Team Monithon (5) – Italy – Citizen Monitoring of Publicly Funded Projects
Monithon, which comes from “monitor” and “marathon”, promotes citizen monitoring of the projects funded by the Cohesion (aka. Regional) Policy in Italy. The project enables the reuse of the open government data released by the Italian Department for Development and Economic Cohesion on the open data portal OpenCoesione. Launched in 2012, OpenCoesione contains detailed data on the progress of investments and implementation of EU-funded projects in Italy. On this web portal anyone can find out what is funded, on which funds, who is involved and where.
OpenCoesione and Monithon have been listed as the 4th best open government initiative in the world at the Open Government Partnership Awards in 2014.
Methodology: the Monithon flow
- Choose a project on OpenCoesione [opencoesione.gov.it], (e.g. based on a crucial issue for the development of your city or on a theme of your interest);
- Create a group of active citizens interested in the project;
- Collect information about the project (data, documents, contracts);
- Go on the field! Visit the project’s site collecting other informations and photos, videos, interviews on the ground;
- Upload a “citizen monitoring report” with all the information on Monithon.it;
- Share Share Share, involve local media, ask more to the local government and collaborate with responsible authorities at the EU, national and regional level;
Toolkit: download it on the website http://www.monithon.it/media/css/Toolkit%20Monithon.pdf
Website www.monithon.it: it allows the upload of crowdsourced, georeferenced information about the projects by grouping them on an interactive map.
Mobile App (demo version): it allows to upload pictures and videos in real-time, by gathering the Exif data as well as other infos about the location of the photo.
Follow up: planning to extend the Monithon methodology around Europe.
Used Sources or Codes
Web: SublimeText, HTML5, Bootstrap, Django, PostgreSQL, jQuery, LeafletJS;
Mobile: Android Studio, butterknife, android-query, image-chooser-library, eventbus;
Monithon – web: https://github.com/Monithon/Monithon-2.0
Monithon – mobile: https://github.com/Monithon/Monithon-Droid
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Paola Liliana Buttiglione
I studied Archaeology and Ancient History. I actually work in OpenPompei project and from June 2013 I’m involved in Monithon project.
I have no experience with any app, but I have collaborated in the construction of web-based tools to facilitate citizen monitoring.
Francesca De Chiara
Francesca is a social researcher. She joined the Digital Commons Lab in march 2014. Before working in FBK’s Centre for Information Technology, she was living in Heidelberg, Germany. She’s the co-founder of the Trento City Node of the Open Data Institute. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Research and has research experience in the field of development studies, open data and open government.
She is an active member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Network, editor of the OKFN Italian official blog, author of academic articles published in international journals such as “Information technology for development”, and lately referee for the European Journal of Political Research. Recently she served as country reviewer for the Open Data Barometer, a research report by Web Foundation and the Open Data Institute released at the end of 2013.
Since February 2013 she actively collaborates with the Open/Big Data group in Trento RISE – Trentino Open Data project.
More info at: http://digitalcommonslab.fbk.eu/people/profile/dechiara
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I’m the community manager for OpenCoesione School, a project aimed at engaging high school students, through practice-based learning that results in a data journalism and storytelling project on OpenCoesione projects’ impact.
OpenCoesione is the first national portal on cohesion policy with transparent information on each funded project: regular bimonthly updates have nurtured open data on almost 800k projects so far, which can be freely re-used (CC 3.0 BY-SA license) and explored interactively on the portal using maps, filters and detailed forms on projects and recipients.
Thanks to the OpenData published on OpenCoesione, I’ve taken part to the Monithon initiative: a group of developers, activists and journalists (and me too) put online website using the Ushahidi platform. Moni-thon (literally “monitoring marathon”), promotes citizen monitoring of cohesion policy (EU Structural Funds) through active involvement of communities and a shared methodology.
I’m also contributor of Neural magazine, critical digital arts & culture since 1993 (neural.it).
Previous experience: Content Management for Neural.it and Akubari.it, media educator for Radiokreattiva.net (anti-mafia web-radio for children).
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