Government Spending Data Validation Service


We want to analyse the government spending data being released by public bodies. Currently we lose too much time cleaning badly formatted csv data. The automated validation service developed at Rewired State NHTG11 reports which data files are in a non-standard format. Approximately 45% of the spending files listed at are non-standard. We hope the government will use feedback from the validation service to improve data quality.

Ideas for taking this project forward

The service could be improved to run daily checks on new spending data files being listed at We could add more hints on how to fix the formatting of data files that fail validation.

Ideally this would be a service that government funded, maintained, and used to improve the quality of spending data.

Estimated costs for taking this project forward

Several days of contracted developer time to complete service.

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National Hack the Government Day 2011

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UK Government Spending Data Validation Service

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