Open Data to Be Taught at Ostroh Academy
May 09, 2017
The Dean of the Department of Political Science and Information Management Vitalii Lebediuk was selected to join the National Network of Open Data Trainers. From April 24 to April 27 he has been taking a course for open data trainers.
The coaching of open data trainers in each field takes place within the framework of The Transparency, Accountability, and Performance USAID Program. The general purpose of the program is financial support of Ukrainian citizens and the government in their struggle with corruption in key services and government bodies, and strengthening of the Ukrainians’ trust in the government based on transparency and accountability displayed and improvement in quality of services provided. The project is aimed at implementation of reforms in public administration and services for eradication of corruption in key fields such as e-procurement, open data and e-services.
«I am extremely glad to have been invited to the National Network of Open Data Trainers. Our current goal is to implement open data strategies at local level and teach civil servants and everyone who is interested in promotion of the concept of open data. On one hand it is crucial to not only teach information managers to submit the information in machine-readable format (in accordance with the Government Decree 835) in a proper way, but also to show how local authority can benefit from open data, making their municipality more attractive for business, science, IT and other stakeholders. Therefore, we decided to integrate a course of Analysis and Visualisation of Open Data into the curriculum of political science and journalism students of the National University of Ostroh Academy. This thorough course together with additional ones will contribute to the advance of high quality data analysis and data journalism that implies analysis of vast arrays of information and its representation in an interesting and clear way. Open data analysis facilitates creating necessary conditions for politicians, civil servants and citizens to make conscious decisions. Moreover, according to a recent reports a data analysis specialist is one of the most wanted and best-paid jobs in IT field. I want to thank the organiser and cool trainers for their support and such an opportunity»,
Ukraine took the 24th place in The Global Open Data Index, which was published on 3 May 2017 by a community organization Open Knowledge International (Cambridge, UK). Ukraine shares the 24th position with Austria and Slovenia. It is a significant improvement since previous time our country took the 54th place. The leaders are Australia and Taiwan while Myanmar has taken the last place.
The Global Open Data Index is an independent assessment of the level of publication of priority open data from the point of view of civil society. The Index encompasses 15 key datasets namely budget, public procurement, national statistics, weather, register of companies, laws and bills, election results, air and water quality, landowners and geographical data.
The rating of Ukraine has improved due to publication of open data in ProZorro system and the launch of the Unified Web Portal of the Use of Public Funds and the Unified State Open Data Web Portal.
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