The University Information System RUSSIA (UIS RUSSIA), operating since 2000, is a mutual project of the Research Computing Center and the Economic Faculty at Lomonosov Moscow State University. It operates since 2000 as an electronic library and a database for investigations in social and economic sciences.

Mission

The mission of the UIS RUSSIA is to develop and maintain an archive of statistical data and analytical documents needed for research and education in economic and social sciences. The UIS RUSSIA team pursues the goal of ensuring long-term digital preservation and archiving of its digital assets and undertakes the necessary efforts. The archive operates as a collective electronic library in order to promote and facilitate education and research so as to meet the needs of Russian universities and the educational community as a whole. Access to the UIS RUSSIA is free with registration for educational and research institutions, public libraries, teachers and researchers in the Russian Federation, CIS countries and foreign educational and research institutions and specialists.

The UIS RUSSIA only maintains public domain data and documents that are not confidential and obtained from a holder/provider under an Agreement on Cooperation or a Letter of Permission.

The UIS RUSSIA resources can be used only and exclusively for educational and research purposes. Currently, almost 350 institutions are registered as collective users and 4000 as individual users.

As a long term data preservation plan the UIS RUSSIA team reserves the right to transfer all data to an appropriate repository or archive should the MSU infrastructure close down or be superseded. The decision will be made by the UIS RUSSIA Scientific Council in cooperation with the MSU Research Computing Center and the Economic Faculty leadership.

Content

The repository acquires, preserves and curates the data and analytical documents necessary for education and research in economic and social sciences and also conducts related instructional programs. Starting in 2003, the development team has concentrated on building an infrastructure for educational courses in statistics and methods of analysis. Today profound knowledge of statistical data and the ability to implement advanced modern methods of applied analysis are expected from successful university graduates and are in high demand among new specialists, particularly in economics, public administration and related areas. Functional knowledge of statistics and methods of data-based inquiry is mandate of the new educational standards adopted by the Russian Federation Ministry of Education.

The main block of data in the UIS RUSSIA is a set of databases: “Regions of Russia” made up of two segments (with annual and monthly updates), “Municipal Units” and “Children of Russia” both with annual updates. The source of statistical data is the publications of the Russian Federal Statistic Service (Rosstat, www.gks.ru).

The analytical publications block includes holdings of official data and documents (laws, presidential decrees and directives, executive branch enactments, acts and regulations); international agreements signed by the Russian Federation; reports from federal agencies; analytical journals of the Russian universities; publications of both Russian and international policy research institutes (“think tanks”); and documents from various international organizations. All of the collections are obtained from owners and/or producers under legal Agreements on Cooperation with the Moscow State University Research Computing Center or Letters of Permission.

The UIS RUSSIA’s enhanced functionality includes tools to search and retrieve information across the databases and analytical publications, exploiting the “public administration” domain ontology. The core of the ontology is statistical indicators corpora.

Content policy and technological innovations are discussed at annual meetings of the UIS RUSSIA Scientific Council — the Lomonosov Moscow State University and other national universities’ professors and researchers. Recommendations provided by users online are also welcome.

