Fiscal Transparency for Governments

Standardize, visualize and analyze budget and spend data with ease. Report to internal data stakeholders, and publish open data for the public. Integrates with CKAN and any other data portal solutions, or can be used standalone.

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Rich and intuitive UI

The Fiscal Transparency Portal features intuitive user interfaces to simplify the complex process of standardizing, validating, and interacting with fiscal data. Data curators can easily integrate data from a range of sources, and model data into a standard format. End users can customize their own visualizations, perform their own queries, and embed data and charts in their own websites.

Powerful and expressive API

The Fiscal Transparency Portal has an expressive API designed specifically for fiscal data. Make OLAP-style data queries, search over data fields, and filter and sort by powerful metadata properties.

Fiscal data simplified

Budget and spend data can be complex, both for data curators, who work with various data sources to produce final budget and spend documents, and for end users, who look for simple ways to understand and interact with the data.

The Fiscal Transparency Portal addresses the needs of each of these user groups with a range of tools that simplify the approach to fiscal data.

Modeling

The key to quality fiscal data is in modelling the data. Modeling allows us to take disparate data sources, fin their commonalities and differences, rectify discrepancies, and produce normalized, standardized data.

Discovery

Fiscal data needs to be discoverable based on metadata, such as budget taxonomies and geospatial information, as well as the data itself, such as monetary amounts and transaction descriptions.

Visualization

Visualization is key contextualizing fiscal data and making it accessible to non-expert stakeholders. Sharing visualizations is the primary mode of data dissemination and enables users to take the data to where it will be most used.

Analysis

Budget and spend data needs to be highly amenable to analysis for a range of purposes, from internal financial management and auditing through to data journalism. As well as powerful analysis tools, data needs to be available for bulk download for use in custom tools.

Use cases

For the public

Budget and spend data is amongst the highest value data for the public at large, and a critical component of government transparency programs. This data is used by businesses, civil society and ad hoc citizen groups, not only to understand budget and spend of government directly, but also as critical contextual data for other topical issues, such as crime, education, and health.

For internal stakeholders

Access to quality budget and spend data creates efficiencies and opportunities inside government, too. With fiscal data standardized and discoverable in a single location, governments can create a self-service culture within and across departments, and provide key transparency and financial stakeholders with dashboards and reports.

Open source and open standards

The Fiscal Transparency Portal is based on open source software and open data standards that we have created with a community of stakeholders. The software is based on the modular components of OpenSpending, and the data standard employed is Fiscal Data Package. Datopian is the primary contributor to these software and standards, in partnership with Open Knowledge International , as well as GIFT and others.

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