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Albania

Expand open data portal and promote access (AL0068)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Albania Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: The National Agency for Information Society (NAIS)

Support Institution(s): State actors involved Other government agencies involved: Line Ministries and their dependent institutions, local government, independent institutions Non-governmental agencies involved: Citizens/businesses/public administration employees

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Transparency and public accountability are mutually reinforcing principles of good governance and often also underpin public trust in government and consequently civic and public engagement and participation. As such addressing and improving the level of transparency across public institutions is particularly important. According to the “Trust in Governance 2019” opinion poll of 2500 randomly selected Albanians, while a majority of the Albanian population is aware of the right to information law, most Albanian’s surveyed did not perceive central and local institutions to be transparent. Addressing this perception will require increased coordination, engagement and commitment from public institutions to operate with greater transparency and facilitate citizen access to government information and data. Open data strengthens the governance of and trust in the public institutions, reinforces governments’ obligation to respect the rule of law, and provides a transparent and accountable foundation to improve decision-making and enhance the provision of public services.

What is the commitment? An open data portals is a web-based interface that enables anyone to access, use and redistribute the data uploaded to it. Open data portals publish data that has the technical and legal characteristics that allow citizens, businesses, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, researchers and journalists to access datasets and metadata records of data sets, primarily in the form of numerical data, to use freely. Albania’s Open Data Portal currently provides open data from several sectors – for example: health, treasury, customs, education, business – this commitment will improve scale up the volume and quality of open data available on the Government’s open data portal. A number of public bodies are actively engaged with the initiative but more engagement is required to bring other public bodies on board to make their data available as open data. Greater promotion of the portal amongst potential users is also required. This commitment will make available new data from additional public institutions, as well as develop strategies to improve citizens understanding of the use and application of the Open Data Portal and increase accessibility to citizens. Objective: Commitments |Digital Governance: Accessibility in Public Services| Commitment 4 This commitment aims to improve access to information and strengthen transparency by expanding the amount of available data on the Government’s open data portal through increasing engagement and participation from public institutions towards making their data available as open data. The commitment aims to promote the use of open data to citizens and across the public administration to improve the flow of information across citizens and institutions to increase informed decision making and public accountability. Expected results: • Expanded number of datasets accessible through the open data portal; • Promotion of new innovative ideas, services and products; • Increased awareness and usage of the open data by citizens and institutions; • Increased engagement of citizens and accountability to public institutions.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem? Increasing number of data sets accessible through open data portal strengthens the governance of and trust in the public institutions, reinforces governments’ obligation to respect the rule of law, and provides a transparent and accountable foundation to improve decision-making and enhance the provision of public services. Ensuring that the data on the Open Data Portal meets the globally agreed norms for publishing open data - i) open by default; ii) timely and comprehensive; iii) accessible and usable; iv) comparable and interoperable; v) facilitates citizen engagement – will help build a culture of openness within the public administration, reinforce government’s respect for the rule of law and consequently help build citizen trust in public institutions. This commitment will make available data and develop new ways of sharing government data (milestone 1) that had not been previously available to the public, thus increasing public institutions accountability to citizens. This increased transparency of government decisions and processes can help to promote accountability and enhance public debate. As Open Data Portals helps to improve the flow of information within and across public institutions the expansion of open data can also facilitate improve coordination and decision making within and across public institutions that will further promote public accountability and trust. To ensure the portal’s expansion meets the objectives of the commitment an accessibility strategy and awareness campaign (milestone 2) will be designed and implemented so as to familiarize and educate citizens on the full range of applications of open data and explain how the portal can be used by citizens for these various applications. OGP challenge affected by this measures Improve public services Increase efficient management of public resources Increase public integrity Increase corporat e accountability Create a safer community for citizens & civil society ☒ ☒ ☒ ☐ ☒