Full list of sources

Producer. Title Official site url Document
Nauchno-Technicheski Centr “Systema”. Official Acts http://www1.systema.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on September 3, 1999
Nauchno-Technicheski Centr “Systema”. Russian Federation International Agreements http://www1.systema.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on September 3, 1999
Federal State Statistical Service. Annual Publications http://www.gks.ru Letter of Permission, signed on July 7, 1999. Confirmed on July 5, 2000
Federal State Statistical Service. Forms of Federal Statistical Survey http://www.gks.ru Available at official site
Federal State Statistical Service. Methodological Notes on Statistics http://www.gks.ru Available at official site
Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Monitoring and Forecasting http://economy.gov.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on July 9, 2003
Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation. Bulletins http://www.ach.gov.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on August 28, 2008
Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation.
Expertise of Draft Laws
http://www.ach.gov.ru
Agreement on Cooperation, signed on August, 28, 2008
Central Bank of the Russian Federation. Working Papers http://www.cbr.ru/publ/ Available at official site
Institute of Demography,
National Research University “Higher School of Economics”.
Demoscope Weekly
http://demoscope.ru
Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr. 4, 2004
Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-term Forecasting.
Russian Federation Economic Trends
http://www.forecast.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr. 26, 2002
Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-term Forecasting.
Survey of Macroeconomic Trends
http://www.forecast.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr. 26, 2002
Russian Economic School. International econometric journal “Quantile” http://quantile.ru Available at official site
World Bank. Russia Economic Reports http://www.worldbank.org Available at official site
Leontief Centre. Annual Leontief Conferences http://www.leontief-centre.ru
Available at official site
National Research University “ Higher School of Economics”. Economic Journal
http://library.hse.ru Available at official site
Economic Expert Group. Survey of Economic Indicators http://www.eeg.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr. 5, 2002
Lomonosov Moscow State University Faculty of Economics. Scientific Researches. Electronic magazine http://archive.econ.msu.ru Available at official site
Institute of Social and Economic Development of Territories. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecasts http://library.vscc.ac.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr. 22, 2013
Institute of Social and Economic Development of Territories. Monographs http://library.vscc.ac.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr. 22, 2013
Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Sociology. Sociological Magazine http://www.isras.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on April 10, 2006
Social Policy Institute. SPERO http://spero.socpol.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr.29, 2008
Kommersant. Daily
Kommersant. Regions
Kommersant. Money
http://www.kommersant.ru/daily/
http://www.kommersant.ru/regions/
http://www.kommersant.ru/money/
Agreement on Cooperation, signed on Febr. 1, 2008
Poisk Weekly http://www.poisknews.ru Agreement on Cooperation, signed on March 3, 2003

Search instruments

In addition to traditional search instruments, the UIS RUSSIA offers developed search tools, providing for a search across data and analytical publications using a statistical indicators-based system of subject headings and “public administration” domain ontology.

Value-added research assistance services

Special data stewardship procedures are undertaken to make the UIS RUSSIA resources and the site’s search and navigation user-friendly, and to assist researchers and professors in their work.

The most important accomplishments apply to the Rosstat data and documents. Since 2012 the data is available at the Rosstat public domain site. Mostly-demanded for research and education are regularly published thematic yearbooks (sborniki). Statistical tables from the printed yearbooks are rendered electronically on the Rosstat website in Word and Excel versions exactly as they appear in the yearbooks. A user can only browse data online without manipulating it. Sufficient information to interpret the data, including collections of methodology reports and statistical forms with necessary instructions, is available but in a separate area of the site. No links to the corresponding indicators’ description or to specific tables are currently implemented.

In contrast, the UIS RUSSIA team performs important curating work to improve the Rosstat yearbooks’ data, ensuring that the data is easy to use and manipulate and that sufficient information is linked to corresponding indicators to enable a user to assess the quality of the data for research and assure that it is fit for purpose. Given that methodology evolves, it is important that users are able to monitor methodology reports in their dynamic flow to follow subsequent structural or content amendments. The UIS RUSSIA makes it possible to follow a specific indicator‘s entire methodological history.

Evidence/confirmation that the data is produced by the Rosstat is available for each indicator and may be accessed by clicking the “I” icon, where the corresponding publication is referenced. In addition, a statement indicating that the data is produced by the Rosstat is cited under each table.

The enhanced version of a yearbook is represented in the UIS RUSSIA “Social and Economic Statistics” block. Currently there are 320+ yearbooks since 2000.

The Rosstat data are uploaded into four databases: “Regions of Russia” made up of two segments (with annual and monthly updates); “Municipal Units” and “Children of Russia” both with annual updates. Indicators are aggregated from several Rosstat publications. In the databases sufficient information to interpret and assess the quality of the data are provided, including methodology reports and statistical forms and instructions. The documents are available by linking from an indicator or a table.

The variables are arranged as a time-series. The “Regions of Russia” annually updated module consists of 2945 indicators with retrospective coverage since 1990. The module that is updated monthly covers 883 indicators, while the “Municipal Units” database has 900+ indicators and the “Children of Russia” has 2092 indicators.

The database functionality is enhanced by the capability to make a region-tailored search in order to retrieve relevant analytical publications available in the UIS RUSSIA holdings.

The latest innovation is a “public administration” domain ontology-based cross-search supporting the databases and analytical publications. The core of the ontology is the statistical indicators corpora.

