Open Duka FAQ

What does Open Duka do?

Open Duka is a tool that visualises relationships of Kenyan entities.

What do you mean by entities?

Entities include people, organisations, companies, committees, institutions, agencies, you name it.

It’s completely free?

Yes! Open Duka is completely free to use and available for reuse from our Github repository.
Open Duka is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license.

You are free to:
  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

However, you have to provide appropriate attribution to Open Duka and indicate if you’ve made any changes to the work. You can copy/paste the following code to your website or blog to use:

 <div xmlns:cc="" xmlns:dct="" about=""><span property="dct:title">Open Duka</span> (<a rel="cc:attributionURL" property="cc:attributionName" href="">Open Institute</a>) / <a rel="license" href="">CC BY-NC 3.0</a></div> 

What does duka mean?

From its simplest meaning, duka is a place of meeting, a place of exchange.

Where did you get your data from?

The data that’s currently available was scraped from the Kenya gazette, Hansards, World Bank contracts, NSE listed companies and procurement websites. We’re working hard on incorporating more information from different sources soon.

How do I use Open Duka?

Open Duka can be used to mainly show connections of interest. The data can be downloaded freely and be referenced to, through the use of the API or the embed code.

How can I use a visualisation on my website/blog?

Go ahead and click the embed visualisation button at the bottom of the visualisation on a page and copy the embed code generated. The visualisation will be shown as it appears on Open Duka page. This means that, even as the connections are increased for the particular entity, they will also show on your blog automatically.

What tools did you use to build Open Duka?

PHP was used for scripting, MySQL was used to store the data and jQuery to generate the visual images. The code is available from our Github repository.

How can I contribute to Open Duka?

We’re glad you asked. You can contribute to the project in the following ways:
  • Build the code
  • Incorporate your data
  • Tell a story
  • Give us your feedback

How can I report a bug or make a suggestion to improve Open Duka?

You can contact us easily using our feedback form, send us an email or Tweet us @OpenDuka


Our database contains information on people, companies and organisations, as well as their linkages at specified periods of time. While we make every attempt to make this information as accurate as possible, we take no responsibility for its authenticity. The current information is derived from the Kenya Gazette, Handsards and procurement websites. We will be incorporating more information from different sources soon.

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