ContractsFinanceProcurement Contracts
Local Government Association (LGA)
| Version: 1.3
The Local Government Transparency Code requires that governments publish details of contracts, commissioned activity, purchase orders, and other agreements with a value exceeding £5,000. The Local Government Association developed a common format for local councils to publish contracts, providing a data template as well as a standardized schema for local governments to use
  • License: Data providers are encouraged to publish under the Open Government Licence. While the LGA maintains a copyright to the documentation, the standard does not appear to be licensed
  • About the Publisher: The Local Government Association represents the interests of English and Welsh municipal councils in national government. The LGA also promotes communication between local government authorities and develops best practices. LGA standards have been developed in response to the UK's Local Government Transparency Code, which encourages the publication of government data in standardized machine-readable formats.
  • Updated by Publisher: 1/6/2015
  • Level of Use: 371 District and County Councils are members of the LGA
  • Open License: Yes
  • Transferable to other Jurisdictions: Field headers use British government and business terminology
  • Stakeholder Participation: The Local Government Association consists of local government officials who collaborate to develop best practices for local authorities, the would-be stakeholders.
  • Consensus-based Governance: Although schemas and documentation are held on GitHub, changes can only be decided by the LGA
  • Extensions: The schema contains many optional fields, but additional fields are not supported.
  • Machine Readable: CSV format required
  • Human Readable: CSV template has readable headers
  • Requires Real-Time Data: Contract and spending data are released quarterly
  • Metadata: No information
Added to directory: 8/18/2017
Checkbook NYCFinanceExpenditureProcurement ContractsAnnual Budget
REI Systems and NYC Comptroller's Office
| Version: 2
This application is highly detailed and allows you to customize the data yourself in order to visualize NYC budget, expenditure, revenue, and contract data. The application has information about W/MBE (Women/Minority Business Enterprise). It was based on the model (for federal budget and expense information). Can export the raw data through API's controllers
  • License: GNU Affero General Public License, version 3.0
  • About the Publisher: REI Systems have contributed to building open source government websites. REI teamed up with state workers at the NYC Comptroller's office to create Checkbook NYC
  • Updated by Publisher: 8/8/2017
  • Level of Use: Limited to NYC
  • Open License: Yes
  • Transferable to other Jurisdictions: Adapted from the city's central Financial Management System (FMS) software. Hope to develop a web-based application to 'create something that other cities might be willing to share the cost of maintaining and improving'
  • Stakeholder Participation: NYC Comptroller office leads in the implementation and development of the standard
  • Consensus-based Governance: Application source code is posted to GitHub. Have the option to pull requests and post issues. API open source software is posted to GitHub. Anyone can participate by pulling requests and contributing to the issue tracker on GitHub
  • Extensions: API extended to include a featured dashboard. Dashboard provides highly detailed information about contract/spending data
  • Machine Readable: API displays the financial data in a web-based dashboard
  • Human Readable: Dashboard embedded in HTML web page. HTML code includes metadata and resource identifiers
  • Requires Real-Time Data: Up to date by yearly quarter
  • Metadata: HTML web page that hosts the API includes metadata
Added to directory: 8/1/2015
Open Contracting Data StandardsFinanceProcurement Contracts
Open Contracting Partnership (OCP)
| Version: 1.1
International standard to make data about government contracts more transparent to the public
  • License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license
  • About the Publisher: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a standards consortium that private organizations pay into so that they have voting rights on standards. W3C responds to the needs of speed and consensus within standardization process
  • Updated by Publisher: 5/31/2017
  • Level of Use: Pilot version of standard has been implemented in Canada, the UK, Mexico, Romania and Ukraine
  • Open License: Yes
  • Transferable to other Jurisdictions: Goal of project is to develop a standard that can be adopted across national borders
  • Stakeholder Participation: Publishers actively engage communities and businesses interested in adopting the standard. Publishers collaborated with stakeholders in order to develop the 'OCDS Demand-side Assessment'. This assessment is meant to address real world needs of publishers and users of public contracting data
  • Consensus-based Governance: Standard hosts the Open Contracting Data Standard Helpdesk to file issues for the future version 1.1
  • Extensions: This standard has a sector specific extension
  • Machine Readable: Open Contracting Data Standard is modeled on the Data Package protocol. The Open Contracting ID (OCID) is a globally unique identifier. Data in the standard can be supported using JSON or simplified single/multi-table CSV formats (acts as a flat, tabular schema)
  • Human Readable: Standard states an objective of being easily understandable. Provides key terms and background on the procurement contracting process
  • Requires Real-Time Data: No information
  • Metadata: Standard has a .json metadata package. As a globally unique identifier to identify the data package
Added to directory: 8/30/2017