When it comes to communicating data, you need to know who your target audience is. <…> There is general public – average people – who needs to get comprehensible information. <…> Yet, there are experts. <…> In the latter case, aligning information is important. Now, if you compare the data from various ministries, you can come to all sorts of conclusions. <…> Frankly speaking, there is another category – these are subject-matter experts that do not work for the government. These are academic experts, university researchers and maybe certain journalists that may find it useful if more information were disclosed. Now some data cannot be made public due to laws and other things. It should be limitedly disclosed. <...> It would be a good thing, because independent experts can come to in-depth conclusions that will eventually be useful for ministries and agencies — Ruben Enikolopov, Rector, New Economic School.
Comprehensibility is very important after all. When you start making things comprehensible and consistent, you may find there is not so much to it and the information has a totally different sense. This is why comprehensibility and consistency are key aspects of openness — Alexey Kudrin, Chairman, Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.
There is a fair amount of available data. User friendliness of this data is a different story. Sometimes, if you are not a subject-matter expert, this data is hard to find and interpret. However, data itself is bread and butter for a researcher, for a social scientist. Data is important for journalists <…> as it helps them understand what the government is up to instead of just retelling conversations of those who they consider newsmakers. When it comes to people or end users of public services so to speak, it is not just the openness that is important, but public dimension. It means being able to get a feedback or a response to your inquiry and affect a decision instead of just knowing what is happening in a government agency and what it is up to — Ekaterina Shulman, Political Scientist, Candidate of Political Science.
We are changing the attitude to our information in general. We focus on the products we make for the target audiences that consume those products. Each audience has its own channel, product and lingo. Each division in the Statistics Service has determined its products, audience and mechanism of disclosing information — Pavel Malkov, Head of the Federal State Statistics Service.