[wdmmg-discuss] One-click Freedom of Information requests for local spending data
jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Oct 4 14:33:23 BST 2010
Chris: perhaps you and Francis might be able to run a session on "the
beginnings of a highly interconnected transparency ecosystem" at
<http://www.opengovernmentdata.org/camp2010> based on things like your
message below? E.g. looking at things like:
* what bits and pieces do we need and what do we already have
* common, open source infrastructure that we can use to do this in
other countries (e.g. What Do They Know Germany, ...)
* what you hope this area will look like in 2, 5, 10 years time ;-)
What do you think?
On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 3:21 PM, Chris Taggart <countculture at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thought the list might be interested in knowing thanks to the excellent work
> of Francis at WhatDoTheyKnow.com I've now added one-click Freedom of
> Information requests for local spending data payments over £10,000.
> Full details are at the blog post:
> but it basically populates an FoI request with the right council, the
> details of the transaction (date, amount, supplier, id etc) and the usual
> boilerplate, meaning the user only has to add their name.
> The key thing, however, is that WDTK have now added the ability to do
> machine tags, meaning we can tag requests with information about the
> submitted transaction, which in turns mean we can (soon -- just waiting for
> Francis to implement) get info for given machine tags meaning we can find
> (and show on OpenlyLocal) requests relating to a transaction (and via that
> to a supplier).
> Feels very exciting, the beginnings of a highly interconnected transparency
> By the way, OpenlyLocal is intending to import all the local council
> spending data (and making avail as open data to download). So far we've
> imported 233,143 transactions from 34 councils, with more being imported
> every week.
> OpenlyLocal :: Making Local Government More Transparent
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