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Dutch local government financial data published

Author: Adrian Offerman

The Open State Foundation has published the budgets and spending data of Dutch local governments for the years 2012-2013. Visitors to the openspending.nl portal can download the raw data, view the data of a specific local government, or compare the data of two governments.

The information published is based on the so-called Iv3 data set, collected by the Statistics Netherlands agency on behalf on the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. This annual and quarterly financial information is also used by other public agencies like the EC and supervisory authorities.

The Open State Foundation started in 2013 with financial data from the central borough of the city of Amsterdam. Last year, it asked all local governments for their Iv3 information. Unlike the provinces and water boards, the municipalities were not very forthcoming: less than forty percent of them eventually delivered the data. However, this exercise prompted Statistics Netherlands to publish the Iv3 data of all local governments for the years 2010-2014. This will be made available in the second quarter of this year.

Open State

The Open State Foundation is a merger of 'Stichting Het Nieuwe Stemmen' ("The New Voting Foundation") and the 'Hack de Overheid' ("Hack The Government") collective. It promotes democratic transparency, accountability and participation with the development of online platforms and promotes unlocking and re-use of open (government) data. Projects are organised into four programs: political transparency, open education, open culture, and open health care.