Additional Finance data (COINS) goes live – extra years

Following the release on 4 June by the Treasury of data from the Combined Online Information System (COINS) for 2008-2010 further data covering the years 2005-2008 is today being made available through These additional years provide further insight into UK public expenditure and are part of the Prime Minister’s Transparency initiative, which aims to make Government more transparent and allow people to hold ministers and public services to account.

Today’s additional release follows the publication of the NHS's weekly MRSA and C-Difficile infection datasets, and new data on UK Senior Civil Servants with salaries over £150,000 earlier this month.

You can access the new data from the COINS data page, but it is worth noting that these files are large and will take some time to download. To assist the Guardian have produced a COINS Explorer interface for people who want to browse the initial release data , and the Open Knowledge Foundation have been logging some of their learning on accessing the data in this Etherpad.

You can also read some frequently asked questions around COINS.

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