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Open Budgets Index: A survey by OK Greece on open budgets of public sector bodies in Greece

- March 28, 2018 in Greece, OK Greece, open budget survey, Open Data Index, OpenBudgets

Within the scope of openbudgets.eu, a project funded by the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme, Open Knowledge Greece (OK Greece) conducted a survey on the availability of open public budgeting data in Greece. Then, our team created an interactive map that allows users to check the scores of their municipality or regional administrative unit. You can visit openbudgets.gr to check out the map.

Open Budgets Index: Greek Municipalities General Index (March 2018)

The Open Budget Index was inspired by Open Budget Survey and the Open Data Index. They both underline the importance of open public data for the promotion of transparency and building public trust. Open budgets in particular, if used properly, have a strong potential in the creation of participatory budget mechanisms.

Open Budgets Index survey step-by-step

This survey takes a look at what happens at the local level by examining municipalities and regional units in Greece, a country that struggles with the application of open data law, even though it’s been four years since the adoption of legislation.

Open Budgets Index: Greek Municipalities License scores (March 2018)

In order to measure the existence as well as the quality of the available budgeting data, a number of criteria was set, such as data resources (based on accessibility), license, data format and the existence of budget monitoring tools.

Survey key findings

Based on the survey results, 300 out of the 325 municipalities in Greece do publish some form of budgeting data on one of the official state resources: the document sharing platform Diavgeia, data.gov.gr (the official public data repository) or the municipality official website.

Open Budgets Index: Greek Municipalities Resource Formats scores (March 2018)

However, the available documents and data vary immensely in format, level of detail and consistency. The majority of the available budgets (81%) are PDF documents. 9 out of 325 municipalities make good use of the official public data repository data.gov.gr, while just 17 offer budget monitoring tools of some kind. In addition, 96% of the available budgeting documents are published under undefined license. The results for the regional administrative units are similar. All 13 institutions publish budgeting documents but only two units offer machine-readable content and one out of 13 sources is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Open Budgets Index: Regional Units General Index (March 2018)

By conducting the Open Budgets Index Survey, apart from providing Greek citizens with detailed information about the state of open budgeting data in their regions, we also suggest a step-by-step method for open data research. Our approach is based on yes/no questions and basic indicators, such as resource, level of detail and data format, that are easily understandable within the national context. Looking closely at the survey results, we draw the conclusion that administrative units in Greece are willing to open up their data but there is still lack of understanding of what open data is and how it can benefit not only the citizens but also the administration itself. Thus, this survey is designed in such a way, that allows administrative units to easily read their open budgets profile and recognise the exact steps they need to make in order to open their budgeting data and improve their index score. Taking this project one step further, we suggest that the solution lies within adopting common prototypes and formats, collectively. Data homogenization might reduce the existing open data costs and allow applications like openbudgets.eu to work effectively for the public benefit.
This survey was conducted as part of Open Knowledge Greece’s commitments within the context of the Third Greek Open Government Partnership Action Plan 2016 – 2018;  Commitment 30: Open Data Index for cities and local administrations and Commitment 31: Linked, Open and Participatory Budgets.  

OK Greece sings an MoU with the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT)

- June 9, 2017 in OK Greece

On Friday, June 2, Open Knowledge Greece (OK Greece) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), regarding the sharing and the analysis of transport data in the city of Thessaloniki, with the aim to predict traffic and improve mobility in the street.

From left to right: Dr Jose Salanova – HIT’s Research Associate; Dr Charalampos Bratsas – OK Greece President; Dr Evangelos Bekiaris – HIT’s Director and Dr Georgia Aifadopoulou- HIT’s Deputy Director-Research Director

HIT’s Director Dr Evangelos Bekiaris and Dr Georgia Aifadopoulou, HI Deputy Director – Research Director welcomed OK Greece President Dr Charalampos Bratsas at the Institute offices. Following the signing of the agreement, Mr Bratsas stressed:
Today, we made another step towards the efficient use and management of data in the interests of citizens. We are very happy about this cooperation and we hope for its long-term growth.

