Commitments

21 Access to information on public officials

Country: France
Year Action Plan: 2018
Start Date: 1/1/2018  |  End Date: 12/31/2018

From the Action Plan

 
Improving access to public information on elected representatives and public officials Improving access to public information on elected representatives and public officials
Lead institution(s):
High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP)
Commitment extending Commitment 6 of the 2015-2017 NAP “Facilitating access to data regarding transparency obligations of public officials”
OGP principles with which the commitment is associated:
Access to information, participation, accountability, transparency
Challenges
As it undertook to do in the context of the National Action Plan for 2015-2017, the High Authority now publishes, in XML format under open license, the content of public officials’ asset and interest declarations. In a context of strict transparency and accountability requirements, opening such data greatly facilitates its exploitation by citizens and enables the development of innovative tools which, by crossing them with other datasets, provide a more accurate picture of political staffs and their ecosystem.
In addition, as can be seen from the High Authority’s contribution on open data and public integrity published in December 2016 on the occasion of the OGP Summit in Paris, opening such data enables better interaction between institutional monitoring and actions on the part of citizens’ watch bodies. A number of foreign examples (United States of America, Argentina, Croatia, etc.) evidence the new potentialities provided by digital technologies.
Objectives
Improving accessibility of data contained in public officials’ asset and interest declarations.
Faced with the challenges connected with citizens’ appropriation of information contained in declarations, the High Authority plans both to add to published data and to stimulate and encourage its exploitation.
As from 2018, the High Authority will develop data visualisation tools and produce analyses likely to arouse public interest in these complex findings. It will associate civil society with such work, above all with a view to widening possibilities of data reuse.
On 24 May 2017, the High Authority organised a workshop devoted to the opening of data contained in public officials’ asset and interest declarations. It brought together participants with a wide range of profiles (including data journalists, developers, researchers in the social sciences and engineers) and provided an opportunity to explain the institution’s approach to open data and get to know the reuser community’s expectations.
The road map in detail

Improving clarity of data provided to the public by accompanying its publication with production of data visualisation and analyses 1st half 2018
Widening the choice of exportable formats by also publishing declarations in CSV format 2nd half 2018
Organising a “datasession” on transparency in public life in order to associate the reuser community with exploitation of declaration data. The event could be held in collaboration with other public institutions working in the same field. 2nd half 2018

Lead Institution: High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP)


Support Institution: NA

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From the IRM Review

 

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