ContractsFinder is a reasonably good search portal, but there is no public feed of recently added or recently awarded contracts.
@ukgovcontracts analyzes the Business Link data feed and republishes relevant announcements to Twitter. The app will post daily updates to Twitter as long as the Business Link API is available. RSS updates are also available.
By making this information widely available in a timely and convenient fashion, we can reasonably expect an uptick in bids & enquiries from UK based tech SMEs.
We plan to improve upon this service in the future by:
- Adding context to the tweets though semantic analysis, term extraction of accompanying documentation.
- Refining our search algorithms to match contract notices that have been mis-tagged on the businesslink site.
- Scraping the Business Link site to extract further information about contract notices that isn’t currently available in the data feed.
- Filing bug reports & helping to improve the quality of the Business Link data.
- Demo URL: http://www.twitter.com/ukgovcontracts