This year the Analytical Center is going to hold the Best Information Analytics Tools contest. Preparations for this project will go on until July, and the first public event will be a discussion of the methodology of holding the contest with representatives of federal executive authorities, professional associations, and the expert community.
Galina Chinarikhina, the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, noted that the contest was held by the Analytical Center prior to 2012. “Since then the Analytical Center has evolved a great deal, its goals and objectives have changed, too. Now we are bringing back the contest but we are going to be using a completely different methodology, and that is why we say that the Best Information Analytics Tools contest that we are going to hold this year is a new project for us,” the expert said.
The Analytical Center analyzes data and works with state authorities. The contest should help the Analytical Center sort out a number of its own data processing issues. However, the contest has a broader goal, which is to help analytical organizations and state authorities to better process and analyze data. We want to look at all the solutions available in the market today that can make the job of data analysts easier and allow them to be more efficient,” Ms. Chinarikhina explained. “We plan to tell our colleagues about the solutions that they can and should use. And, naturally, we are going to make recommendations for state executive authorities about which information analytics solutions best meet their needs.”
Deputy head of the Department for Information Technologies of the Analytical Center Anatoly Karpenko talked about the concept of the contest. The expert noted that at the preparatory stage the procedure, rules and criteria for assessing applications for the contest are being discussed and the necessary documents are being prepared. Officially, applications can be submitted starting 1st July, 2016, he noted. The contest will comprise 4 stages: preparation, submission of applications, assessment of the applications, and selecting the winners. The project will end in January 2017 with a wrap-up conference.
During the discussion the experts put forward proposals for how to refine the methodology of the contest, with proposals about how to best select the assessment criteria being especially numerous. The final document will be published on the website of the contest that is currently being developed.