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Czech Open Data Challenge: a showcase of amazing transparency apps

- December 7, 2017 in competition, czech republic, network, network updates, OK Czech, Open Data, Open Knowledge Network

This blog post was written by the Czech Republic Open Knowledge team as part of our blog series of Open Knowledge Network updates.  In the fifth edition of Czech open data challenge, interested parties from the ranks of the public, non-profit organizations and companies were invited to submit applications that use or generate open data. Applications developed between November 2016 and October 2017 could compete. This year, the competition was dominated by transparency apps. Many of the 24 contestants focused on improving the efficiency of public spending or parliamentary watchdog. Others chose to provide convenient access to information about pharmacies or publishing stats about lawyers. In this blog you can find more information about some of this year’s winners. The winner, Hlídač státu (http://www.hlidacstatu.cz, State watchdog), is a strong tool of control over public spending. It connects a registry of contracts with data about donations to political parties and presents it in a comprehensible manner. Michal Blaha, author of Hlídač státu, said that he takes his victory as a commitment. „Open data are making the public administration more democratic and transparent, as they balance the relationship between citizen and officer.” he explained. The second place was awarded to the civic initiative KohoVolit.eu for their Inventura hlasování (Inventory of voting in the Chamber of Deputies in 2013-2017, https://volebnikalkulacka.cz/cs/inventura-hlasovani-2017/). It is a user-friendly way to compare one’s opinions with voting of individual MPs. More than 400.000 people used the app ahead of the latest election. The third place was taken by Databáze prázdných domů (Database of Empty Houses, www.prazdnedomy.cz), which aggregates information about abandoned and decrepit buildings in Czechia. The project aims to save remarkable houses and find new uses for vacant real estate.

Screenshot of prazdnedomy.cz, visualising vacant real estate in Brno, Czech Republic

For the first time in the contest history, the Student prize was awarded to a middle school, Střední škola zemědělská a potravinářská Klatovy. A group of five youngsters led by an enthusiastic teacher spent one weekend at school to create interesting visualisations over real time data of the Czech parliamentary election: http://volby.maleskoly.info/ The Otakar Motejl Fund award for projects which increase government transparency, was given to CityVizor (https://cityvizor.cz/), a joint effort of Ministry of Finance and an alliance of cities. It is a unique example of the government cooperating with local administrations and helps to present city budgets and spending to citizens and allows the municipalities to share IT expenses. A special award went to the Czech Open Street Maps community, for their tireless effort of providing detailed and up-to-date map data. Being openly available, they are an invaluable resource for many successful businesses as well as civic initiatives. Another positive sign is, that political parties themselves start to leverage the power of open data and civic apps. The political party STAN for example built a mobile app which tracks votes and attendance of their MPs. The winners were awarded with prize money (up to 20 000 CZK), security software or trainings in online marketing.

Updates from Open Knowledge Czech

- July 24, 2017 in network, OKF Czech Republic, Open Data Day

This blog post is part of our summer series featuring updates from local groups across the Open Knowledge Network. This post was submitted by the Czech Republic Open Knowledge team In the Czech Republic, the Open Knowledge local chapter is led by the Otakar Motejl Fund, an NGO focused on government transparency and civic participation. Spring was a very busy time for Czech open data community. We celebrated Open Data Day by bringing together the publishers of government data and their users ranging from businesses, the academia, NGOs etc. A successful hackathon took place in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic and succeeded in spreading inspiration to two other cities. Expanding the enthusiasm from the capital to other regions is a sign of the maturity and wide spread of the openness movement.

