By disclosing data government agencies facilitate data exchange

10 october 2016

Programmers, analysts, journalists and designers gathered on October 8-9 at the Analytical Center to attend the fourth federal Open Data Hackathon - Hackathon No 4. The participants dedicated these two days to working on the implementation of their ideas and to developing products using open data under the tutelage of experienced mentors.

Today data are shaping a new information environment within which public authorities disclose all primary data, and users have access to these data without addressing inquiries to various ministries and agencies. With this message the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Vasiliy Pushkin opened the event. Mr. Pushkin believes that this format results in defining new information literacy requirements to users and facilitates the data exchange and information requesting process.

“The modern-day world is changing so rapidly, and our task is to keep up with the times, that is, to figure out how our work should be organized and what products should be generated. So, in view of all this, hackathons are indeed an excellent opportunity as far as implementation of modern projects in concerned,” says Deputy Minister of Economic Development Savva Shipov. The Analytical Center offers a leading platform for these efforts, considering that work with open data cannot exclude the involvement of the state, since it is precisely the agencies of the state who are in charge of collecting the data in question and making them available to the wider public.

All through the two days while the hackathon lasted, the participants were able to benefit from the mentoring efforts of representatives of the Federal Labor and Employment Agency, Federal Accreditation Service, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Culture, the Federal Agency for Tourism, the Federal Service for Registration, Cadaster and Cartography, the Federal Service for Supervision in the Use of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Healthcare and other agencies. This hackathon was the first time ever for representatives of the public authorities to engage in cooperation with each and in pooling data pertinent to their respective fields to jointly generate new ideas, demonstrating most convincingly that within the new information environment cooperation between public authorities, the business sector and developers results in new services and applications being designed.

The winners of Hackathon No 4 are:

1. Best Application Using Open Government Data

    a. the Walks around Moscow team (a route planning application for touring Moscow’s historical sites)

2. Best Survey Using Open Government Data

    a. the Drunk in Donuts team (visualization of commuting and migration in Moscow and Moscow region using the situation with commuter trains on the Belorussky Line)

    b. the Both the Two of Them team (for their survey of the nutrition habits of the Russian population)

3. Best Service for Moscow Residents Developed Using Open Government Data (nomination of the Moscow Government)

    a. the Walks around Moscow team (a route planning application for tours around Moscow’s historical sites)

    b. the SportCity team (a solution for quick search for outdoor sports grounds and athletes' get-togethers for joint exercising)

Special prizes from the Russian Ministry of Trade – electronic library certificates – went to:

    a. Sergey Saltykov (analysis of profession passports issued by the Higher Attestation Commission and items to be protected in theses)

    b. the REVIZOR team (for developing the REVIZOR service offering analysis and predicative examination of company auditing and inspections by government agencies)

    c. The FruitMix team (application for Moscow residents helping to plan a safe route reducing the chances of criminal incidents)

    d. a scholarship at the BeeLine Data School was won by Sergey Shilov (The FruitMix team)

The People’s Choice Award went to the Anonymous Capybara team (a web game based on the data about the museum fund items belonging to the Russian Ministry of Culture).

The hackathon was held as part of the qualification round of the II Russian National Open Data of the Russian Federation contest. The results of the participants’ work will be demonstrated in the framework of the National Summit Open Data 2016.  

The hackathon was organized on the initiative of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and its partners included the Foundation for Promotion of Innovations, the Internet Initiatives Development Foundation, the Skolkovo Foundation, the Open Government and Numa Moscow.