15 workshops on how to work with open data, attended by over 500 officials and CSO’s activists, five data audits which laid the ground for three open data portals and a Good Education web service – these are results of Apps4Cities project that we made together with OPORA Civil Network thanks to the support of National Endowment Democracy.

Everything started with a huge interest from Ukrainian cities. Fifty-five of them applied to our open call of Apps4Cities II. Due to the limited project budget, we could choose only five that we offered a complex process of creating open data policy in cities – workshops, data audits, creating open data portals, and online tools.

We invited city officials and CSO activists to join Apps4Cities. Together they were learning open data methodology and standards. With our experts, they created three open data portals. One of project’s outcomes has become a Good Education service dedicated to children and their parents.

Open Data Education for Officials and Activists

Over 500 officials and CSO activists from five cities attended fifteen workshops on how to work with open data, including collecting, analyzing, cleaning and visualization of it.

Data Audits & Open Data City Portals

Five data audits have been conducted in cities participating in the project – Kolomyia, Rivne, Mykolayiv, Voznesensk and Uzhgorod.  You can read and download them here (in Ukrainian).

Our little “investigation” of the state of the existing arrays of information, namely: where, who, how and in what formats data is stored and/or published, is the first step for any city on the way of  complex implementation of open data policy.

Data audits laid the ground for three open data portals – Kolomyia, Rivne and Voznesensk. Last year we also helped to create open data portal in the city of Lviv.

 

Service Helping Parents to Choose a Nursery, School or a Kindergarten

In the 2016/2017 Apps4Cities edition, we conducted a competition for the best city apps built upon publicly available open data. One of the finalists was #GoodEducation web service, which we helped scale across Ukraine within this year’s edition of the project. It maps nurseries, kindergartens, and schools in Ukraine to help parents choose the best place for their child!

Five cities participating in this year’s edition of Apps4Cities received their local versions of the service.

It was our next great open data adventure. This time we could help only five out of fifty-five interested cities. No worries, we are planning more! Let the data be open!