Project

Pravo da znaes (Right to know) is a project of the Citizens Association MOST, which aim is to project the changes in the Republic of Macedonia through searching and comparison of these changes within the Units of the Local Self Government (ULSG) during a certain period of time. The website uses demographical, election, social – economical and specific data of the units of local self-government that are obtained and displayed in a way explained in the Methodology of collecting and presenting data.

The interactive map provides a view of different categories of data and their correlations between different ULSG. The tool for graphical visualization allows the users to see individual data for each ULSG, and provide them with opportunity to compare different categories of data between different ULSG as well as to search the progress of these data in a certain period of time. Even though these data are not perfect, still these information are official and create the picture of the ULSG in Republic of Macedonia and represent a new way of presenting the situations in the ULSG.

The database of the website Right to know will be constantly upgraded in a continuing process of inclusion of new data and information about the situations in the ULSG that are important for the everyday life of the citizens.

By establishing a powerful online resource that offers fresh and unique way of using available information through the society, MOST aim is to contribute towards well-argued debate and to objectively direct the public discourse to the real concerns of the citizens. MOST opinion is that only well informed citizenry is an empowered citizenry, which directly contributes towards activity and inclusion of the citizens in the functional democracy.

The project is supported by the Balkan Trust for Democracy, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The web page http://www.pravodaznaes.org.mk is pictured to be a collecting center of data related with all municipalities in Republic of Macedonia, including the City of Skopje. The data are divided into several categories and its number will be continuously increasing. The key objective of this web page is not just to collect data and information, but to present the same ones in a simple graphical way, with aim to make the data and information more understandable for the users. The presentation of the data is secured by using free software, i.e. the tools GeoMap and Motion Chart which allow the presentation of the data to be conducted in two ways – geographical and time-scale series.

Within the first way of presentation, the map of Macedonian is provided and the user can select two data categories by which the comparison between the municipalities in Republic of Macedonia can be conducted. Depending on the data for every municipality, the municipalities are colored by different shades of the same color which gives opportunity to notice the differences between the municipalities, as well as the extreme numbers, i.e. the municipalities where this data is the smallest or the highest one.

The second option provides the citizens with opportunity to compare the data within the categories for the period of several years. This option allows to be selected all municipalities in Republic of Macedonia, or to be selected only certain number of them in accordance with the interest of the user/s.

The data are being obtained in two ways – by sending Request for Free Access to Public Information to the holders of information and by desktop and field research. The desktop research uses the official publications of the State Statistical Office as the main information resources. Once the data are obtained, the data that are to be published on the web page are selected. Within the selection process of the data that are to be presented, an Editorial team is included composed of experts, journalists and eminent persons of the society. Every member of the team recommends which data categories to be presented according to own filed of activities.

The database is anticipated to contain data for the municipalities in Republic of Macedonia divided into following areas: transparency of the municipalities, citizens’ involvement in the process of policy creation and decision making, effectiveness of the Primary courts, demographical, economic and social features of the municipalities and the election results.

Within these areas, there are more categories with more variables that can be selected for presentation and comparison. Along with the updating of the databases in the future, the categories will be updated with new data, and new categories will be added as well.

The Citizens Association MOST does not claim that the offered methodology is the best and unique one. Nevertheless, this method of presentation of the conditions and data should contribute towards more qualitative debate in the society.

Please read these Terms of use before using the website www.pravodaznaes.org.mk. These Terms of use may be updated without notice, therefore please, check these Terms of use regularly. Should you continue to use the website, you agree to abide by the Terms of use and any amendments.

Welcome to the website Righttoknow.

The use of the offered services is at your sole risk. The data are published on the "as is" base, i.e. as the data are available on internet or as the data are obtained by the holders of information. The Citizens Association MOST, its employees, members of the management bodies, as well as the financial supporters, declaratively dismiss any responsibilities for accuracy and correctness of the published data.

At the same time, the Citizens Association MOST, its employees, associates, members of the management bodies as well as the financial supporters make no warranty that: (1) the services and data will meet your requirements; (2) the services and data will be uninterruptedly available, timely, secure and error free; (3) the services and data will be accurate, correct and reliable; (4) the errors within the used software solutions will be corrected.

Should you download or otherwise obtain any kind of material from the website, it would be at your own risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of the data. The Citizens Association MOST, its employees, associates, members of the management bodies as well as the financial supporters will not take any responsibilities for any advice or information, whether written or oral, obtained by you through use of the services and data published on the website pravodaznaes.

You assertively accept and agree that the Citizens Association MOST, its employees, associates, members of the management bodies as well as the financial supporters, will not be responsible for direct, indirect, material or any other type of damage or material or any type of loss, that can be produced by: (1) the use or inability to use the services and data; (2) procurement of goods or services as result from the use of the services and data; (3) unauthorized access or change of your transmission of the data; (4) statements or conduct of any third party using the services and data; (5) any other issues related to the services and data.

 

The website contains different types of information and data for municipalities and regions in the country, data on national level as well as data from individual institutions. The data are presented in two ways - time, through so-called dynamic chart and time and geograhy, where the map of the country is shown.

          

 

                                                Time                                                                                          Time and geography

To view and compare data in the dynamic chart, first select the segment in which you want to view data: national level, municipal level, regional level or data from institutions. 

We will explain the procedure for viewing data at municipal level. Once you click on "Municipalities", opens a submenu from which you select the option "Chart". 

 

Then, at the bottom left, you select municipalities that want to view. You can select all municipalities or only some of the municipalities that you want to compare. By clicking the box next to "Filter municipalities", you select/deselect all municipalities. By clicking the box next to the name of each municipality, you select/deselect it. Tooltips in the chart are representing the municipalities selected and their size depends on the number of inhabitants in the municipality.

  

Then, at the top left, select a category of data you want to view, for example tourism. The respective subcategories will show up. In this case there is only one subcategory, number of tourists and the number of nights, so you select it.  

Then select categories of data you want to compare, for example the total number of tourists and the number of domestic tourists. 

 

To make a comparison between the two groups you need to set then on a different axis for comparison. For example, set the total number of tourists on the x-axis, while the other category of comparison, the number of domestic tourists, set it on  the y-axis.   

After selecting both categories, click the button play/pause at the bottom of the screen to start the visualization. Bubbles move depending on the change of data on municipalities during the period. Visualization can be paused by clicking the button play/pause and the visualization stops on the year that was shown when you’ve paused it. Also, you can also adjust the speed of the presentation, on the scale next to the button play/pause.

 

The procedure is similar to viewing data in other segments, except for the segment of data at the national level, where you only selected categories i.e. no need to select municipalities or regions. 

In order to compare data by time and geography, on the submenu that appears when you click "Municipalities", click "Map". 

 

Here it is not necessary to select municipalities, because in this way it is shown the data from all municipalities. On the left side you select the categories of data you want to view, same as for the dynamic chart, and you click on the button "play" to start the visualization. Municipalities are stained in different colors depending on the change of data during the time period.

 

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