OPEN DATA – ACTIVE CITIZENS
The conference “Open Data – Active citizens”, organized by the Citizens Association MOST took place today. The goal of the conference was to promote the web portal “Right to know” (Pravo da znaes), a project that is being implemented by the Citizens Association MOST. The aim of the portal is to present the changes within the society in Republic of Macedonia through researching and comparing different types of data (demographic, economic, social, election results) related to all municipalities in Republic of Macedonia.
The panel discussions underlined that this kind of resource that would collect all relevant data into one spot and offer unique way of using the available information throughout the society, will contribute towards documented debate and objectively direct the public discourse towards the real citizens’ concerns.
Mr. Andrew Stott, Former Director of Transparency UK, brought his attention on several comparative examples in the fields of open data and the ways the same ones to be presented with aim to be more understandable and used by the citizens.
Mr. Darko Aleksov stated that the portal is a starting point that will contribute towards a different view and understanding of the statistical data. According to Aleksov, the portal will contribute towards having more informed citizens about the conditions within the society, which in the future will have an impact on their activity and involvement in the democratic processes.
Mr. Dragan Antonovski presented videos that were created by using the portals resources related to the migration in the Republic of Macedonia. The aim of his expose and presentations was to show the benefits of this tool for media and journalists and he offered a new dimension of obtaining data and their presentation to the public.
Mr. Saso Macanovski-Trendo, stressed that taking into consideration his experience within the IT processes, this portal is an excellent visual tool for research and it will be well visited and used, especially by the young generations of internet users.
The conference was attended by experts in the fields of social science, representatives of bodies and institutions responsible for collecting and processing statistical data, representatives of the municipalities of Republic of Macedonia, international community, as well as representatives of civil society and media.
The project “Right to know”, is being implemented by the Citizens Association MOST and it is financially supported by Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD), Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and by the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Republic of Macedonia.
The web page of the project is http://www.pravodaznaes.mk