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Accountability, transparency, good governance and open data

Open data refers to data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and shareable. As an enormous resource that can generate considerable social and economic value, open data is characterized with the following important components:

Availability and Access: the data must be available as a whole in a convenient and modifiable form and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading from the internet.

Re-use and Redistribution: the data must be provided under terms that allow re-use and redistribution including the intermixing with other data sets.

Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, re-use and redistribute, with no discrimination against fields of attempts or against persons or groups.

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The use of open data, especially open government data, is known to have many potential benefits including in improving individual decision-making, business solutions, and governance transparency/efficiency. However, despite its promising potential, the current legal, financial and technological restrictions greatly hinder us from fully unleashing the possibility of open data. Therefore, more efforts from various sectors are needed to make public data more open and accessible.

Our aim is to support the efforts of the civil society in the countries of the Eastern Partnership, including individual activists, organizations media, and other actors, to promote the use of the open data for a better governance and public oversight of the work of, above all) the institutions of the state.

The means of support range from re-granting, capacity building events, such as training, fellowships and study visits, to sharing experience among the Slovak and foreign experts.

Our activities in the field of Open Data are supported from the Transformative Governance and Finance Facility, a UNDP project, supported by the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic.


The quality of open data is extremely important. They can give a clear image of our governance

August 15, 2017 - Monitoring-Analytic Group CIFRA was founded in 2009 by Nazar Boyko, and during the 8 years of its existence, it has become one of the key players in the field of elections monitoring, research and analysis in Ukraine. CIFRA focuses on work with the analysis of electoral data and deploys international observation missions. Read the interview with Nazar Boyko, Director of the CIFRA Group Ukraine. 



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