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1 OpenSpending: Building a Global Database of Public Finances Washington, DC - Wolfram Data Summit 2013 Anders Pedersen @openspending / @anpe PRESENTED BY CC-By v3 Licensed (all jurisdictions)

2 PowerKnowledge is

3 Open Knowledge is EmPowerment

4 We work to open up information & see it transformed into open knowledge that empowers citizens and organizations to better understand their world and effect positive change.

5 Advocacy and Evangelism to Open up Data & Content

6 Create tools, skills and communities Data => Knowledge Knowledge => Action

7 OpenSpending A global community Creating an open map of the money From streetlights to international aid

8 Why do build a global database of spending data?

9 We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant's books so that every member of congress and every man of any mind... should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently control them. President Thomas Jefferson to Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin, 1802

10 Remember #Muffingate?

11 Case: Working Links (UK) 72 contracts or 7,400 transactions (2010-2012) The private sector shareholders are Capgemini, a consultancy with extensive public sector contracts, and Manpower, a recruitment firm. The charitable owner is Mission Australia, which works with troubled families and children. The British Government holds a stake, managed by the Shareholder Executive. Source: The Daily Telegraph,

12 What we do

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14 Development aid

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16 Help citizens map spending in their community Charter school spending in Washington DC

17 Budget vs. spending data (Brazil)

18 Still big issues to solve

19 Access in more countries USASpending (federal): 2007 Brazil (federal): 2009 United Kingdom: 2010 Slovenia: 2011 Greece: 2012 Not exactly a ripple effect...

20 Data is not machine readable

21 Data is messy United Kingdom: 3327 data sets released without any standard No unique identifiers

22 What is next for OpenSpending?

23 More types of data Revenues from extractive industries (following Section 1504 of Dodd-Frank) Procurement data Taxation data Company data

24 Broaden the community Nepal: Building connections between developers, journalists and aid specialists

25 Build initiatives bottom-up Japan: Budget sites in 45 cities

26 Demonstrate relevance Deploy tools to dig into spending data patterns

27 Connect the dots: individuals and government contracts

28 Exploding Info Complexity In 1820s all UK bank clearing done in a single room in London once a day. Today, billions of transactions a minute.

29 Data is a Platform Not a Commodity We Build on It Not Sell It

30 Becoming the Open Knowledge Society

31 http://okfn.org/ http://okfn.org/get-involved/get-involved/ http://openspenhttp://openspending.org/


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