OpenBudgets.eu was launched in the first week of September and presented at the annual SEMANTiCS conference in Amsterdam. The annual SEMANTiCS conference is the meeting place for professionals who make semantic computing work, and understand its benefits and know its limitations. Every year, SEMANTiCS attracts information managers, IT-architects, software engineers, and researchers, from organisations ranging from NPOs, universities, public administrations to the largest companies in the world.
The OpenBudgets.eu platform offers several applications that are tailored to the needs of data wranglers and domain experts. Complex data mining algorithms are accompanied by state-of-the-art linked data tools that cover large aspects of the complexities involved in the work within the Resource Description Framework (RDF).
The OpenBudgets.eu platform offers several applications that are tailored to the needs of journalists. From ready-to-use massive databases containing budget and spending data to inspiring instances of invdstigative journalism in the field of fiscal corruption, valuable resources are available. This is an overview of the available tools and their function.
The OpenBudgets.eu platform offers several applications that are tailored to the needs of administrations and public officials. From easy-to-use budget visualisations to performance comparisons between cities and participatory budgeting mechanisms, a wide spectrum is available. This is an overview of the available tools and their function.
Today, OpenBudgets officially launches its fiscal transparency platform. Using OpenBudgets.eu journalists, civil servants, and data scientists can process, analyse, and explore the nature and relevance of fiscal data.
For most municipalities, participatory budgeting is a relatively new approach to include their citizens directly in the decision making for new investments and developments in their community.
OpenBudgets.eu and Datenschule organised the Story Hunt this spring: a program for Journalists, Activists, NGOs, Designers, and Coders to dive into EU financial flows. The program was based on the previous work of subsidystories.eu; the data collection project brining together all EU subsidy data. StoryHunt encouraged the participants to take a closer look at the data and find stories and leads. The program consisted of two parts: a workshop series and a weekend long data dive. This blogpost reviews the workshop sessions, our weekend recap can be found here.
The Storyhunt: Uncover the EU was a weekend-long journalism workshop hosted by the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany’s teams of Datenschule and OpenBudgets.eu. Together with journalists, analysts, non-profit organizations, developers and designers we dove into EU financial data provided by subsidystories.eu.
It is that time of year again here in Brussels. As predictable as the bluebells blooming in les bois bordering the city, the Parliament will be voting once again this week on its annual financial discharge report. And, once again, MEPs will be debating and voting on whether their own allowances will be given any transparency or accountability.
One month after releasing subsidystories.eu, a joint project with Open Knowledge International, we have some great news to share. Due to the extensive outreach of our platform and the data quality report we published, new datasets have been directly sent to us by several administrations. We have recently added new data for Austria, the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, first Romanian data recently arrived and should be available in the near future.