Open Data is Not just an Array of Information but Also an Opportunity for Creative Work

20 june 2016

On June 17-19, the Analytical Center hosted a Hackathon 3.0 event, the third Hackathon for developers of mobile applications and web services based on open data, as well as data journalists and analysts. New applications for mobile phones were created as part of a brainstorming effort and implemented by the contestants directly on site.

“The contest is a unique opportunity for government authorities to analyze the demand for open data and to get software solutions based on the information they disclose,” said Vasily Pushkin, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center.

Oleg Fomichev, State Secretary/Deputy Minister for Economic Development of the Russian Federation, noted that the number of open data sets used for the Hackathon had increased. “13,000 sets are already disclosed in Russia today, of which 8,000 are published at the Open Data Portal of the Russian Federation,” commented Mr. Fomichev adding that it is not just a vast array of information but also an opportunity for creative work. All the more so that now projects can be created using more than one set of data from different areas combining them in different ways.

It is important that young software developers get involved in working with open data, Mr. Fomichev is convinced. “The government has enormous amounts of information, but it is often used in a very limited way, while it could become a platform for a large number of applications. Hackathons provide both the government and people with new useful applications”, the expert said.

For two days, teams of contestants worked under the guidance of mentors including representatives of the Ministry of Sports, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Federal Tax Service, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the Ministry of Health, the Government of Moscow and Moscow region. Project presentations were held on June 19.

The winners of Hackathon 3.0 are:

Roman Bunin with a vacancies project in the Best Open Data Visualization category

Bot to Your Aid (Bot v pomosch) team with the idea of a project called “Analysis of People’s Inquiries to Authorities” in the Best Data Journalism Project category 

Citileaks team with the idea of “Public Control of the Quality of City Maintenance” and Dream_Team with the idea of “Professional Training Courses Aggregator and Career Path Advisor” in the Best Open Data Based Application or Service category

Mikhail Gachegov with the project Клубника.РФ (“Strawberries”) received the Audience Choice Award

When presenting the awards to the winners, the jury pointed out that only prototypes of projects were created at the Hackathon, and that work on them would continue after the contest.

The Hackathon was held by the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation with the support of the Open Government and became a preparatory stage for the II National Competition “Open Data in the Russian Federation.”