Mapping Crime in the Czech Republic

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Mapping Crime in the Czech Republic

In Czech Republic there has been a long lasting discussion about accessibility of crime data to general public. Despite it the Czech police didn't move forward and publishes only very complexe and user-unfriendly Excel tables. While Otevrena spolecnost sees access to data as a crucial condition for debate between the public and the police about efficiency of crime control and focus of crime prevention, we decided to enhance this debate by its online visualisation.

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Skopje Raste (Skopje is Growing)

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Skopje Raste (Skopje is Growing)

Skopje Raste is an interactive map that traces the growth of the urban landscape in the central area of the city of Skopje and it was created by Reactor – Research in Action in partnership with a local architecture firm, Arhitektri. It visualizes four sets of urban elements (buildings, greenery, parking spaces and illegal buildings) over three chronological stages, providing users with a simple visualization of how changes to the detailed urban plans (DUPs) are affecting their neighborhoods.

The goal of our map is to provide a user-friendly visualization of the effects of past and future unregulated urban growth, but perhaps more importantly, to provide an alternative to presenting the overly technical DUPs in a way that every citizen can understand. Our ultimate goal is to convince municipal governments to adopt this, or at least a similar approach in their work, in order to allow for a more meaningful participation of citizens in the urban development process.

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Ask When public awarness campaign "Reality show: Building a factory"

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Ask When public awarness campaign "Reality show: Building a factory"

In June 2012, NALED launched a public awareness campaign named „Ask WHEN“ in order to foster reforms of the regulatory framework by creating public pressure on the decision makers from the Government. In cooperation with the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation, NALED broadcasted three videos describing bureaucratic procedures and administrative obstacles to doing business in Serbia (unnecessary paperwork, waiting in lines, huge and unpredictable taxes, laws that are impossible to implement). One of the videos is describing a problem of getting a construction permit in Serbia. The name of the video is „Realty show: Building a factory“ and it shows us three contestants – investors from Serbia, Bulgaria and Denmark competing to get the construction permit and build a factory as fast as they can. Although the video is ironic and funny, the data used in the video are all true – taken from the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2013. According to this report, Serbia is ranked 179 out of 185 economies regarding the speed of issuing construction permits. In Serbia, an investor needs to go through 18 procedures and spend 269 days to obtain the permit. In Denmark this procedure takes 68 days, in Bulgaria 107. These data were presented and illustrated in the video, showing at the end that while an investor in Serbia is collecting various consents from dozens of public companies, an investor in Denmark has already opened its factory and started employing people.

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Wasting of millions - without accountability

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Wasting of millions - without accountability

The visualisation focuses on how civil servants are called to account for wasting the public money found by the Slovak Supreme Audit Office. After reading more than 47 control reports and sending dozens of freedom of information requests we found out that the Slovak Supreme Audit Office detected wasting public money in the amount of more than 28 million Euro in 5 ministries in 2009 – 2011 – and nobody was sanctioned for that. The visualisation illustrates the amounts of money wasted in each ministry representing real amounts comparatively on a smaller scale. It also points out the most absurd cases of money wasting and summarizes statements of responsible ministries.

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Who is whose family in Slovak courts

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Who is whose family in Slovak courts

Both public and experts feel deep distrust toward the Slovak judiciary. According to the Transparency International's Global corruption Barometer poll from 2012, as many as 69% of respondents find Slovak judiciary corrupt. Moreover, 8% of households claim to have been asked for a bribe in courts in the past 12 months.

The judiciary is a relatively closed community. Very few people discuss the quality of judges or their rulings. Media often criticize judiciary as a whole, saying “the courts today decided” instead of “the judges X and Y ruled that…” Only five courts (out of 63) have even their own web pages. In effect, judges are far less accountable to public than politicians or government employees.

In summer 2013 we launched the Open Courts website (Otvorenesudy.sk), pooling together any public data on judges, including their verdicts, workload and the speed of decisions. In our first visualization drawn from our new portal's data, we show how much family connections matter in Slovak judiciary.

