Open Contracting Explorer
Government spending typically accounts for 10-20% of a country’s GDP – so citizens and governments share an interest in ensuring that these funds are used efficiently and effectively.
Open contracting aims to publish procurement information in ways that are transparent and accessible. DG’s Open Contracting Explorer is our customizable, streamlined way to do just that – it’s an open source tool for storing, disclosing, and analyzing procurement data.
Opening Up Procurement Data
Drawing on our experience collaborating with country governments over 20 years, DG employs a practical, learning-based approach to helping governments open their procurement data. At the core of our Open Contracting and Procurement vision lies the OC Explorer (OCE) – it’s the foundation on which our OC tools are built.
The OC Explorer also often works hand-in-hand with the DG Toolkit, our flexible, customizable, and ready-to-launch set of code modules used as a ‘base’ from which we build new systems.
The OC Explorer and the DG Toolkit
Using OCE, we take data directly from government sources and convert and publish the data in the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS), allowing it to be viewed through a suite of interactive tools for data visualization and in-depth analytics. OCE contains a library of about 20 usable, useful visualizations built on OCDS-compliant data. The Open Contracting Explorer contains three open-source tools: