How open contracting is taking hold
In 2015, we saw the Open Contracting Data Standard turning from a theoretical exercise into actual useful data. Up until the first quarter of 2016, our helpdesk was busy supporting over 50 partners from 22 countries. At the UK Anti-Corruption Summit, 14 countries commited to implementing the Open Contracting Data Standard. This is in addition to existing commitments as part of the Open Government Partnership.
In Ukraine, the data standard is the model for the new open source e-procurement system Prozorro and publishes data up to the point of the award of the contract, including planning, tenders, bids, and contracts. Montreal is publishing contract award data. In Paraguay, data is available for tenders, awards, contracts, and contract extensions. In addition, Public Works and Government Services in Canada has published a pilot data set of historical contract data. Mexico City is the first city to publish open contracting data from planning to implementation.