Datasets can be searched using keywords, or browsed. The OpenAfrica platform uses a search engine to offer several ways of finding the data; users can view all the datasets to see everything that is currently available, or search by keyword, category or department/agency. Some datasets provide guidance on accessing its data, provided as associated metadata. You can also browse datasets by public body, by nation, a-z listing, as well as subject tags.
Datasets are available for download in various formats including PDFs, XLS, CSV, ZIP, and DOC. Some datasets are available via the site's API,