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Get used to reading this…

“We have a team of developers going through the data now – and we’ll let you know here what we learn as and when we learn it.”

If you had any doubt over the concept of ‘programmer as journalist’, that quote above from The Guardian’s liveblog of the opening of the COINS database gives you a preview of things to come. While you’re at it, you might as well add in ‘statistician as journalist‘ and ‘information designer as journalist‘ – or look at my post from 2008 on New Journalists for New Information Flows. Are we there yet?

Coins Expenditure Database Published by Government – Open Data

(Cross-posted from the Wardman Wire.)

This looks like an excellent start. The Coalition Government has just published the COINS database, which is the detailed database of Government spending:

The release of COINS data is just the first step in the Government’s commitment to data transparency on Government spending.

You can get the database from the data.gov website here. There are explanations to help you get to grips with it here. Continue reading