Aline Pennisi is a public policy analyst, working at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Interested in experimenting ways to bring the management of democracy back into the public realm, she has been actively promoting open data and civic monitoring projects.
Opening Fiscal data in Italy - Citizen participation and fight against corruption
Fiscal policy ?
Aggregate data on public finance (they tend to have strict rules and to
be heavily scrutinized, usually easily available especially ex-post with national
accounts … however less when ex ante forecasts….)
National / local Budgets (there are some rules but not necessarily
comparable across space or time, they might not cover all everything you
would like … might be too aggregate …. in access, timing might ba as
important as format)
Data on specific public policies or funds (detailed data on how much as
spent to which project, to whom, where, for what purpose … usually easier to
engage with because closer to peoples experience)
Data on single invoices (can have specific uses, espsecially when analysing
public procurement but usually requires a lot of work to make sense of …)
What about data on tax collection ? (it would be just as important to
understand public policies and impact issues but does not seem in vogue….
Might have to sort out privacy issues too )