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Mapping and Participatory Management for Culture (BR0099)



Action Plan: Brazil National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Culture

Support Institution(s): Brazilian Institute of Museums Ministry of Culture Ministry of Tourism City Hall of São Paulo Culture Secretariat – Government of Federal District, House of Networking NGO THYDÊWÁ - Potyra Te Tupinambá (Messages from Earth) Sectorial Collegiate of Music and Culture Thesaurus Workgroup

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Capacity Building, E-Government, Fiscal Openness, Open Data, Public Participation in Budget/Fiscal Policy, Publication of Budget/Fiscal Information

IRM Review

IRM Report: Brazil End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Brazil Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Lead government institution Ministry of Culture Civil servant in charge for implementing at lead government institution Luiz Antônio Gouveia de Oliveira Position - Department General Coordinator/Coordination of Statistics and indicators for Culture E-mail Telephone 55 61 2024 2262 Other involved actors Government Brazilian Institute of Museums Ministry of Culture Ministry of Tourism City Hall of São Paulo Culture Secretariat – Government of Federal District Civil society, private sector, group of workers and multilateral actors House of Networking NGO THYDÊWÁ - Potyra Te Tupinambá (Messages from Earth) Sectorial Collegiate of Music and Culture Thesaurus Workgroup Status quo or problem/issue to be addressed Difficulty in monitoring actions related to culture and the need of improving social participation mechanisms Main objective To improve management and social participation through the systematization and dissemination of cultural information Commitment short description To improve the data organization related to the management of culture in the country, and ensure social participation at the decision-making mechanisms of the cultural public policies OGP Challenge addressed by the Commitment Improving Public Services More effective public resources management Commitment relevance Relevant to improve the information quality on culture, enabling the civil society to control its results more effectively Goal Advancement in shared and participatory management of the generation, diffusion and shared use of data, information and performance indicators on culture

IRM Midterm Status Summary

16. Mapping and Participatory Management for Culture

Commitment Text:

Consolidate the National System of Information and Indicators on Culture (SNIIC), for data generation, diffusion and shared use, information and performance indicators for the co-management of culture

The commitment intends to promote an advancement in shared and participatory management of the generation, diffusion and shared use of cultural data, information and performance indicators, improving the data organization related to the management of culture in the country, and ensure social participation at the decision-making mechanisms of the cultural public policies.

16.1 Criteria, standards and guidelines definitions, for promotion actions and, training on SNIIC platform for stakeholders

16.2 - Making of 200 actions, at least, for training stakeholders for data generation, diffusion and shared use, information and performance indicators, collaboratively

16.3 -SNIIC platform deployment on the different levels of government (60% in States and at least in 50 Brazilian municipalities)

16.4 - Thesaurus Building, in order to have standardized data

16.5 - SNIIC upgrading, customization and continuous development for data generation, diffusion and shared use, information and performance indicators, including budget

Responsible institution: Ministry of Culture

Supporting institutions: Brazilian Institute of Museums, Ministry of Tourism, City Hall of São Paulo, Culture Secretariat – Government of Federal District, House of Networking,

NGO THYDÊWÁ - Potyra Te Tupinambá (Messages from Earth), Sectorial Collegiate of Music and Culture Thesaurus Workgroup

Start date: December 2016 . End date: November 2018

Context and Objectives

As stated in the action plan, civil society in Brazil has difficulty monitoring actions related to cultural policies. To address this, the commitment intends to use participatory mechanisms to promote the diffusion and shared use of cultural data. It aims to improve not only access to information but also accountability for policies in this sector. The government expects to conduct stakeholder trainings on the National System of Information and Indicators on Culture (SNIIC) platform. SNIIC serves as the main repository of cultural policies and aims to be a hub of cultural programs and initiatives publicity in every city. The government also expects to deploy the platform at different levels of government (at least 60 percent of states and at least 50 municipalities). Other activities include building a thesaurus and including data customization tools on the portal.

Beyond the benefits of the commitment for access to cultural data, another clear driver for the initiative is greater public monitoring of cultural policies. Before 2017, Brazil had no dedicated portal for cultural policies, despite the existence of active datasets published in other open data portals and other fragmented initiatives.[1] There were, however, several cases of corruption involving benefits from cultural policies. In particular, this happened regarding the use of the Rouanet Law,[2] which provides tax incentives to businesses and individuals for cultural contributions. These kinds of irregularities could be better monitored by civil society through the SNIIC portal.[3] The Rouanet Law also received scrutiny for its lack of transparency, as evidenced by a poor rate of response to freedom of information requests.[4] As a result, the Ministry of Culture updated regulations applicable to the law in 2017, to better promote transparency and public accountability.[5]

The commitment’s specificity is high. It lists measurable activities and their reach (e.g., the number of state and municipalities that will receive the new portal and the number of trainings). By working directly with civil society on the disclosure of cultural data and information on policies, the commitment addresses the OGP values of access to information, civic participation, and use of technology and innovation.

