Open data in procurement?


When you shop for a new computer system, what do you ask in your tender documents so you can publish data stored in it as open data?

Top of mind thoughts are:

  • you ensure you own the data so you can apply an open licence
  • you can export the data in a machine-readable format (e.g. CSV, JSON, KML)
  • the data exported ideally follows an open standard (e.g. open contracting)
  • the system provides an API that is:
    • documented (e.g. using Swagger and the Open API specification)
    • perhaps secured by a key so you can inform users of planned changes and apply different rate limits.

There’s probably more to ask - metadata, code lists, data quality statements, automatically update your open data portal, to name a few.

I’d love to hear about what you ask and any lessons you’ve learnt.