Access. How to register

All educational and research institutions as well as public libraries across the Russian Federation have equal and free access to the UIS RUSSIA. User registration nevertheless is required. Currently over 330+ universities, graduate schools, colleges and other higher education institutions, and public libraries from all over the country are registered as collective users. These collective users have full unlimited access over the Internet and the subscriptions can be shared within organizations. More than 2000 educators from universities and schools, specialists from various research institutions, Russian Academy of Sciences researchers, employees of government agencies and elected officials from local administrations have also subscribed as individual users.

The UIS RUSSIA resources are available and can be used only and exclusively for educational and research purposes.

In order to register as a collective user, the head of an organization (university rector, dean of a faculty, public library director, etc.) must submit an official letter of application requesting access to the UIS RUSSIA. The letter of application must explicitly assure exclusive non-commercial use of resources and include the name of a designated contact person responsible for accessing UIS RUSSIA. Upon receiving the application, the UIS RUSSIA representative contacts this designated person to set up the access credentials and resolve any possible technical matters (validation of IP addresses, etc.). The designated contact persons provide their institution’s educators, researchers, post-graduate students and students with registration forms for individual.

For specialists from various research institutions, the Russian Academy of Sciences, government agencies and local administrations an individual access is provided upon submitting a registration form to the uiswebmaster@srcc.msu.ru e-mail address. A registration form is provided upon request. The webmaster will then respond with a user login (usually an email address) and a randomly generated password.

Conditions and terms of use. References

Under the terms of application each individual subscriber or designated contact assumes full responsibility to comply with the following rules:

  • To use the UIS RUSSIA resources only for personal education and/or research
  • To use the login and password only for individual access and not to share them with or pass them to any other person(s), unless otherwise specified by the terms of collective use
  • To follow strict rules of citation, i.e., to make references to an original publication author, title, publisher and UIS RUSSIA as an electronic provider of the document or statistical data quoted or downloaded. Some references examples.

In case of violation of these rules sanctions will be undertaken, namely: a) a collective user violation  — access from the institution’s IP addresses will be terminated until a letter from the head of the institution with an explanation of the case is received and discussed between the UIS RUSSIA team and a collective user Official representative; b)an individual user violation  — access will be terminated until a letter from the user with an explanation of the case is received and discussed between the UIS RUSSIA team and the user. In the case of an intentional rules violation, the head of the user’s institution will be informed.

Free access to the UIS RUSSIA resources without registration is also possible, but the scope of information and services is limited.

Privacy policy

The subscription application may contain some personal data and the user’s affiliation. This information is required to assure that an applicant meets basic requirements predefined by the non-commercial status of the UIS RUSSIA and its primary purpose as a collective electronic resource for education and social studies. The system integrates information from over 100 sources. It is provided for free by the original owners under explicit conditions of non-commercial use only.

The following is required — first and last name, patronymic, institutional affiliation and position, email. Each user must provide this information either directly or via a representative designated by his/her organization granting the UIS RUSSIA manager permission to check and validate it.

The UIS RUSSIA team also keeps a log of the resources accessed by the user, time and duration of access, queries submitted and use of visualization, analytical and statistical tools. In accordance with the Federal Law on Personal data N 152-FZ of July 27, 2006, all the personal information collected represents a special category of data and will not be disseminated, published or provided to any third party except when otherwise specified by federal law.

We reserve the right to use this information for internal analysis. This will allow us to:

  • Manage user registration type (DEFAULT or FREE)
  • Improve our understanding of users’ needs
  • Determine the most popular collections, services and commonly used tools
  • Define future strategy for development
  • Compare activity of collective users

All of the above is based on aggregate data and does not reveal any personal information about individual users.

Official representatives must also agree that their first and last names, patronymics, institutional affiliations and positions will be disclosed in a list of designated representatives on the UIS RUSSIA website.

Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) as a main data producer

The RF Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) is a primary producer/holder/owner of statistical data. Data is downloaded from the Rosstat official site. The Rosstat mostly publishes data in the form of annual thematic yearbooks. Available at the site are electronic versions of yearbooks. Methodology reports are available but placed separately in a different area of the site in Word files. No links to the corresponding described indicator or to a table are implemented by the Rosstat.

The UIS RUSSIA team does the curating work to make the Rosstat data easier and more manageable to use with sufficient information to interpret and assess the data linked to a corresponding indicator in a package so that a user may assess the quality of the data for research.

