Digiwhist Leverages Tech for Accountability and Transparency
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24Jan
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Digiwhist Leverages Tech for Accountability and Transparency

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DIGIWHIST is an H2020 project with the goal of bringing transparency and accountability to public procurement.

The main outcome of DIGIWHIST is their flagship project, Open Tender. This open procurement portal makes data available and accessible to the general public by identifying which bodies are awarding contracts and which companies are winning them. The portal then analyses this data and produces infographics, for example, to identify red flags that indicate possible risk of corruption, such as contracts with just a single bidder or contracts that made use of a procedure that limited opportunities for competition. These analyses in turn make it easier for citizens and journalists to make sense of data that is available, but which may otherwise be inaccessible or difficult to understand. The portal will be live starting at the end of January 2018.

In addition to their Open Tender portal, DIGIWHIST has also been developing a number of other tools to assist in making available data more accessible. Their Monitoring European Tenders (MET) risk assessment software will be made available to public authorities to help them assess the overall integrity of their contracting and identify risks for potential corruption in their public procurement. Another project output, EuroPAM, provides a structured database of the legal and regulatory norms of European transparency legislation, such as financial disclosure laws for politicians or freedom of information laws.

The DIGIWHIST project is taking an important step by making existing information easier to use and more meaningful. While open data is often provided by governments and industry in its raw form, DIGIWHIST proves that this open data can indeed be useful if presented in an organized manner. It can bring insight into government, help people to hold their governments accountable, and ultimately make governments more open to the citizens they represent.

 


Authors: Max Kortlander, Victoria Dykes

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