Community update

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  • Anders Pedersen
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This is an update with news from members across the OpenSpending community. We list some of the many ways you can get involved, and we give a status on how registrations are coming along for the City Spending Data Party on July 19-21. Hint, we have some great cities participating including Lagos, Minsk and Kathmandu!

On the blog

Patrick Nsukami (Dakar Linux User Group), Pierre Chrzanowski (Open Knowledge Foundation France) and Tangui Morlier (Regards Citoyens) wrote up up a detailed account of how they liberated Senegalese procurements from PDF and published the data on OpenSpending. Félix Ontañón wrote up a post about how he opened up university budgets in Spain. Earlier this month we called for a discussion about the continued growth of the OS project and community based on this proposal. We are still eager to hear your thoughts and comments about this.

Fresh data on OpenSpending

Several fresh datasets have been added from Bosnie-Herzegovina, Japan, Brazil and Uruguay in this round of additions to OpenSpending.

川口市平成25年度一般会計予算 July 9, 2013

Bosnia and Herzegovina July 8, 2013

Programa FDI Uruguay July 8, 2013

Inesc July 8, 2013

Execução do Orçamento Federal do Brasil - 2000-2013, 8 July 2013

Get Involved

We have got an abundance of activities and development going on. Let us know how you wish to be involved.

You can help adding spending data by heading over to our Progress Page where several datasets are waiting to be cleaned and uploaded.

We are looking for Data Wranglers who can help clean and add data to OpenSpending. Register now and you will be able to join the first training on July 18th.

Do you code? Hal Seki from OKF Japan is heading up a community sprint to add a few improvement to OS before and during the Spending Data Party. Get in touch if you want to help out!

Upcoming events and activities

Thursday July 11 19:00 CET / 18:00 GMT / 13:00 EDT: The weekly Data Clinic, where we offer community support on how to work with budget and spending data - via Google Hangout and IRC freenode channel #openspending. Bring your own spending data - or have a look at our Progress page to find one of the spending data sets we’re currently working on. Register for the Data Clinic here or drop in at IRC

Thursday July 18 19:00 CET / 18:00 GMT / 13:00 EDT: The Community GHangout will include updates from across the community and prepare for the City Spending Data Party

Friday July 19 to Sunday 21 City Spending Data Party: Communities across the OS community will get together online during this weekend to map spending in their city. So far community members from Minsk (Belarus), Lagos (Nigeria), San Francisco, Oakland, Kathmandu (Nepal), Kampala (Uganda), Kota Tangerang, (Indonesia) and cities across Japan have registered for the event. Find out all the details about the event and how to register in our announce post.