UK spending: is the data all there?
Data tells stories, and some of the most interesting (and newsworthy) stories are about spending. There is buckets and buckets of spending data at data.gov.uk, the UK government’s CKAN portal. So why don’t journalists write more stories about it?
There are various reasons, of course. It is quite a lot of work to trawl through and process spreadsheets of data in the hope of finding the story you want. One key reason is that it is sometimes hard to find all the data and be sure it is complete and up-to-date. The data.gov.uk folk, in collaboration with the Open Knowledge Foundation’s OpenSpending, have just made that a little easier.
Their nifty little tool shows which departments have released full spending data in line with Treasury guidelines, as well as providing direct links to the data. Read about it on the OpenSpending blog here.