Open Data Day – showcasing and discussing data at Open Data Expo

We celebrated Open Data Day by taking a close look at the state of Czech open data. At our Open Data Expo, 12 public offices opened little stalls with their data. That gave them an opportunity to have a chat with actual or potential data users and get feedback and encouragement for further efforts. Nearly 150 people showed up! We also invited numerous speakers to help us get familiar with new trends in open data: news from the 2016 OGP summit or the practical application of open data. The keynote speech was given by Emma Doyle, the Head of Data Policy for the National Health Service England. She presented UK´s best practice in opening data in the health sector and promoted the potential of open data to help with the quality and efficiency of services, accountability and patient choice. Ms. Doyle also participated in two other roundtables tailored for healthcare experts and activists. The first presentation was on the open data model used by the British healthcare system: participants present included stakeholders from the ministry, hospitals and Parliament. The second was a discussion on the comparisons between Emma´s personal experience from the UK and the practices and experiences of guests from Czech businesses and NGOs. The discussion revealed that the main impediment to the growth of open data in the Czech Republic is not that of a technical know- how. But rather, the willingness of stakeholders to change their mindset and see beyond the possibility of someone misusing data and understand and appreciate the potential of open data for the good of Czech Republic.

BrnoHacks – one weekend and 7 new apps for a better life in the city

Between 26th to 28th May, Brno was the epicentre of the biggest Czech open data Hackathon BrnoHacks. After three successful hackathons in Prague (2014 – 2016), we decided to move to Brno, another city with great open data potential. More than 50 programmers, idea makers, data analysts and urbanists met at the South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC) to create applications and visualisations to address problems of living in Brno, to show the benefits of open data and to encourage the city of Brno in publishing them.   At the hackathon, seven teams focused on projects based on data from the city, O2 and Kiwi.com. The winning project called BrnoBot is a messenger chatbot prototype which integrates multiple data sources. It helps people to find their way around the city and it provides info about the city. The second best team – Who 8 my taxes – dedicated its time to a project that enriched Brno budget data by adding demographic data from the last census and political affiliation of municipality representatives. Data was also turned into interactive visualisations to illustrate money redistribution, utilisation and efficiency of city departments and municipalities. The third place winner Liberty – open demography describes various repetitive patterns in inhabitant’s movement through various city regions, the demographic structure and use of public space a and relaxation areas. You can read more about the seven teams and their projects here.

Openness spark spreads across the country

One of our biggest achievements is that we inspired various groups to run their own open data hackathons. In May, the City of Ostrava, Impact Hub and Keboola invited open data fans to create a new open data portal. At the beginning of June, the Innovation Centre of Usti Region (ICUK) organised mobility open data hackathon aimed at regional data. The winner of this hackathon was a project of a travel ticket in the form of a chip card that allows gathering detailed data from the city transport and thus helps to improve it. Last, but definitely not the least, in September there is going to be the biggest open data hackathon organised by the public sector in the Czech Republic. Seven public institutions will join forces to show how public open data can be used and linked to each other and we are a proud partner.  Contact Michaela, the Coordinator of the Local Group for more information and follow their activities on twitter: @okfncz

Vývojáři, přihlaste své aplikace do open data challenge

- September 30, 2015 in aplikace, Featured, Open Data, open data challenge, otevřená data, soutěž, soutěž o nejlepší aplikace

Fond Otakara Motejla vyhlásil třetí ročník soutěže, která oceňuje nejlepší aplikace postavené na otevřených datech. Smyslem soutěže je podpořit vznik nových služeb pro veřejnost a zviditelnit společenský a ekonomický potenciál otevřených dat. Autoři mohou přihlašovat aplikace do 31. října 2015, vítězové získají finanční i věcné ceny. Studenti navíc mohou vyhrát zvláštní cenu, spojenou s odměnou 10 000 Kč. Cílem soutěže je přispět k rozvoji a zkvalitnění služeb pro občany a zviditelnit společenský přínos a podnikatelský potenciál otevřených dat. Soutěžit mohou projekty, které využívají otevřená data či část použitých dat zveřejní v otevřených formátech. Letošní ročník se týká aplikací, jež byly vytvořeny či výrazně upgradovány v období listopad 2014 – říjen 2015.  Pro přihlášení stačí vyplnit jednoduchý formulář. Více informací, včetně seznamu dostupných dat veřejné správy, najdete na webu soutěže. Generálním partnerem je CZ.NIC. Soutěžící mohou využít také technickou podporu partnerů soutěže, jimiž jsou Red Hat, ABRA Software, Microsoft, Huawei a Dobrý web.  

