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Contracting Process



In relation to the Open Contracting Data Standard, we use core to refer to those components of the standard maintained by the Open Contracting Parntership, and which form the essential parts of OCDS.

core block

A building block that is part of the standard schema, as opposed to building blocks introduced by extensions.


Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. 


One of the possible means of assessing a bid in a specific procurement process.


In relation to the Open Contracting Data Standard, the currency for each amount should always be specified using the uppercase 3-letter currency code from ISO4217.



In relation to the Open Contracting Data Standard, data is structured, machine readable, data.

data model

A standardized, structured representation of the properties, and relationships between properties, of a real entity. The OCDS schema defines a data model for a contracting process.

data publisher

The organization or individual responsible for the publication of data. In OCDS this entity may be distinct from the buyer or procuring entity for a contracting process.


A piece of written, printed or electronic matter which provides information about a contracting process.

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