Scraping Contracts, Digging Dfid

In an article on the Guardian Data Blog Claire Provost outlined how the recent furore over consultancy spending by the Department for International Development (Dfid) should not be about turning the aid tap off but about making aid work for the donor country. One way to promote development in donor countries is to untie aid, to … Continue Reading →

Small Society

The Cabinet Office, in a move towards greater transparency, are attempting to publish all their data online. This isn’t really news but I don’t think news organizations are looking at this data so I’m scraping it and seeing what it has to offer. So as an exercise I’m scraping the page where ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and … Continue Reading →

Special Treatment for Special Advisers in No. 10

The road to No.10 is paved with advisers, they lead you in, they open doors. Often for themselves. Previous advisers include Alastair Campbell, Ed Balls and the Miliband brothers. Until they’re in the door they generally don’t command the political spotlight. That is, unless they’re on the way out like Andy Coulson. What they do … Continue Reading →

National Asset Bubbles – All in a day’s data

So far I’ve called myself a data journalist. But then again Paris Hilton calls herself a business woman. From my previous post, you can see my interest growing. But I haven’t really done anything. I am trying to learn the skills. These skills aren’t actually known and neither is the job description. But the best … Continue Reading →