WHAT IS VENDATA?
OPEN DATA FROM VENEZUELA AT YOUR DISPOSAL

Vendata, data from Venezuela at your disposal, is an association the purpose of which is to produce the largest accumulation of open data possible based on public information in Venezuela through compiling, processing and transforming closed data into an open format. Technological and IT tools are used to enable their enhanced management and the organization, promotion and generation of publishable products that contribute to the nation´s development by setting up diagnostics and actions for the prevention and diminishment of social evils, the reinforcement of education and citizen culture and the protection of human rights such as the right of access to public information.

During the project´s initial creation phase, a sample of the total documents was selected and the topics of public interest for systematic placement in databases were defined. Later on, a basic structure was established and a downloadable web form was drafted. User profiles were created for the collaborators and a procedures manual was handed out as well as a tutorial on how to download the information manually. Each and every data entered was checked and cleaned up. Some documents required the application of data extraction methods and techniques to obtain the information.

With the data obtained so far, browse engines were created for the official gazettes and national reports and accounts, as well as research available on that web portal in alliance with more than eight media and civil society organizations.

 The technology used to create the downloading formulaire and web browser were PHP and SQL with Java and JQuery complements.

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OUR BROWSER

HOW WAS THIS DATA RELEASED?

175,481

RECORDS

2,763

GAZETTES

142,223

APPOINTMENTS

ANALISYS AND REVIEW OF THE PDF DOCUMENT

DATABASE SCRAPING AND DESIGN

ORGANIZATION BY TOPIC

DATA CLEANSING

TRANSFORMATION INTO OPEN DATA

BROWSER CREATION AND VISUALIZATIONS

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data and audit the institutions!
Annual Reports

WHO WE ARE

During the second semester of 2015, the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela (IPYS Venezuela) and Transparencia Venezuela organized a multidisciplinarian team of journalists, lawyers, political experts, experts in international studies, programmers and web designers to create Vendata, an online search platform that puts at the disposal of all Venezuelans official data (only found in closed format) in a reusable and open code format.

Vendata is a collaboration project with the participation of over 50 persons from various professions and allied non-governmental organizations aimed at journalists, investigators, researchers and citizens interested in learning about the decisions made by the Venezuelan State.

Vendata has released data from Venezuela´s official gazettes related to the following topics of public interest: designations of public officials, the delegation of functions, the creation of State companies and entities, the approval of laws, sanctions, additional credits, the nation´s budget, expropriations and military ascensions as well as data contained in the performance reports of citizen power institutions such as the public prosecutor´s office, the comptroller general´s office and the Ombudsman.

Our objective is to assist in establishing institutional transparency, developing a transparent government and executing social comptrollership by Venezuelan.

Process coordination
Daniel Sierra

Research coordination
Katherine Pennacchio

Executive director, Ipys Venezuela
Marianela Balbi

Data engineering
Omar España

Development, design and infographics
Roselia Ruiz, José Huerta, José Huerta N.

Executive director, Transparencia Venezuela
Mercedes de Freitas

Coordination of national reports and accounts
Arysbell Arismendi

Research launch
Patricia Marcano, Pablo López Hurtado, César Bátiz, Jesús Yajure, Grisha Susej Vera, Lorena Melendez, Lisseth Boon, Arysbell Arismendi, Mariel Lozada, Katherine Pennacchio, Andrés Snitcofsky, Elvianys Andrea Diaz, Leopoldo González Barajas, Geraldine Lucero, Claudia Alizo.

RESEARCH

ALLIES IN THE MEDIA