Open Knowledge Sweden joins new project to foster the development of digital tools to fight corruption in the Nordic-Baltic region

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Open Knowledge Sweden is partnering in a new project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia and led by Transparency International Latvia, called “Harnessing digital tools to tackle corruption in the Nordic-Baltic Region”. The project, which also features Transparency International Estonia, aims to foster Nordic-Baltic cooperation in the disclosure of essential anti-corruption data and in the development of digital tools enabling citizens and journalists to prevent and detect corruption. 

The project will run until February 2022, and some of the main activities will include 

  • Research and analysis on the availability, accessibility, and quality of key anti-corruption data in Latvia, Sweden and Estonia
  • Development work on the digital platforms “Open Up!” by Open Knowledge Sweden, “Opener” by TI Estonia and TI Latvia, and “Deputāti uz Delnas” by TI Latvia. 
  • Organisation a regional roundtable gathering public officials and experts from the three countries to discuss cooperation in disclosure of relevant anti-corruption-related datasets, including application of common standards 

In specific, Open Knowledge Sweden will work on the development of a technical concept document outlining next steps and possible ways to improve “Open Up”, a digital platform launched in 2021 in cooperation with the Swedish Digitalisation Agency (DIGG) and with the financial support of the Swedish Innovation Agency. The platform aims to foster transparency of public expenditures in Swedish municipalities, by gathering information on invoices of those that have provided it in open data format

Civil society representatives, journalists, data scientists, and public officials: Please get in touch for more information or just to discuss ideas. 

Contact: [email protected] 

This project is funded by the Nordic Council of Minister Office in Latvia. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of the coordinator of the project and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Nordic Council of Ministers.