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This article was published on June 18, 2009

    The Guardian want your help digging through MP Expenses

    The Guardian want your help digging through MP Expenses
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    Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

    Picture 12If you’ve been in the UK over recent weeks or are a regular visitor to BBC.co.uk and other British news sites, you’ve no doubt come across the MP expenses saga that has grabbed the papers and readers attention alike.

    The story is far from over as up until now, the expense details had been leaked affair – now they have officially been released by Parliament and the Guardian wants your help in digging through them.

    So how does it work? Each page needs to be reviewed, and somewhere amongst the thousands of pages are expenses that need further investigation and yes, a headline to place on a Guardian newspaper.If you find something which you think needs further attention, simply hit the button marked “investigate this!” and the Guardian will take a further look.

    Credit where its due, this is rather innovative and is like to leave many an MP with another few weeks of sleepless nights. It isn’t however the first tool out there designed to delve into MP expenses, WhatTheyClaimed and this demo of business analysis tool Qlikview both help.

    Here’s an example of one of the 19305 pages that need to be reviewed.

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    Update 1:

    Guardian journalist Charles Arthur writes in detail as to how the Guardian created the application in a matter of a few days.