“With the Open Contracting Data Standard it was like asking me to dig an Olympic pool, but giving me an excavator instead of a teaspoon.”
Put open data to use
Open data is a powerful tool to track public contracting and to gain insights into what is going on at every stage of the contracting process.
The sheer scale and number of transactions in public contracting – covering a third of all government spending on average – means that the data and documents about contracts will be much, much easier to analyse and track if they are published in an open, accessible, structured, reusable and machine-readable format.
The Open Contracting Data Standard is a free, non-proprietary open data standard for public contracting, implemented around the world. At the heart of the data standard is the idea that it should be possible to follow a contracting process from planning and tender, through to award, contract and implementation through a unique ID.
Because the standard provides guidance on both what to publish and how to publish it, it is possible for the standardized data to be compared and analyzed more easily. Using this data effectively can help governments deliver better value for money, prevent and uncover corruption, and increase competition and better track service delivery.
How to implement
the Open Contracting Data Standard
We have developed detailed documentation to guide you in implementing the Open Contracting Data Standard, and many technical blogs, templates, and other guidance material.
Access the Open Contracting Data Standard documentation, your key resource to implementing the standard, and join the community of implementors.
Find and use open contracting data
Open contracting data can be a powerful tool to drive better decision making and improved policy in public contracting. Find OCDS data and learn about available guides, tools, and methodologies that will help you to use it.
Why open data matters
A culture of openness about the policies, tools, and data of public procurement will deliver a transformational shift in how business is done. Opening up contracting information in an accessible and useful way with a clear schema allows others to understand it, analyze it, and draw actionable insights.