Open knowledge sweden

We carry out research and policy-related work and are trying to create a community of change agents to make the most of data and technology for public good in Sweden and beyond.

project starting in 2021 on Open data for civic participation: Sweden, Belarus and latvia

Open Knowledge Sweden together with the NGO Mana Balss (My Voice in English) in Latvia and with Belarusian partners is launching a project on open data for civic participation. This project will be implemented with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programme for NGO co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region.

The goal of the project is to exchange knowledge and experiences between the NGOs in Sweden, Latvia and Belarus about the availability and the use of the open data for civic participation, and ultimately to make civic activism more informed and effective.

Governments around the world are promoting and involved in efforts to achieve greater openness, transparency and trust in the public sector. This includes the disclosure of data, i.e. such as meteorological, geographical, statistical and legal, in order to improve the quality of public services and enhance data-based decision making. However not all data is available in open format that is easily accessible and reusable. With more emphasis on business necessities there is less awareness about data needs of citizens. Our project will improve the capacity of civic organisations to better communicate with their target groups about and with open data, and initiate learning networks between the three countries, which have different levels of data availability and maturity (see the Open Data Barometer).

The target groups of the project are:

  • NGOs /CSOs working with and/or engaged in open data-related topics

  • Data holders in the public sector

  • Academics

  • Policy-makers

The project will deliver case studies on open data readiness and use for civic participation in Sweden, Latvia and Belarus. The case studies will form the base for the Digital Transformation Handbook aimed at civic activists, public sector representatives and policy makers. We will carry out awareness-raising activities to engage stakeholders in discussions about the situation with open data and to understand their needs to enable actions towards further data openness. At the end of the project, a strategic document will be developed to map out the framework for further cooperation.

Feel free to get in touch if you would like to join our initiative!

Contact:

Alina Ostling, co-chair of Open Knowledge Sweden: alina.ostling@gmail.com

Project website: https://openup.open-knowledge.se/

Tel. +46 720 388 681




New project to open up public procurement in Sweden

A project to support release and reuse of public procurement data is being launched by Open Knowledge Sweden and the Swedish Agency for Digital Government (DIGG), probably the first project in Sweden to trace and visualise public procurement patterns with the involvement of both data suppliers and data users.

The Open Procurement project - funded through VINNOVA’s (Sweden’s innovation agency) first ever Civic Tech call - will develop an open source platform to make procurement easier, more transparent and efficient. It will contain a dashboard that visualises public procurement patterns and features that allow user-friendly analysis of the data, while the data will be published automatically (by API) on Sweden’s open data portal. The platform will make it easy for public institutions to open up their procurement data and facilitate the reuse of data . "DIGG will be actively involved in the project by opening up its own procurement data (‘accounts payable’), by sharing knowledge about the procurement process in the public sector, and by hopefully becoming a driver for change for other public institutions", says Kristine Ulander, Digital Strategist at DIGG.

The internationally renowned School of Data-model will be used to involve stakeholders (journalists, companies, civil servants) in the platform development and to coach them in harvesting and visualising data. For this purpose, we are partnering with the Swedish Association of Investigative Journalism (FGJ), the Open Contracting Partnership, which is a not-for-profit working in over 50 countries to transform procurement for the public good, and Transparency International Ukraine, the creator of the acclaimed project ProZorro, which is the most impactful example of opening procurement data.

The 15-month project will hold regular stakeholder workshops and finalise a platform prototype by June 2021. Based on an assessment of the data published on the platform and on feedback from stakeholders, the project will produce guidelines and recommendations on how to improve the release of public procurement data in Sweden. The project will host a discussion around procurement data needs in June 2020. With this project we, together with our partners CivicTech Sweden and DIGG, hope to further the use and utility of public sector data, and to catalyze new initiatives across sectors in Sweden, with the aim of generating fresh information flows around procurement data between public officials and civic actors.

Feel free to get in touch if you would like to join our initiative!

Contact:

Toni Mickiewicz, co-chair of Open Knowledge Sweden: tonimickiewicz@gmail.com

Project website: https://openup.open-knowledge.se/

Tel. +46 760 073 321