We Advocate

We are vocal about the benefits of open government and open data in a transparent and participatory society.

An open government is one that is proactively transparent about its activities and the information it collects. In addition, an open government proactively seeks to include its citizens in its processes and activities.

We support the Sunlight Foundation's guidelines on open data and advocate for the Georgian government to adhere to those principles.

We have a vision for an open and participatory Georgian government! We work in consort with civil society organizations and government representatives to communicate our vision.

We are actively engaged in:

  • improving Georgia's freedom of information laws and their implementation
  • improving Georgian citizens' integration of open data principles in all its activities to bridge the gap between Georgians and their data in government
  • improving the communication between Georgian citizens and their government using modern standards and technologies that are open
  • raising awareness among Georgians about the benefits of a transparent and proactively open government
  • working with civil society organizations and the media to use freedom of information laws and open data to investigate and inform the public
01/10/2014 to 03/11/2015
01/08/2014 to 16/12/2014
15/04/2014 to 25/05/2014
02/02/2014 to 06/07/2014
01/12/2013 to 30/11/2014


05 July 2016

Why it’s time to ditch the 30 page report

You spend months working on an issue you care about. You research it. And then, at the end of your project, you write a report to share your valuable conclusions.

14 May 2016

#sharetheroad - Think of others before you park!

Sometimes there is nothing better than walking in Tbilisi during early mornings with just the street sweepers out or in late summer evenings when the city is not packed with people and cars.

04 April 2016

JumpStart releases free new tool for survey data analysis

Xtraktr - find, share, explore and visualized your dataAt JumpStart Georgia, we spend a lot of time searching for and analyzing data in order to create infographics, interactives, stories, and helpful tools.

08 December 2015

Removing the Barriers to Data About Georgia’s Children

As a child in Georgia, you are 3 times more likely to find substandard plumbing in rural schools than in urban schools and you are 17 times more likely to find toilets outside the school building in rural schools than in urban schools.

29 May 2014

Storytelling: An Agent of Creativity and Change in Georgia

You cannot (and should not) just throw a spreadsheet into someone's lap and expect that to make your case. Nor can you expect most busy people to read a thirty-page report. What you can do is break research and communication into chunks or stages. Organizations should view each chunk as an opportunity to communicate with one or many potential audiences. Explore what media speaks to each target audience.


UNICEF Georgia launches new data portal about children in Georgia

UNICEF Georgia is launching the first country level data portal on children's issues. For the first time, UNICEF has made local data on children's issues accessible in multiple languages to academics, NGOs, and journalists. Follow updates throughout the day via @jsgeorgia on Twitter and on Facebook!

  • 03/11/2015 (All day)

DigStory & BarCamp in Yerevan

JumpStart will be participating in DigStory - Digital Storytelling International Media Conference on May 28-29 in Yerevan, Armenia.

  • 28/05/2015 - 10:00 to 31/05/2015 - 18:00

3rd Annual International Open Data Conference

This year, JumpStart will participate in the 3rd annual International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada. From May 28-29, 2015 sector and open data experts, senior government officials, industry leaders, and civil society champions from around the world will gather in Ottawa, Canada to exchange ideas and work together to enable the data revolution. JumpStart is doing its part in Georgia, and is excited to share its local experience and learn from others. 

  • 25/05/2015 - 14:00 to 30/05/2015 - 14:00

Hack Me Some Land Registration Data

Eric Barrett and Cristina Maza from JumpStart Georgia and George Chanturia from Transparency International Georgia were chatting it up and we realized it was about time the public had accessible to land registry data in Georgia that it could analyze and use to monitor the government.

  • 19/05/2014 - 11:00 to 18:00

Public Workshop: Telling Stories With Data

JumpStart Georgia will hold a workshop open to the public on what data is and why it's important when telling stories for journalism and advocacy. Specifically, we will discuss  what we mean by structured data, how to get structured data on a variety of topics in  Georgia, and how this data can be analyzed and communicated in a variety of ways. We will look at what tools exist that make it easier to collect, analyze, and communicate data to tell stories and advocate for change. The workshop, open to the public, will target civil society organizations and journalists.

  • 30/04/2014 - 15:00 to 17:00

Public Workshop: The How-To's of a Data-Driven Advocacy Campaign.

This workshop will be the second of JumpStart’s monthly trainings that cover a variety of aspects of using data to communicate, including data collection, use, analysis, and communication (visualization). This second workshop will cover the basics of how to plan and implement a successful advocacy campaign using data. All who are interested are welcome to attend, however the venue is limited to about 50 people, give or take. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your questions.

The workshop will be held at 3pm (15.00) on Friday 21 March in the Multimedia Education Centre.

  • 21/03/2014 - 15:00 to 16:30

Film Screening: From My Point of View & Unseen Wars

On Thursday 06 March, JumpStart Georgia will host a screening of two documentary films, From My Point of View and Unseen War, created by the Tactical Tech Collective. These two films are the second and third episodes of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisible by Tactical Tech.

  • 06/03/2014 - 19:30 to 20:30

Film Screening: Our Currency Is Information

On Thursday 13 February, JumpStart Georgia will host a screening of the documentary film Our Currency is Information, created by the Tactical Tech Collective. Our Currency is Information is the first episode of the documentary film series Exposing the Invisible by Tactical Tech. In this episode you will learn about methods for investigating corruption and organized crime.

  • 13/02/2014 - 19:30 to 21:00

Coloring Communication with Data

On Tuesday 28th of January, JumpStart Georgia will be hosting an exciting all-day event ‘Coloring Communication with Data’ at the Europe House in central Tbilisi. At JumpStart Georgia, we believe that visualizing data is the key to effective communication. Visualizations can help to strengthen the connections between raw data and the information and messages your data contains. The way data is framed and presented visually can help sway decision makers and other target audiences in the right direction by giving weight and clarity to your argument.

  • 28/01/2014 (All day)

Call to NGOs: JumpStart wants to visualize your message!

JumpStart Georgia is looking to partner with civil society organizations and NGOs to collaborate with over the next 12 months. Within the framework of our new project, Visualizing for Data-driven Advocacy, we are looking to team up with organizations to add value to their advocacy campaigns by using data and visualizations for increased impact.

  • 13/12/2013 - 15:00 to 15/01/2014 - 18:00