Open Knowledge Foundation e.V.
We want to create a research tool for journalists and political scientists who aim to explore how and why decisions are made and influenced within the European Union, from Parliament to the Directorates; from consumer protection to international trade law.
The only thing we know is that we don't know how decisions are made on the various levels of European institutions. We don't know how issues are discussed, who is heard and who isn't.
We should at least be able to know, so we can decide ourselves if we care.
Within this scope of funding, we'd like to see about a dozen pieces of independent, data-driven reporting using and citing our databases, and six to ten pieces of academic or think tank research that do the same.
We'll create a curated set of databases, available in such a form that they are easy and quick to access for people with a limited technical understanding.
Further, we'll provide documentation and showcase existing uses, so that e.g. reporters in one European country can learn from and clone stories that have been done in other countries.
We will also actively promote the use of these databases at journalism conferences and with the EU research communities.
Finally, we want to organise a hackathon that would bring together developers and experts to extract data from EU institutions. The hackathon would address information needs discovered through the platform's users.
This will build on our existing efforts, such as http://openinterests.eu/, http://ted.openspending.org/,
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Always looking for use ideas and interesting dataset to consider for inclusion!