With governments looking to do more with less, adopting open government strategies marks an ideal way to better deliver public services and foster increased confidence in government institutions through greater transparency.
The move toward open government is now a fact. In Canada (and specifically in Toronto) many groups such as Visible Government, ChangeCamp, etc. are working on a multitude of new sites and services. The one I want to tell you about is disclosed.ca, a site created by a Toronto developer, Ilia Lobsanov. The site performs web scraping to capture information from government sites about contracts awarded to various contractors. This is, officially, publicly reported information. It is, however, displayed and stored on hundreds of disparate government sites in various forms, and this hinders the search and use of the information should anyone need it.