Exploring how public money is spent with Open Contracting

Aug 9, 2018 · London, United Kingdom

This month we'll be looking into how UK public money is spent in partnership with Open Contracting (https://www.open-contracting.org/).

Every year the UK government spends up to £300bn of public money with businesses to deliver public goods and services. In 2016, this accounted for a third of all government expenditure. But is this money well spent? We'll be learning how to find overspend, identify the next Carillion, and locate potential cases of corruption. We'll also see how to link this information together with other datasets for investigations.

We'll be joined by Hera Hussain (https://twitter.com/herahussain) from Open Contracting, and Ian Makgill (https://twitter.com/ianmakgill) from Spend Network who will be helping guide us through the data.

Bring a laptop along as this is a practical, hands-on workshop. No programming experience is required.

Please make sure you're signed up to Dropbox to view our shared doc (https://bit.ly/journocoders-aug-2018) — and add links to anything data or journalism-related you've seen or worked on to the show and tell section!

Schedule

7:00 🚪 Doors open
7:30 🗣 Show and tell
7:40 💻 Tutorial
9:00 🍺 Drinks at the George

What is Journocoders?

Journocoders is a monthly meetup for journalists and others working in the media to learn and share technical skills for use in their reporting. We aim to bring the culture of knowledge sharing from the tech industry to journalism and give people the chance to learn and network in a supportive environment with likeminded individuals.

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    Journocoders is a monthly meetup for journalists and others working in the media to learn and share technical skills for use in their reporting. That might be data analysis as part of an investigation, scraping data from government websites, building data visualisations to better tell a story, or something else entirely. We aim to bring the culture of knowledge sharing from the tech industry to journalism and give people the chance to learn and network in a supportive environment with likeminded individual

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