Govdirectory is a new project which aims to make it possible to find the social media accounts for any public organization.
Give me all the Twitter accounts for all government agencies around the world involved in environmental protection?
Give me all YouTube accounts for Swedish municipalities?
Those are two examples of queries we want govdirectory.org to be able to answer.
Govdirectory aims to become a global directory of government agencies and their online presence by utilizing Wikidata.
Wikidata’s community, sourceability, versioning, and the govdirectory.org platform that we create will ensure that not only should the information be correct but when it isn’t, because of vandalism or something else, users will be able, and suggested, to validate the information. The goal is for this directory to be useful to journalists, web-archivists, activists, and many others, certainly including regular citizens.
To make sure we are building a platform beyond our own needs and ideas, we are currently looking for data journalists, web-archivists, activists, researchers, and others who would find a platform like govdirectory.org valuable and who would consider participating in an interview. If that is you, give Jan or me a ping!