Evidence/confirmation that the data is produced by the Rosstat is available from each indicator by clicking the “I” icon where the corresponding publication is referenced. In addition statement that the data is produced by the Rosstat is cited under each table.

The Rosstat data is uploaded into four databases: “Regions of Russia” with two segments (with annual and monthly updates), “Municipal Units” and “Children of Russia” with annual updates. The databases cover 85 Russian regions and up to 25,000 municipal units. In the databases sufficient information to understand and evaluate the data includes not only methodology reports but also statistical forms and instructions. The documents are available by a link from an indicator and a table.

The Rosstat publishes the data in accordance with the Special Data Dissemination Standard of the International Monetary Fund. Among the documents that determine the evidence/confirmation that data collection or creation was carried out in accordance with legal and ethical criteria are: a) RF Federal Law on Official Statistical Accounting and State Statistics System in the Russian Federation; b) Statute of the Federal State Statistics Service; and c) UN General Assembly resolution 64/267 on World Statistics Day, Economic and Social Council resolutions 2005/13 on the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme, 2006/6 on strengthening statistical capacity and 2013/21 on the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.

Rosstat data and documents processing. Yearbooks

In addition to data and documents with regular update, special efforts are made to render the UIS RUSSIA resources friendly for users and relevant to professional needs. The most time- and labor-intensive work is done with the Rosstat data and documents processing. Data and documents (methodology reports, statistical forms with instructions) are downloaded from the Rosstat official site. The Rosstat mostly publishes data in a form of annual thematic yearbooks. Available at the Rosstat site are electronic versions of yearbooks. Collections of methodology reports and statistical forms with instructions are also available but each is placed separately at a different point at the site and in .doc files. No links to the corresponding described indicator or to a table are implemented.

The UIS RUSSIA ingest stage is split up into three phases. Whenever a Rosstat makes an update, these steps are performed:

  1. Convert the incoming documents into XML form
  2. Verify if data rows are being updated or added (some of the “would be new” data is often just renamed old data)
  3. Backup and update

All these steps are mostly automated, with an operator’s intervention needed only when verifying data duplicates (Step 2).

After downloading the data in Word and Excel formats, the UIS RUSSIA marks up the files through special procedures to assure that after converting them into HTML format a) each yearbook retains the correct structure, b) each table is put into a separate file, c) large tables are divided into parts in the Word version to be pasted together later in a resulting version. After this, a converter software package is used to process the files and to produce a pair of HTM-HDR files. After the files are converted, they are available in HTML format. The yearbook structure is retained, as well as correct bibliographic references including page numbers, methodological notes describing indicators in a table and links to the initial Excel version. Bibliographic references including page numbers provide access to the original sources in the Rosstat yearbooks. Information to interpret the data accurately  — methodology reports and statistical forms with instructions  — is available in HTML format.

As a result — the Rosstat data in tables are manageable with sufficient information linked to a corresponding indicator so that a user may assess its quality for research. A user may monitor methodology reports in their dynamic flow to follow subsequent structural or content amendments. Thus, a user may see a certain indicator‘s whole methodological history and content.

Evidence/confirmation that the data is produced by the Rosstat is available from each indicator by clicking the “I” icon where the corresponding publication is referenced. In addition a statement that the data is produced by the Rosstat is cited under each table.

The enhanced version of a yearbook is represented in the UIS RUSSIA “Social and Economic Statistics” block. Currently there are 320+ yearbooks (37 titles dating back to 2000). A user may manipulate the data, and documentation is available by clicking a link.

Rosstat data and documents processing. Databases

The next step in data processing/ingest is to prepare the variables for uploading into the databases that comprise the time-series. This requires special knowledge as the structure and formats of the Rosstat publications are not oriented toward the professional needs of a researcher or a teacher. Given that the original on-line version of each publication is just an electronic copy of a paper version due to limited space on a page, variables are represented not in year-by-year successive order but in selective samples. To build historic time-series the UIS RUSSIA staff investigates each publication to find and properly arrange the variables and to fill in gaps. Variable name, period of monitoring, and unit of measure are evaluated.

