Friday lunchtime lecture: How to change the world with some data scrapers and a plan

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Fri Jul 29, 2016 13:00
Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Ian will explain how open data can be used to counter corruption in public contracting

Friday 29 July 2016, 1:00pm – 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

Public procurement matters: it accounts for 30% of government spending worldwide, or nearly $10trn USD per annum, and we know that large amounts of this money are lost to corruption. We also know that better data and better analysis are the keys to countering corruption in public procurement.

Ian and the team behind Spend Network have built, an open global platform for procurement and tender data and already the largest publisher of the Open Contracting Data Standard in the world.

During this talk Ian will explain how open data can be used to counter corruption in public contracting, and how linking the data in could lead to a genuinely different approach to public procurement in the future.

Ian has worked in public procurement for over 20 years and has been running his own businesses for over 12 years. As well as OpenOpps he runs Spend Network, a service analysing UK government spending data; OpenOpps was a part of the ODI Startup programme in 2013–14. Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, Ian worked as a Management Consultant with a focus on government procurement.