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Open Oil wiki launched in Uganda

Open Oil and the Uganda Radio Network (URN), a media partner of Twaweza in Uganda have come together to create a the first open source reference for the Ugandan oil industry.

Drawing on their experiences of creating similar references for other oil-producing countries, particularly those in which reliable up-to-date data can be hard to come by, an Open Oil researcher will be putting together the initial guide with support from URN and other stakeholders.

Moving forward, URN journalists will be responsible for updating and adding new content to ensure that the guide remains relevant and useful.

The reference guide, a wiki, was launched at an event in Kampala with the support and guidance of Oil in Uganda.

The wiki will be available at http://oil.ugandaradionetwork.com/

Twaweza is supporting the creation of this resource as part of our commitment to the open agenda. The guide should be a useful tool for journalists and stakeholders wishing to engage in informed debate about the sector that has the potential to transform Uganda.

The launch of the wiki was covered by Voice of America. Patience Atuhaire of Uganda Radio Network is quoted. 

“The more information that people have, the more they are empowered to say, ‘But look, our government is not doing right in regard to this process or this procedure.’  It’s important to put this out, and then when people have it they will choose what to do with it,"   

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