Vývojáři, přihlaste své aplikace do open data challenge

- September 30, 2015 in aplikace, Featured, Open Data, open data challenge, otevřená data, soutěž, soutěž o nejlepší aplikace

Fond Otakara Motejla vyhlásil třetí ročník soutěže, která oceňuje nejlepší aplikace postavené na otevřených datech. Smyslem soutěže je podpořit vznik nových služeb pro veřejnost a zviditelnit společenský a ekonomický potenciál otevřených dat. Autoři mohou přihlašovat aplikace do 31. října 2015, vítězové získají finanční i věcné ceny. Studenti navíc mohou vyhrát zvláštní cenu, spojenou s odměnou 10 000 Kč. Cílem soutěže je přispět k rozvoji a zkvalitnění služeb pro občany a zviditelnit společenský přínos a podnikatelský potenciál otevřených dat. Soutěžit mohou projekty, které využívají otevřená data či část použitých dat zveřejní v otevřených formátech. Letošní ročník se týká aplikací, jež byly vytvořeny či výrazně upgradovány v období listopad 2014 – říjen 2015.  Pro přihlášení stačí vyplnit jednoduchý formulář. Více informací, včetně seznamu dostupných dat veřejné správy, najdete na webu soutěže. Generálním partnerem je CZ.NIC. Soutěžící mohou využít také technickou podporu partnerů soutěže, jimiž jsou Red Hat, ABRA Software, Microsoft, Huawei a Dobrý web.  

French open data connection: drinks & chat with Cédric Lombion

- July 2, 2015 in data visualisation, Featured, Meetup, okfn, Open Data, open data meetup, open knowledge France, otevřená data, School of Data, Události

Cédric Lombion from Open Knowledge France, is coming to Prague with and aim to do an international research about the state of open data. His plan is to meet public project managers and discuss the problems they face when creating open data policies.  And he’s very keen to meetup with Prague’s open data community – developers, datajournalists, students and data geeks of all sorts! Cedric also works as community manager at School of Data, in which he also participates as a trainer with focus on data visualisation. If you’re interested in exchanging experience with a French peer or just catch up with the latest turns of events with #opendatacz, join us! It’s vacation season, so it will be an informal gathering with no set agenda. Everyone can bring a topic or idea to the table. And test various kinds of beers from small local breweries ? When: Wed 15th of July, 7pm
Where: Pivo a párek, Korunní 105 (map)
Please register so that we can reserve you a seat: http://bit.ly/1HzjMLp

French open data connection: drinks & chat with Cédric Lombion

- July 2, 2015 in data visualisation, Featured, Meetup, okfn, Open Data, open data meetup, open knowledge France, otevřená data, School of Data, Události

Cédric Lombion from Open Knowledge France, is coming to Prague with and aim to do an international research about the state of open data. His plan is to meet public project managers and discuss the problems they face when creating open data policies.  And he’s very keen to meetup with Prague’s open data community – developers, datajournalists, students and data geeks of all sorts! Cedric also works as community manager at School of Data, in which he also participates as a trainer with focus on data visualisation. If you’re interested in exchanging experience with a French peer or just catch up with the latest turns of events with #opendatacz, join us! It’s vacation season, so it will be an informal gathering with no set agenda. Everyone can bring a topic or idea to the table. And test various kinds of beers from small local breweries :) When: Wed 15th of July, 7pm
Where: Pivo a párek, Korunní 105 (map)
Please register so that we can reserve you a seat: http://bit.ly/1HzjMLp

Prague Hacks – the City’s Biggest Ever Open Data Hackathon

- April 24, 2015 in blog, city data, civic hackers, Featured, hackathon, open city, Open Data, Prague, Události

