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  • 1. Argentina’s Senate Expenses: Opening Public Data and Data Journalism
  • 2. Argentina´s Senate Site (www.senado.gov.ar) – SenateExpenses 4 1 2 3
  • 3. www.senado.gov.ar Site DescriptionThe identified links are:1. Procurement Tenders (1320 PDF’s) TOTAL : 33.6572. Administrative decisions (14.205 PDF’s) PDF’s3. Accounting decisions (6.817 PDF’s)4. Presidential Decrees (11.315 PDF’s) Feb 8, 2013
  • 4. 2) Processing Data - PDF’s Password Protected - Password Removal Files are PDF´s generated from paper scanned documents…. But….. Password Protected PDF’s (against copy and printing). So, before executing OCR process, we need to remove the Password Protection.
  • 5. 3) Transforming Data - Run OCR  33.000 TXT documents
  • 6. 3) Transforming Data - OCR issues“Noisy” or unevenly scaned documents produce unpredictable results….
  • 7. 4) Processing Data I: Insert 33.000 TXT files in Excel worksheet, identifying entities, (persons and Companies),amounts (money or bodyguards) and customizable Keywords)  Analyze applying Filtering
  • 8. 5) Identifying Patterns and Entities What WhoTravel Expenses requested by the President of the Senate (Vicepresident ofArgentina), Mr. Amado Boudou, for 4 Security Agents for his trip to the UnitedStates of America from 10/04/2012 to 10/05/2012.$ 154.864,90 (~USD 35.000) When Where How much
  • 9. 5) Identifying Patterns and Entities Security Agents expenses : 15 Santa Fe Agents 6/18/2012- 6/21/2012 $49,737 OCR mistakes
  • 10. 6) Processing Data II : Detecting dates interval, destination, number of security agents, and ammount of money{
  • 11. Journalistic Case : Show Service Company - Direct Purchases
  • 12. 1) Getting Data Application to download + 33.000 Documents !!!
  • 13. Senate’sPresident Decree
  • 14. Senate Administration Department E.g
  • 15. Senate Accountant Department E.g.
  • 16. Senate Expensed Structured Dataset in Excel
  • 17. Sunday Print edition and Infography
  • 18. Sunday Print Editon infography
  • 19. TABLEAU: filters per amount & destiny
  • 20. IMPACT: VP takes to TV a stack of decrees in print
  • 21. IMPACT: Judge reopens investigation on VP’s expenses
  • 22. Interactive Gantt with overlapped or inexesistent trips reimboursed
  • 23. Print Edition
  • 24. Senate Expenses TAG gathersstories origitated in this database