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What was COINS missing? The mystery of the Government’s hidden spending data

The following article was originally published on the Guardian Datablog by Lisa Evans, the Lead Researcher on the OKF’s Where Does My Money Go? project. We thought we were getting everything with the COINS release. In fact we were missing the best part of all: the Whole of Government Accounts. Before he became chancellor George […]

A Big Part of COINS was not Published

**This is a post by [Lisa Evans](http://objectgroup.org/), lead researcher on [Where Does My Money Go?](http://www.wheredoesmymoneygo.org/).** When I saw the COINS data that was published at the beginning of June, I suspected there was something missing. I had been reading about the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) — a project to provide a really good detailed overview of […]

The open spending data that isn’t

**The following guest post is from [Chris Taggart](http://twitter.com/countculture) of [OpenlyLocal](http://openlylocal.com/), who advises the [Where Does My Money Go?](http://www.wheredoesmymoneygo.org/) project on local spending data, and is a member of the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org/)’s [Working Group on Open Government Data](http://wiki.okfn.org/wg/government). This is a cross-post — [Chris’ original post here](http://countculture.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/the-open-spending-data-that-isn/).** When the coalition announced that councils would have […]

Emergency Budget, Deficit and Cuts: Visualized

Today in the UK the Conservatives/Liberal Democrat coalition presented their [Emergency Budget](http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/2010_june_budget.htm). Collaborating with [David McCandless](http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/), [Where Does My Money Go?](http://www.wheredoesmymoneygo.org/) have created a simple visualization to help you understand and contextualise the budget, and answer some basic questions such as: **How much impact will the emergency budget have on the £156bn budget deficit? And […]

Can You Close the Deficit Gap?

Where Does Your Money Go? challenges you to beat the Chancellor to it before tomorrow’s budget and close the UK’s financial deficit. Will you increase taxes, make cuts or a mix of both? No decision is going to be popular but are some more palatable than others, you decide. More information: * [Closing the Deficit […]

Understanding COINS

Something amazing has happened since the government spending recorded in the COINS database was made openly available to everyone. I’m talking about the impressive range of free, and in many cases open source, products to display the COINS data. So far there are COINS search engines from The Guardian and The Open Knowledge Foundation, graphs […]

COINS: A Users Guide

**At 0930 BST today the UK government released the COINS database, one of the biggest sources of information on UK public spending. Open Knowledge Foundation Director Rufus Pollock says:** > *The release of this data marks another milestone in the opening up of public data – in which the UK leads the way. While this […]

Opening up government finances

**The following guest post is from [Chris Taggart](http://twitter.com/countculture) of [OpenlyLocal](http://openlylocal.com/), who advises the [Where Does My Money Go?](http://www.wheredoesmymoneygo.org/) project on local spending data, and is a member of the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org/)’s [Working Group on Open Government Data](http://wiki.okfn.org/wg/government).** With a [string of announcements](http://blog.okfn.org/2010/06/02/uk-government-commits-to-open-up-new-spending-data/) this week and the [COINS database](http://blog.okfn.org/2010/04/13/the-coins-database-what-we-know-and-how-we-know-it/) (the UK’s biggest source of information […]

UK Government commits to open up new spending data!

It’s exciting times right now for people in the UK interested in how public funds are being used. The new government has proposed to publish unprecedented amounts of spending data in unprecedented detail. In the new [Coalition Programme for Government](http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/409088/pfg_coalition.pdf) (PDF), the PM has committed to the following, which is very similar to the Conservative […]

In The Beginning There Were Mystery Boxes

JJ Abrams, the creator of Lost gave a great talk at TED 2007 themed around “Mystery Boxes”. A Mystery Box is a box of unspecified goods. When you buy a Mystery Box – from a magic shop, as Abrams describes doing with his grandfather as a child, or from a pet store, sweet shop, or […]