          • 3) Develop analytic questions related to questioning the always build-in margins:

          • 4) Might this be relevant for some of the research classes taught to be integrated into syllabi/coursework? Perhaps sharing this out as a resouce for Nairobi-based faculty teaching research methodology?

March 19, 2020 NOTES


Aurelia (Eider Africa); Jimmy (BIEA librarian); Rapudo Hawi (Kijijiyeetu; smart villages – trying to strengthen village units in the county;; Leo (Intelipro/Quotidian Data); Angela (UC Irvine Anthropology/Quotidian Data)


Given the state of the world right now, it could be particularly interesting to think about how we might be able to collate existing research data that ties to COVID19 issues. 

What previous research projects have taken place that are relevant to thinking about and working on the COVID 19 emerging crisis? Where is the data? What formats are available? Where are they? What access do we have?

Use it not to repeat but to build up further (future) interesting research.

Aurelia: e.g. How does the idea of handwashing work out in informal settlements? What coping strategies exist? Interpersonal relations? What questions would be interesting in that space?

  • There has been a LOT of research on handwashing under the notion of “WASH projects”. Can we get access to it? Need to get access to the donor reports/data on people’s laptops.

Brainstorm of types of existing projects/research themes that could also be relevant for understanding the sociotechnical dynamics of COVID19:

  • Informal economy

    • Markets - Gikomba traders – not enough

  •  Informal settlements

    • WASH

    • (Measures by gov’t have been about comfortable life – hand sanitizers, etc. Access to water is a problem in many of these parts… not about hand sanitizer…)

  • Schools/edtech

    • What does virtual education look like?

    • Online learning – not an area so developed. What opportunities are emerging from having this? How are teachers coping and students?

    • Edtech research

  • Mobility infrastructure

    • Does Railway museum have any data on movement of people, past and present?

  • Nairobi culture

    • Dynamics that shape our livelihoods.

    • Looking at culture that emerge in Nairobi such as genge, sheng, mababi

    • Dynamics of livelihood based on societal needs that attract people such as makongeni, Jericho, buruburu, kileleshwa, karen, runda, westlands

  • Pharmaceutical supply chains

  • Ebola Research

    • How did countries manage ebola? What systems did they put in place? Lots of research and actual data from ebola. How healthcare systems can handle pandemic even their current structures right now?

To Do:

  • Add further to the above brainstorm list.

  • Angela to set up a doc to add to:

  • Circulate this blurb online while we have 30 days (at least) of “cognitive surplus” to enlist more people to our group:

    • “As natural scientists collaborate towards developing vaccines for the global pandemic, we invite social scientists to similarly work together to translate our individual experiences and data into collective knowledge that can support communities. Join the Research Data KE Working Group if you are interested in collating existing qualitative/ethnographic research resources across diverse thematic areas relevant to thinking about and working on the COVID 19 global pandemic. Sign up here.”

  • Share in the new whatsapp group relevant materials from other whatsapp groups/Twitter/news, etc. esp. News clippings; research reports; etc. etc. These do not have to be “Africa”-specific but it will be interesting to see the kinds of materials that get circulated and how other countries are also talked about.

    • Angela will archive those into RDS platform for us to look at together; can inform our understanding of the media narratives related to this pandemic and be object of analysis in the future.

  • Aim: collate as much of the available and relevant qualitative/ethnographic data that could somehow tie into/inform current/future work on COVID19 (and other global health pandemics). 

  • Investigate:  How much relevant research data currently exists in portals?

    • Start with Open Data portals

    • Move to our existing networks via orgs and individuals. Find out if researchers will mind sharing with us their research reports.

  • Next meeting: Thurs April 16 5 PM Nairobi:

Additional organizations to involve:


  • Info held within media.

  • Roping in media representation. Newspapers. Lots of social media. Local data. Sometimes not published.

Rope in organizations – within the working group, orgs on board. Data – because of how we are penetrated by donor-led projects, lots of data is within orgs. So seeing how we can have them help us know what has been done.




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March 3, 2020

Critical Commentary

AO: This text artifact includes the agenda and notes for the Working Group established out of the Archiving KE event at the end of 2018. Find full proceedings from that event here. The audio recording of this meeting is available here.


Angela Okune