Why Collaboration Matters for Open Data Processes
This case is about Ukraine’s process to develop a Road Map that will guide its process for opening data that the government collects to the public, specifically civil society organizations and the private sector. The USAID and UK aid-funded Ukraine Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services project, implemented by Eurasia Foundation, partnered with Ukraine’s State Agency for E-Governance to open Ukraine’s government data as part of a the wave of reforms following the 2014 mass protests on Kyiv’s central square, the Maidan.
Open data and transparency have become a central process of Ukraine’s reform process, but the government officials responsible for open data knew they couldn’t do it alone. To make open data a success in Ukraine, its State Agency for E-Government turned to international partners like USAID, UK aid, and Eurasia Foundation, which engaged international and local organizations—the Open Data Institute, East Europe Foundation (EEF) and Data Journalism Agency (TEXTY—to engage the public both online and in-person to inform Ukraine’s process for prioritizing and opening thousands of government data sets for the public good. Following the guidance of the Open Government Partnership via the international Open Data Charter, EF and its partners held online and in-person public consultations with key stakeholder groups to ensure an inclusive and collaborative process to develop the Open Data Road Map 2017.