Scottish government spending - CSVs please?
The Scottish Government is now publishing monthly reports of all items of expenditure over £25,000.
That’s great and a positive step towards transparency and open data. But can we have them as CSV files? or even Excel? Currently they are only available as PDF which makes it a pain to do anything with the data.
Chris Taggart has converted the first couple of reports to CSV and helpfully made them available here, but since this data was probably in a database or spreadsheet before being made into a PDF, it’s a bit daft to create all that extra work for anyone who wants to analyse the data.
They could leap in a single bound from one star to three on the Berners-Lee 5 stars of open linked data.