Corruption in public spending is a problem in many countries around the world. Elvis, the data platform – not the singer, visualises European pubic spending data also known as procurement data or tender data to help journalists find fishy relationships between governments and companies.
As long as significant numbers of transparency advocates are engaged constructively on the business of getting open data releases out, the pace of significant transparency reforms will be slowed. Overly-friendly collaboration between governments and transparency advocates sucks the oxygen out of the room. And we need that oxygen to fuel the fires that can burn down the doors to the state, and to parasitic organizations like anonymous shell companies that are dependent upon inaction by the state.
Twitter restores Politwoops’ access to its API. Politwoops collects tweets published and deleted by politicians, trying to control power.
During the European conference on investigative journalism, data journalist Adriana Homolova argues that there are scoops waiting to be discovered. You only need to look for them. Where? In public spending data. “It’s Europe’s big uncovered follow-the-money story…” Nobody knows According to Homolova, there are no overviews of how public money has been spent. “Not […]
The News Impact Summit in Brussels focuses on tools to cover the European Union. The event organised by the European Journalism Centre and Google has a strong emphasis on data driven approaches. Seemed like the right moment to collect some sources for European data. I’m sure a lot of data sources are missing – please […]