The commitment has a moderate potential impact. On the one hand, the commitment focuses on preliminary steps, such as trainings on the existing SNIIC platform. On the other hand, the government foresees the expansion of the open data portal to at least 60 percent of states and 50 municipalities. Such expansion would be significant compared to the status quo. The government’s level of investment in cultural activities is significant, but the lack of awareness of sponsored activities is a major barrier for cultural consumption. Thus, having an updated public portal with cultural activities could increase public service consumption considerably.[6]


The commitment has seen limited completion.

The government has begun implementation of the National System of Information and Indicators on Culture (SNIIC) platform (milestone 16.3) at different levels of government. It has aimed for expansion to 60 percent of states and at least 50 Brazilian municipalities. As of August 2017, the platform was implemented in 37 percent of states and 23 cities.[7]

There is limited progress on the 200 trainings for data generation and usage (milestone 16.2). The official platform page lists only two recently executed activities: a small roundtable training in November 2016[8] and two larger events in March 2017. At the March event, about 70 participants from 10 states and 10 municipalities met to share experiences and discuss the expansion of cultural maps (one of the core pillars of the SNIIC portal).[9] In addition, an April 2017 workshop in São Paulo brought together about 60 researchers who discussed culture indicators and new ways to measure success.[10]

As for the upgrading of the SNIIC system for data generation, communication, and indicators (milestone 16.5), the implementation report[11] mentions that some minor functions have been added (e.g., a new Instagram link). However, the IRM tested the platform and could not identify these new functions.[12]

There is no visible progress on milestones 16.1 and 16.4. No records exist to indicate progress on the definition of criteria, standards, and guidelines (milestone 16.1). A working group launched thesaurus-building (milestone 16.4) activities in 2015,[13] but its most recent reports date back to July 2016,[14] prior to the start of this action plan.

The action plan set a completion date of October 2017 for Milestone 16.1, which puts the commitment behind schedule.

Early Results (if any)

The commitment aims to increase public integrity and better manage public resources by creating, disclosing, and using cultural data. These results are achievable if the commitment is fully implemented. However, it is important to note the National System of Information and Indicators on Culture (SNIIC) involves a policy program that predates the action plan. Most of the commitment milestones list activities that were due before the start of the action plan, including the portal and the capacity-building activities.

In addition, civil society members interviewed by the IRM researcher (Sebastian Gerlic and Neide de Sordi from Thydewa and the Open Knowledge Foundation, respectively) stated that some of the data used to feed into the SNIIC system is outdated and needs urgent attention. According to Sordi, the database of public libraries, for example – which is updated by city governments – is outdated and includes information on libraries that do not exist, or has libraries registed more than once. At the same time, she noted that other databases, such as that the museum database, are updated and contain reliable data.

Apart from those observations, the progress in commitment implementation is too limited to evaluate early results. The last entry of the news section of the portal, for example, is dated January 2017. In addition, the number of event entries in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are fewer than 10 per city.

Next Steps

The commitment still needs to be implemented. As next steps, it is key to address two limitations mentioned by the working group in the consultation phase: insufficient co-creation of data and fiscal transparency.[15] The National System of Information and Indicators on Culture (SNIIC) presents an important opportunity to bring transparency, civic participation, and public accountability to cultural policies. However, the commitment could achieve greater impact if it were to focus on usage of the SNIIC data by government and civil society, rather than on the expansion of the data.

[1] Marina Gomes de Oliveira Polo, 'Government, Civil Society and the Challenges in the Publication of Open Data: The Case of the Database of the National Program of Support to Culture in Brazil,' Instituto Universitario de Lisboa,

[2] 'PF Deflagra Operação para Investigar Desvio de R$ 180 mi na Lei Rouanet,' Folha de S.Paulo, 29 June 2016,

[3] 'Transparency: MinC Launches Open Data Plan Portal,' Representação Regional Nordeste, 1 June 2017,

[4] Fabio Vasconcellos, 'É preciso promover cultura dos dados abertos, diz pesquisadora,' O Globo, 1 December 2014,

[5] 'New Rules Make Law Rouanet More Transparent and Accessible,' Government of Brazil,

[6] 'Culture—The Investment Map,' Desafios do Desenvolvimento, 3 January 2005,

[7] Ministerio da Transparencia, Fiscalizacao e Controladoria-Geral da Uniao, Relatorio de Status de Execucao de Compromisso,

[8] Priscila Dorneles, 'Treinamento e Formação de Gestores do Mapas Culturais,' SNIIC, 3 January 2017,

[9] Médice Bruno Duraes Soares, 'Gestores e Desenvolvedores de Mapas se Reúnem,' SNIIC, 12 May 2017,

[10] 'Prácticas Culturais e as Novas Tecnologias: Desafios para Produção de Indicadores,' SESC São Paulo Education and Research Center, 19 April 2017,

[11] Ministerio da Transparencia, Fiscalizacao e Controladoria-Geral da Uniao, Relatorio de Status de Execucao de Compromisso.

