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Tackling Covid-19 with open procurement data

December 17, 2020
Open data, Procurement

To help public sector buyers around the world combat the Covid-19 emergency, we have built our supplier search tool (http://openopps.com/covid-19). 

Our free service allows buyers to search for suppliers around the world that provide critical goods and services. By searching for a particular term, such as ‘PPE’ or ‘protective equipment’, users can be instantly connected to a global network of suppliers that have already traded with the public sector.

 

Why is it useful?

As COVID-19 and its effects spread around the world and illness and quarantine strains traditional supply chains and medical, the need to source vital equipment is paramount. Supplier Search is a way for public sector buyers to find critical suppliers during this crisis. We built a tool that allows anyone to quickly find lists of suppliers that have previously provided services to the public sector.

 

How it works 

Our information is based on suppliers who have won contracts for these services, goods and works in the past. We have collected contract notices from around the world from national and local sources going as far back as 2010 and we continue to do so in real time.

 

About the data

We’re able to provide data on any country that has been publishing data openly, including the UK, Europe and beyond. If your country’s data isn’t in our database, ask your politicians why they’re not publishing their data openly.

 

How can we help?

This tool is in beta and we’d really like your feedback to help you find what you need as soon as possible. Your feedback will be essential to guide our development of this tool and allow us to do our bit to help in this crisis.

 

Who are we?

OpenOpps is run by the team behind Spend Network. We’re data geeks, so we can’t make ventilators or invent a vaccine for Covid-19, but we can share our data. We are hoping that our data might be useful to supply chain teams around the world.

If you like our service, please tell others. If you think it could be better, please tell us (https://twitter.com/ianmakgill).

 

Our partners

This is a team effort, all of these organisations have helped us publish this data.

 

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