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? Transparency & Access to Information • Does the ide a disclose more information to the public? • Does the ide a improve the quality of information disclosed to the public? • Does the ide a improve accessibility of information to the public? • Does the ide a e nable the right to information? ☒Y es ☐N o As the Open Data Portal centralizes publically av ailable data in one place it increa ses the ease and simplicity for those wanting to access data and ensures accessibility of information to the public. Scaling up the v olume of open data available on the g ov ernment’s Open Data Portal will greatly increa se the public’s access to more information and data sets. As data on the Open Data Portal is published in a format that is ea sily searchable and can be downloaded to v arious formats it can be ea sily and effectiv ely accessed by the widest range of u sers. Open data helps impr ov e the flow of information within and among gov ernments, and make g ov ernment decision s and pr ocesses more transparent. Because open data allows users to compare and combine the connection s among different datasets, tracing data acr oss a number of pr ograms and sector s u ser s can identify if are any gaps or misleading in formation and pr ov ide subsequ ent feedback to the respon sible in stitution therein promoting a sy stem of accountability towards relev ant and reliably accurate information. As the portal prioritizes transparency and open data, the Open Data Portal enables Albanians’ legal right to information and through this transparency and improv ed in formation access will help increa se trust in the g ov ernment. Public Accountability • Does the ide a cre ate or improve rules, regulations, and mechanisms to publicly hold government officials answerable to the ir actions? • Does the ide a make the government accountable to the public and not solely to inte rnal syste ms? ☒Y es ☐N o Open data, if timely , comprehensiv e, accessible, comparable and inter operable, ha s the capacity to pr ov ide citizens with the opportunity to better under stand what officials and polit icians are doing and what gov ernment actions and processes are taking place that as a result incentiv izes public in stitutions to operate in an ethical and efficient manner. En suring that the data uploa ded to the Open Data portal is done so in an inter operable, follows agreed upon standards, and is comparable allows u ser s to compare and combine different datasets. Increa sing number of data sets accessible through open data portal ha s a multiplier effect whereby because open data allows u ser s to compare and combine the connect ions among different datasets, tracing data across a number of pr ograms and sector s users can identify if are any gaps or misleading information and pr ov ide subsequent feedback to the r espon sible in stitution therein pr omoting a sy stem of accountability towards r elevant and reliably accurate in formation and respon sible decision making. Open data reinforces g ov ernments’ obligation to respect the rule of law, and pr ov ides a transparent and accountable foundation to improv e decision -making and enhance the prov ision of public serv ices. Open data can help impr ov e the flow of in formation within and among g ov ernments, and make g ov ernment decisions and pr ocesses m ore transparent. Increa sed transparency promotes accountability and g ood g ov ernance, enhances public debate, and helps combat corruption. Public & Civic Participation • Does the ide a cre ate or improve opportunities, or capabilities for the public to inform or influe nce de cisions? • Does the ide a cre ate or improve the e nabling e nvironme nt for civil socie ty? ☒Y es ☐N o Open data strengthens the g ov ernance of and trust in the public institutions, r einforces g ov ernments’ obligation to respect the rule of law, and pr ov ides a transparent and accountable foundation to improv e decision-making and enhance the pr ov ision of public serv ices. Open data encourages better dev elopment, implementation, and a ssessment of programs and policies to meet the needs of cit izens, and enables civ ic participation and better informed engagement between g ov ernments and cit izen s. Technology & Innovation • Will te chnological innovation be used in with one of the other three OGP values to advance participation, transpare ncy or accountability? ☒Y es ☐N o This commitment makes use of open data technologies and online capacities a s the fundamental mechanisms to achiev e all of its objectiv es. Open data pr ov ides the opportunity for information sharing and accountability in real time and enables a participatory appr oach to kn owledg e building and sharing. Open data presents opportunities to prov ide innov ativ e, ev idence-based policy solutions and support econ omic benefits and social dev elopment for all member s of society .

Milestone Activities Milestones Indicators Responsible Institution / s New or Continued Idea Timeframe Measurable & verifiable achievements to accomplish the objective Result Indicators Output Indicators Lead Responsible Institution Supporting / Coordinating Agencies / Institutions New or continued from 2018- 2020 OGP AP Start Date End Dat e Priority Measure 1: Expanding the context and accessibility of the Open Data Portal Milestone 1: Increa sing the number of datasets accessible through the open data portal. Datasets on portal from all pu blic institutions National A gency for Information Society (NA IS) Line Ministries; Su bordinate institutions and their dependent institutions; local government, independent institutions ☒N o ☐Y es Jan. 2020 Dec. 2022 Milestone 2: Raising awareness and pr omoting u sage through multiple communication channels. Communication strategy designed to explain use of portal and increase accessibility to ci tizens. Awareness campaigns conducted. National A gency for Information Society (NA IS) Line Ministries and their dependent institutions, local government, independent institutions ☒N o ☐Y es Jan. 2020 Dec. 2022


Commitments

  1. Create and implement integrity plans across all ministeries

    AL0065, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  2. Creation of online beneficial ownership register

    AL0066, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  3. Establish online portal for feedback on public service delivery