[12] Comparisons of a web archive of the site on 29 December 2016 ( and on 6 June 2017 ( reveal that the functionality of the site did not change.

[13] Priscila Dorneles, 'IV Meeting of the SNIIC Commission and I WG Working Glossary of Culture,' SNIIC, 24 February 2016,

[14] Priscila Dorneles, 'Meeting of Developers of the ‘Cultural Maps,’' 25 July 2016,

[15] 'Challenge Prioritization Stage,' Open Government Partnership, Brazil Federal Government, last modified 24 February 2017,


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  2. Open Data Policy

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  3. Scientific Data Governance

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  4. Capacity-Building and Oversight on Nutrition Policy

    BR0103, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Transport Data

    BR0104, 2018, E-Government

  6. Transparency and Oversight in Infrastructure Repair Processes

    BR0105, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Increase Participation in Legislative Process

    BR0106, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Urban and Rural Land Registers

    BR0107, 2018, E-Government

  9. Climate Change Policy Evaluation

    BR0108, 2018, E-Government

  10. Water Resource Management

    BR0109, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. National Electronic System/ATI implementation

    BR0110, 2018, Access to Information

  12. Open Data on the Federal Government

    BR0084, 2016, Access to Information

  13. Transparency of Public Funds

    BR0085, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Access to Information Policy in the Federal Government – Promptness and Effectiveness to Information Requests

    BR0086, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Access to Information Policy in the Federal Government – Requesters’ Personal Information Safeguard

    BR0087, 2016, Access to Information

  16. Effectiveness of National Policy for Social Participation Mechanisms

    BR0088, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Starred commitment Digital Educational Resources

    BR0089, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Open Data and Information Governance in Health

    BR0090, 2016, Access to Information

  19. Prevention to Torture and Mean, Inhuman, or Humiliating Treatments in the Penitentiary System

    BR0091, 2016, Access to Information

  20. Innovation Spaces for Management in Public Services

    BR0092, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Assessment and Streamline of Public Services

    BR0093, 2016, E-Government

  22. Open Innovation and Transparency in the Legislative

    BR0094, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Fostering Open Government in States and Municipalities

    BR0095, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Transparency and Innovation in the Judiciary

    BR0096, 2016, Access to Justice

  25. Social Participation in Federal Government’S Planning Cycle

    BR0097, 2016, E-Government

  26. Open Data and Active Transparency in Environment Issues

    BR0098, 2016, Access to Information

  27. Mapping and Participatory Management for Culture

    BR0099, 2016, Access to Information

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  29. Development of a Methodology for Social Participation on the Monitoring of the Pluriannual Plan (PPA) and on the Formulation of the Federal Public Budget

    BR0034, 2013, Capacity Building

  30. Development of the Monitoring System for the Social Movements Demands

    BR0035, 2013, Capacity Building

  31. Capacity-Building of Educators, Political Agents, Public Managers, Councilors for Social Policies and Community Leaderships

    BR0036, 2013, Capacity Building

  32. Encourage States and Municipalities to Endorse the OGP Four Principles

    BR0037, 2013, Capacity Building

  33. Implementation of the ODP.Nano

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  34. Strengthening of the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU)

    BR0039, 2013, Anti-Corruption

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    BR0040, 2013, E-Government

  36. Generation of Knowledge and Capacity-Building of Managers and Public Resources Operator’S Partners and of Councilors for Social Control

    BR0041, 2013, Capacity Building

  37. National Program for Strengthening School Councils

    BR0042, 2013, Capacity Building

  38. Development of a Unified and Interactive Information Panel on the Implementation of the Water for All Program, Which Can Be Publicly Accessed Through the Internet

    BR0043, 2013, Capacity Building

  39. Digital Inclusion of Health Councils

    BR0044, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0045, 2013, E-Government

  41. Implementation of the Document Management Policy in the Federal Government

    BR0046, 2013, Capacity Building

  42. Development of the “Access to Information Library”

    BR0047, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0048, 2013, Access to Information

  44. Dissemination of the Public Open Data Culture to the Local Governments

    BR0049, 2013, Access to Information

  45. Development of Support Technologies and Licensing Models for the Disclosure of Open Data

    BR0050, 2013, Access to Information

  46. Disclosure of Information from Government Systems in an Open Data Format

    BR0051, 2013, Access to Information

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    BR0052, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0053, 2013, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance

