Collecting Information

The guides are designed so that you can follow detailed instructions on how to handle each task step-by-step. It is important that you read every part carefully and do not skip any of the instructions. However, If you have any questions regarding the process please contact the Digital Kosovo team at info@digitalkosovo.org.

Data research

You should collect information available publicly and freely online by a range of specified public institutions and facilities.

An example:

  • Category: Airports
  • Criteria: Does it have Kosovo listed or as a map?
  • Evaluation: Yes

Information Categories

  • – Airport Name
  • – Country
  • – Contact Address
  • – Email
  • – Telephone
  • – Does it have a map? Is Kosovo listed on the map?
  • – Does it have a list of countries? Is Kosovo listed?
  • – Flight Information? Is Pristina listed as Kosovo?
  • – Other information

Process

You should collect the above information from a list of approximately 100 public institutions and facilities, in this case airports, public institutions, post telecoms, Internet properties. Daily rate of data gathering expected is 2-3 institutions a day. Once the information on a particular property is collected we will list them on the Digital Kosovo website. You can also start researching the institutions to help us. Please make sure you read each instruction carefully and adhere to them strictly in the sequence recommended. Do not forget to submit your results to our team at info@digitalkosovo.org.

If the specified data required is not clearly stated on a particular public institution’s or facility’s website, you are to first take a print-screen and consult with the team at Digital Kosovo.

Sources

The following list is meant to help you with your own research by offering links to respectable information sources on the web, available free of charge. Inclusion on the list doesn’t automatically mean the absolute truth is on these websites, so always be critical and compare information between different sources.

Freebase
Freebase is a large collaborative knowledge base consisting of metadata composed mainly by its community members. It is an online collection of structured data harvested from many sources, including individual ‘wiki’ contributions
http://www.freebase.com/

CrunchBase
CrunchBase is a website that allows user to ‘look-up’ technology company information from its database.
http://www.crunchbase.com/

LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a website that lists professional people working on various industries. We recommend using LinkedIn to check for the responsible people within departments you reach out.
http://www.linkedin.com

Should you have any recommendations for reliable sources of gathering information apart from the Google index, we would be happy to them list.

 

Templates

We have identified these likely scenarios that you may encounter as you gather data of each airport, university, post telecom, top internet properties. The example below is for the case of an airport:
- Kosovo is on the map, listed and well recognised (no further action is required)
- Kosovo is NOT recognised by the airport
- Kosovo is not on the map and the airport has no connecting flight to Kosovo
- The website claims Kosovo IS recognised but data cannot be found. Research again
- Critical information on an airport is missing. Find and fill in missing information.

These are templates of the letters to be sent out. Follow the showcased layout, and response given when faced with the following scenarios.


Case Scenario 1

Pristina is listed under Serbia, although the map of Kosovo is separate from that of Serbia.

Case Scenario 2

When there are no flights to Pristina and Kosovo’s territories are mapped wrongly under Serbia and Montenegro.

Case Scenario 3

No direct flight to Pristina from this airport, Kosovo and Pristina are not mentioned on the webpage and Kosovo’s territories is mapped under Serbia

Case Scenario 4

When the location of the airport is listed as Pristina, Kosovo, Serbia

Case Scenario 5

Kosovo map is separated from Serbia but Pristina is listed under the state of Serbia.

Case Scenario 6

Pristina is listed under Kosovo, however the map is not separate from Serbia

Case Scenario 7

Pristina is listed and there are no reference made to Serbia: however, Kosovo is listed in the map of Serbia

Case Scenario 8

When Pristina International Airport Adem Jashari is listed as located in Pristina, Kosovo, Serbia and Kosovo is not found in the map.

Case Scenario 9

Template for University

Email footer

It’s always good to add ot the end of your email references that prove the content you are writing, in this case the ICJ decision.

The Republic of Kosovo is a country located in South-Eastern Europe. The Republic of Kosovo is recognised by majority of States of the international community and is a member of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other important international organisations and forums of States. In July 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled [1] that Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate international law.

Abbreviations Used in Letter Writing:
The following abbreviations are widely used in letters:
  • Asap = as soon as possible
  • cc = carbon copy (when you send a copy of a letter to more than one person, you use this abbreviation to let them know)
  • Enc. = enclosure (when you include other papers with your letter)
  • Pp. = per procuration (A Latin phrase meaning that you are signing the letter on somebody else's behalf; if they are not there to sign it themselves, etc.)
  • PS = postscript (when you want to add something after you've finished and signed it)
  • pto (informal) = please turn over (to make sure that the other person knows the letter continues on the other side of the page)
  • RSVP = please reply


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