Open Knowledge Sweden together with the NGO Mana Balss (My Voice in English) in Latvia and with Belarusian partners is launching a project on open data for civic participation. This project will be implemented with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programme for NGO co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region.

The goal of the project is to exchange knowledge and experiences between the NGOs in Sweden, Latvia and Belarus about the availability and the use of the open data for civic participation, and ultimately to make civic activism more informed and effective.

Governments around the world are promoting and involved in efforts to achieve greater openness, transparency and trust in the public sector. This includes the disclosure of data, i.e. such as meteorological, geographical, statistical and legal, in order to improve the quality of public services and enhance data-based decision making. However not all data is available in open format that is easily accessible and reusable. With more emphasis on business necessities there is less awareness about data needs of citizens. Our project will improve the capacity of civic organisations to better communicate with their target groups about and with open data, and initiate learning networks between the three countries, which have different levels of data availability and maturity (see the Open Data Barometer).

The target groups of the project are:

  • NGOs/CSOs working with and/or engaged in open data-related topics

  • Data holders in the public sector

  • Academics

  • Policy-makers

The project will deliver case studies on open data readiness and use for civic participation in Sweden, Latvia and Belarus. The case studies will form the base for the Digital Transformation Handbook aimed at civic activists, public sector representatives and policy makers. We will carry out awareness-raising activities to engage stakeholders in discussions about the situation with open data and to understand their needs to enable actions towards further data openness. At the end of the project, a strategic document will be developed to map out the framework for further cooperation.

Feel free to get in touch if you would like to join our initiative!


Alina Ostling, co-chair of Open Knowledge Sweden: alina[at]

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Tel. +46 720 388 681