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Florida Leads the Way on Budget Transparency with Municipal XBRL


A more efficient, 21st Century approach is to retain all the data in “machine-readable form” rather than converting it into and the back out of a print format. The primary technology that enables the transfer of financial data from statement filers to users is eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL).

 

The Data Trains Have Left the Station


Though transparency and evidence communities are immersed in data and policies to encourage greater data access and use, they seem to speak different languages. Now their objectives are joined in common legislation that advances both causes, the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2017 (FEBP Act) (HR 4174).

 

Mid-year Hot Takes: What the Data Coalition’s Up To


What a year it’s been so far! The Data Coalition is leading the push for the policy changes that are needed to transform government information into open data. The first half of 2017 has been jam-packed with policy and event milestones. And we’re continuing to grow our community.

 

A Government in Transition: From Documents to Data


The DATA Act is the first modern attempt to bring together three broad categories of federal spending reporting requirements: cash-based agency budgets, accrual-based accounting data, and award data. The open data law requires the federal government to define and apply standard data elements and a government-wide data format to all federal spending.

 

A Year in Review: The Data Coalition in 2016


It’s been a busy year for the world’s only open data trade association! We started a new sister organization, welcomed nearly two thousand people to our events, testified before Congress, and celebrated the Senate’s passage of landmark legislation. Our members made all this possible.