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Personal tax burden calculator

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Personal tax burden calculator

As one of features of Estonian state budget visualization (Where does your money go?), the tax burden calculator is an interactive function, for individual use by every tax payer. The user can insert his or her own income and expenses, or choose from the sample models provided on-site e.g. average pensioner, worker on average salary, or highly skilled specialist.

Based on inserted information, the calculator then shows the individual total tax burden, as share of gross income in per cents and in euros per month, taking into account tax alleviations, various rates of taxes (e.g. excises on special products, taxes on income and on consumption).

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Youth Unemployment: Occupation, joblessness and education

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Youth Unemployment: Occupation, joblessness and education

"Youth employment" is an infographics that complements the work of Lilian Meza, a researcher at CADEP that especializes in statistical sciences, for the National Household Survey. The communications unit developed the infographics as part of a strategy to reach out to new audiences, particularly young ones, in order to engage them with research findings. The info reached the highest number of "shares" that CADEP has had on social networks, and blogs that usually publish news on entertainment replicated the material.

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An urban health atlas: a tool for health service planning and referral

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An urban health atlas: a tool for health service planning and referral

Urban Health Atlas: Scaling up of a practical tool for urban health planning was funded by GIZ which is a geo-spatial and service mapping of all the health facilities in Sylhet (north-eastern Bangladesh) City Corporation. The submitted project is the beta version of an information platform, which can be used by local planners to analyze gaps and relocate healthcare points, policy makers to need-based resource mobilization or consider referral linkages to address need for human resource. Patients can also use this to search for services or facilities in respect to cost and/or proximity.

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#MéxicoEn140

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#MéxicoEn140

#MexicoEn140 is a tool that intends to explore new alternatives to analyze and present public information in a creative, dynamic and engaging way. By continuously scanning over 650 twitter accounts of decision makers, opinion leaders, politicians, and public institutions in Mexico, our tool generates a visual representation of the trending and most popular topics being discussed in the governmental and academic spheres. Our users have the possibility of exploring different categories to find out what the group of his or her interest is talking about (senators, executive branch, opinion leaders, etc.), and to understand at a glimpse what is taking place in the public debate amongst leaders and authorities in the country.

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Caution air!

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Caution air!

17% of all illnesses and 19% of all deaths in Georgia are caused by environmental pollution. Air quality is measured in only 5 cities in Georgia: Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Zestaponi, Batumi, and Rustavi. On average, pollutant concentrations in these cities are 2.5 times higher than the upper limit of acceptable levels. The following infographic visualizes the air quality data collected by Georgia's National Environmental Agency during the last year, and also shows what health problems can be caused by pollutants in the air.

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The 2014 Zambian National Budget

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The 2014 Zambian National Budget

The aim of the PMRC 2014 National Budget Infographic is to simplify The Budget in an easy to understand infographic towards encouraging and facilitating debate and discussion. The PMRC Infographic illustrates the key allocations that have been planned under the budget functions and sub-functions. The infographic further compares the 2012, 2013 and 2014 allocation trends, providing a clear understanding of how Government has been allocating and prioritising funds and projects.

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The visa business - The cost of visas for Kosovars

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The visa business - The cost of visas for Kosovars

Kosovo has a huge problem with visa regimes. Kosovars are limited in traveling only on a few countries without visas, mainly neighboring countries, which are not yet part of EU.

The infographics shows the number of applicants for a Schengen visa in the past three years. The numbers, taken from Eurostat, include the type of visa and the refusal rate. The data were exclusive to the wider public, as such information were deliberately never published by individual embassies or the Government of Kosovo.

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Political clientelism - still wasting your money

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Political clientelism - still wasting your money

This movie describes to the general viewer how the complex policy of money allocations to local governments is manipulated in order to reinforce political clientelism in Romania. Opacity and confusion are deliberately maintained in the process to hide its results from the wider public. Therefore, EFOR’s goal was to explain to citizens the importance and magnitude of phenomena, increase awareness and boost the bottom up pressure for change. In the four months since it was published, the movie clip (in two versions, Romanian and English) has been accessed online 5500 times and shown in three major conferences related to decentralization and good governance. It will gather much more in December, when we will use it as a vector in the debates about regionalization and territorial reform, which are topical subjects in Romania.

