I've always been fascinated by the secrets that a dataset can reveal with a little coaxing. The most innocuous dataset can tell such interesting stories by leaking information that you never expected it held.
Code for South Africa and SAFLII (Southern African Legal Information Institute) are currently creating the largest digital repository of freely available gazettes online. It might be surprising to hear but you can only access gazettes at a number of libraries and only in paper format. Digital versions are only available behind paywalls and cost a fortune to access. We need help digitising them so that we can preserve South Africa's history.
We simply don't know enough about who owns what in the corporate world, or beneficial ownership, and this allows companies to get away with corruption, theft, even dodgy dealings with Sierra Leonian warlords. This is not the only reason, but it’s a big part of why Code for South Africa is going after corporate data.