We are happy to share the news with you that we have released version 1 of the Fiscal Data Package specification. This is a lightweight and user-oriented format for publishing and consuming fiscal data. Fiscal Data Packages are made of simple and universal components, are extremely flexible, can be produced from ordinary spreadsheet software and used in any environment.
This specification started about five years ago with a first version (then known as the “Budget Data Package”). Since then we’ve made quite a few iterations, until a fairly stable version was reached, which we name ‘version 0.3’. This version was field-tested in various use cases and scenarios – most prominent among them is the Government of Mexico, who adopted Fiscal Data Package to be used for publishing their official budget data.
For the past six months we’ve been hard at work in reshaping this specification to make it simpler to use and easier to adopt, while improving its flexibility and extensibility – thus making it relevant for more users. In many ways, this new version is the result of the collected experience and lessons learned in the past few years, working with partners and understanding what works and what doesn’t.
You can read more about the release in this blog by Adam Kariv: https://blog.okfn.org/2018/05/28/introducing-version-1-of-the-fiscal-data-package-specification/.
We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback!
Best, Lieke Ploeger