[OpenSpending] Open Contracting and OKCon
michaelr at webfoundation.org
Fri Mar 28 13:45:27 UTC 2014
You can see the work we are doing on technical issues here - http://open-contracting.github.io/
and we have a public mailing list here https://groups.google.com/a/webfoundation.org/d/forum/public-ocds which I encourage anyone to join.
In terms of the data standard we have been busy looking at datasets in various countries, as well as use cases, but a draft version should be made public in April which builds on some previous efforts. Of course like many data standards we see it as a fluid process where the standard evolves as more understanding becomes available and as people have a chance to provide more input.
In general the timeline is publish a version 1.0 by the fall, but as mentioned we want to have a working version online this coming month for comment. As well getting more input into high value / impact use cases would be really useful so the standard is driven by what’s important for solving real problems. Lastly, we have identified some countries and datasets which we think are useful representations of the public contracting data that currently exists, but we might have missed something so there is an intention to ‘crowdsource’ this as well.
re: OKCon. perhaps we can discuss as well during Tuesday’s hangout. Part of it was to get a sense of interest and how we might organize such as side event with the Open Spending community.
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On Mar 28, 2014, at 6:52 AM, Friedrich Lindenberg <friedrich at pudo.org> wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> do you think it’s feasible for Open Contracting to have a draft/straw man data standard by OKFestival? I work on two projects related to procurement data, and both would benefit heavily from a data standard. So far I’ve not observed much technical work coming out of Open Contracting - but that may also be a matter of comms? Is there a general timeline?
> - Friedrich
> On 28 Mar 2014, at 01:25, Michael Roberts <michaelr at webfoundation.org> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I believe many of you are aware of the upcoming OKCon in July in Berlin. There has also been lots of discussions and ideas floating around in this hackpad https://hackpad.com/OpenDev-at-OKFest14-SDobXcJkwPC
>> in regards to ‘Open Development’ sessions.
>> Some of us working on Open Contracting plan to submit session proposals for the formal event. That said, we are also thinking about a potential side event related to Open Contracting. This could take the form of a sprint or workshop possibly around the open contracting data standard draft for a half day or full day. Apparently there might also be space available through the Wikimedia Foundation. I am curious to hear your thoughts and what the Open Spending community might have already planned during and around the OKCon event, and the potential of collaborating around such a side event.
>> Michael Roberts
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