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From data gathering, to data use
Unlocking resources for anti-corruption action
Many of the pioneers of data-driven anti-corruption work have not been able to draw upon proactively published open datasets. Instead, they have had to gather the data they need through Freedom of Information requests, scraping data from inaccessible websites, and, in some cases, working with leaked datasets. Where data has been available, it has often been low quality, requiring substantial investments of time and effort before it can be used - and limiting the extent to which tools from one country can be used in another.
in this section we detail a number of cases where different stakeholders are working with the datasets described in the last section - either directly from open data, or using data they have manually gathered. The more governments move towards proactive publication, the more use-cases like these can spread, and effort can go into data use, rather than data gathering.