[OpenSpending] Canada launches spending database without transactional spending data?

James McKinney james at opennorth.ca
Thu Apr 25 21:47:35 UTC 2013

To my knowledge, the data is not available in the open data catalog (yet).

It certainly doesn't help anyone track spending, in any meaningful sense of the word "track". The most generous way to put it is that it lets you consult past spending on a yearly basis. Nonetheless, this wasn't easy before, so kudos for that.


On 2013-04-25, at 5:28 PM, Anders Pedersen wrote:

> Hi all, 
> (sorry for crossposting)
> The Canadian Treasury board this week launched a database on expenditure [1], which received quite a bit of coverage [2]. 
> As far as I can tell, the database does not include any transactional spending data [3], but only expenditure data across programmes, sub-programmes etc.
> I'd be interested to hear if anyone can help shed some light on this and possibly share the reactions from the Canadian open data community? 
> Thanks, 
> Anders
> [1] http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ems-sgd/aegc-adgc-eng.asp
> [2] http://globalnews.ca/news/502224/new-database-will-allow-canadians-to-track-government-spending-data/
> [3] As for instance released in the UK at http://data.gov.uk/openspending and US at usaspending.gov
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