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The Infometer has audited open data of the largest Russian cities, those populated over 100,000 (except the federal-level cities). Earlier, we audited open data for federal and regional government bodies. The results show that, at federal level, there is uneven but active work with open data: leading bodies increase the number and improve the quality of their datasets, the road map is approved and partially implemented. In regions, the state of affairs is worse. How do city administrations deal with a similar task?
The Infometer continues to study informational openness of the largest Russian cities. After the 2015 pilot study we have once more audited official websites of the municipalities. Open data are processed mostly by software developers while the wide public gets indirect advantages from their publication; at the same time, cities' official websites are seen by almost everyone. Therefore, requirements to volumes and availability of the information published at the websites are more strict.
The map shows Russian cities populated over 100,000 and publishing information in open data format (as at March 2016).
In October-December 2014, the Infometer project experts audited openness level for federal executive government bodies. Within the study, three key indicators of informational openness were assessed: the bodies' official websites; open data placement; public councils (a public council under a federal executive government body is a consultative body including civil society representatives).
The Infometer project experts have completed one more public audit of openness of information on Russian general jurisdiction courts' activities, focusing on online publication of templates for documents used for filing applications to courts. Online interaction between the Infometer experts and officials from various courts appears to be especially active and efficient: 7 regional courts and 132 first-instance level courts have reached 100% of informational openness in accordance with the current audit requirements.
Is it possible to create a worldwide measure for the openness of governments? In order to answer this question we organized a pilot survey on the basis of an already-completed method of grading the openness of government websites. We invited our colleagues abroad to participate. Here are the results for your interest.
We would like to present a short review of our most ambitious project which involves our experts in all parts of Russia – monitoring of the official websites of public authorities and local governments. This is a story about how expert control improves the work of authorities.
How efficiently is budget money spent on launch and maintenance of official governmental websites? We submitted requests to federal executive, top regional executive, and regional legislative government bodies, asking them to provide amounts of budget costs for launch and maintenance of their official websites. Having analyzed the replies received, we make conclusions whether there is correlations between cost and quality of the websites in question.