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What data is expected?
Records of actual (past) national government spending at a detailed transactional level. Data must display ongoing expenditure, including transactions and subsidies. A database of contracts awarded or similar will not be considered sufficient. Open spending data shows whether public money is efficiently and effectively used. It helps to understand spending patterns, and to display corruption, misuse, and waste. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.
- Individual record of transactions
- Government office which had the transaction
- Date of transaction
- Name of vendor
- Amount of the transaction
How open is the data?
It's not openly licenced
It's not in an open and machine-readable format
It's not downloadable at once
It's not up-to-date
It's not publicly available
It's not available free of charge
Actual spending data (paid invoices) are available only for a tiny fraction of the government. First office to make such data accessible was the Ministry of Finance, which publishes invoices backdating to 2010. They have also built their own visualisation app to present the data.
Couple of ministries (Justice, Regional development) inspired by them built their data own catalogues, even though the coverage is modest.
In 2016, after a long political fight, a register of contracts awarded was launched. While the data is incomplete (e.g. some prices not published due to trade secret), it is a good info source. Data are also available as monthly XML dumps. However, this will not satisfy the "actual detailed spending on national level" criteria. I just wanted to mention the initiative, because it was quite a big step towards govt transparency. https://smlouvy.gov.cz/