this is a crosspost from the NICAR-L list, so sorry if some of you get
While preparing a data journalism training for Ghanaian journalists I
have a question on researching official data in Ghana:
Maybe somebody on this list has experience with the Ghana Statistical
Service (GSS) or can get me in touch with somebody who is experienced in
getting data from them for journalistic purposes?
It seems to be very hard (or at least very inconvenient and slow) to get
data from the GSS as a journalist. One has to download a data request
form (http://www.statsghana.gov.gh/DataRequest.html) fill it in, include
an outline of the study you need the data for. There are some
constrictions like you may not publish the data. The whole process seems
to be targeting science rather than journalism or the public.
The most inconvenient thing, however, is that you have to name the data
you would like to have without knowing what they actually have on offer.
They outspokenly ask you to not get in personal touch with them. I sent
them an email nevertheless asking for help. As an answer they just
pointed out I should used the data request form.
I am sure there are other ways to gather data on Ghana than via the
official GSS. But then again, the state often has the best data
available. So I am eager to learn if there is any way one can approach
GSS (even if it takes time) or handle their ways of supplying data.
Every hint is highly appreciated! Thank you very much.
P.S.: There's no FOIA in Ghana.
Björn Schwentker, Datenjournalist
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