Croatia: New Tools Launched & Open Data Day Coming Up

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!).

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“Ilica Street in Zagreb” – picture by sobrecroacia.com, published on Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License

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!