This essay collates news and public discourse identified by members of the Research Data KE Working Group that are of interest to thinking about the COVID19 epidemic in/from/about Kenya. We are particularly interested in archiving and tracking how media and other public channels are discussing the epidemic in order to identify relevant research resources and translate our individual experiences and data into collective knowledge that can support communities. We plan to use this information to better identify and collate existing qualitative/ethnographic research resources across diverse thematic areas relevant to thinking about and working on the COVID 19 global pandemic. We are collaborating on this project with the Transnational STS COVID-19 Project.
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These artifacts have circulated either on Kenyan mainstream or social media and we believe are relevant to understanding how the public is interpreting & experiencing COVID19 and its effects in Kenya.
How is COVID-19 knowledge and expertise moving across national borders? How are researchers outside dominant institutions of knowledge production organising? What new collaborations and synergies are being formed? How are they working?
What data infrastructure supports efforts to understand and respond to COVID-19? What data is being generated to better understand COVID-19 and where is it being stored/analyzed/collected and to what effects?
These are existing and newly created research reports and data which we identified as possibly insightful for understanding Kenyan experiences of COVID19. They may or may not be explicitly about COVID-19.