Information about budgets, procurement and expenditure enable citizens to find out where their taxes are spent, and to ensure that elections are free and fair. Election information, legislation, and key societal infrastructure data such as maps and postcodes should be open to all.

Our impact in this area

Below you can learn more about our work to demonstrate the potential of open data and open knowledge in the area of citizenship, democratic accountability and governance.

Working Groups

Lobbying Transparency

Open Knowledge and the Sunlight Foundation are teaming up to convene a new global group on lobbying transparency.

Open Government Data

This group is for everyone interested in Open Government Data and a hub for the global community

Open Legislation

Help define the space and act as a central point of reference and support for people who are interested in open legislation.


Central point of reference and support for people who are interested in open spending data.

Open Transport

Central point of reference and support for people who are interested in open transport data.



CKAN is a fully-featured, mature, open source data management solution. CKAN provides a streamlined way to make your data discoverable and presentable. Each dataset is given its own page with a rich collection of metadata, making it a valuable and easily searchable resource.

Global Open Data Index

The Global Open Data Index is a civil society collaborative effort to track the state of open government data around the world. The survey is designed to assess the openness of specific government datasets according to the Open Definition. Through this initiative we want to provide a civil society audit of how governments actually publish data with input and review from citizens and organisations

Local Open Data Census

The local Open Data Census helps civil society to monitor open data publication on a municipal and regional level in their countries

Open Data for Tax Justice

A global network of people and organisations using open data to improve advocacy, journalism and public policy around tax justice


OpenSpending is a centralized platform on the topic of public financial information, including an global database of budgets and spending data, a community of contributors and users exposing cases, and a set of open resources and tools providing technical, fiscal, and political understanding necessary to work with financial data.

School of Data

School of Data works to empower civil society organisations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively in their efforts to create more equitable and effective societies.

Stop Secret Contracts Campaign

Stop Secret Contracts was an Open Knowledge-led campaign to improve the openness and transparancy of information about public contracts around the world.

The Open Definition

The main international standard for open data and open data licences, providing principles and guidance for all things “open”.