Open Data to tackle corruption in the Nordic-Baltic Region as a Case Study
Corruption is widely regarded as low in Sweden but the country currently lacks the data that could back such a claim. In particular, there is little information available to understand and analyse the links between elected individuals and between them and private interest groups. During the session, we would like to discuss the potential for making such analysis easier by using Wikidata and the power of linked structured data to import existing datasets (published by the Swedish government) and enrich them with additional data. This would facilitate the monitoring of conflicts of interest, political careers and professionalisation of elected officials in Sweden and allow international comparisons thanks the standard data structures of Wikidata. A similar project has already started in France, by Code for France in partnership with the project EveryPolitician from mySociety.
Currently OKS and Transparency International are working on a follow up to "Open Data and the Fight Against Corruption" (2018 - available at link). The report will be out by the end of 2019.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
Based on our joint project (Open Knowledge Sweden together with Transparency International Latvia) we can also discuss the potential and challenges for open data to enhance policies related to money in politics (political corruption) in the Nordic-Baltic region as a whole. Finally, we can open up the floor to participants and discuss how to overcome barriers to the reuse of data for key stakeholders, like the civil society, journalists and the academia.
- Alina Ostling
- Toni Mickiewicz
- Maranatha Wahlang (Natha)
- Pierre Mesure
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Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Panel with audience Question & Answer session
The session will work best with these conditions: