2020 Shortlist

To Be Precise

Category: Open data

Country/area: Russia

Organisation: Charity Foundation ‘Help Needed’

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 9 Dec 2019

Credit: Elizaveta Yaznevich, Anna Arzamasova, Ksenia Babikhina, Karina Pipiya, Artem Tinchurin, Oleg Pimonov, Valeriya Mescheryakova, Andrey Melentev, Alexander Kozlov, Natalia Freik, Sofiya Savina, Kristina Zvezdova, Petr Butaev, Katerina Abramova

Project description:

To Be Precise – is a project for NGOs, businesses, journalists, and others who work with social problems in Russia. The mission of the project is to promote an analytical approach in highlighting and solving these problems by representing the reality of each problem (now we got HIV, Prisons, Оrphanhood, Crimes, and Environment for Disabled People). The project contains both open governmental data from relevant departments and data from non-governmental institutions, non-profit organizations and other alternative sources. We are working on an extension of represented social topics.

Impact reached:

NGOs started to use the project for planing their work in regions (we’ve received 945 mentions on social media and sites of these types of organizations).

We also received 143 works of data-journalists based on our project and mentioned our impact.

Techniques/technologies used:

Scraping, parsing, using API to verify NGOs from the catalog at the governmental bases.

What was the hardest part of this project?

To get enough governmental data. That is why we were trying to duplicate them by NGOs and Business data sometimes. 

What can others learn from this project?

Everybody can better understand what social problems are the most actual for Russia and it’s regions.

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