Insights in Global Public Spending

4 Pages Posted: 15 May 2013  

Michalis N. Vafopoulos

Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, IIT, NCSR-“Demokritos”

Jose María Álvarez Rodríguez

South East European Research Center (SEERC)

Marios Meimaris

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Ioannis Xidias

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA); University of the Aegean

Michailis Klonaras

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Giorgos Vafeiadis

Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, IIT, NCSR-“Demokritos”

Date Written: May 12, 2013

Abstract

Governments around the globe are opening up public spending data in order to promote transparency and citizen awareness. However, data openness by itself is not enough to guarantee that the data is consumed efficiently and in meaningful ways. In this work public spending data from seven governments, both local and national, with total value almost 1,5 trillion euro, are processed, cleansed and converted to Linked Open Data, following best practices. Namely, the cases of Greece, the UK, the US federal government, Australia, the city of Chicago and the states of Alaska and Massachusetts are considered. Furthermore, the resulting Linked Data are interlinked with external resources and made accessible on a public SPARQL endpoint. A web portal application with several functionalities is deployed in order to make the data mashups understandable and easily consumable.

Keywords: Linked Open Data, government spending, network analysis

JEL Classification: L86, H50, H72, H83

Suggested Citation

Vafopoulos, Michalis N. and Rodríguez, Jose María Álvarez and Meimaris, Marios and Xidias, Ioannis and Klonaras, Michailis and Vafeiadis, Giorgos, Insights in Global Public Spending (May 12, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264958 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2264958

Michalis N. Vafopoulos (Contact Author)

Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, IIT, NCSR-“Demokritos” ( email )

Neapoleos st.
Aghia Paraskevi
Athens, 15310
Greece

Jose María Álvarez Rodríguez

South East European Research Center (SEERC) ( email )

24 Proxenou Koromila Street
Thessaloniki, 54622
Greece

Marios Meimaris

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) ( email )

Athens
United States

Ioannis Xidias

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) ( email )

Athens
United States

University of the Aegean ( email )

Chios
Greece

Michailis Klonaras

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) ( email )

Athens
United States

Giorgos Vafeiadis

Software and Knowledge Engineering Laboratory, IIT, NCSR-“Demokritos” ( email )

Patr. Gregoriou E' & 27, Neapoleos str.
Athens, 15341
Greece

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