What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?
Possible problems arise from privacy and defamation issues, as well as in case of changing IT sources or the assessment of information difficult to verify. Legal experts have already elaborated the most reliable data protection policy. The IT format of sources will be checked regularly, and in case of changing sources, we’ll develop new robots.
Most of the data gathered by us are information of public interest and therefore available for everyone. Every other information (e.g. unverifiable anecdotes from media reports, information leaked by anonym whistleblowers or suspected transactions that cannot be checked) will be controlled and classified and in cases of unverifiable but relevant information, we’re developing a secondary database available only for investigative journalists.
How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?
Community media is getting more important, while proffessional journalism looses its weight. Media consumption won't be dominated by big news companies, newspapers but from the demand that arises from each and every reader. Our project aims to involve people collecting and sorting information about transactions and institutions they are familiar with, and share them with those who are interrested. It's like a global puzzle: everybody puts its little part of information together to get the map of information, a more detailed picture of our public life.
Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?
Since the database is partly updated automatically, this function will work even if the project lacks sufficient user-involvement. Furthermore, our technology may also be used for similar applications in other countries and regions and be adopted to serve regional demands.
Different payment services might be launched with professional data and network analysis in order to raise funds for further developments.
The web2 platform could also serve as a basis for other community journalists and thus users already involved might keep on working togehter on other topics if problems with the database arise.
The basic database gives researchers the possibility to study the map of Hungarian decisionmakers and the elite, and even if for some reason it is not updated later, it gives a good picture of a fix period of time.
The establishment of such a database makes a big difference in public life (especially in the field of transparency), and thus even the failure of the project will make people realize the importance of such services and may induce new transparency and communitiy media projects.
Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding
K-Monitor has already elaborated a systematic database maintenance method for its current website and article-database (www.k-monitor.hu). After the initial research, data collection and IT work, the new website is going to be maintained by the editors of K-monitor’s current database, many of whom work as a volunteer and thus there's no need for further funding. The NGOs managin the project integrate the minimum monitoring tasks into their everyday work.
The company providing us with company registry information charges us nothing since the project might generate attractive publicity for them and they intend to get involved in a non-profit action. The open source format can help to make the IT robots stay up-to-date.
Tell us about your partnerships
Project management, researches, policy work will be implemented by K-Monitor Association, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and Transparency International Hungary, Hungary's main anti-corruption NGOs.
Amitaba-Mudra Ltd is our contracted IT partner (a progressive and professional IT company working on several open source projects) and we're also in close working relationship with researchers and investigative journalists of high reputation (Index.hu, origo, HVG, Figyelőnet, etc).
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?
Basic development requires an IT staff of 2-3 persons and a project management of 3 persons. (Editor, lawyer, project manager.) We also need 4-5 persons (volunteers) to clear the large amount of data from mistakes.
In the long run, when downloading the data gets automatic and users start to upload their information, the project needs a small team (1 project manager and 2-3 volunteers) to constantly monitor data and clear it.
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