When asked about the aim of the agreement and HIT’s benefit from its cooperation with OK Greece, Mr Bekiaris said that HIT wants to take advantage of OK Greece’s know-how on the field of data analysis, in order to highlight its own data for the common good of both Thessaloniki and the rest of Greece, in a reliable and secure way that will open the data to the largest possible public. Among others, Mr Bekiaris also mentioned the benefit of this effort to the end-user. More specifically, he said:
This MoU gives us the opportunity to operate data platforms, through which businesses will be able to derive the data they need, for free, in order to take initiatives and develop new services. There has not been such a thing in Greece yet, as there is in Finland, for example, but, along with OK Greece, we can develop something similar in the transport sector to allow Greek SMEs to use data and create new services, helping the public and the economy as a whole.
Dr Georgia Aifadopoulou described the agreement as the beginning of a pioneering innovation for Thessaloniki, which will also have a multiplier effect for the rest of Greece. According to her, the HIT has been running a living lab on smart mobility in Thessaloniki for years, noting that it has been recognised at the European level by introducing Thessaloniki to the official list of the EU smart cities. The lab gathers real-time information, through an ecosystem, built by a joint venture of local institutions, such as the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Region of Central Macedonia, as well as the TAXI and commercial fleet operators. This ecosystem processes the available information, providing citizens with plenty of services, regarding traffic, the road conditions etc. She also stated that through this collaboration with OK Greece, we manage to open our data, also persuading other bodies to follow our example. Our goal is to expand the existing ecosystem and promote the exchange of know-how on open data. The choice of Thessaloniki, participating in a relevant competition, as the first city at the European level to pilot the Big Data Europe – Empowering Communities with Data Technologies project in the field of mobility and transport also constitutes a great opportunity to this direction. Dr Ms Aifadopoulou further stressed that the innovative nature of the MoU lies in the cooperation of bodies, coming from different scientific fields. According to her, data analysis is a big issue. The extraction of knowledge from data is another question. This is why we need both institutions in our venture: on the one hand, the HIT, which knows the field of mobility and on the other hand, OK Greece, which knows how to make the data analysis, offering the needed interpretations and explanations. Via this convergence, we will be able to create new knowledge for institutions, citizens, also improving the management of the transport system in Thessaloniki.   To read more about Open Knowledge Greece visit their website. You can also follow them on Twitter: @okfngr

OK Greece releases Key Performance Indicators Application… and other 2017 updates

- May 5, 2017 in Chapters, Greece, network, OK Greece

This blog post is part of our on-going Network series featuring updates from chapters across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the Open Knowledge Greece team Open Knowledge Greece (OK Greece) consists of a dynamic team of community members who are not only interested in open data, linked data technologies and coding; but are committed to applying scientific results to everyday community activities. This post documents the Chapter’s activities for the 1st quarter of the current year; specifically the period between January to April 2017. Quarter 1 has been a very creative and productive period for OK Greece with many of the Chapter’s activities achieving great results.  One of our main successful achievements has been the release of the KPIs application. Key Performance Indicators or KPIs are a type of performance measurement, a set of quantifiable measures used to gauge an organisation’s or company’s performance over time. These metrics can be used to determine an organisation’s progress in achieving its strategic and operational goals and also to compare an organisation’s finances and performance against other organisations of the same scope. Regarding Public Administration Organizations, such as Local City Councils, Municipalities, or other higher-level authorities; KPIs can provide useful information about an organisation’s performance. KPIs are also a compressed form of information. This is because a huge volume of fiscal data can be summarised in a standardised way, offering a quick overview and better understanding and study over an authority’s effectiveness and performance, as it is reflected by the published fiscal data. It should be noted that KPIs has been developed within the framework of EU Project Openbudgets.eu.

Other events and activities

OK Greece partnered with the Library and Information Center of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to organise a day’s conference, titled Opening our Data Today: Open Governance, Transparency, Participation, as part of the March 2017 International Open Data Day celebrations (ODD 2017). Members of the academic community and professionals supported the openness of research data, stressing that open data can promote science and improve the control of research results. They also noted that the openness of government data contributes to democracy and transparency. On its side, OK Greece emphasised on the need for opening, even more, datasets, other than just working with the available open data. Moreover, OK Greece members presented the OpenBudgets.eu EU Horizon 2020 Project, speaking about the crucial role of linked data in the field of Financial Management and Control of Public Agencies. We also collaborated with the Library and Information Center of the Aristotle University for the “Creating and Verifying Links of Authority Records of the National Library of Greece at Wikidata” workshop. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to be informed about the recent developments in the Semantic Web and in particular about the role of Libraries as a focal point in the development of the Data Web. OK Greece presented its efforts within the Wikidata project and Alignment applications, while participants validated a great number of links, included in the National Library of Greece’s LOD Authority Records at Wikidata. Another important activity of OK Greece was its participation in the“Fake News” in Social Media as Reality Shapers event held by the European Parliament on 8th March. More specifically, OK Greece members and Head of School of Data Greece, Professor of Media Technologies Andreas Veglis travelled to Brussels to speak about the rising trend of “Fake News” in the media and especially on the web.  Mr Veglis gave a speech before MEPs, journalists and professionals, mapping the field of “mocking news”, proposing solutions and emphasising the importance of open data in the fact-checking process.

