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Albania

National Geoportal (AL0039)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Albania Second Action Plan for 2014-2016

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of State for Innovation and Public Administration (MSIPA); State Authority for Geospatial Information (ASIG)

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Land & Spatial Planning, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Albania End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, Albania Mid-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

The Ministry for Innovation and Public Administration, in collaboration of the Albanian Authority for geospatial information will undertake the creation of a National Electronic Geoportal, which, for the first time, will provide citizens and institutions, transparent and accurate geospatial information. Through the National Geoportal mapping citizens and interested parties can access to topographic maps, orthophotos, boundary maps, indicative maps of immobile property, and maps of the property value. Some of the steps that will measure the implementation of this commitment are, the interagency coordination in order to enable existing data collection, preparation of the terms of reference for software and hardware infrastructure needed for the realization of this commitment, preparation of the data model for the existing geospatial information, preliminary geo-portal website will make available the existing information, preparation of new geospatial information. Information on land property and value, positioning and boundary maps and data are information that currently is very difficult for citizens to collect. Also the level of corruption in this field has been very high for long time. Through the implementation of this commitment will contribute in facilitating the access to geospatial maps and data in a unique portal..

IRM Midterm Status Summary

For Commitment details, see Albania Mid-Term Report 2014-2016.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 3.2. National Geoportal

Commitment Text:

The Ministry for Innovation and Public Administration, in collaboration of the Albanian Authority for geospatial information will undertake the creation of a National Electronic Geoportal, which, for the first time, will provide citizens and institutions, transparent and accurate geospatial information. Through the National Geoportal mapping citizens and interested parties can access to topographic maps, orthophotos, boundary maps, indicative maps of immobile property, and maps of the property value. Some of the steps that will measure the implementation of this commitment are, the interagency coordination in order to enable existing data collection, preparation of the terms of reference for software and hardware infrastructure needed for the realization of this commitment, preparation of the data model for the existing geospatial information, preliminary geo-portal website will make available the existing information, preparation of new geospatial information. Information on land property and value, positioning and boundary maps and data are information that currently is very difficult for citizens to collect. Also the level of corruption in this field has been very high for long time. Through the implementation of this commitment will contribute in facilitating the access to geospatial maps and data in a unique portal.

Editorial Note: The commitment describes “some steps” for its implementation:

· Interagency coordination in order to enable existing data collection;

· Preparation of the terms of reference for software and hardware infrastructure needed for the realization of this commitment;

· Preparation of the data model for the existing geospatial information;

· Preliminary geoportal website will make available the existing information;

· Preparation of new geospatial information.

Responsible institution(s): Ministry for Innovation and Public Administration; State Authority for Geospatial Information (SAGI)

Supporting institution(s): N/A

Start date: 2014 End date: 2016

Commitment Aim:

The commitment aims to provide transparent and accurate geospatial information and related services. The State Authority for Geospatial Information (SAGI), established in 2013, developed and manages the portal.

A law passed in June 2012 created the national geoportal. The government began developing the portal in 2013 through a grant from the Norwegian government for EUR 1.2 million and with the technical support of the Norwegian Mapping Authority. At the time of action plan adoption (June 2014), the geoportal was already in the beta stage and was being populated with data.

Status

Midterm: Limited

In 2015 SAGI’s activities on the national geoportal consisted of adding new data, including 2015 census information on educational institutions, roads, geology, protected areas, property values, territorial division, cadastres, topographical maps, and orthophotos. By September 2015, the geoportal offered nearly 40 services free of charge for institutions and the public at large. IRM progress report, http://www.opengovpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2001/01/Albania_Second%20IRM%20Report_for%20public%20comment.pdf.

While progress was made in publishing information, further work was needed to comply with standards of INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) Directive. This directive aims to create a European Union spatial data infrastructure that will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public-sector organizations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe.

End of term: Substantial

The tendering procedures for the software of the geoportal were opened in December 2015, after preparation of ToRs for software and hardware. Tender notice available at https://doffin.no/en/Notice/Details/2016-044438. During 2016 the government contracted with a software company to develop the national geoportal in full conformity with Law No. 72/2012 and the INSPIRE Directive. Other technical milestones necessary for the functioning of the portal have been largely on track and remain ongoing as per the objectives of the geoportal.

As of October 2016, the geoportal offered 54 services, including administrative divisions, topographical maps, land suitability descriptions, an inventory of zoning and protected areas, and road infrastructure maps. Geoportal available at http://geoportal.asig.gov.al/(X(1)S(fd04sigwdzqk0ns0p4cfdttv))/Map.aspx?lang=AL.

Did it open government?

Access to information: Marginal

This commitment is highly relevant to OGP values and in its advanced stages of implementation may deliver major if not transformative impact. The information and services offered through the geoportal would reinforce open data, transparent governance reforms, and an evidence-based approach to decision making. This will, however, require adequate coordination with relevant state institutions in addition to the necessary strategic planning and monitoring framework.

At the end of the commitment implementation period, the geoportal has had a positive effect on increasing access to geospatial information. In the period from June 2014 to June 2016, the government has populated the portal with new data, and according to the figures provided by the SAGI representatives, the number of visitors between August 2015 and August 2016 reached 141,129 (nearly 11,700 visitors per month). The main users are state institutions, but users also include private companies and citizens. Information submitted via email, 18 October 2016.

Carried forward?

