[OpenSpending] Open Finance Data + Crowd-Sourced Ideas + Crowd-Powered Solutions
Samuel S. Lee
sammyslee at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 00:09:03 BST 2012
Dear OpenSpending Group,
Just wanted to let you know that last Friday, the World Bank
Finances<https://finances.worldbank.org>team hosted an "ideation"
event called the Development Data Challenge
around the usage of open financial data. Chris Taggart (who I believe is on
this distro list) led a table at this event on Contracts/Procurement- the
table's idea was declared the winning idea. This also led to some
contracts/procurement data being published immediately following the event.
The next day at Random Hacks of Kindness, a group of developers took this
data and created a data visualization application called "Show Me the
Money"<http://showmethemoney.phpfogapp.com/>which looks to capture the
flow of development contract money, focused on
whether it "stays in" the country or "flows out." This app took top prize
You can read more about the DDC & RHoK here:
If there is anyone on this list in the DC area who is interested in
continuing to work on this app, we're looking to develop this further at
http://dc.startupweekend.org/ next weekend (June 15-17).
A few items we're looking to explore:
1. can this national data be linked to sub-national location (to
show/analyze hyperlocal flows)
2. can we tie this to information found in corporate databases (like Open
3. can we build in some compelling citizen feedback/engagement functions to
collect information about suppliers and projects
If you're interested in working with us or have questions, please feel free
to contact me.
A very warm thank you to Mark Brough at PWYF (an awesome guy who I also
believe is on this distro) for initially seeding the hackathon idea with us
many months ago.
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