From left, Andreas Veglis, Head of School of Data Greece /Head at the School of Journalism & Mass Media Communications, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Lidia Ucher, Journalist, Spain; Clara Jiménez, Journalist, Spain; Stelios Kouloglou, Moderator, MEP; Paul Horner, Internet satirical, United States and Michel Christophe, Independent Educator in Critical Thinking, Media Education, France

Veglis gave a speech before MEPs, journalists and professionals, mapping the field of “mocking news”, proposing solutions and emphasising the importance of open data in the fact-checking process. Moreover, OK Greece attended the 9th International Week Dedicated to Maths, held last March by the Hellenic Mathematical Society. We presented on the following: “Analysis of Fiscal Data and Indicators with the implementation of Statistical Learning Algorithms on Semantic Budget Data of OpenBudgets.eu for Municipality” and “Semantic Representation and Implementation of Statistical Learning Algorithms on the Greek NSRF Fiscal Data”.

Kleanthis Koupidis(OK GR COO) and Evangelos Chondrokostas(OK GR Data Scientist) [first and second from right] talk about semantic and data mining techniques to identify possible red flags in NSRF fiscal data.

Both presentations described the Semantic technologies that were used to improve the quality of fiscal data of Greek Municipalities and National Strategic Reference Framework of Greece and the data mining techniques that were implemented to extract useful information from these data. Finally, we collaborated with the Journalists’ Union of Macedonia & Thrace  (esiemth) and the Media Informatics Lab of the School of Journalism & Mass Media Communication (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) in April to organize a two-day Data Journalism Hackathon, entitled “Hackathon Data Journalism: Red Flags in NSRF Programs”, addressing journalists and journalism students. In this framework, OK Greece launched its new Red Flags online application. The Red Flags application uses data from anapyxi.gov.gr, the official website of the Greek Ministry of Development and Competitiveness, which provides detailed information on the implementation process of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) projects, analysing all data available for potential “red flags”. Journalists, who participated in the hackathon, worked in paired groups, investigating possible “red flags” in different NSRF projects. They had the opportunity to conduct a journalistic investigation for some ten days before they present their outcomes on the second day of the hackathon.

Forthcoming

  • Collaboration with Open Knowledge International on Frictionless Data project. We will be  developing a set of tools, standards, and best practices built in open source programming language.
  • Session in Re:publica, regarding Open Data, transparency and technical tools to better understand the world we live in.
The forthcoming months are expected to be fruitful in events and collaborations as well. Τhe GitHub Open Knowledge Greece is strongly active, and other initiatives are commencing with the aim of attracting new members into the open knowledge community. In addition, the chapter endeavours to attain funding from additional research and innovation projects, as there are not fixed incomes and most activities are currently performed on a voluntary basis. Finally, OK Greece has launched a new promotional activity, sending a weekly newsletter to its subscribers, so that all people interested in our vision and activities can join our mailing list.  To read more about Open Knowledge Greece visit their website. Learn more about the Open Knowledge Network by visiting the Open Knowledge International website.  

Open Knowledge Greece release algorithm prototype for analysing budgetary data – and other 2016 updates!

- February 28, 2017 in network, OK Greece, Open Knowledge

This blog post is part of our on-going Network series featuring updates from chapters across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the  Open Knowledge Greece team.

OK Greece Team

Open Knowledge Greece is a dynamic team of community members who are not only interested in open data, linked data technologies and coding, but are committed to applying scientific results to everyday community activities. This post documents the Chapter’s activities for the 4th quarter of 2016. Quarter 4 has been a very productive period with many of the Chapter’s activities achieving great results. One of our main successes has been the release of the Indigo prototype. OK Greece has developed algorithms for time series analysis, clustering and descriptive statistics of budgetary data. These algorithms allow the user to perform different calculations and analysis on the budgetary data and it shows the results visually with charts. Indigo is implemented within the framework of EU Project Openbudgets.eu or with datasets from the Open Spending Package. In the next few months, more algorithms will be launched that will create and reuse fixed budgetary indicators, combining data from different sources.

