OpenSpending around the world, Week 9Outdated Content Warning: This content refers to an older version of OpenSpending. See here for information about the next version of OpenSpending and ways to contribute.
Fresh data and activities from OpenSpending
In Goettingen, Germany the Pirate Party used OpenSpending to visualize the city budget for expenditures and revenues.
Victoria Vlad from Expert Grup added budget data from Moldova and wrote a guest post yesterday about BudgetStories.md, a new project which is trying to explain budget data recently released in Moldova.
As a growing number of city budgets are to OpenSpending we’re looking to map these in a GoogleDoc, in order to visualise them on the site. You can help by adding the cities, which are already on OpenSpending in this GoogleDoc.
On Thursday March 7, we’re organising another Community Call, as Alan Hudson from ONE joins us to discuss: “How to use spending data to estimate unit costs and development outputs across the world?” All details on the agenda and how to register to join are available here.
Spending transparency around the world
During this week a one year old blog post titled “Fiscal transparency (is not enough)” by David Sasaki, got the (again) from the budget geek community and sparked this response from the OpenBudgetsBlog. Both posts raise releavnt questions about the importance of access to fiscal data and how to measure the release of such financial data.
In a thorough local spending story Ars Electronica reports how a one-room library in West Virginia purchased a $20,000 CISCO router.
The state of New Jersey (US) has produced a useful guide for citizens (PDF) to make the budget more accessible.
Events on our radar
March 7: OpenSpending Community Call with Alan Hudson. All details are available here.
May 2-4: Data Harvest will bring geeks, journalists and civi hackers together in Brussels to wrangle EU spending data from farm subsidies and the Comission. Information about how to register will follow.