Constructing Public Procurement Databases from Administrative Records

Ágnes Czibik, Mihály Fazekas, Bence Tóth

This report aims to provide a comprehensive outline of the potential challenges of building a database from publicly available public procurement records and the possible solutions to the identified problems. We use Hungary as an illustrative example as most problems faced in other countries are present there, and so any finding will be widely applicable. The chapters introduce 1) the process of public procurement and the publicly available announcements in Hungary; 2) the administrative processes which generate errors in the source data as well as cause problems for database building; 3) the general process of correcting errors in the database; and 4) specific problems and solutions with examples. The result is a comprehensive checklist, which could help building a database from public procurement records in any country where these are publicly available.

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