Between June 12th and June 14th, 2015, in a marathon creative hacking session, local hackers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and creative people of all stripes will be invited to come together on a single mission: to improve life in the City of Prague, using the city’s own open data. The event, dubbed “Prague Hacks: Improving City Life,” is a non-profit event; the largest of its kind, and will be held at the popular open working space Node5 as well as being live streamed online. The City of Prague, through its  Institute of Planning and Developent, will provide reams of data, including geodata, data on transport, crime and safety, elections and government, as well as land use and more. The event is for anyone with an interest in the city- not just programmers. More information and registration: www.praguehacks.cz “Prague’s data have a great potential and the hackathon is a chance to unlock it,” says Jiří Knitl of Otakar Motejl Fund. “When we organized a similar event last year we were amazed by the results – in less than 48 hours, 6 new apps and visualisations were created. “We believe that Prague Hacks will bring even more ideas and insights which would help to improve quality of life in our capital,” he added. Sponsors Vodafone Foundation, Microsoft and IBM will provide hundreds of thousands of Czech Crowns worth of sponsorship in the form of software licenses and hosting for new projects that result from the Hackathon, and eligible participants will be invited to present their results to the reSITE conference, taking place June 18th and 19th in Prague. Eligible non-commercial projects will be invited to join the Vodafone Foundation Accelerator, and eligible commercial projects will be fast-tracked for the StartupYard Acceleration program with up to EUR 280,000 of seed investment available.  

Prague Hacks – the City’s Biggest Ever Open Data Hackathon

- April 24, 2015 in blog, city data, civic hackers, Featured, hackathon, open city, Open Data, Prague, Události

Between June 12th and June 14th, 2015, in a marathon creative hacking session, local hackers, programmers, entrepreneurs, and creative people of all stripes will be invited to come together on a single mission: to improve life in the City of Prague, using the city’s own open data. The event, dubbed “Prague Hacks: Improving City Life,” is a non-profit event; the largest of its kind, and will be held at the popular open working space Node5 as well as being live streamed online. The City of Prague, through its  Institute of Planning and Developent, will provide reams of data, including geodata, data on transport, crime and safety, elections and government, as well as land use and more. The event is for anyone with an interest in the city- not just programmers. More information and registration: www.praguehacks.cz “Prague’s data have a great potential and the hackathon is a chance to unlock it,” says Jiří Knitl of Otakar Motejl Fund. “When we organized a similar event last year we were amazed by the results – in less than 48 hours, 6 new apps and visualisations were created. “We believe that Prague Hacks will bring even more ideas and insights which would help to improve quality of life in our capital,” he added. Sponsors Vodafone Foundation, Microsoft and IBM will provide hundreds of thousands of Czech Crowns worth of sponsorship in the form of software licenses and hosting for new projects that result from the Hackathon, and eligible participants will be invited to present their results to the reSITE conference, taking place June 18th and 19th in Prague. Eligible non-commercial projects will be invited to join the Vodafone Foundation Accelerator, and eligible commercial projects will be fast-tracked for the StartupYard Acceleration program with up to EUR 280,000 of seed investment available.  

Open Data Day 2015 oslavíme pracovní sobotou

- February 4, 2015 in den otevřených dat, hackathon, neziskovky, Open Data, Open Data Day, opendatacz, otevřená data, Události, vývojáři

Letošní den otevřených dat připadá na sobotu 21. února. Komunity nadšenců od Kosova až po Japonsko organizují setkání, diskuse nebo hackathony. Ani Česká republika nesmí zůstat pozadu, Fond Otakara Motejla proto pořádá Data Subotnik, pracovní sobotní odpoledne s otevřenými daty. Cílem je pomoci neziskovkám vyřešit konkrétní problémy a zmapovat stav otevřenosti pražských dat. Přidejte se!

