Government Spending 61% open

Ukraine

What data is expected?

Records of actual (past) national government spending at a detailed transactional level. Data must display ongoing expenditure, including transactions and subsidies. A database of contracts awarded or similar will not be considered sufficient. Open spending data shows whether public money is efficiently and effectively used. It helps to understand spending patterns, and to display corruption, misuse, and waste. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.

  • Individual record of transactions
  • Government office which had the transaction
  • Date of transaction
  • Name of vendor
  • Amount of the transaction

How open is the data?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2

Data format

CSV, JSON, XML

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced No http://spending.gov.ua/
Downloadable at once No This is controversial. You can't download it at a single URL, though it's fairly easy to write a script that will download data if you have patience. Though it's quite slow. There's an API that allows you to download data by organization that paid/received money in JSON/XML formats. There's UI that allows to download CSV files. There's still a room for improvement as there's a limitation on how much you can download at once.
Up-to-date Yes Data is updated daily.
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
In an open and machine-readable format CSV, JSON, XML There are 3 formats available.
findable 4 For me it was easy. Spending data project was heavily advertised on social media. But people who aren't familiar with it could easily find it.
findable_steps Google Search query would be something like "spending open data site:gov.ua". It is the first link Other similar searches lead to the Ministry of finance announcement about this data portal.
licence_url http://spending.gov.ua/ Free as in "beer" and free as in "freedom": "Доступ до інформації, оприлюдненої на єдиному веб-порталі використання публічних коштів, є вільним та безоплатним, що надає можливість задоволення публічного інтересу щодо процесів контролю, утворення, розподілу та використання публічних коштів розпорядниками та одержувачами коштів Державного бюджету України, бюджету Автономної Республіки Крим і місцевих бюджетів, органами Пенсійного фонду, підприємствами, а також фондами загальнообов’язкового державного соціального страхування."
Collected by government Yes It is provided by the ministry of finance and treasury of Ukraine
usability 2 Unfortunately, it's quite hard to understand what money are used for. Transaction description is quite cryptic. Though I could upload it to http://next.openspending.org/ as is, there's not much useful information you can get out of it.
collector_name State Treasury Service of Ukraine (A joint project between Treasury service and ministry of finance) A joint project between Treasury service and ministry of finance.
characteristics Individual record of transactions, Government office which had the transaction, Date of transaction, Name of vendor, Amount of the transaction Transactions are "raw", so there's not "name of vendor", just an abstract "recipient". I.e. it contains not only government spending but some income too. Similarly, "Government office" is an abstract payer. I.e. it's not guaranteed to be government at all. It can be tax payer as well. Some transactions are classified, though you can always see amount.
location http://spending.gov.ua/web/guest - Web interface, http://forum.e-data.gov.ua/printthread.php?tid=26 - API guide, http://api.e-data.gov.ua:8080/api/rest/1.0/transactions - API endpoint

Details

Transactions are "raw", so there's not "name of vendor", just an abstract "recipient". I.e. it contains not only government spending but some income too. Similarly, "Government office" is an abstract payer. I.e. it's not guaranteed to be government at all. It can be tax payer as well. Some transactions are classified, though you can always see amount. Bulk access is controversial. You can't download it at a single URL, though it's fairly easy to write a script that will download data if you have patience. Though it's quite slow. There's an API that allows you to download data by organization that paid/received money in JSON/XML formats. There's UI that allows to download CSV files. There's still a room for improvement as there's a limitation on how much you can download at once. It's a massive set of data. But it's quite unusable without some data science and analysis infrastructure. Civil society in Ukraine can't cope with such a scale.

Reviewer comments

The submission is valid, with two changes: the reviewer could not find an open license on the website. The terms of use the submitter was referring to could not be found on the website. The data need to be requested through an interface and submitters need to know the name of vendor and payer. Downloads are possible only for the top 100 largest transactions. For this reason the data is considered to not be available in bulk. Thank you, Vanya Yani, for contributing to the Global Open Data Index.

Meta data

Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   Unknown
Reviewer   Danny Lämmerhirt
Submitters   Vanya Yani
Last modified   Sun Dec 04 2016 08:18:27 GMT+0000 (UTC)