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OpenSpending: Building a Global Database of Public Finances Washington, DC - Wolfram Data Summit 2013 Anders PRESENTED BY CC-By v3 Licensed (all jurisdictions)
Open Knowledge is EmPowerment
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.
Advocacy and Evangelism to Open up Data & Content
Create tools, skills and communities Data => Knowledge Knowledge => Action
OpenSpending A global community Creating an open map of the money From streetlights to international aid
Why do build a global database of spending data?
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
Case: Working Links (UK) 72 contracts or 7,400 transactions ( ) 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,
What we do
Help citizens map spending in their community Charter school spending in Washington DC
Budget vs. spending data (Brazil)
Still big issues to solve
Access in more countries USASpending (federal): 2007 Brazil (federal): 2009 United Kingdom: 2010 Slovenia: 2011 Greece: 2012 Not exactly a ripple effect...
Data is not machine readable
Data is messy United Kingdom: 3327 data sets released without any standard No unique identifiers
What is next for OpenSpending?
More types of data Revenues from extractive industries (following Section 1504 of Dodd-Frank) Procurement data Taxation data Company data
Broaden the community Nepal: Building connections between developers, journalists and aid specialists
Build initiatives bottom-up Japan: Budget sites in 45 cities
Demonstrate relevance Deploy tools to dig into spending data patterns
Connect the dots: individuals and government contracts
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.
Data is a Platform Not a Commodity We Build on It Not Sell It