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OpenSpending around the world, Week 9

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Fresh data and activities from OpenSpending

During Open Data Day we saw activities across cities.In Ottawa Stephane Frechette helped upload budget data for city for 2013.

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

In the Miami Herald, Nathaniel Heller of Global Integrity called the state of financial transparency in Florida into question following an unsuccessful launch of a $5m transparency portal.

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.

Resources

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.

March 9: A Hackathon in Ville de Gatineau, Canda will among other topics deal with OpenSpending. The budget from the city is already up.

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.

We’re hosting bi-monthly community calls, and are eager to hear your ideas for topics we should cover. How to get involved? Join the discussion on our mailing list.