Other events and activities

The leadership and staff of OKI held their summit in Thessaloniki in November 2016. This presented the opportunity for OK Greece to present its recent activities and initiated discussions regarding OKI projects such as Global Open Data Index, OpenSpending, and OpenTrials. The meet up also helped formed new collaborations that will contribute to the development of these projects. Also, OK Greece arranged a meeting between the leadership of OKI and the Deputy Mayor of Thessaloniki, Spyros Pengas for future collaboration between the municipality, OKI and OK Greece.

OK Greece and OKI staff at Cafe Bazaar, Thessaloniki

We contributed to the “Bring us your ideas. Open and participatory Governance” event which was organised by the Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction. The event started with the re-opening of proposals from the previous event: “Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! Conformation of the Third National Action Plan 2016-2018”. This was to give participating citizens the opportunity to get informed and evaluate the proposals before taking part in the process of forming the new national action plan. We also partnered with the Library and Information Center of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki to organise the “Open Data Index” workshop as part of the “Open Access Week”. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to check whether the 15 datasets of the Global Open Data survey are open in 10 Greek cities. The goal was to research the scale of data openness and accessibility to the public. The Open Data Index also constitutes a commitment of OK Greece to the Third National Action Plan.

Open Data Index for Greek cities hackathon

As Open Data index for Cities becomes available to the public, more citizens and businesses will be motivated to put pressure on more open data in their municipalities.

Another important event that OK Greece engaged in was the OGP Global Summit 2016 that  took place in Paris. We presented on Open Governance in Greece, using the event “Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! Conformation of the Third National Action Plan 2016-2018”, as well as its commitments for the Third National Action Plan. Moreover, OK Greece and the Media Informatics Lab of the Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communication in collaboration with esiemth organised a successful workshop on Data Journalism. Professional journalists and students went through the theoretical and practical stages of creating a data journalism story in a step by step process during the workshop.

Data journalism workshop

With support from the Bodosakis Foundation, we also travelled to Oslo as part of the “NGO’s Program in Greece- We are all citizens”,  and met with organisations and other bodies that work on the action for promoting and strengthening Open Governance, Transparency, Open Data and Open Participatory Budgets. Finally, OK Greece participated in the organisation of the event “Thesshack” along with  Wikimedia User Group-Greece, the SheSharp Greece and the official student chapter of ACM at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The main topic was the improvement of Wikipedia and the CEO of OK Greece pinpointed also the importance of DBpedia- a tool that allows to extract structured information from Wikipedia and publish it on the Web. The event included a workshop that gave the opportunity to the participants to learn more about relevant technologies.

Projects

In the scientific domain, the chapter collaborated with the Master Program on Complex Systems and Networks for the development of the project “ Knowledge and Statistical Analysis of Cinematography Linked Data”. The project focuses on finding and analysing data of enterprises in the Cinematography sector for the period of 2000-2014. It was presented at the workshop “SEMANTiCS” in Leipzig in September 2016, along with the paper “Towards Budget Comparative Analysis: The Need for Fiscal Code Lists as Linked Data”.   The chapter also organised the workshop “Data impact: Big, open, linked data innovations” as part of IEEE, which includes four papers on data analysis for journalists, library linked data, tools to promote financial transparency and exploitation of fiscal data.

Forthcoming

  •  Reporters in the age of Data Journalism; accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies (2017, forthcoming)
  • Data Journalism,  Encyclopaedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth edition, Edited by Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, IGI 2017 forthcoming
The winter and spring of  2017 are expected to be fruitful in events and collaborations as well. Τhe GitHub Open Knowledge Greece is becoming strongly active, and other initiatives are commencing with the aim of attracting new members into the open knowledge community. In parallel, the chapter endeavours to attain funding from additional research and innovation projects, as there are no fixed incomes and most activities are currently performed on a voluntary basis. Finally, OK Greece has launched its new website which is also available for tablets and smartphones so that all people interested in our vision and activities can be informed in an easy and enjoyable way. Also, you can check our storify with photos from our recent activities. To read more about Open Knowledge Greece, visit their website. Learn more about the Open Knowledge Network by visiting the Open Knowledge International website.

Openbudgets.eu launches collection of fiscal transparency tools for journalists and civil society organisations.

