Open spending data is…closed

God, I love countculture. I love everything about him. And I love, love, love what he’s doing to ensure government and local government spending is made available transparently, openly and freely. Take this post on the devilish deal done by council with something called Spikes Cavell for the publication of spending data:

Note the “This data is for your personal use only”  not to mention the fact that the use of a captcha’ to screen out machines downloading the data means, er, you can’t use machines to automatically download the data, which is sort of the point of publishing the data in a machine-readable way.

Never mind, surely you can just head over to the council’s website and download the data from there? No chance.

via The open spending data that isn’t… this is not good « countculture.

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