There are dozens of cases in each yearbook when corrections are needed. The main problem is that there is no system of variable coding in the Rosstat practice. To avoid overlaps, each new indicator is reviewed. Questionable cases may also be of different types. The case that is easiest to correct is when a new name for a variable (like “house” instead of “accommodation” used in earlier versions of a yearbook) is provided. After investigating the methodology reports a staff person may conclude that the meaning of the new variable is the same as the meaning of an existing variable in the time series. In this case the name presented in the latest yearbook is typically chosen and the variable in the time series is renamed. A second and more complicated type of problem arises when the meaning of a new variable is changed. As an example, in the category “Living standards of the population” different names of a variable called “social support” appear in different years — a) amount of finance on social support, b) volume of finance on social support, c) volume of finance outlined on social support. In such cases the variable values are checked. If values are the same the new variable is considered as already existing and new values are added to the time-series. If checking reveals different values a variable is considered to be a new one and a new time series is started. A third type of problem occurs when it is impossible to determine correctly whether a new variable is a double to an already existing one. Then a new time series is started.

The procedures described are used to check every new yearbook of the 37 titles comprising the “Regions of Russia” database annually updated module. As a result 2945 indicators are represented in time series with retrospective coverage since 1990.

The monthly updated database and the “Children of Russia” database are built up and updated in similar procedures. The “Municipal Units” database is built in a different way — the indicators are downloaded from the database presented at the Rosstat site. Services to assist the researcher are then implemented to make it friendly for investigation and teaching.

The monthly updated module covers 883 indicators represented in time series. In the “Municipal Units” database 900+ indicators are represented in time series, and in the “Children of Russia” module 2092 indicators are represented in time series.

Analytical publications processing

Analytical publications module contents include official data and documents (laws, presidential decrees and directives, governmental enactments, acts and regulations); international agreements signed by the Russian Federation; reports from the RF federal agencies; articles in scientific magazines and in «think tanks» and universities’ journals. Analytical publications are irreversibly converted to HTML format in archival information packages (AIP), with all the original references preserved. The technology for front end automatic text processing is implemented. The procedure includes bibliographic and content-based processing and categorization exploiting Classificator of statistical indicators and «public administration» domain ontology. The technology is tailored to process all main business prose types of documents, categories calculated are downloaded into metadata files. The procedure supports a cross collections search.

Technical infrastructure

The UIS RUSSIA current technical infrastructure consists of the server Intel Xeon E3-1230V2, 16 Gb ECC RAM, 4 Tb storage (RAID 0+1). This system fully suits the needs and provides for redundancy. Therefore we only have maintenance plans, such as periodic HDD replacement and conduct regular preventive checks.

The technological infrastructure is adequate for life cycle management and continually enhanced to incorporate new capabilities offered by emerging technologies and to meet evolving requirements.

Legal status

The UIS RUSSIA is not a legal entity on its own. Since 2000 it has been maintained and funded by two Moscow State University structures — the Research Computing Center Laboratory of Information Systems for Mathematical Sciences and the Economic Faculty Laboratory of Information and Analysis. The UIS RUSSIA technological development is undertaken by the former,maintenance as well as promulgation/promotion is undertaken by the latter. Promotion is done by regularly presenting the UIS RUSSIA to professors, researchers, educational institutions’ administrators and students.

By supporting the UIS RUSSIA since 2000 the Lomonosov Moscow State University administration has been demonstrating its responsibility for the long-term preservation of electronic infrastructure needed for teaching and full-scale research in the social sciences. Adoption of new educational standards in the social sciences has placed even greater responsibility on the MSU as a leading higher education institution in economics and humanities. The MSU is a coordinator of the RF inter-university community, and thus, should there be a threat that the MSU is no longer able to fund or accommodate the UIS RUSSIA, a solution will be suggested by a collective inter-university decision ad discussed with the UIS RUSSIA Scientific Council. There is no similar resource in Russian Federation, and the community is interested in its maintenance and development. Over 330 educational institutions regularly exploit the UIS RUSSIA.

Staff

Archive manager: a) monitors the process of data and documents downloading  — documents every week, monthly statistics — every month, yearbooks — every year; b) creates the SIP (Submission Information Package) and AIPs (Archival Information Package) according to the instructions, checks the metadata, the file format.