- November 23, 2016 in Data Journalism, Featured, News, OK Germany, OK Greece

Berlin, November 21, 2016 – Today, the beta version of OpenBudgets is officially released to the public. The Horizon 2020-funded project seeks to advance transparency and accountability in the fiscal domain by providing journalists, CSOs, NGOs, citizens and public administrations with state-of-the-art tools needed to effectively process and analyze financial data. For the beta version, we have developed tools around the three pillars of the project: data analytics, citizen engagement, and journalism. In the realm of data analytics, we present a time series forecasting algorithm that integrates with OpenSpending and predicts and visualizes the development of budgets into the future. As for citizen engagement, the participatory budgeting interface lets users preview the interaction with the budget allocation process. Finally, the highly praised ‘budget cooking recipes’ website highlights the journalistic value of budget data by listing cases in which it has been used to investigate corruption. cookingbudgets_screenshot Tools, data and stories will be continuously added and improved over the next months as three large-scale pilot scenarios in the domains of participatory budgeting, data journalism and corruption prevention will be launched to gain further insights. These insights will feed into the overall platform for fiscal data. OpenBudgets.eu2 develops tools for the analysis of fiscal data. On the fiscal data platform, users can upload, visualise, analyse and compare financial data. Specific tools will be offered to our target audiences: municipalities, participatory budgeting organisations and journalists. Municipalities can use micro-sites to publish their budget and spending data on designated websites, participatory budgeting organisations can use decision-making and monitoring tools to support the process, and journalists are provided with tailor-made tooling and tutorials. OpenBudgets.eu2 has launched a call for tender for the improvement of transparency and modernization of budget and spending data directed at municipalities, regional governments, and qualified legal entities. Find more information on the website. OpenBudgets.eu2 is a EU funded project run by an international consortium of nine partners:
Open Knowledge International, Journalism++, Open Knowledge Greece, Bonn University, Fraunhofer IAIS, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, Fundación Civio, Transparency International-EU, and University of Economics, Prague. Press contact:
Anna Alberts – Open Knowledge Foundation Germany
openbudgets.eu | @OpenBudgetsEU
anna.alberts@okfn.de Read the blog post on the prototype launch of OpenBudgets.eu: http://openbudgets.eu/post/2016/11/18/OBEU-prototype-launch/ Press releases available in other languages: http://openbudgets.eu/press/

Towards the conformation of the Third Greek OGP Action Plan: Open Knowledge Greece makes three commitments

- July 25, 2016 in OGP, OK Greece, open-government

This blog post was written by Olga Kalatzi from OK Greece On the 5th of July in Athens, the open dialogue on Greece’s Third National Action Plan to the Open Government Partnership commenced where Open Knowledge Greece presented its 3 commitments for the third action plan. The commitments of OK Greece included School of Data for public servants, the Open Data Index for cities and local administrations and linked open and participatory budgets. All of them come with implementation resources and timetables and satisfy all the OGP principles. The event has been supported by the Bodossaki Foundation and different stakeholders participated: OK Greece, Openwise (IRM), Gov2u, GFOSS, Vouliwatch, diaNEOsis, as well experts from OGP Support Unit and Mrs. Nancy Routzouni, advisor on e-Government to the Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform.
OK Greece was represented in the event by its President Dr. Charalampos Bratsas and Marinos Papadopoulos, while OK Greece OGP team in Thessaloniki participated remotely through Skype. Tonu Basu from OGP Support Unit said that “Staff from the OGP Support Unit had some very productive meetings with representatives from both government and civil society. We were greatly encouraged to see that civil society and government are taking concrete steps to collaborate among themselves and with each other through the development of collaborative networks. Civil society and government collaboration is the key to the strengthening of the OGP process and to establishing a strong culture of a transparent, accountable, and responsive government”. The discussion has been focused on the improvement of the third action plan and the importance of the collaboration between civil society and government on promoting and strengthening open governance and transparency in Greece. “Bodossaki Foundation participates actively in the conformation of the Third Action Plan aiming to develop and act as an intermediary between civil society bodies and this cause. The goal is the conformation of the action plan with the participation of the civil society and its successful implementation through monitoring and evaluation”, comments Fay Koutzoukou, Deputy Program Director. Among the challenges addressed in the meeting, great attention was given to the small ownership of the civil society groups in participating in the formation and implementation of the action plan that holds the process back. The suggestions made by the civil society organizations that participated were on monitoring closer the process with regular meetings and assigning specific commitments leveraging both people and government. According to experts from OGP Support Unit, some of the potential commitments of the action plan, which include issues like subnational, open education, open justice, parliament and administrative reform, if implemented as scheduled, they could position Greece as a regional and global leader among the 70 OGP countries. Nancy Routzouni, advisor on e-Government to the Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform, concludes the event by saying that: “We are very pleased to work and collaborate with civil society bodies as their ideas, knowledge, and feedback are crucial in the process of forming the national action plan”. The third National OGP action plan had been discussed and approved by the Parliament last week, where the commitments by OK Greece were mentioned, as Nancy Routzouni said in the event in Athens.
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Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! – The Process in Greece

