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Open Education Data (CZ0026)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Czech Republic Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

Support Institution(s): Česká školní inspekce [Czech Schools Inspectorate] Centrum pro zjišťování výsledků vzdělávání [Centre for Evaluating Educational Achievement] (CERMAT) Národní ústav pro vzdělávání [National Institute for Education] EDUin o.p.s., Aliance pro Otevřené vzdělávání [Alliance for Open Education]

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Education, Open Data, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Czech Republic Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Open data on education and the education system
Start and end date of commitment: 1 September 2018 – 31 December 2020
Lead implementing agency
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Which public problem will be resolved by this commitment?
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will itself, or via its subordinate organisations, combine data on education and the education system. At the same time, the Ministry will hold several public registers, in particular the core Register of Schools and School Facilities, the Register of Legal Persons and the Register of Universities and Accredited Programmes of Study. These data, which are primarily used to parametrise education policy or finance the entire education system, currently represent a significant information potential for professionals and the wider public. Although the data in aggregated form are largely publicly accessible, or rather provided in individual form by the minister on public request, they are not, with exceptions, published as open data, which frequently causes a great administrative burden both to the applicant and to the data administrator (provider).
What is the commitment?
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is implementing the MEYS Departmental Information System Project (MEYS DIS), where one of the key objectives is to ensure the publication of public data in accordance with the OpenData principle. This primarily concerns data on schools and school facilities held in the Schools Register/ Register of Universities, but also data describing their predominantly quantitative attributes – current numbers of schools / school facilities, their workers – i.e., both teaching and non-teaching staff, children / pupils / students, classes / departments / groups, equipment etc. Other departmental organisations under the direct aegis of the Ministry that hold data more qualitative in nature are also involved in the MEYS DIS concept. The commitment is therefore to ensure this publication and to automate the activities which will continuously update the open data.
How will the commitment contribute to solving a public problem?
The publication of public data in open format will enable the easier and administratively undemanding (and therefore much wider) use not just by the citizen-end user, but also, for example, by institutions engaging in education science and research or the media.
How does the commitment relate to OGP values?
The commitment will ensure access to public information combined by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, or, as the case may be, its selected subordinate organisations, which will significantly contribute to the use of these data by professionals and the wider public, as a result improving the quality of published information, supporting civil participation and last but not least, boosting the transparency of public (state) administration.
Further information
The commitment will be met symbiotically, by implementing the MEYS Departmental Information System Project, which is co-financed under IROP (project registration number CZ.06.3.05/0.0/0.0/16_034/0005821).
Milestone activity with verifiable output
Presenting the data in the existing Register of Schools and School Facilities in the form of open data, including the insertion thereof in the National Catalogue of Open Data
(interim solution by the MEYS DIS full operation launch)
01 September 2018 - 01 January 2019
Launch of a public tender for suppliers for MEYS DIS
Implementation of MEYS DIS
MEYS DIS pilot operation
01 March 2021 - 31 July 2021
MEYS DIS full operation (comprising the automated publication of open data in an open format and the insertion thereof into the National Catalogue of Open Data)
01 October 2021 - 31 December 2021
Name of the responsible person from the implementing agency
Václav Jelen
Role, Department
Director of the Department of Educational Statistics, Analysis and Information Strategy
Email and telephone
vaclav.jelen@msmt.cz, +420 234 815 242
Other stakeholders involved
Česká školní inspekce [Czech Schools Inspectorate]
Centrum pro zjišťování výsledků vzdělávání [Centre for Evaluating Educational Achievement] (CERMAT)
Národní ústav pro vzdělávání [National Institute for Education]
EDUin o.p.s., Aliance pro Otevřené vzdělávání [Alliance for Open Education]

IRM Midterm Status Summary

5. Open data on education and the education system

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

The objective of the commitment is to ensure publication of public data in open format and to automate the activities which will continuously update the open data. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is implementing the MEYS Departmental Information System Project (MEYS DIS), where one of the key objectives is to ensure the publication of public data in accordance with the Open Data principle. This primarily concerns data on schools and school facilities held in the Schools Register/ Register of Universities, but also data describing their predominantly quantitative attributes – current numbers of schools / school facilities, their workers – i.e., both teaching and non-teaching staff, children / pupils / students, classes / departments / groups, equipment etc. Other departmental organisations under the direct aegis of the Ministry that hold data more qualitative in nature are also involved in the MEYS DIS concept.

