Ask for Data
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Ask for Data is a mobile app aimed at enhancing free access to information in Montenegro by speeding up and simplifying the process through which citizens can obtain information from public institutions.
Montenegro has a good law on Freedom of Information, but citizens insufficiently use this method of obtaining information of public interest. Only 17% of the population and 6% of companies have sent requests for information during the previous year. A difficult procedure is one of the reasons why citizens do not use existing mechanisms for obtaining information. Currently, in Montenegro, sending requests for access to information requires citizens to refer to the article of the law, formulate the question and send the request by mail, or personally deliver it to the institution.
Ask for Data aims to completely simplify this process by developing an application that will be linked to all e-mail addresses of important state and local institutions that are responsible not only for arbitrating the rights and obligations of citizens, but also for spending public funds. Through Ask for Data, users will be able to choose an institution and ask them a question by filling in a form with their name, email address, and query. The text of the email application will be adjusted to the law and citizens will be relieved of complicated procedures. Institutions would then receive the requests in the form of an email and they will answer in accordance with the statutory deadline.
Freedom of information is the main precondition of civic participation. By helping citizens have access to important information, Ask for Data will contribute to increasing the level of community engagement, especially of youth, business people and activists.
The app will be built using Adobe AIR programming languages. The Ask for Data team will cooperate with the Agency for Free Access Information to gather the contact information of institutions on the national and local levels in order to build the app.
Đorđije Brkuljan is a deputy executive director of CDT. He has a longstanding experience in creating, planning and implementing different project in the area of good governance and IT technologies. Đorđije will be a coordinator of all the project activities and responsible for the cooperation and communication with the National Agency for Free Access to Information.
Ivana Drakić is a project coordinator in CDT. She has a great experience in the areas of good governance, transparency of institutions at national and local levels, as well as knowledge of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Montenegro. Ivana will be responsible for organizing “offline” promotion of this mobile application at the Faculties, communities, organizations etc.
Damir Dautović is an IT in CDT. He was previously engaged in different jobs in the area of information technology and online journalism. He has a professional knowledge in the area of graphic and web design, as well as the development of internet applications. In this project he will be in charge of development of the mobile application and video production.
JelenaTošković is a graphic designer in CDT. She has a professional knowledge in the area of graphic design. In this project she will be responsible for designing mobile applications and visual identity of promotion campaign.
Milica Bogdanović is ICT program coordinator and editor of CDT portal. She has a professional knowledge in the area of journalism and public relations as well as planning public campaigns. In this project she will be responsible of managing the campaign in social media.
Milena Gvozdenović is CDT portal journalist. She completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Podgorica, Department of Journalism. She is currently attending master studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences. She will be responsible for managing the campaign in the social media.
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