Istinomjer is an online platform for the monitoring and evaluation of responsibilities of public office holders and political parties in power. Istinomjer platform analyzes on a daily basis public statements of public office holders and assesses their responsibility in giving them. Statements of individuals are tested for consistency and veracity as well as the fulfillment of the promises given in statements.
Apart from this, Istinomjer monitors and analyzes the quality and level of fulfillment of electoral promises of the parties in power at different levels. It analyzes the individual promises given through pre and post-election programs and provides an assessment of their fulfillment and concreteness in several different ways.
The kick off of the project took place between the 18th and 21st of August, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Representatives from TechSoup, U.G. Zasto ne and ePaństwo Foundation agreed on an action plan to be implemented during the course of the project. We have assigned responsibilities and defined the next steps.
We will be organizing two large, external facing events which apart from their usual agenda will also serve as network events: Personal Democracy Forum PL CEE (Gdańsk, Poland, March 2016) and POINT Conference (Sarajevo, BiH, June 2016). During the next 12 months we will also organize 3 smaller, network only events. The first of those is coming up in early October and will take place in Montenegro.
Apart from this we will produce reports summing up the rules on opening data, as well as technological tools in use in the region. Each report will be available in a written form, but we will also work on telling the story in visuals, so that it is more digestible for a non-techie audience. The first report, on law frameworks, is coming up in December 2015, stay tuned. All of it will be published on our beautiful website.
What is more, during the next 12 months we will take 5 working technology for transparency solutions and implement them in a different country. We are starting with helping the Croatian organization GONG
in making Truth-o-meter website work for them (the name of the website will be Faktograf). It will be launched in October.
Last, but not least: It is the right time for us to share some details about our crew. Find out who is working on the TransparenCEE! Meet Anna Sienicka, Anna Kuliberda and Alicja Peszkowska from TechSoup, Jakub Górnicki, Karolina Wysocka and Krzysztof Madejski from ePaństwo Foundation and Darko Brkan, and Boris Brkan from Zasto ne. Find out more on the “About us” subsite.
Around a month ago the TransparenCEE Project Manager Anna Kuliberda visited a Croatian organization GONG to learn more about the Faktograf project and meet with Miroslav Schlossberg of Code for Croatia. Both meetings were about open data projects recently launched in the country. As of recently Croatian citizens can easily verify whether a given political statement is true or false (thanks to the fact checking tool: Faktograf) as well as send a request for public information (thanks to Imamo pravo znati!).
Faktograf was the first tool launched by GONG within the “Promoting Technology for Transparency and Accountability“ Program with the help of Zasto ne and TechSoup. You can read more about it here. We wanted to talk about how the project is unrolling after the November parliamentary elections. Petar Vidov, Faktograf’s editor in chief, told us that the tool will only prove useful, if users trust its objectivity. Building a community of users through building a credible brand is the main content and communicational strategy for the site.
Imamo pravo znati! is a 20th deployment of Alavateli, an international FOI support mechanism. It was developed by GONG in cooperation with the Code for Croatia and the HrOpen expert group. Thanks to the tool’s launch Croatians now have an easier path to free public information from nearly 6,000 public authorities.
On an ending note an Open Data Day linked with the code Across event is coming on March 4 & 5. We are sure you are invited! The event will be both an inspiring conference and a hands-on hackathon – everyone will be able to find something they like best.
Congratulations Croatia and good luck. Now let these tools be widely used!