Apps at the IACC

Open Bank Project and the Singing Bank

An initiative to open up financial transactions of organizations

Open Bank

The Open Bank Project is an European initiative to open up financial transactions to much larger groups of individuals and raise the bar of financial transparency. It achieve this by allowing a diverse range of third-party software applications (including fraud analysis tools, web apps, mobile apps, social widgets and payment gateways) to access any bank account that supports the Open Bank Project API. Once a bank supports the Open Bank Protocol, account holders could opt in to the protocol and choose which groups of users would have access to the account.

The Open Bank Project provides a solution for organizations share read-only access to their transaction data to different groups of people. Users (including the public) can comment, add images and tags and link financial data.

Some Brazilian organizations have showed interest in the project and would like to test it. The Hacker Bus is the first organization in Latin America to publish its financial transactions on the web via Open Bank Project: https://demo.openbankproject.com/banks/banco-do-brasil/accounts/hackerbus/anonymous

At the IACC Hackathon the Open Bank team also developed the Singing Bank, a funny app which turns Open Bank accounts into melodies: when there’s money coming, musical notes are acute, when there is an account debit, the app plays bass.

Project URL:

www.openbankproject.com

www.singingbank.com

Where is the code?

https://github.com/OpenBankProject

Who worked on this project?

Simon Redfern, Ismail Chaib

Money Journey

3D visualization of transactions with Open Bank Project data

During the IACC Hakathon this team worked on a prototype of a client for the API of the Open Bank Project (this API is aimed to give information to any organization that wants to offer their bank activity). The aim of their prototype is experiment with visualization techniques using WebGL and a 3D globe to explore the data of banks, accounts and transactions provided by the new Open Bank Project API.

In 48 hours, they set up an Open Source repository, used a 3D web development library, studied new Open Bank Project API, adapted some types of API call, developed the viewer end developed a containing web page. Now, they continue working for improve visualization, integrate with the OPB API, study how to make the OPB API more geo friendly, improve the user interface and user experience and thinking of more functionality for the prototype, such as let the user make custom queries, let the user create custom alerts and monitoring system, develop a client-serverinfrastructure to provide real-timevisualization (alerts, filters, etc.).

Project URL:

http://geoinquietosvlc.github.com/15iacc

Where is the code?

https://github.com/geoinquietosvlc/15iacc

Who worked on this project?

Daniel Gastón, Jorge Sanz, Alberto Romeu

WB-TI-Correlations

Finding correlations between World Bank and Transparency International Linked Data to support journalism with verifiable statistical results

The app makes correlations between World Bank Indicators and Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index to support journalism with verifiable statistical results. The project makes use of respective Linked Datasets with SPARQL queries to find matching countries and years. The R software is used to calculate coefficient values as well as to create scatter plots. Funding is due to user Interface for journalists and researchers to discover relevant information with references to source data and comparison of different statistical Linked Data.

Project URL:

http://transparency.270a.info/wb-ti-cor

Where is the code?

https://github.com/csarven/wb-ti-cor

Who worked on this project?

Sarven Capadisli

Open Economic Data

A platform that gathers Economic Data from the Greek Government’s Budget & Spendings

Every day, governments and public bodies collect, produce, reproduce and have a wide range of data and information in many areas of public social and economic lives. However, this volume of data is usually not accessible by the public, or made available in ways that do not facilitate or impede processing. The opening and the free availability of such data is one of the dominant issues in the public debate, and now supported by international examples.

In Greece, although the Constitutional basis for proactive disclosure of electronic data has entered into force in 2001, only recently a legal framework allowed for its implementation. The Law 3979/2011 (Law on eGovernment) provides free disposal of data without substantial limitations in a way that allows you to reuse and edit them. However, proper implementation of this legal framework has been hindered by organizational and technological choices, placing Greece behind other countries in this area.

This application is intended to highlight the dynamics of freely available public data, with examples that increases the informational value of the data. The data is imported automatically from different datasources and then are visualized in various ways. The basic visualizations are : 1. Greek Budget Visualizations , 2. Actual Spending per Ministry , 3. Visualization of the relationship between contractors & the government.

Project URL:

http://projects.thodoris.net/

Where is the code?

http://projects.thodoris.net/source

Who worked on this project?

Theodore Papadopoulos

FOI Reminder

FOI Reminder helps to make periodical freedom of information requests on FOI portals around the world.

As governments around the world implement online freedom of information portals, some needs of requesters can be met by apps, as periodical information requests. With FOI Reminder, users can setup reminders and then easily make requests on FOI portals with a prefilled form. It currently supports requests to Brazil, European Union, Germany, Spain and United Kingdom.

Project URL:

https://gentle-tundra-6576.herokuapp.com/

Where is the code?

https://github.com/stefanw/foireminder

Who worked on this project?

Stefan Wehrmeyer

Aybolit – Promoting ethical doctors in Ukraine

a crowdsourcing app to rate, report and endorse good doctors and hospitals in Ukraine

Aybolit is a platform for promoting doctors and hospitals in Ukraine who are operating within the ethical and legal expectations of society. The main goal is to promote ethical doctors in Ukraine, both to the public and to the doctor’s professional peers. On a broader level, Aybolit aims to reopen the public discussion on appropriate practices in healthcare within Ukraine.

