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Improved Data Policies and Administration (FR0034)



Action Plan: France Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Minister of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Prime Minister

Support Institution(s): All ministries

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Open Data, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Appoint ministerial data administrators and support the implementation of the “open by default” principle
Lead institution(s):
Minister of State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Prime Minister
Other stakeholders:
All ministries
Commitment building on: commitment no. 11 Co-produce with civil society the data infrastructure essential to society and economy; commitment no. 12 Further expand the opening of legal resources & the collaboration with civil society on opening the law and commitment no. 15 Strengthen government policy on the opening and circulation of data of the NAP for 2015-2017
OGP principles with which the commitment is associated:
Access to information, accountability, innovation and technology for openness
Public data can be leveraged for improving the running of government departments, enhancing transparency in public action and boosting the economic sector.
To step up the momentum already under way and recognised at international level in terms of opening up and harnessing data, all of the ministries across the board now need to get involved in putting data policy well and truly into practice. This data policy must combine open data with the personal data protection requirements, in compliance with the French Code on Relations between the Public and the Administration and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Appoint a ministerial data administrator within each ministry: s/he will be tasked with coordinating data policy, within his/her ministry, in liaison with the Secretariat General: inventory of existing data and data in use (mapping), identification of reference data coming within the ministry's purview, data movement (API strategy, participation in the national policy to open up public data, protection of personal data, data anonymisation or pseudonymisation projects), data use for the ministry's specific needs (particularly through data science and artificial intelligence).
Oversee the network of ministerial data administrators: the general data administrator will be tasked with overseeing this network to make it easier to share experiences and pool interministerial resources (setup of API, data sharing platforms, anonymisation and so on).
Support the implementation of the open by default principle: so as to help government departments to honour the legal obligations enshrined in the Digital Republic Act (including the open by default principle), a series of resources (practical guide, training for officials) will be produced in conjunction with the network of ministerial data administrators and re-users.
The road map in detail

Appoint a ministerial data administrator within each ministry Semester 1 and 2 2018
Oversee the network of ministerial data administrators (together with the general data administrator at the Interministerial Department of the Government’s Digital, Information and Communication Systems (DINSIC) Semester 1 and 2 2018
Support government departments and bolster dialogue on opening up public data:
Publish an educational practical guide on opening up public data, which particularly gives a reminder
of the new legal framework (Digital Republic Act, GDPR)
Offer training to officials
Involve data re-users in drawing up future open data policies
(through hackathons, consultations or training for example) Ongoing
•Assess the impact of opening up public data:
Organise a study day for understanding the impacts of
opening up public data
Develop tools (indicators, data science, etc.) for measuring
the impact that instruments opening up public data have on
the economy, democratic life and other areas
Set up an international working group on the impact of
opening up public data for discussing feedbacks from other countries Ongoing
f State for the Digital Sector, attached to the Prime Minister


  1. Transparency of Public Services

    FR0030, 2018, E-Government

  2. Transparency of Public Procurement

    FR0031, 2018, E-Government

  3. Transparency of Development Aid

    FR0032, 2018, Aid

  4. Expand Open Data

    FR0033, 2018, E-Government

  5. Improved Data Policies and Administration

    FR0034, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Transparency of Public Algorithms

    FR0035, 2018, E-Government

  7. Open Data at Sub-National Level

    FR0036, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. State AI Lab

    FR0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Administrative Capacity-Building

    FR0038, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Public Service Incubators

    FR0039, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Streamline Data Flows

    FR0040, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Etat Forum

    FR0041, 2018, E-Government

  13. Online Procedures Dashboard

    FR0042, 2018, E-Government

  14. Govtech Summit

    FR0043, 2018, Capacity Building

  15. Imrove Public Consultation Mechanisms

    FR0044, 2018, E-Government

  16. International Transparency and Citizen Participation

    FR0045, 2018, Aid

  17. Public Pariticipation in Sustainable Development

    FR0046, 2018, Capacity Building

  18. Open Science

    FR0047, 2018, E-Government

  19. Citizen Involvement in Cour Des Comptes

    FR0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Private Sector Transparency

    FR0049, 2018, Asset Disclosure

  21. Access to Information on Public Officials

    FR0050, 2018, Asset Disclosure

  22. Open Regional and Local Authorities' Data

    FR0001, 2015, Fiscal Transparency

  23. Publish Municipal Council Decisions and Reports Online

    FR0002, 2015, E-Government

  24. Publish Building Permits in Open Data Format

    FR0003, 2015, Open Data

  25. Starred commitment Increase Transparency in Public Procurement

    FR0004, 2015, Open Contracting and Procurement

  26. Improve Transparency in International Development Aid

    FR0005, 2015, Aid

  27. Open Access to Public Policy Evaluations

    FR0006, 2015, E-Government

  28. Involve Citizens in Cour Des Comptes Work

    FR0007, 2015, Fiscal Transparency

  29. Access to Public Officials Transparency Obligations

    FR0008, 2015, E-Government

  30. Starred commitment Beneficial Ownership

    FR0009, 2015, Beneficial Ownership

  31. Transparency in Extractive Industries

    FR0010, 2015, Extractive Industries

  32. Transparency in International Trade Commercial Negotiations

    FR0011, 2015, Labor

  33. Fix My Neighborhood

    FR0012, 2015, E-Government

  34. Digital Fix-It

    FR0013, 2015, Open Data

  35. Co-Produce Data Infrastructure with Civil Society

    FR0014, 2015, Open Data

  36. Starred commitment Open Legal Resources

    FR0015, 2015, Legislation & Regulation

  37. Reform Participatory Mechanisms

    FR0016, 2015, Public Participation

  38. Mediation and Justice

    FR0017, 2015, Judiciary

  39. Starred commitment Open and Circulate Data

    FR0018, 2015, Land & Spatial Planning

  40. Open Calculation Models and Simulators

    FR0019, 2015, Open Data

  41. Open Platform for Government Resources

    FR0020, 2015, E-Government

  42. Improve Public Services Through E-Government and User Interaction

    FR0021, 2015, E-Government

  43. Empower Civil Society to Support Schools

    FR0022, 2015, E-Government

  44. Diversify Recruitment Within Public Institutions

    FR0023, 2015, Capacity Building

  45. Culture Change

    FR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  46. Spread Public Innovation

    FR0025, 2015, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Protect Against Conflicts of Interest

    FR0026, 2015, Conflicts of Interest

  48. Civil Society & Transparency in COP21 Conference Planning

    FR0027, 2015, Environment and Climate

  49. Open Data and Climate/Sustainable Development

    FR0028, 2015, Open Data

  50. Collaborate with Civil Society on Climate and Sustainable Development

    FR0029, 2015, Environment and Climate