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, 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 and the Ministry of Infra­structure of Ukraine and shows how the cooper­ation developed. Furthermore, the project “Troll­Sphere” is presented during which uncovered and analyzed a troll- and bot-network. launched in 2010 after renaming the platform 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.