The Open Fiscal Data Package (OFDP) is a simple, open, technical specification for publishing government budget and spending data. It aims to be easy to use both for those publishing data, i.e. governments, and for those using the data, such as researchers, journalists and other audiences.
The Open Fiscal Data Package serves two main purposes
1. Standardizing the structure and the content of fiscal data so that tools and services can be built over it for visualization, analysis or comparison; and
2. Driving data quality by providing a solid framework of publication. So the Open Fiscal Data Package specifies the form for fiscal data and offers a standardized framework for the content.
The OFDP has been developed in a collaboration involving Open Knowledge International, the Global Initiative of Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), the BOOST World Bank initiative and a dedicated open data community, building on the OpenSpending platform.
To date, the OFDP has been used by the Federal Government of Mexico, which published the 2017 Federal Budget using the tool, and uploaded 10 years of budget to the open source platform OpenSpending.
Also, other governments such as Croatia, Paraguay, Guatemala and Uruguay, are currently piloting the tool and planning to publish soon their budgets with the tool. Their data sets are openly accessible via OpenSpending:
Thomas Iverson – U.S. Department of the Treasury
Amparo Ballivian – The World Bank
Anders Pedersen – Natural Resource Governance Institute
Claire Schouten – The International Budget Partnership
Eduardo Andres Estrada – The World Bank
Jean-Noé Landry – Open North
Lindsey Marchessault – Open Contracting Partnership
Lorena Rivero – Ministry of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico
Massimo Massimo – The World Bank
Mauro Santos – The Federal Secretary of Budget and Planning of Brazil
Sailendra Narayan Pattanayak – The International Monetary Fund
Tim Davies – Open Data Services
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