• The first regional Eastern Europe Open Data Leaders Network was launched in 2016.
  • The first regional conference, Data for Development Results, was held in 2016.

Some key regional initiatives in Eastern Europe and Central Asia include:

The State of Open Data Report

Research study on the open data initiatives in the ECA region, providing insights into the general state of open data.

Data Journalism

Training journalists to be more data-literate has been a priority for this region. Working with local universities, trainings were provided to early-stage journalists to better understand and use data for evidence-based storytelling.

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Ministry of Data

The Ministry of Data is a challenge focusing on using data to improve city governance in the western balkans. In 2016, 4 cities agreed to participate. Out of 10 participating teams, five were awarded prizes for their innovative solutions in areas ranging from tax information, air pollution to city mobility.

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Open Data in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ODECA)

Hosted at: the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS in Istanbul, Turkey.

Formed: 2015

Open Data for Development’s (OD4D) work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is coordinated by the Open Data in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ODECA) hub.

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