Technology for Transparency

Tarek Amr ( @gr33ndata )‎tischooltunis

Open Knowledge

Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge.

$3.2 Billion

Open Data saved Canada $3.2 billion in Charity Tax Fraud.

Open Data?

Legal aspect

Technical aspect

Open Definition

Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike*.


Mr. Bean was in London yesterday.

Who was in London yesterday?
Where was Mr. Bean yesterday?
When was Mr. Bean in London?


<WHO>Mr. Bean</WHO> was in <WHERE>London</WHERE> <WHEN>yesterday</WHEN>.

Now a computer can understand that. Thus, we prefere to use formats such as CSV, JSON and XML for our data.

Non-proprietary software

This can be achieved by the provision of the work in an open data format, i.e. one whose specification is publicly and freely available and which places no restrictions monetary or otherwise upon its use.

Financial Data

Financial Data

Budgets, spending, balance sheets or procurement.

Central government, municipality, city, ministry, university or any entity.

Open Spending

By understanding how governments spend money in our name can we have a say in how that money will affect our own lives.

Open Spending

Upload, Explore, Visualise and Contribute.

Government Budget


Parliamentary Monitoring

MPs (Bio, Votes, Debates, etc.)

MPs and Paries, Tunisian Parties Mercato

MPs to be., YelloPages for Candidates

Bills and Laws, bills and laws

Votes, Votes breakdown and Facebook integration

Not just parliaments, Municipalities

More Projects

Promises Monitoring

Morsi Meter, Jomaa Meter, Rouhani Meter, Namo Meter, etc.

Problem Reporting, a crowdsourcing platform for people to report, view, or discuss local problems they’ve found in their local area.

FoI Tracking

List of Freedom of Information tracking websites (Alaveteli-based or not)


Poderopedia reveals links among business and political leaders in Chile. in USA.

Open Corporates, corporate network data, financial accounts, and more. Nike list of suppliers.


CKAN (106K Datasets)

Formats: CSV, JSON, XML, etc.)

CKAN Instances*,,, etc.

Amsterdam, Berlin, Buenos Aires, etc.

Africa, EU, Datahub, etc.

Open Source Software

Github, social coding

Civic Hacking

Software to solve problems


mySociety, Open Sources FixMyStreet


Poplus building-blocks for Civic Hacking

Google Docs

Documenting Egypt’s Elections Results

Offline vs. Online


Society Representation

Social Media and Blogs



Feel free to contact me if you have any comments about the ideas mentioned here, or if you would like me to help you using it in any of your projects.

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