Setkání se uskuteční 21. 2. od 16:30 v Brmlabu (Bubenská 1, Praha 7).

Cílem je propojit neziskovky, které řeší nějaký problém s daty a vývojáře a analytiky, kteří jsou ochotni věnovat jim svůj čas a zkušenosti a podpořit tak smysluplné projekty. Zaměříme se na malé problémy a překážky, které jdou vyřešit za jeden večer u piva. Jste-li neziskovka nebo nadšenec a  potřebujete pomoci s menším datovým problémem, hlaste se zde.

Subotnik je ale otevřený všem zájemcům o otevřená data, uplatnění najdou i ti, kteří neumí programovat nebo si chtějí odpočinout od příkazové řádky. Další možností, jak se aktivně zapojit je pátrat po stavu otevřenosti pražských dat a doplnit informace do Open Data Censu, mezinárodního průzkumu úrovně otevřených dat.

Pracovní část setkání potrvá do cca 19h, následovat bude volná zábava a drinky. Moc rádi uvidíme i ty, kteří se nebudou moci zúčastnit pracovní části, ale rádi by se po delší době potkali osobně a probrali novinky z oblasti otevřených dat. Kapacita prostoru je omezená, registrujte se prosím skrze kratičký formulář.

Na místě bude wifi připojení a projektor, doporučujeme přinést si vlastní počítač (či jiný vhodný přístroj).

P.S. nejsme žádní pragocentristi. Proto budem mít velkou radost, když uspořádáte paralelní data subotnik ve vašem městě. Máte-li zájem, ozvěte se (michaela.rybickova@motejl.cz), rádi vám pomůžeme.

 

Open Data Day 2015 oslavíme pracovní sobotou

- February 4, 2015 in den otevřených dat, Featured, hackathon, neziskovky, Open Data, Open Data Day, opendatacz, otevřená data, Události, vývojáři

Letošní den otevřených dat připadá na sobotu 21. února. Komunity nadšenců od Kosova až po Japonsko organizují setkání, diskuse nebo hackathony. Ani Česká republika nesmí zůstat pozadu, Fond Otakara Motejla proto pořádá Data Subotnik, pracovní sobotní odpoledne s otevřenými daty. Cílem je pomoci neziskovkám vyřešit konkrétní problémy a zmapovat stav otevřenosti pražských dat. Přidejte se!

Setkání se uskuteční 21. 2. od 16:30 v Brmlabu (Bubenská 1, Praha 7).

Cílem je propojit neziskovky, které řeší nějaký problém s daty a vývojáře a analytiky, kteří jsou ochotni věnovat jim svůj čas a zkušenosti a podpořit tak smysluplné projekty. Zaměříme se na malé problémy a překážky, které jdou vyřešit za jeden večer u piva. Jste-li neziskovka nebo nadšenec a  potřebujete pomoci s menším datovým problémem, hlaste se zde.

Subotnik je ale otevřený všem zájemcům o otevřená data, uplatnění najdou i ti, kteří neumí programovat nebo si chtějí odpočinout od příkazové řádky. Další možností, jak se aktivně zapojit je pátrat po stavu otevřenosti pražských dat a doplnit informace do Open Data Censu, mezinárodního průzkumu úrovně otevřených dat.

Pracovní část setkání potrvá do cca 19h, následovat bude volná zábava a drinky. Moc rádi uvidíme i ty, kteří se nebudou moci zúčastnit pracovní části, ale rádi by se po delší době potkali osobně a probrali novinky z oblasti otevřených dat. Kapacita prostoru je omezená, registrujte se prosím skrze kratičký formulář.

Na místě bude wifi připojení a projektor, doporučujeme přinést si vlastní počítač (či jiný vhodný přístroj).

P.S. nejsme žádní pragocentristi. Proto budem mít velkou radost, když uspořádáte paralelní data subotnik ve vašem městě. Máte-li zájem, ozvěte se (michaela.rybickova@motejl.cz), rádi vám pomůžeme.