The following post is from Jonathan Gray, Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation.

We’re thrilled to announce that our proposal for Spending Stories has been chosen as a winner for the Knight News Challenge.

What is Spending Stories about?

News stories about government finances are common, but readers often find it challenging to place the numbers in perspective. Spending Stories will contextualize such news pieces by tying them to the data on which they are based. For example, a story on City Hall spending could be annotated with details on budget trends and related stories from other news outlets. The effort will be driven by a combination of machine-automated analysis and verification by users interested in public spending.

We can’t wait to get started on this project – and you’ll hear more from us about this very soon. In the meantime if you’re interested in spending data you can join our wdmmg-discuss list mailing list and if you’re interested in how we can use data to improve the news, you can join our data-driven-journalism mailing list.

If you want more information about the project you can see our blog post from earlier this year and our lengthier project FAQ!

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Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at and he tweets at @jwyg.

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