Measuring the Openness of Government Data in the Balkans

24 May, 2017

Published by Open Knowledge International Blog

Open Data Kosovo is a civic-tech organization that uses technology to contribute towards social good. The organization has created an exciting network of partners both local and international while working on projects related to visualizing procurement data, mapping satellite imagery for human rights violations, data collection and entry of 112 emergency calls, countering violent extremism online, providing digital solutions to public institutions, index measurement of the degree of openness of public institutions visualizing election data, growth of the female coders community, and more. This portfolio made us a trustworthy candidate for the next task from Open Knowledge International measuring the state of openness of government data for the countries in South Eastern Europe; Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Croatia, Albania, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Romania, Montenegro.

We agreed to the task, and thereby the journey of measuring the openness of the Southern Europe countries began. We had a two month period of submissions time which at first glance looked like enough time but that’s always a tricky perspective. The first weeks went relatively calm; we dug up some old contacts in various countries and reached out to our partners and friends who would be interested in submitting to the index. We received positive replies by most of them and I felt calm and confident, but I also had an instinct that is only created by experience of crowdsourcing contributions, so obviously I had a plan B. We asked for help from Arianit Dobroshi, a longstanding friend of Open Data Kosovo who is excited about mapping, openness, and general digital goodness. His task was to help us with the submissions, fill out on whatever country-specific problems may there arise, and make sure tasks are completed.

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