On 13 December the workshop Electronic Services and Open Data. Vinnytsia’s Experience was held in Vinnytsia. Representatives of city and village councils of Vinnytsia oblast, activists and journalists participated in the event.
At the event, we discussed the electronic services that Vinnytsia city council provides to its citizens – according to city council representatives, the most popular service is signing up to the kindergarten online. It is connected with the fact that in 2015, the waiting list was fully transferred in the electronic form, which not only facilitates people’s access to the service but also decreased corruption risks.
We also discussed the participatory budget of Vinnytsia and a funding map of the Vinnytsia community. The peculiarity of the participatory budget in Vinnytsia is that the projects can only be submitted if they are related to “common good and use,” which decreases the number of applications from educational institutions which use participatory budgeting to renovate their facilities. “We understand that these works are important, but the participatory budget is designed to perform a different function – it allows the public to come up with ideas that will improve the space around them,” explain city council representatives.

The second part of the workshop was dedicated to creation, formatting and publication of open data. In Vinnytsia, over 400 unique data sets are available at the moment.

Finally, representatives of municipal enterprise Vinnytsiakartservis told about implementation of the electronic ticket – this part brought on a lot of questions and positive reactions, since in Vinnytsia, the launch of a unique ticket system for public transportation is planned.

The event speakers were progressive representatives of Vinnytsia city council and municipal enterprises: Dina Chernenko and Serhii Moskovko of the IT department, Volodymyr Khoroshev and Natalia Maletska of the legal policy and quality department and Kateryna Babkina of ME Vinnytsiakartservis.

The event was organized by the Transparent Cities program as part of the project Building Transparency in Ukrainian Cities, implemented with the support of the UN Democracy Fund.