Your Data Stories Adds Value to Existing Data
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27Feb
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Your Data Stories Adds Value to Existing Data

by maxkortlander   |   27 Feb, 2018

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There is a lot of open and available data on budgets and spending. And while transparency starts with this data being available, it does not end there—the data must also be accessible and easy to understand. That’s where YourDataStories adds value and transparency—by making existing data more attractive, available, and interactive.

Your Data Stories (YDS) is a project that is connecting financial data that can be hard to access into a user-friendly, one-stop-shop for financial information about aid and large construction projects in Europe.

YDS does this by integrating and linking existing datasets, which are often unconnected and structured differently from one another in their raw formats. YDS then unifies this data under a single semantic model. This data is then translated into user-friendly dashboards on the YDS platform that help the end user get the information they want. Instead of needing to visit multiple sites, YDS allows people to more easily get meaning out of the data they are viewing by providing user friendly datasets and visualizations.

In addition to unifying data and developing dashboard, YDS also plays an editorial role by allowing people to share their datastories with an editorial board, which posts these stories publicly.

The combined efforts of YDS make governments more open on a variety of levels. In one sense, they are making existing data more accessible and relevant. On another level, the knowledge that citizens, journalists, and public servants can gain from using the platform allows them to communicate and work more effectively with government. Finally, the YDS platform can help to develop a stronger sense of trust and interaction between governments and citizens by making it more clear where, how, and why public money is being spent.

The YDS platform can be found and utilized at: http://platform.yourdatastories.eu/

To learn more about YDS, visit: https://yourdatastories.eu/

 
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