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 (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,