[OpenSpending] How to read oil contracts book

Anders Pedersen anders.pedersen at okfn.org
Tue Apr 9 14:26:38 UTC 2013


Thanks for linking to this. It's indeed an excellent resource.

On access to contracts in sectors outside oil (such as infrastructure
and services):
I'd find it really useful to see similar documentation. Journalists
often have (limited) rights to access to contracts, where jargon and
terms of service often appear difficult to assess. It could include:
* How to assess terms if parties wish to cancel the contract
* How to assess reasonable conditions in terms of fee structures
* How to fine/assess delays and other questionable actions by contractors

I therefore wonder general "jargon buster" for contracts would be helpful?
If so, we should possibly attempt to draft this in collaboration with
FOIA advocates (who know the rights to access) and journalists (who
know the needs).


On 8 April 2013 07:34, Chris Taggart <countculture at gmail.com> wrote:
> I came across this book late last year as a hard-copy book and thought it
> was really excellent (not just for oil contracts, but as an introduction for
> lay persons reading any type of contract). Didn't realise it was online
> until today.
> http://openoil.net/understanding-oil-contracts/
> Highly recommend it.
> Chris
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