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  • … without the workshop many journalists would have given up on digging in databases, and the data would have never reached the public…

    Shaul Amsterdamski
    Shaul Amsterdamski
    Senior Economic Correspondent at “Calcalist”
  • … the grass roots pressure that the workshop applies on the government.. helps the bureaucracy and politicians internalize the importance of open public information and to implement it…

    Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler
    Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler
    Senior researcher at the Israeli Democracy Institute
  • The Public Knowledge Workshop is very important for any journalist in Israel… it makes accessible information that would otherwise have required a sisyphean effort of many hours…

    Shaul Amsterdamski
    Shaul Amsterdamski
    Senior Economic Correspondent at “Calcalist”
  • … the more transparency the more democracy. Open Knesset makes valuable information accessible and transparent …

    Ophir Akounis
    Deputy Minister Ophir Akounis
    the Likud Party
  • … the workshop’s activity in exposing information and making it accessible is critical… there is a saying that ‘sunlight is the best of disinfectants’…

    MikiRozenthal
    Miki Rozenthal
    Member of the Knesset, the Labor Party
  • The Workshop has both ability and experience in making information public in a friendly, detailed way. This effectively promotes open government in Israel …

    Alona Vinograd
    Alona Vinograd
    The Movement For FOI
  • … the point isn’t getting the data, it is to process it. You can’t get any insight from a 1,000 page pdf document if the search function doesn’t work. This is why the Public Knowledge Workshop has a super important role…

    Raviv Druker
    Raviv Druker
    Senior Correspondent at Channel 10

 The Public Knowledge Workshop (“Hasadna”)

Hasadna LeYeda Tziburi, the Public Knowledge Workshop in English, is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation that was founded in 2011. Its mission is to allow the public to engage more meaningfully with Israeli government and public interest data by making it more accessible to the public. This is achieved with the support of hundreds of volunteers who are engaged in “civic hacking” through open source coding (a form of coding which is open for all members of the public to use, share and develop upon). The volunteers develop websites, apps and software that are available to the general public that present and analyze this data.

Examples of government data examined by Hasadna include Knesset voting records, legislation, committee activity (particularly that of the Finance Committee), government budget information and the management of public funds at both the local and national level.

The Workshop:

  •  Develops free websites and mobile apps based on open source software that make government information more accessible to the public;
  •  Collaborates with the government to increase its transparency and open additional information;
  •  Cooperates with numerous organizations, institutions, media and citizens that share its goals;
  •   Brings together social and Hi-Tech entrepreneurs, developers, designers and editors to incubate its project

Join us!

Activists at the Public Knowledge Workshop come from a variety of backgrounds, from programming experts and graphic designers to researchers in the social sciences.

We believe that by working together and learning from each other, we can innovate our way to a better civic discourse in Israel. Plus, we have a lot of fun in the process.

Find out how you can help!

The Problem

Israel is known worldwide as the “Start-Up Nation,” Tel Aviv arguably having the highest rate of high-tech start-ups per capita in the world and, according to the “Start Up Genome”, the second best ecosystem for start ups in the world. Despite this, the Israeli government and bureaucratic institutions have lagged behind in terms of technological advancement. This has most problematically affected the Israeli public who has had limited access to government information which should and could be shared en mass with the wider public.

This lack of information sharing has meant that Israelis share a widespread distrust of their government both in terms of its effectiveness and its trustworthiness. In the 2012 global corruption perception index, Israel was ranked in the 39th place, well below most of the OECD countries.

Our Solution

By fixing the information asymmetry that exists between the public and the government, we enhance Israeli democracy, increase civic involvement, improve the relationship between citizens and government and change public and media discourse.