Sixth interview of the “Klartext“-series: Open data in Ukraine and the challenge of providing reliable data
Within the framework of the project “Platform for Analytics and Intercultural Communication” (PAIC) the fifth interview from the series “Klartext” has been published. Roman Kulchynskyi, director of TEXTY.org.ua, talks about the situation of open data on local and national level and data journalism in Ukraine.
In the interview, Kulchynskyi recalls the development of the organization and gives an insight into the current situation of public accessible data in Ukraine. Which ministries and agencies publish data? What can explain the fact that despite having access to a relatively great amount of data, the information cannot be used for analysis? What can be done to achieve a standardization of the collection of data on both local and national level and which projects should be supported by donor organizations? Kulchynskyi also mentions the cooperation between TEXTY.org.ua and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and shows how the cooperation developed. Furthermore, the project “TrollSphere” is presented during which TEXTY.org.ua uncovered and analyzed a troll- and bot-network.
TEXTY.org.ua launched in 2010 after renaming the platform ZaUA.org and describes itself as a “hybrid organization” which works like both a mass media platform and a think tank. The key competences are the analysis of great amounts of data and turning the results into interactive graphics in order to give larger audiences the opportunity to understand.
The interview series “Klartext” aims to increase the presence and public awareness of Ukrainian think tanks, both within Ukraine and Germany. Additionally, the series engages to convey an image of the overall think tank landscape and general developments within Ukraine. Particular attention is set on the challenges that Ukrainian think tanks are facing regularly, as well as their role for the implementation of domestic reforms.
The project “Platform for Analytics and Intercultural Communication” (PAIC) is conducted by the Institute for European Politics e.V. (IEP, Berlin), in cooperation with the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF, Kiev), the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF, Kiev) and the think tank initiative think twice UA (Kiev), supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The interview can be found in German as a PDF file. An Ukrainian version is also available.