This commitment has not been carried forward in the new 2016–2018 action plan. In addition to updating the geoportal with datasets and new services, the government could promote its public use broadly. This could include reaching out to the media, civil society, and academia—important users who may further analyze public information and hold institutions accountable.


Commitments

  1. Transparency of Government Reporting

    AL0061, 2018, E-Government

  2. e-Government

    AL0062, 2018, E-Government

  3. Improved Business Regulation

    AL0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Safe Communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  5. Improvement of Database/Portal with Coordinators’ Data of the Right to Information and Transparency Programs

    AL0044, 2016, E-Government

  6. Budget Transparency

    AL0045, 2016, E-Government

  7. Integrated Registry of Citizens’ Housing

    AL0046, 2016, Citizenship and Immigration

  8. Establishment of Electronic Registry for Public Notification and Consultation

    AL0047, 2016, E-Government

  9. Digital Archive

    AL0048, 2016, E-Government

  10. Creating a Database for Archiving and Publication of Research Funds and Programs in Albania

    AL0049, 2016, E-Government

  11. Commitment to Publish Online Central and Local Government Legislation in Open Systems and for Free

    AL0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. Commitment to Open Standards for Contracting

    AL0051, 2016, E-Government

  13. Starred commitment Implementation of the Law "On Protection of Whistleblowers", Capacity Building, Amendments and Its Bylaws

    AL0052, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. Provision of Electronic Services

    AL0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Establishment of Multifunctional Centralized System for Building Permits

    AL0054, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Establishment and Distribution of Digital Counters

    AL0055, 2016, E-Government

  17. Service Passport Standardization

    AL0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Citizen Card

    AL0057, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Electronic System of Registration of e-Prescription in the Republic of Albania

    AL0058, 2016, E-Government

  20. Electronic Monitoring System of Forests

    AL0059, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  21. Integrated Electronic System for Professional Licensing of Individuals and Legal Entities That Will Operate in the Field of Study Design and Supervision of Commissioning of Construction Works

    AL0060, 2016, E-Government

  22. Standardization of Corruption Complaints

    AL0031, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. Electronic Registry of Energy and Industry Permits

    AL0032, 2014, E-Government

  24. Implementation of Public Expenses Module in "Open Data" Format

    AL0033, 2014, E-Government

  25. Promoting OGP Values Among Local Authorities

    AL0034, 2014, OGP

  26. Database on Economic Assitance Beneficiaries

    AL0035, 2014, E-Government

  27. Electronic Portal on Water Resources Administration and Management

    AL0036, 2014, E-Government

  28. Single Window

    AL0037, 2014, E-Government

  29. Electronic Access to Protected Areas

    AL0038, 2014, E-Government

  30. National Geoportal

    AL0039, 2014, E-Government

  31. e-Albania

    AL0040, 2014, E-Government

  32. e-Document

    AL0041, 2014, E-Government

  33. Starred commitment Law on Whistleblowers Protection

    AL0042, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  34. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, E-Government

  35. Open Data Portal

    AL0001, 2012, Open Data

  36. e-Acts

    AL0002, 2012, E-Government

  37. e-Parliament

    AL0003, 2012, E-Government

  38. Extension of the Governmental Network, GOVNET

    AL0004, 2012, E-Government

  39. e-Government Interoperability Framework, e-GIF

    AL0005, 2012, E-Government

  40. Government Datacenter

    AL0006, 2012, E-Government

  41. Excise System

    AL0007, 2012, E-Government

  42. Starting of the e-Tax System

    AL0008, 2012, E-Government

  43. Starred commitment Online State Matura

    AL0009, 2012, E-Government

  44. The Regulation on Ethics in Research and Publishing

    AL0010, 2012, Education

  45. Digitalization of Higher Education Accreditation Process

    AL0011, 2012, E-Government

  46. U-Gov System

    AL0012, 2012, E-Government

  47. Online Inspections of Courts and Judicial Hearings

    AL0013, 2012, E-Government

  48. Digitalization of the File Transfer Process

    AL0014, 2012, Judiciary

  49. e-Employment Project

    AL0015, 2012, E-Government

  50. e-Concessions Procedures

    AL0016, 2012, E-Government

  51. Amendment of the Law “On the Right to Information for Official Documents”

    AL0017, 2012, Justice

  52. Drafting a New Law on "Notice and Consultation"

    AL0018, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  53. Tracking Project

    AL0019, 2012, E-Government

  54. Digitalization of the Notary Register

    AL0020, 2012, E-Government

  55. Online Citizens’ Claims in the Judiciary System

    AL0021, 2012, E-Government

  56. Work Inspection, Online Complaint

    AL0022, 2012, E-Government

  57. Financial Module of All Educational Institutions

    AL0023, 2012, Education

  58. Starred commitment Audio and Video Recording of Judicial Hearings

    AL0024, 2012, E-Government

  59. Starred commitment e-Albania Portal

    AL0025, 2012, E-Government

  60. e-Inspection Portal

    AL0026, 2012, E-Government

  61. Starred commitment Portal Www.Gjykata.Gov.Al

    AL0027, 2012, E-Government

  62. Disclosure of the List of Payments Made Daily by the Government Units

    AL0028, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  63. e-Procurement System for All Small Purchases of Public Procurement

    AL0029, 2012, E-Government

  64. Implementation of the EITI Recommendations

    AL0030, 2012, Extractive Industries