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OpenWorks – Freeing the data on Civic Works in Bangalore


Janaagraha’s PROOF initiative (Public Record of Operations and Finance) is attempting to free up the information on civic works in Bangalore. We believe that the primary discussion in India’s cities is on the lack of infrastructure and service delivery. However, conversation between the elected representatives, administration and citizens today is reactive and often triggered by one-off incidents or news reports. We believe that for a participative discussion on improving cities, data must be one of the cornerstones of any decision making.

OpenWorks plans on tracking the lifecycle of a work and the flow of money from - Budgets » Jobs » Tenders » Completion » Payments.

Today, there is no means of understanding or analysing the state of civic works in Bangalore. Without this data, there can be no discussion on path forward on citizens contributing a voice in the development of their cities.

We know of reports where citizens say that the engineer blames the delay on the contractor, the contractor on delays in permits / permissions, and with no standard documents on the status of the project, the citizen is forced to run around in circles. This should also help identify if certain areas are being over/under-invested in (in terms of infra) as well as confirm/invalidate rumours of malpractice in the BBMP (by redoing the same project year on year). The data from OpenWorks should empower the citizen and other civil society organization in their individual attempts to better the city.


Our primary sources of information are RTIs. This is layered with other data the BBMP chooses to make public (whose completeness / comprehensiveness needs to be evaluated) We hope to collate all information on a public portal and geo-locate all information. Once all the data is on a map, active citizens can then initiate discussions on local infrastructure.

We hope to tie this information with PROOF’s other projects – Ward Quality Score (evaluate the quality of life in each of Bangalore’s 198 wards – with some focus on crowdsourced data collection) and Budget Briefs (budgets allocable at a local level to a ward) so as to close the loop from Planning (Budget) to Implementation (OpenWorks) and Evaluation of Impact (WQS). This data in total, we hope, will give impetus to citizens to demand more targeted infrastructure allocation and budgets to specific projects at a local level.

What I hope to Speak at Open Data Camp

1. The Above intro (5 mins)

2. The Data we hope to collect – and where we can source it from

3. Difficulties in scaling and collecting RTI information

4. The Data we have managed to collect

5. Information Clean Up and the challenges presented by lack of standardization and coordination amongst departments

6. Open Questions and Challenges

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