    AL0067, 2020, E-Government

  4. Expand open data portal and promote access

    AL0068, 2020, Access to Information

  5. Implement citizen assessment process to improve public service delivery

    AL0069, 2020, E-Government

  6. Establish directorate to improve citizens' access to legal aid

    AL0070, 2020, Access to Justice

  7. Publish more accessible and transparent information on Ministry of Justice website

    AL0071, 2020, E-Government

  8. Publish accessible budget information online for citizen engagement

    AL0072, 2020, E-Government

  9. Improve reporting on public finance information

    AL0073, 2020, E-Government

  10. Transparency of Government Reporting

    AL0061, 2018, E-Government

  11. e-Government

    AL0062, 2018, Access to Information

  12. Improved Business Regulation

    AL0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Safe Communities

    AL0064, 2018, Anti-Corruption

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

    AL0044, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Budget Transparency

    AL0045, 2016, E-Government

  16. Integrated Registry of Citizens’ Housing

    AL0046, 2016, Citizenship & Immigration

  17. Establishment of Electronic Registry for Public Notification and Consultation

    AL0047, 2016, E-Government

  18. Digital Archive

    AL0048, 2016, E-Government

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

    AL0049, 2016, E-Government

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

    AL0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Commitment to Open Standards for Contracting

    AL0051, 2016, Access to Information

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

    AL0052, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  23. Provision of Electronic Services

    AL0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Establishment of Multifunctional Centralized System for Building Permits

    AL0054, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Establishment and Distribution of Digital Counters

    AL0055, 2016, E-Government

  26. Service Passport Standardization

    AL0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Citizen Card

    AL0057, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    AL0058, 2016, E-Government

  29. Electronic Monitoring System of Forests

    AL0059, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  30. 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

  31. Standardization of Corruption Complaints

    AL0031, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  32. Electronic Registry of Energy and Industry Permits

    AL0032, 2014, E-Government

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

    AL0033, 2014, Access to Information

  34. Promoting OGP Values Among Local Authorities

    AL0034, 2014, Local Commitments

  35. Database on Economic Assitance Beneficiaries

    AL0035, 2014, E-Government

  36. Electronic Portal on Water Resources Administration and Management

    AL0036, 2014, E-Government

  37. Single Window

    AL0037, 2014, E-Government

  38. Electronic Access to Protected Areas

    AL0038, 2014, E-Government

  39. National Geoportal

    AL0039, 2014, E-Government

  40. e-Albania

    AL0040, 2014, E-Government

  41. e-Document

    AL0041, 2014, E-Government

  42. Starred commitment Law on Whistleblowers Protection

    AL0042, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  43. Police Service Offices

    AL0043, 2014, E-Government

  44. Open Data Portal

    AL0001, 2012, Access to Information

  45. e-Acts

    AL0002, 2012, E-Government

  46. e-Parliament

    AL0003, 2012, E-Government

  47. Extension of the Governmental Network, GOVNET

    AL0004, 2012, E-Government

  48. e-Government Interoperability Framework, e-GIF

    AL0005, 2012, E-Government

  49. Government Datacenter

    AL0006, 2012, E-Government

  50. Excise System

    AL0007, 2012, E-Government

  51. Starting of the e-Tax System

    AL0008, 2012, E-Government

  52. Starred commitment Online State Matura

    AL0009, 2012, E-Government

  53. The Regulation on Ethics in Research and Publishing

    AL0010, 2012, Education

  54. Digitalization of Higher Education Accreditation Process

    AL0011, 2012, E-Government

  55. U-Gov System

    AL0012, 2012, E-Government

  56. Online Inspections of Courts and Judicial Hearings

    AL0013, 2012, E-Government

  57. Digitalization of the File Transfer Process

    AL0014, 2012, Judiciary

  58. e-Employment Project

    AL0015, 2012, E-Government

  59. e-Concessions Procedures

    AL0016, 2012, Anti-Corruption

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

    AL0017, 2012, Access to Justice

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

    AL0018, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  62. Tracking Project

    AL0019, 2012, E-Government

  63. Digitalization of the Notary Register

    AL0020, 2012, Access to Justice

  64. Online Citizens’ Claims in the Judiciary System

    AL0021, 2012, Access to Justice

  65. Work Inspection, Online Complaint

    AL0022, 2012, E-Government

  66. Financial Module of All Educational Institutions

    AL0023, 2012, Education

  67. Starred commitment Audio and Video Recording of Judicial Hearings

    AL0024, 2012, E-Government

  68. Starred commitment e-Albania Portal

    AL0025, 2012, E-Government

  69. e-Inspection Portal

    AL0026, 2012, E-Government

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

    AL0027, 2012, E-Government

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

    AL0028, 2012, Access to Information

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

    AL0029, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  73. Implementation of the EITI Recommendations

    AL0030, 2012, Anti-Corruption

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