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OPORA and Techsoup are joining forces to set standards around good practices for opening public data making it available for citizens’ usage in Ukraine. We promote the use of open public data and its implementation in online services across sectors by all community members, with a focus on transparency and accountability tools for civil society.

Apps4Cities or "Дані міст" is an initiative of the Civil Network OPORA and TechSoup supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The project focuses on the importance of open data and its role in strengthening democracy by providing citizens a tangible way to hold governments more accountable. More open and transparent public information encourages citizens to take ownership of their local government activities, helps create a “smarter” community, and improves the overall quality of life for its residents.

Apps4Cities combines:

Analysis of open data in Ukrainian cities:

A research of the current situation of open public data in Ukraine will show how legal requirements are implemented on the city level in different regional centers of the country, as well as how civil society actors are currently taking action to respond to existing state of affairs. The research will be followed by a series of public information requests to numerous Ukrainian cities, to bring more data to the table and boost a national discussion over public data. Lessons learned from public officers throughout the process will be used to prepare recommendations on opening data for Ukrainian public offices.

Education and information campaign

Apps4Cities promotes civic engagement around open data to enhance government transparency and accountability to the local citizenry. Building on successful experiences of the first edition of Apps4Cities, this time TechSoup and OPORA are focusing on developing open data resources and capacities locally, in close collaboration with public and non-governmental partners from five cities selected in an open call. Apps4Cities builds a unique bridge between local NGOs, civil society and public administration in regards to access to open public data.

After selecting 5 cities (applications from both NGOs and local administration are eligible), the project team together with a local NGO partner organization will organize in each locality:

A series of meetups to catalyze the local support and build community of open data advocates and stakeholders with an aim to involve civil society in the process;

Support for the local authorities in working with data (basics of open data, data cleaning and publishing, including data audits and analysis in each city as well as preparing legal and organizational framework for data management in the future).

Across the five localities, Apps4Cities is also:

Data Academy, a two weekends-long educational program for all open data stakeholders. The aim of the Academy is to provide practical knowledge about data aggregation, visualization, and analysis. Participants will also explore creating an online presence and digital portfolios, developing requirements for digital projects, external promotion of their work, and how to effectively work with social media to engage the community;

Datathons, weekend long events to experiment and play with data to solve real life local social problems. Just because data is opened, does not make it useful or usable. Hosting datathons to prototype an app or tool will provide a concrete and timely example to demonstrate what is possible through the utilization of open data;

Scaling one chosen solution emerged through a series of datathons across the Apps4Cities network and possibly beyond, including abroad locations.

An open call for pilot cities: June 20 – July 10, 2017

The first round of meeting in five selected pilot cities: July – August, 2017

Data audit and open data policy implementation in five pilot cities: August – November, 2017

Data Academy Course: August – October, 2017

Datathons in three cities: November – December, 2017

Initiative results and further action plan will be presented in February, 2018.