Implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard is an essential enhancement to an electronic government procurement system. The OCDS is a data standard that has been designed to facilitate publication and analysis of data and documents related to all stages of a contracting process. By including the OCDS in e-GP design, or upgrading an existing system to account for OCDS, the e-GP will become more transparent and also facilitate business intelligence, analysis, and monitoring that will assist policy makers and procurement practitioners to improve value for money, integrity, fairness and performance of public contracts.

The Guide to Defining Open Contracting Data Standard Functional Requirements for Electronic Government Procurement Systems has been prepared by the Open Contracting Partnership to provide advice concerning the Opening Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) for those involved in designing and implementing e-GP projects and in particular.

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