Milestones:

  • Presenting the data in the existing Register of Schools and School Facilities in the form of open data, including the insertion thereof in the National Catalogue of Open Data (interim solution by the MEYS DIS full operation launch);
  • Launch of a public tender for suppliers for MEYS DIS;
  • Implementation of MEYS DIS;
  • MEYS DIS pilot operation;
  • MEYS DIS full operation (comprising the automated publication of open data in an open format and the insertion thereof into the National Catalogue of Open Data)

For full text of the commitment please see: https://korupce.cz/partnerstvi-pro-otevrene-vladnuti-ogp/narodni-akcni-plany-nap/ctvrty-akcni-plan-2018-2020/faze-vytvoreni/

Start Date: 1 September 2018              

End Date: 31 December 2020

Context and Objectives

According to the Open Data Barometer (2016), the Czech Republic scored 44 out of 100 in an overall assessment of open data initiatives, falling five points compared to previous years. Moreover, the country scored very low with respect to primary and secondary education performance data with 15 out of 100 points for 2016. [9] This commitment aims to ensure the publication of open data on education (schools, school facilities, staff, and equipment, among others) in accordance with international open data standards. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will be in charge of launching a public tender for suppliers and implementing the pilot operation, which will include the publication of the data in the existing Register of Schools and School Facilities and the National Catalogue of Open Data.

This commitment is specific enough to be verifiable, as it provides four clear implementation milestones: It is relevant to the OGP values of access to information and technology and innovation as it improves the quality of the information disclosed in an online platform and promotes the update and disclosure of new data under the direct aegis of the Ministry.

Since December 2018, the data has been available in the Schools Public Register (https://data.msmt.cz/). However, the data is mainly used internally by the public administration and is not available in an open format. The commitment could, therefore, have a positive but minor impact, as it would allow wider public access to the currently available data and would change the publication form to comply with international standards. Moreover, the commitment aims to continue updating the information, which if implemented as written, could result in an improvement of the quality of the data.

Next steps

During implementation the following suggestions could be considered:

  • Establish a clear timeline for the update of the data (weekly, monthly, etc.)
  • Involve ultimate beneficiaries of the commitment (school community, journalists, CSOs working in the education sector) in the prioritization of the data to be disclosed.
  • Preview an IT add-on that allows citizens to give feedback or introduce inquiries on the data disclosed.

[9] Open Data Barometer, Czech Republic, http://devodb.staging.wpengine.com/country-detail/?_year=2016&indicator=ODB&detail=CZE


Commitments

  1. Quality Management in Service Authorities

    CZ0022, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  2. Judiciary Annual Report

    CZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  3. Publishing Lower Court Decision

    CZ0024, 2018, E-Government

  4. Raising Awareness About Whistle-Blowers

    CZ0025, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  5. Open Education Data

    CZ0026, 2018, Access to Information

  6. InspIS Information System

    CZ0027, 2018, Access to Information

  7. Open Data from School Inspector

    CZ0028, 2018, Access to Information

  8. Publication of Education Information on Creative Commons

    CZ0029, 2018, Access to Information

  9. Implementing the Civil Service Act

    CZ0016, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  10. Priority Data Sets of Public Administration

    CZ0017, 2016, Access to Information

  11. Public Administration of the Czech Republic’s Open Data Ecosystem

    CZ0018, 2016, Access to Information

  12. National Open Access to Scientific Information Strategy

    CZ0019, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  13. Supporting Volunteering

    CZ0020, 2016, Civic Space

  14. Improving Local Level Safety

    CZ0021, 2016, E-Government

  15. Adoption of the New Act on Civil Service

    CZ0007, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  16. Implementing Legislation for the New Act on Civil Service

    CZ0008, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  17. Institutional Measures to Implement the New Act on Civil Service

    CZ0009, 2014, Capacity Building

  18. Selection, Recruitment, and Appointment of Civil Servants/High-Ranking Civil Servants

    CZ0010, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Systematization of Service Positions and Service Authorities

    CZ0011, 2014, Labor

  20. Streamline the Free Access to Information System

    CZ0012, 2014, Access to Information

  21. Support for Open Data Publishing

    CZ0013, 2014, Access to Information

  22. Open Data Catalogue

    CZ0014, 2014, Access to Information

  23. Open Data Legal Framework

    CZ0015, 2014, Access to Information

  24. Adoption of an Act on Civil Servants

    CZ0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  25. Amendments of the Free Access to Information Act

    CZ0002, 2012, Access to Information

  26. Identification and Removal of Legal and Technical Obstacles

    CZ0003, 2012, Access to Information

  27. Creation of an Open Data Infrastructure in the Public Procurement Sector

    CZ0004, 2012, Access to Information

  28. Converting the Most Important Data Sources to Open Data Standards

    CZ0005, 2012, Access to Information

  29. Creation of a Catalogue of Public Administration Data

    CZ0006, 2012, Access to Information

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