Experts discussed practical issues of conducting the 2nd Contest “Open Data in the Russian Federation”

3 august 2016

The Analytical Center held the first interdepartmental working meeting regarding practical issues of holding the Contest “Open Data in the Russian Federation” and the All-Russian Summit “Open Data-2016”. “Soon a meeting of the organizational committee will be held to prepare the contest and the summit and it is important for us to discuss some issues of preparatory nature to make specific decisions at the meeting,” said Mr. Vasily Pushkin, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center.

Various matters relating to preparation and holding of the contest were discussed at the meeting: requirements for projects, their presentation procedure, recommendations on the holding of regional hackathons and selection of regional projects for participation.

According to Mr. Pavel Konotopov, Expert of the Open Government, the main effect of the contest is building a system of communications between data owners and consumers. “Our actions are aimed at building an agent-based model of communications among the government, business community and recipients of the governmental policy who wish to use results of the contest,” explained the expert.

Preparation of the contest started in March, commented Mr. Yuri Linkov, Head of the Department for Internet Technologies and Data Processing at the Analytical Center. “The contest regulations have already been developed and the application phase goes on actively”, said Mr Linkov. “Filing an application for participation is available by the end of October. Thereafter, the selection stage will take place from November 1 to 14, prefinal stage from November 15 to 20 and, lastly, the final stage of the contest from November 21 to 25.”

Mr. Linkov considers that the key purpose of the contest is increasing the quantity and improving the quality of information of governmental and municipal authorities published in the open data format. “It is important to involve the business, educational organizations, scientific and research institutes and other organizations in the work with software solutions based on open data and in the promotion of governmental and municipal open data of the Russian Federation,” said the expert.

The experts reminded that the 1st National Contest “Open Data in the Russian Federation”, attended by over 400 participants from 10 regions of the country, was held in 2015. 94 projects were filed to the contest, 18 out of which became laureates and winners of the contest. All winners received a certificate for support of their projects by the Open Government. The contest organizers are sure that the contest will become more interesting this year and expect that the number of participants will increase.