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AusGovInfo uses open data for financial and political transparency across all Commonwealth entities, topics and issues. AusGovInfo also hosts a community for recruitment to transparency projects.
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Rosie began her work into government accountability by creating the first ever complete line item dataset of the Commonwealth budget. Eight years and multiple projects later, Rosie now opens the door to other researchers, both to the underlying data powering multiple transparency projects and to provide a platform for people to recruit to build their own transparency projects.
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I was going to set up ongoing manual updates as a volunteer project but someone offered to automate the process as it no longer includes hand-written entries. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

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I have a BA majoring in Sociology and programming skills in PHP, MYSQL, CSS, HTML & JavaScript. I am a published journalist and contributor to policy processes across a range of topics including transparency/accountability, privacy, inequality and social justice. The #AusGovInfo Research Community is part of a much larger site containing multiple projects using open data for financial and political transparency.


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AusGovInfo
AusGovInfo uses open data for financial and political transparency across all Commonwealth entities, topics and issues. AusGovInfo also hosts a community for recruitment to transparency projects.
Rosie began her work into government accountability by creating the first ever complete line item dataset of the Commonwealth budget. Eight years and multiple projects later, Rosie now opens the door to other researchers, both to the underlying data powering multiple transparency projects and to provide a platform for people to recruit to build their own transparency projects.
58 words submitted by Rosie Williams on 6th Jun 2020

Aging
Animals
Children
Crime
Culture
Disabilities
Disasters
Education
Energy
Environment
Finance
Gender
Hate
Health
Housing
Human Rights
Indigenous
Inequality
Media
Mental Health
Migrants
Privacy
Religion
Remote
Science
Sport
Technology
Transport
Unemploy ment
Urban
War
Worker Rights

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I was going to set up ongoing manual updates as a volunteer project but someone offered to automate the process as it no longer includes hand-written entries. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

34 words submitted by Rosie Williams on 12th Aug 2020

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I have a BA majoring in Sociology and programming skills in PHP, MYSQL, CSS, HTML & JavaScript. I am a published journalist and contributor to policy processes across a range of topics including transparency/accountability, privacy, inequality and social justice. The #AusGovInfo Research Community is part of a much larger site containing multiple projects using open data for financial and political transparency.

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Political and financial transparency is a complex, challenging and sometimes risky task. Those working on transparency projects are trying to bring to light information others may want kept secret or which may be difficult and time consuming to work with.

There is also no business model for this kind of work, which is often left to media organisations competing with one another and work against one anothers' interests.

I have been working on financial transparency for several years without funding beyond that which I am able to raise from my kind donors. Because of the technical complexity and scope of the work that I do, it never seemed practical to recruit people. My efforts have been limited to the amount of analysis I am able to carry out over an extremely wide scope of data. Because I have so many datasets and complex code to read data from them to create and maintain the analysis of each project is often quite limited in comparison to the potential.

The projects I create were never intended to be solely analysed by one person, the same person who must create and update them. However these formative tasks have been so time consuming that I felt I could not take time away from that to engage a wider audience with analysis.

I recently realised I needed to break this cycle of isolation and that if I invested time in building a recruitment & task management platform, I could delegate some of this work to other people and over time, accomplish more than I could ever hope to acheive on my own.

I also realised such a platform could also be used by other transaprency projects whether they be orgnisations or individuals wishing to investigate an issue or start something new.

Financial transparency projects often require expertise across multiple disciplines. Providing a space where people can come together to collaborate and share their labour and expertise in the service of transparency and accountability projects would be a huge step forward out of the fog of secrecy and obfuscation that characterises our political landscape.

This platform is intended to:

  • Build a community capable of offering assistance for the wide range of tasks and expertise involved in the creation and maintenance of transparency projects (on this site and elsewhere) across all disciplines;
  • Provide access to my own data, provide support to data users and document the research questions addressed by people engaging with the data.

Who should join?

People who wish to work directly with the data used in this site to research their own topics or those who wish to assist others in such projects should register and provide the information required to assist in these collaborations.

What kind of data is available for use?

Administrative data is data the government collects in the course of providing services to the public, as distinct from data which is collected by researchers and designed to address pre-defined research questions.

Analysis of administrative data requires not only technical skills but intimate knowledge of the intricacies and limitations of the policy system. Building a community that can draw on one another's expertise is a valuable step sharing the workload and responsibility for political an financial accountability in Australia.

The circumstances and reasons why administrative data is created give it certain peculiarities which can require a lot of labour and expertise to make it usable to end users.

Unlike data collected with the intention of using it for research purposes, 'administrative' is often very messy which means transformative steps need to be taken before meaningful analysis can occur. Machinery of Government changes and delays in the processing of financial data received from large numbers of NGO's complicates and limits anlysis of data across multiple years, agencies or ministries.

What kind of projects can people create?

Projects must be related in some way to transparency and accountability. Not every project needs to be tightly focused on holding powerful interests to account, it is often useful simply to provide new forms of analysis or presentaion of data. Projects must not be discriminatory, defamatory, unethical or breach privacy or secrecy secrecy laws.


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