- June 8, 2016 in community, OK Greece

The involvement and collaboration of governmental bodies, citizens and other stakeholders in order to promote open data and open government initiatives were one of the main achievements of the event “Open Government: Participate, Propose and Be Heard! Conformation of the Third National Action Plan 2016-2018.” The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction, Aristotle University and Open Knowledge Greece on the 30th of May. The first part go the event included speeches from the following speakers: Christoforos Vernardakis, the Alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction, Cecile LeGuen, Open Knowledge International, Open Spending Project Manager, Dr. Charalampos Bratsas, CEO of Open Knowledge Greece,  Dr. Vassilios Peristeras, Programme Manager, European Commission, Prof. Pericles Mitkas, Rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Theodore Theodoropoulos, Investments Evaluator at Region of Western Macedonia,  Charalampos Tsitlakidis, Chief Digital Officer at the municipality of Thessaloniki, Sotiris Kilafis, Coordinator wiki.ellak.gr and Nancy Routzouni, Adviser on e-Government to the Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform.   ΣυνολικήThe speakers discussed many aspects of open government in the national and local levels. The representatives of the government and the local administrations underlined the importance of fiscal and administrative transparency and the participation of the citizens in the decision making process. The Alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction, Christoforos Vernardakis, emphasised the need for collaboration: “The demands are growing and there is a need for a collaborative work between public bodies and citizens in order to support transparency in the public administration” , Some of the Ministry’s goal for this year are a functional open deliberation, the existence of a transparent Justice System and the collaboration of the Parliament for an open legislation process.
There is also a significant interest and activity in the local administrations. The regional Administration of Western Macedonia has made two commitments on budget: The first is regarding an open budget that enables the citizens to see the administration’s budget and monitor its implementation. The second one involves  a participatory  budget which will give citizens  the opportunity to vote and decide the budgetary allocation.
Mr. Tsitlakidis, Chief Digital Officer at the municipality of Thessaloniki, mentioned the strategic collaboration with Open Knowledge Greece on open government and the initiatives on open budgets, as well as the “Improve my city” service, the open data portal in CKAN, concluding with the strategic planning and the challenges of transforming Thessaloniki into a city as a platform.   Open Knowledge International and Open Knowledge Greece, introduced their work on open data and transparency. Open Knowledge International has developed an Open Fiscal Data Package (FDP) standard for publishing information on budgets in open data formats. Open Knowledge Greececurrently selects and analyzes the financial performance indicators from a number of municipalities that are provided by the government according to the law and creates visualizations, that will be used to develop data journalism stories (first example). Both parties participate in the OpenBudgets.eu project, where a semantic equivalent of the FDP is also developed and country-specific fiscal indicators are being studied and visualized. Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 11.27.31 Other important initiatives and platforms have been presented by the Aristotle University, as it is the very first university to openly provide all of its data and also publish statistics visualizations, in order for the data to be more appealing to the public. In a European level, Vassilios Peristeras, Programme Manager, European Commission, underlined the importance of interoperability and the contribution of a single European database, the European Data Portal that could also cooperate with the local administrations for publishing data. The second part of the event was a workshop organized by OK Greece in order to encourage people to participate in the process of deliberation and get involved in the initiative of open government. Members from OK Greece coordinated the whole procedure, while others participated along with the other people. The participants, divided in 4 teams, discussed and made proposals on open government based on the three issue areas of integrity and accountability, access to information and authorisation to the citizens. The workshop was very successful and productive as more than 32 proposals were made. Moreover, it was an opportunity for the administrative sector to talk and listen to citizens and other stakeholders on the matter of a transparent society.20160530_154933 As Nancy Routzouni, Adviser on e-Government to the Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform, mentions in her speech “the administrative reform is a matter that concerns all of us”. The participants evaluated the proposals in an online form and the most important ones became part of the final document with the proposals from OK Greece that has been submitted to the Ministry for further evaluation in order to be incorporated in Greek third national action plan to the Open Government Partnership.
OK Greece worked hard to make this event happen. We want people to be informed about open data and transparency and get them involved in the deliberation process. As a Greek Chapter of a Open Knowledge we are trying to promote and, mostly, we develop open data initiatives in all levels. See more about the workshop in the attached video.