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    BR0054, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  50. Increasing Public Transparency of the Labor Relations Secretariat of the Ministry of Labor and Employment

    BR0055, 2013, E-Government

  51. Disclosure of Recommendations to Carry Out Public Audiences to Serve as Reference for the Government

    BR0056, 2013, Capacity Building

  52. Development of a Database of the Federal Public Administration Purchases Prices

    BR0057, 2013, Anti-Corruption

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    BR0058, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  54. Development of an Indicators Model for Transparency of Brazilian Municipalities Institutional Development

    BR0059, 2013, Capacity Building

  55. Development of a Brazilian Portal for the Open Government Partnership (OGP)

    BR0060, 2013, E-Government

  56. Development of Monitoring Reports on the Electronic Citizen Information System (e-SIC)

    BR0061, 2013, Access to Information

  57. Encouragement of Social Participation

    BR0062, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  58. Formulation and Implementation of the Ministry of Defense’S Information Management Policy

    BR0063, 2013, Peace & Security

  59. Development of a Database of Administrative Documents Produced by Brazil’S Navy

    BR0064, 2013, Public Participation

  60. Open Educational Data

    BR0065, 2013, Access to Information

  61. Improvement of Data Transparency from the National Consumer Protection Information System (Sindec)

    BR0066, 2013, Access to Information

  62. Restructuring of the Brazilian Federal Government Transparency Portal

    BR0067, 2013, Access to Information

  63. Electronic System for Public Consultations

    BR0068, 2013, E-Government

  64. Improvement of Health Services Through the Increased Use of the National Health Card

    BR0069, 2013, Health

  65. Participatory Development of the Federal Ombudsman System

    BR0070, 2013, Justice

  66. “Brazil Transparent” Program

    BR0071, 2013, Access to Information

  67. Development of the Unique Health System Letter

    BR0072, 2013, Health

  68. Digital Cities Project

    BR0073, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0074, 2013, Human Rights

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    BR0075, 2013, Public Participation

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    BR0076, 2013, E-Government

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    BR0077, 2013, Access to Information

  73. Improvement of the Pro-Ethics Company Registry

    BR0078, 2013, Private Sector

  74. Expansion of the Database of the National Debarment List (CEIS):

    BR0079, 2013, Anti-Corruption

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    BR0080, 2013, Health

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    BR0081, 2013, Gender

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    BR0082, 2013, Labor

  78. Redesign of the Current Protection Programs

    BR0083, 2013, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance

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    BR0001, 2011, Access to Information

  80. Distance Education Program

    BR0002, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0003, 2011, Access to Information

  82. Information Services Model

    BR0004, 2011, Access to Information

  83. Diagnostic Study on the Transparency Values of Executive Branch

    BR0005, 2011, Access to Information

  84. Diagnostic Study on Role of Federal Ombudsman Units (FOUs)

    BR0006, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0007, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0008, 2011, Capacity Building

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    BR0009, 2011, Capacity Building

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    BR0010, 2011, Capacity Building

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    BR0011, 2011, Access to Information

  90. Organization of the National Seminar on Social Participation

    BR0012, 2011, Capacity Building

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    BR0013, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0014, 2011, Access to Information

  93. Development of the National Open Data Infrastructure (INDA)

    BR0015, 2011, Access to Information

  94. INDA Capacity Building Plan

    BR0016, 2011, Access to Information

  95. INDA Awareness- Raising Activities

    BR0017, 2011, Access to Information

  96. Launch of the Brazil Open Data Portal

    BR0018, 2011, Access to Information

  97. Resource Transfer Agreements and Contract System (SICONV)

    BR0019, 2011, Access to Information

  98. Aquarius Platform

    BR0020, 2011, Access to Information

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    BR0021, 2011, E-Government

  100. Restructuring the Transparency Portal

    BR0022, 2011, Access to Information

  101. Facilitate Access to Specific Databases

    BR0023, 2011, E-Government

  102. Interactive School Development Plan

    BR0024, 2011, E-Government

  103. Control Panel for the Integrated Monitoring and Oversight System (Public Module)

    BR0025, 2011, E-Government

  104. United Suppliers Registry (SICAF)

    BR0026, 2011, Access to Information

  105. Registry of National Education Prices

    BR0027, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  106. Contractual Management of IT Services

    BR0028, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  107. Implementation of Pro-Ethics Company Registry

    BR0029, 2011, Private Sector

  108. Systemic Integration of Ombudsman Units

    BR0030, 2011, Dispute Resolution & Legal Assistance

  109. Continued Training for Public Ombudsman Units

    BR0031, 2011, Capacity Building

  110. Public Services Portal

    BR0032, 2011, Access to Information

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