Moving from setup phase to prototyping

Time is passing quickly and YourDataStories (YDS), our research project on making #opendata more accessible and transparent, is already beyond the first year of its three years project duration.

As projects go, the first year was full of first steps: Setting up the consortium, creating the necessary project structures and communication lines as well as establishing a basis for the actual development. Activities ranged from setting up the technical infrastructure to gathering and analysing the main user requirements for the envisioned application.

The YDS-Consortium at a project meeting in Brussels

The YDS-Consortium at a project meeting in Brussels

The YourDataStories consortium also created an early version of a prototype, incorporating many of the first requirements. This allowed for much more detailed feedback rounds with end-users through dedicated focus groups. Theses evaluation sessions were conducted by the user-partners for each of the three use case scenarios the project is working on:

  1. Follow Public Money all the way in Greece
  2. Tracking Development Aid in the Netherlands
  3. Cross-Europe Financial Comparability

They were arranged in close cooperation with the technical partners and involved a range of possible end-users from different targeted user groups.

Screenshots of the first YDS prototype

Screenshots of the first YDS prototype

After having successfully passed the first year review in April this year, the consortium is now concentrating on the next steps. The main focus will be on creating a second, more stable version of the prototype for web, but also adding mobile applications, covering all user requirements. These enhancements will include analytics features and an improved data layer, and aims to guarantee more stability to the system.

Furthermore, the consortium is going to increase and enrich the data-basis, identifying more stories within the data and engaging a broader audience in the project’s activities for further evaluation and cooperation.

For more information on our work, you may visit our website or connect with us on twitter or Linkedin. We’ll keep you updated on the project’s progress and tell you more about what’s happening in the area of #opendata, #dataviz and beyond.

(Tilman Wagner)

YourDataStories is a three year innovation action, co-funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon2020 research initiative. The project aims at offering a solution to make the ever growing amount of publicly available data from government sources broadly known as Open Government Data (OGD) more transparent and easier to handle for everyone. In three pilot use cases covering public spendings in the areas of infrastructure, development aid and in cross-EU financial comparability, the consortium, consisting of nine European partn offers a solution to easily search for, analyse and finally edit and visualize #OpenData.

Flag_of_Europe.svg The YourDataStories project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645886.