The Contracts Portal was developed as a research project for the City of Montreal, as it moves towards greater transparency within its contracting. The city has been actively addressing its past issues with corruption, and is currently researching, developing and rolling out many new initiatives and services to ultimately ensure citizens have access to information.
The Contracts Portal was one of these research projects and was developed by FFunction with a specific purpose: to enable citizens to understand where the city’s money goes, how the money is distributed, and who are the largest contractors in the City of Montreal.
FFunction proposed a treemap structure for exploring the
contracts, giving users the ability to easily see patterns that would be
difficult to spot in other modes of representation. A second advantage
of treemaps is that they make efficient use of space. As a result, they
can legibly display hundreds of items on the screen simultaneously. This
is ideal for mapping a whole contracting landscape, allowing citizens
to search for the most costly contracts and largest suppliers of the
City. Users have many filter options to sort and view the data, allowing
for a high degree of flexibility in how the material is presented.