Open Contracting Data Standard

Open data is a powerful tool to track contracting processes, and to gain insights into what is going on inside them. When data and documents on contracting are available in a structured, re-usable form, new opportunities for analysis and engagement are unlocked.

The Open Contracting Data Standard was created to be a global, non-proprietary data standard structured to reflect the complete contracting cycle. The standard enables users and partners around the world to publish shareable, reusable, machine readable data, to join that data with their own information, and to create tools to analyze or share that data.

The data standard was designed and developed through an open process. It is focused on connecting up the data or documents that governments collect with the needs of users who want to help fix problems, analyze public contracting, and innovate the way contracts are made and delivered.

Open Spending

OpenSpending exists to map the money worldwide – that is, to track and analyse public financial information globally. It is meant to be a resource for individuals and groups who wish to discuss and investigate public financial information, including journalists, academics, campaigners, and more. Concretely, OpenSpending is:

  • A central, high-quality, open platform for public financial information, including budgets, spending, balance sheets, procurement etc
  • A community of users and contributors to this database
  • A set of open resources providing technical, fiscal, and political understanding necessary to work with financial information.

Open Data Portals is the most comprehensive list of open data portals in the world. It is curated by a group of leading open data experts from around the world – including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organisations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs.

Open Data Benchmark Study

The survey, sponsored by Socrata and conducted by EMC Research, was designed to better understand the current attitudes and opinions on the open data environment among publishers and users of open data. The survey asks respondents from governments throughout the United States a series of questions about open data in their organizations. The questions cover a wide range of open data aspects including policy, philosophy and approach, benefits and impacts, and asks them to evaluate government performance on providing this data.