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Budeshi (which is Hausa for "Open it") is a dedicated site that links budget and procurement data to various public services. It is accessible to the public to interact with and make their own comparisons.
In a bid to make information around public contracts and the procurement process more coherent, Budeshi is an attempt to demonstrate the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS) across the public procurement value chain.
Where can I find, explore and visualise information about Peru’s procurement?
Pro-veedor is a tool developed by Open Data Peru that gives oversight of public procurement in Peru. The team are looking into adopting OCDS and we hope to see that in action soon.
OpenProcurement is an open source e-procurement toolkit.
OpenProcurement's goal is to provide the tools to design and build a procurement process that is transparent and competative. The toolkit builds accessible processes that leverage auctions to drive savings and are backed by strong data collection and reporting. It is designed to be automated and scalable. Accessibility, transparency of tendering process, electronic documents, detailed reporting - these are only a few benefits of using this e-Procurement software.
OpenProcurement’s initial application was with ProZorro, a procurement system implemented to support multiple national government agencies in Ukraine. OpenProcurement is flexible enough to handle all shapes and sizes of government and private sector procurements.
The basic toolkit, which covers storing data and reverse auctions, is free. The toolkit's Data Standard was developed on the basis of Open Contracting 1.0RC. These data standards were extended to ensure practical implementation of the procurement process in the Prozorro system.
ProZorro Explorer is designed to perform a 360-degree analysis of procurement in a chosen area: goods, categories, tenders, lots, tenderers and complaints in Ukraine procurement.
The Governement of Moldova’s beta portal was developed by the Public Procurement Agency under the Ministry of Finance. This interactive tools allows anyone to explore, visualize and download key contracting data stored using the Open Contracting Data Standard.
The real-time visualizations include tenders, awards, agencies and a section dedicated to goods, services and public works.
How can I get some or all records published to the Open Contracting Data Standard from ProZorro’s Open Procurement tenders API?
For Joomy Korkut, this meant writing a script to support downloading and generating CSV files from the Open Procurement tenders API. This is an invaluable tool for analysts and is available on github under an MIT license.
How can I extract a list of suppliers to Montreal City so I can combine it with other city data?
Pascal Robichaud posed this question on the Civic Access forum which led to Glen Newton producing this one-off example using GO.
For developers, it provides an adaptable component to speed up development of a python-based tool that extracts similar information. For Pascal, it provided fast and useful insight into Montreal’s public procurement.
Where can I find contracting opportunities from over 60 countries around the world from 240 publishers in OCDS format in one place?
Open Opps provides enriched, third-party information on public procurement aimed at business. Each opportunity is available to download in the OCDS JSON format. Find the out more on the Open Opps website.
How can I get public procurement information for the city of Montreal published to the OCDS format?
Ville de Montréal is the city of Montreal’s platform for citizens and businesses. The Vue sur les contrats section provides insight and visualization into public procurement within the city. While the platform does not yet support the Open Contracting Data Standard internally, it does provide a means to export the information to OCDS JSON.
This means developers and users of city of Montreal procurement information can combine and re-use this information to better understand the landscape of public procurement in the city (for example Open Contracting Montreal: Supplier List)
Find out more about the Ville de Montréal vue sur les contrats platform or review the OpenNorth OCDS API code on github.
How do I combine multiple OCDS records for the same contracting process?
Providing transactional information throughout the lifetime of a contracting process is a key goal for many governments disclosing their public procurement information. These transactions or releases tell a detailed procurement story through key moments in the contracting process, giving the public both an overview and a history of the process. This allows for better understanding, improved monitoring and sufficient detail for accountability.
So how can we put these releases back together into a single record of the contracting process? Answering this question led the OCDS helpdesk to develop OCDS Merge, a tool aimed at developers. Our official tool takes the merging logic described by the standard and implements it as a Python module.
How do I make OCDS even more useful?
The Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) is extensible - this means that publishers can provide additional information that reflect how procurement works in their country, their organisation or their sector. We encourage publishers to be open about creating extensions as they may find some extensions apply to others in their community using the same language, on the same continent or in other geo-economic groups.
While publishers can provide ad-hoc extensions, creating a formal extension means they can define rules around what the each field in the extension is and how it is used. To make this process easier, faster and more adaptable, the OCDS helpdesk team created the OCDS Extension Creator, a tool for implementing re-usable OCDS extensions.
How do I convert OCDS data from JSON to Spreadsheets and back again?
When converting files from Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) JSON to spreadsheets or vice versa, we usually recommend using the data standard validator tool. What if your file is too large or you’d rather do that conversion yourself?
Our Flatten Tool is part of the underlying code used by the data standard validator tool. It is a general purpose tool with the goal of allowing a dataset to be round-tripped between structured JSON and tabular data packages or spreadsheets: providing a bridge between richly structured datasets and accessible flat formats.Like all our tools, it is completely free and available on github.