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International Open Data Day in Kosovo

The International Open Data Day has been celebrated in Kosovo as well with a two-day Datathon, that has been held in the premises of UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo. The initiative for the event has been taken from Open Data Kosovo (ODK) in partnership with UNDP Kosovo,

The International Open Data Day has been celebrated in Kosovo as well with a two-day Datathon, The initiative for the event has been taken from Open Data Kosovo (ODK) in partnership with FLOSSK and UNDP Kosovo. It was held in the premises of UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo, aiming to gather coders from different cities of the country, and work on open data, thus enlisting Kosovo in the global organising list of the event.

ODK has encouraged developers to work on open data that were available to them and use them on working topics like “Wealth declaration of the deputies of Kosovo”, “Procurement Data for the last 4 years of Municipalities of Kosovo”, “The quality of water surfaces” from the Agency for Environment Protection of Kosovo (AMMK) and other data that were open during the Mandate of ODK. This event started as an Ideathon were developers exchanged ideas of what can be done with those data, and it continued with team formation and action on developing those ideas further.

“ODK is really happy with the cooperation of local government and non-governmental actors who have worked together and have given the possibility on opening data for transparency, accountability and a better governance, thus giving the possibility to feel better about the institutions and enhancing the cooperation for even more data opening” said Georges Labreche, founder of ODK.

The second day of the event continued with a Hackathon were programs were focused on developing and finishing their prototype applications that visualize those data.These events organised by Open Data Kosovo with the tech community of Kosovo, resulted in the launch of the web platform www.e-prokurimi.org, which aims to serves as a base for analysing and visualising procurement data from municipalities of Kosovo. “We believe that these kind of events give the chance to develop applications based on open source data, that help transparency and accountability of governing institutions of Kosovo” said Georges.