IT staff (two persons): design and implement software to ensure and check up a) automatically download data and documents from producers’ official sites; b) ingest and create metadata, SIPs and AIPs; c) implement databases and procedures to upload the data and documents archives and regular updates; d) integrated (cross data and documents collections) search; e)users registration (collective and individual); f) preservation procedures to ensure its readability over time; g) users compliance with Conditions and Terms of Use; h)regular databases and analytical collections backups.

Databases manager: a) data collections development strategy; b) supervision of data collections’ content and analytical services.

UIS RUSSIA controller: a) databases regular monitoring; b) analytical tools and visualization instruments checking, improvement and update

Director: a) UIS RUSSIA long term strategy development; b) negotiations with data producers; c) negotiations with collective users; d)the UIS RUSSIA promulgation.

The staff consists of the MSU RCC and Economic Faculty full time specialists and MSU Economic Faculty students hired half-time. The MSU RCC and Economic Faculty also provide for system software and hardware specialists’ consultations and assistance when needed.

During 15 years in operation the UIS RUSSIA staff manages to maintain and further develop the archive. To determine the users expectations concerning content and services the surveys among university professors and researchers are regularly conducted. The survey results are then discussed with the UIS RUSSIA Scientific Council to decide on next step business activities and approve the archive development plans coordinated with the budget and staff duties: plan-max in case extra resources like grants from scientific funds are gained or contracts with government or business are signed or plan-min if no extra resources are available.

The UIS RUSSIA staff is in constant communication with “the collective users” Official representatives using special channel. Individual users are also welcome to comment and ask questions via “contacts” option. The problems are discussed and usually fixed without delay.

Strategy

The UIS RUSSIA strategy is aimed at promotion of statistical knowledge and methods of data analysis in the Russian educational community and society. A modern information infrastructure is to be further developed. Creation of a teaching and training module for evidence-based investigations is planned. Similar resources have been created in other countries — Teaching with Data; University of California Los Angeles Statistics Online Computational Resource; Harvard-MIT Data Center; National Numeracy Challenge; GETSTARTS.

The UIS RUSSIA content will be developed and will include data and documents from other resources such as state agencies and think tanks.

The OAIS standard implementation is a technological goal.

Long-term data preservation plan

As a long term data preservation plan the UIS RUSSIA team reserves the right to transfer all data to an appropriate repository or archive should the MSU infrastructure close down or be superseded. The decision will be made by the UIS RUSSIA Scientific Council in cooperation with the MSU Research Computing Center and the Economic Faculty leadership.

Crisis management plan

The UIS RUSSIA as an archive has two locations — an office in the Research Computing Center building and an office in the Economic Faculty building; the buildings are half a mile away from each other. The archives are backed up in both buildings and in a third location away from both buildings. This is intentionally done to avoid work interruption if a disaster occurs that may physically damage one building and the UIS RUSSIA office. Each building has its Building Management System to monitor fire and water flooding protection equipment and special emergency teams training. Should a disaster occur in one building the UIS RUSSIA team would move to another building office to continue its business process. Users’ access to the UIS RUSSIA resources would not be interrupted.

Complete backups of the holdings are made on a monthly basis, and intermediate backups are made whenever an update to stored data is made. Monthly backups are stored in two different locations for at least a year.

The complete backup is a set of virtual machines configured to interact independently of each other to ensure maximum flexibility in a process of a complete re-deployment if such a need would arise.

There are several internal procedures to make consistency checks of stored data. Due to complete automation of data updates, only the most “suspicious” deviations are monitored, such as sharp peaks in data sequences.

Scientific Council

Bogomolova Anna, MSU Economic Faculty, Assistant professor (strategic planning)
Borodkin Leonid, MSU Faculty of History, professor (historical informatics)
Chugunov Andrey, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information technologies, mechanics and optics (ITMO) eGovernment Center, Director (big data, user services)
Denisenko Mikhail, Higher School of Economics, professor (demography)
Fedotova Nadezhda, MGIMO University, professor (sociology)
Grebenyukov Vyacheslav, MSU RCC senior researcher, IT manager
Isakov Vladimir, Higher School of Economics, professor (information systems)
Nefedova Tatyana, Institute of Geography RAS, leading researcher (political geography)
Petukhova Olga, Central Economic-Math Institute RAS, leading researcher (statistics)
Slavko Tatyana, Tver State University Faculty of Sociology, professor (sociology)
Yudina Tatyana, MSU RCC Leading researcher, UIS RUSSIA Project director