Hille Hinsberg, Katrin Pihor, Priit Kruus, Risto Kaarna, Tanel Kärp (html design), Rivo Noorkõiv (Geomedia OÜ)
Organisation and country:
Praxis Centre for Policy Studies, Estonia
The visual combines geographical data (maps) with statistical data on selected indicators, defined by location of all 226 local municipalities in Estonia.
Users have access to indicators in four areas, where services are rendered by local municipalities: water and sewage, social care facilities, basic and secondary education and community services, including community centres and recreational facilities.
The tool can be used either for browsing data or for comparison of indicators, e.g. the water and sewage tariffs for home owners; the price per person in elderly care facility; the number of kids per teacher in your nearest kindergarten.
Financial data includes tax revenue per capita and investments per capita which show the ability to attract new residents and develop local services and infrastructure.
The user can choose a location to log in and compare his/her home municipality and a randomly selected other municipality, or compare with the calculated average on the selected county .
The tool is a precedent for Estonian Open Data scene as none of the data was available in machine-readable formats, to be automatically streamed for re-use. The tool demonstrated the demand for providing new formats for governmental agencies which keep the databases.
Testing the tool and collecting feedback served as basis for advocacy activities. These were targeted to politicians and policy-makers at national level, local government associations and civil society organisations. Local newspapers used the site for reflecting the services situation in their municipality.
Final vote count: 135