OpenSpending.org Formally Launched
London, 26 June 2011
(by Ton Zijlstra)
In the run-up to the OKCon at the end of this week the project OpenSpending has been formally launched. OpenSpending visualizes spending of various governments and public bodies. Current examples are Italian regional spending, UK departmental spending and the Israeli budget.
At present, the OpenSpending interface allows you to:
- Load a wide range of financial expenditure data.
- Visualize, search and dissect your data.
- Embed visualizations into other sites.
- Use an API to create custom applications and visualizations.
- Flag interesting and erroneous elements of the data.
- Reconcile entries with OpenCorporates company records.
The ambition and mission behind the project is worded in a blog posting announcing the formal launch as:
"Our long-term aim is to track every government and corporate financial transaction across the world and present it in useful and engaging forms for everyone from a schoolchild to a data geek."
In the 3 days preceding the OKCon workshops are held in Berlin to learn how to work with OpenSpending as well as on adding to it and improving it.