18 February 2014

Can we teach you design?

Both in private and at JumpStart, people often ask me whether we can teach them to design... In most cases, these people are referring just to teaching graphics software skills, sometimes without fully understanding what it means to learn design. It’s very rare that people know exactly what they want to learn. Either way, I often find it difficult to give a short and precise answer without getting involved in a long and complex conversation.

10 February 2014

How Long Should Georgia's Civil Society Wait?

On the first Wednesday of every month, people from several Georgian civil society organizations, government ministries and state agencies, gather at the Ministry of Justice to make decisions and talk about Georgia’s participation in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

03 February 2014

Girls That Code: A new initiative to support and inspire coding skills in Georgia

We at JumpStart think there is a lot of potential for this workshop and type of outreach. It is definitely filling a huge gap in Georgia, where the Ministry of Education is struggling to get even traditional education standards in line with other countries. There is no data available yet on how public education (both schools and universities) is meeting the demand of the market, since there is no good data on what the market is demanding. Georgia is in transition. However, Georgia is a country with few natural resources to speak of except for its human capacity. With this in mind, it seems to me that education should play a central role in developing a sustainable human economic resource that is competitive both locally and globally.

20 January 2014

Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy: A Useful Checklist

Whether your organization is a big International Non-Governmental Organization that enjoys widespread visibility, or a small locally based Civil Society Organization, you could probably use some help to ensure that your campaigns are effective in delivering your message to the intended audience. While campaigners, governments, and donors have become increasingly aware of the power of data, it can still be hard to figure out what opportunities exist for your own organization. What data is persuasive? What does it take to manage it? How can it best be presented and to what audience? Essentially, how can data best be used in your advocacy campaign?

13 September 2013

Mr. Ivanishvili, please don't sell open government short

On Thursday prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili stated that the government of Georgia should work more uniformly to publish data electronically on their websites. In short, according to Mr. Ivanishvili, his government is making a list of all the things that should proactively be made public.

05 August 2013

Does it matter if your data is better if nobody can use it?

On 1 July, JumpStart Georgia requested crime data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. We requested this information because we knew that according to the Administrative Code of Georgia, we are entitled to this information. It is public by law.

29 April 2013

Call for Internship

JumpStart Georgia is seeking a motivated, independent, and enthusiastic intern to help us with the exciting work we do. Do you like our project Visualizing the News in Georgia? Would you like to participate in our work by assisting us with a new project that tells an exciting, yet newsworthy story? Then apply NOW! Please, share with us your CV and a brief work of your own that shows us you have what it takes to!

21 January 2013

An Introductory Training in Data Exploration using R

Are you interested in learning more about how to explore and use data to achieve your goals? Are you a journalist interested in data exploration and visualization but don’t know where to start to pick up the skills you need? Do you want to move beyond mere text and begin to show information and tell stories with graphics?

15 November 2012

Seeking Project Manager

JumpStart Georgia is pleased to announce an opening for an energetic and motivated project manager for our new project, Visualizing the News in Georgia.

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27 August 2012

Election Data Goes Live!

For the first time in Georgia, any organization, be it non-governmental, journalistic, public, or commercial can access election result information as well as voter list information online and in an easy way.

14 November 2011

President Mikheil Saakashvili Pledges to Open Up Government

On 20 September 2011 Mikheil Saakashvili joined 46 other countries in supporting the principles and values put forth in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). This followed on the heels of an open letter by Minister of Foreign Affairs Gregory Vashadze on 30 August 2011 describing Georgia’s intent to join the OGP.

23 October 2011

Information Works for Us

If you look at Google Maps today, you will find significantly more information than you would have found a year ago. Villages are popping up where there were none. Soon you will start to see streets, points of interest and more. This is largely a concerted effort by us, your local JumpStart Georgia (formerly Open Maps Caucasus) and the National Public Registry of Georgia.