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.
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.
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
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.
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.