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
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.

21 July 2011

The Value of Knowing Where the Bus Stops Are

We want to give a big thanks today to the Tbilisi Transport Company (TTC) for sharing geo data with us and supporting our project TbiliCity. They have made large contribution of current bus routing and bus stop data, saving us, and potentially other organizations, the pain of reinventing this wheel - a wheel originally paid for with public tax payer money. This is what we are having to do with marshrutkas. Hey, if not us, who would do this?

14 April 2011

JumpStart Georgia’s Data Now Live on Google Map Maker

Over the last several years I have heard thousands of complaints and questions by disappointed Georgians and foreigners alike who, while researching Georgia online sooner or later stumble upon the question: Why is Georgia not on Google Maps? Where is Georgia on Google Maps? These questions became increasingly pointed at Google representatives themselves following the Georgian-Russian conflict in 2008.

21 March 2011

Mashing Georgia's Collective Data

Today Transparency International Georgia launched FixMyStreet.ge, an online tool that allows residents of Tbilisi highlight concerns and publicly report problems about their streets.FixMyStreet.ge is an iteration of MySociety's http://www.fixmystreet.com that has been highly successful in putting tools in the hands of U.K.

26 January 2011

A Year of Mapping Georgia

At last, we’ve finally packaged up our Georgia map data! I’m particularly excited, as this represents the culmination of over a year of work by hundreds of people, and the result is one of the best, and certainly the most up to date map that exists of Georgia. It’s truly amazing how so many people have come together to work on this project, mapping their own towns and regions with the local knowledge that no one else could possibly have.

This video shows over a year of work, as our mappers gradually expanded the map to cover an immense amount of space.