Open Up Guide: Using Open Data to Combat Corruption


A must read for all watchdog journalists.

Journalists reporting on corruption can add the new Open Up Guide: Using Open Data to Combat Corruption to their toolkit. Provided for free download, the online book provides a valuable how-to guide for unearthing evidence of corruption in open data. 

Inside the guide you’ll find a number of tools, including:

  • Use cases and methodologies highlighting existing and future approaches to the use of open data in the anti-corruption field.
  • 30 priority datasets and the key attributes needed so that they can talk to each other. To address corruption networks it is particularly important that connections can be established and followed across data sets, national borders and different sectors.
  • An outline of data standards, so you know what should be published, and the technical details of how it should be made available.

Image: A snapshot of the Guide's 30 priority datasets.

The guide has been developed by Transparency International-Mexico, Open Contracting Partnership, OD4D and the Open Data Charter, building on input from government officials, open data experts, civil society and journalists.

And its just the first in a series of guides being developed. Next up, the team are looking to tackle agriculture and climate change.

Explore the full Guide here.

Image: Hamza Butt.