With Aybolit, patients can praise their doctor´s ethical behaviour. This can be done by selecting the doctor from a database and then commenting on his/her performance. Any user who makes a comment must register oneself (this can be done by using a social media account), preventing occasional abuses within the platform. Following a review process of the comment, the rated doctor will then receive a postcard thanking him for his ethical behaviour. As a doctor´s good behaviour is reinforced , new patients can benefit from the platform by visualizating previous comments on a map. The plataform use records of positive, ethical (no bribes, etc.) encounters with doctors to build an index of the best hospitals and clinics in Ukraine.

Patients in Ukraine will have the power to positively change the rules of the game in the Ukrainian health sector. By rating their doctors they will reinforce their positive behaviour and have hospitals and other health institutions rethink their unethical behaviour. This project is done in collaboration with Transparency International Ukraine and will be launced in early 2013. Aybolit was an IACC Hackathon winning app.

Project URL:

http://www.aybolit.in.ua

Who worked on this project?

Heath Morrison, Olena Kifenko, Tanel Karp

Political Top Trumps

A card game generator using the rules of ‘Top Trumps’ and open data

The cards generator was built from a proposal by Tim Berman of Transparency International. The premisse was to make data fun and understandable for people who don’t belong to organizations fighting corruption or the academy. During the IACC Hackathon the team developed a Top Trumps about the Brazilian ministries using information such as the year of their foundation, their foreseen and actual expenditures, current number of public servants and how many ministers the institution had from 2002 to 2012. However, any kind of data can be used to generate the cards.

Project URL:

http://apps.thacker.com.br/supertrunfo/?json=ministerios

Where is the code?

https://github.com/pmarkun/supertrunfo/

Who worked on this project?

Pedro Markun, Guilherme Cianfarani, Priscilla Cavalieri, Tim Bergman

Aerial Mapping against Corruption!

Doing aerial photos with a baloon to monitor the construction sites of the world cup

A Weather balloon filled with helium gas and hanging by a thread, rises with a camera that takes pictures continuously. This very easy technology is is provided by the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab). The proposal of these tools is give a low cost, easy to use, and safe methods for making maps and aerial images. This specific initiative during the IACC Hackathon aimed at monitoring a great development project related to the World Cup, a future stadium where access is limited. The camera attached to the balloon took shots every 5 seconds, resulting in an aerial mapping of the development site.

Project URL:

http://publiclaboratory.org/tool/balloon-mapping

Who worked on this project?

Pedro Markun, Guilherme Cianfarani, Priscilla Cavalieri, Tiago Cardieri

Cattle Ranching Illegal Deforestation Map

The goal of this project is to bring to light a posible correlation between cattle ranching economic importance and illegal deforestation in the Brazilian amazon rainforest.

The map of Cattle Ranching in the Brazilian Amazon shows the concentration of cattle on each one of the 771 municipalities of the territory. The data used was downloaded from the National research on feedstock done by IBGE, the national statistics office. If you rove around the map, you will see the evolution of the herds on the last 10 years.

In order to show that such an important economic activity is actually related to the issue of illegal deforestation, the project combines the cattle ranching data with the number of farms embargoed for illegal deflorestation by the Brazilian Environmenatl Agency, the IBAMA. The data was obtained from the national database of Ibama. Again, arelation can be visualized: those states with more cattle have more cases of embargo.

The Cattle Ranching Map is featured on the InfoAmazonia.org platform. The site allows users to combine the data with geolocalized news produced by various media vehicles.

The map of Cattle Ranching in the Brazilian Amazon shows the concentration of cattle on each one of the 771 municipalities of the territory. The data used was downloaded from the National research on feedstock done by IBGE, the national statistics office. If you rove around the map, you will see the evolution of the herds on the last 10 years.

In order to show that such an important economic activity is actually related to the issue of illegal deforestation, the project combines the cattle ranching data with the number of farms embargoed for illegal deflorestation by the Brazilian Environmenatl Agency, the IBAMA. The data was obtained from the national database of Ibama. Again, arelation can be visualized: those states with more cattle have more cases of embargo.

The Cattle Ranching Map is featured on the InfoAmazonia.org platform. The site allows users to combine the data with geolocalized news produced by various media vehicles.

Project URL:

http://infoamazonia.org/#map=cattleranching

Where is the code?

http://infoamazonia.org/en/data/

Who worked on this project?

Juan Elosua, Carlos Sánchez, Gustavo Faleiros

Politics Profiles

a social network to connect politicans and citizens

Politicsprofiles enables the creation of profiles of politicians where their professional records can be assessed. One can study and join profiles, proposals, news, votes of politicians and find relations between votes and law projects.

Project URL:

http://politicsprofile.herokuapp.com/

Where is the code?

https://github.com/senorpasajero/riolonge

Who worked on this project?

Fernando Uval, Angel Botto, Javier Jaimes, Sergio Aristizábal