Research project: Open data, public budget and its relations to people’s rights in Brazil
Brazil’s law requires the Federal Government States, States, the Federal District and Municipalities to provide real-time information on their budgets and spending through electronic means. Increasingly this has come to be understood as meaning publication as open data. This project has analysed whether the national and state capitals are in fact using principles and practices of open data in their disclosures, and has evaluated the emerging impacts of open budget data disclosed through national transparency portal. Through a quantitative survey of budget and financial disclosures, and qualitative research with key stakeholders, this study explored the role of technical platforms and intermediaries in supporting the use of budget data by groups working in pursuit of social change and human rights.
The budget website Orçamento ao Seu Alcance (“Budget at your fingertips”) developed by brazilian NGO Inesc (Social Economic Studies Institute), in partnership with the Open Knowledge Foundation Brasil, aims at visualizating the federal budget in a more friendly way.