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Trends of the Czech European Policy

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Trends of the Czech European Policy

The aim of the project was to identify and discuss the views of people taking part in formulating, or with an influence on Czech European policy. Contacted civil servants, politicians, journalists and experts were asked to answer 27 questions in areas relating to the Czech Republic’s role in the EU, economic and institutional aspects of integration, partners in European policy and current issues.

The questionnaire was sent to a total of 440 unique addresses. Answers were received in 168 cases, of which 124 questionnaires were fully completed and 44 partially completed. The overall response rate was therefore 38.2%, with 28.2% of questionnaires fully completed.

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The 2013 Universe of Public Expenditures

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The 2013 Universe of Public Expenditures

The Universe of Public Expenditures is a graphical representation of all public expenditures in Slovakia financed by taxes and contributions. It enables one to understand the relationships among the individual items of public administration. It is a useful aid in illuminating the basic financial flows between citizen and state as well as among individual state institutions. The relative level of expenditure in each field is reflected in the sizes of the circles, making it possible to easily compare the dimensions of the specific areas in which politicians have decided to use our money.

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Kenyan National Debt: Is it sustainable?

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Kenyan National Debt: Is it sustainable?

This infographic was created by the Institute of Economic affairs to spur conversations on the Kenyan budget situation. It posits policy questions that should shape discourse around debt issues; debt impact on economic growth, measures for effective management as well as measures to contain spending as a way of maintaining debt sustainability levels within our current economic situation?

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Political Clientelism, Wasting Our Money

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Political Clientelism, Wasting Our Money

Political Clientelism, Wasting Our Money was based on a research conducted by Expert Forum on discretionary use of public money. The research analyzed the central and local budgets (2004-2011), extracting data about seven financial mechanisms such as programs for water and sewage, reserve and emergency funds. These mechanisms were selected observing how precise or, by contrary, vague were the allocation criteria, as provided by the law and thus allowing discretionary decisions. We checked if allocations were correlated with the political affiliations of local leaders. The analysis revealed a strong bias towards mayors from the same party with the central government and independent mayors, especially in electoral years. This indicates the use of public funding for gaining electoral support from local level for parties in power. This happens in the context of a very weak financial power at local level. Many administrations (especially rural area)are unable to cover even their staff costs from regular revenues and therefore are heavily dependent on the arbitrary allocations from the centre. The conclusion is that better monitoring of public allocations and, even more important, the administrative reforms (administrative mergers) are key issues to decrease the clientelistic use of public money. The visual aimed to explain to a public interested in good governance but with average knowledge about budgets, how the entire clietelistic network functions. Since July, the film (Ro) had 4,800 views (Youtube). On Facebook, more than 16,000 people saw the post (with no paid promotion)and about 90 people shared it.

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Chile: Territorial inequalities

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Chile: Territorial inequalities

This data visualization shows the inequalities in access to health care that has the Quellon district (on the island of Chiloe, Southern Chile), compared to another districts located near Santiago, the capital city. These inequities are one of many examples of the huge territorial inequalities in Chile. In this case, Quellon people raised, demanding more doctors in the area and better medical care.

The bottom call to action in this graphics -in addition to show the tremendous gap- is a call for a “New Regional Agenda”, seeking for better opportunities for non-metropolitan territories of Chile.

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CenaZaMonopol.sk

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CenaZaMonopol.sk

The Slovak government plans to purchase all private health insurance companies and create a single big state monopoly insurer. We believe that the funds required for this plan can be used more efficiently.

The aim of the CenaZaMonopol.sk project is to simply and in a visually attractive way highlight the alternative uses of public expenditure on large projects, which the government plans to implement. We want to actively contribute to the public discourse on their usefulness.

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PMRC, sparking policy discussion and debate on Government delivery after 2 years in office

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PMRC, sparking policy discussion and debate on Government delivery after 2 years in office

This Info-graphic depicts the development delivery of the Zambian Government after two (2) years in office. September 23rd, 2013 marked exactly 2 years since the Patriotic Front Government took office, promising to bring development to the country in accordance with their party manifesto. The objectives of the info-graphic are to graphically illustrate the claimed development results through the use of the Zambian map.

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