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Provision of open cultural data (GR0018)



Action Plan: Greece Second Action Plan for 2014-2016

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Culture and Sports

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Legislation & Regulation, Open Data, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Greece End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



The Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as supervised public bodies, are going to publish cultural data that falls within the definitions of public information of Directive 2013/37/EU. These data sets will be provided for re-use by citizens, academic institutes and enterprises in order to contribute to the development of the national cultural product.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 2.5. Open cultural data

Commitment Text:

The Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as supervised public bodies, are going to publish cultural data that falls within the definitions of public information of Directive 2013/37/EU. These data sets are to be provided for re-use by citizens, academic institutes and enterprises in order to contribute to the development of the national cultural product.

Milestones –Timescales

       2.5.1 Amendment of the legal framework and more specifically of Law 3448/2006 with the adoption of new regulatory acts. Also modifications (where necessary) on ministerial decisions regarding the provision of cultural content of Law 3028/2002. This will lead to further amendments for the sectorial – sectoral legislation (completion by the end of 2015)

       2.5.2 Completion of the National Digital Archaeological Cadastral Registry which will make possible the publication of the cultural data (completion by the end of 2015)

       2.5.3 Implementation of interoperability services for the re-usability of cultural data from third party bodies, academic institutions and individuals (completion by the end of June 2016)

Responsible institution: The Ministry of Culture and Sports

Supporting institution(s): None

Start date:  2015                                                                                 End date: June 2016

Commitment Aim:

Opening cultural data to the public is a goal within the broader national policy of increasing access to information. This commitment deals with opening data in the cultural sector according to definitions of public information in Directive 2013/37/EU. Providing open cultural datasets will help stakeholders follow public affairs in relevant policy areas, such as archaeological property, and enable the development of applications and electronic services. To achieve these goals, the commitment offers regulatory amendments, the completion of the National Digital Archaeological Cadastral Registry and interoperability services to allow reusability of data from interested third parties.


Midterm: Limited

Overall, progress in the implementation of this commitment was limited by the midterm review. The government had not yet introduced legal framework amendments, completed the National Digital Archaeological Cadastral Registry, nor implemented interoperability services.

End of term: Limited

According to the government self-reporting table included in the third NAP, the implementation of the open cultural data commitment has stalled. The Openwise IRM research team found an announcement on the Ministry of Culture’s Archaeo Cadastre webpage stating that the website will expire due to the pending announcement of a new website.[Note 17: See Archaeological Cadastre, trans. Google, accessed 3 Nov. 2016, “We inform all interested parties that this website will be discontinued in view of the forthcoming entry into operation of the portal of the Archaeological Lands on the web address of which will be an announcement.” ]

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

Opening up cultural data sets is part of the wider national policy regarding the “open by default” character of public data. Releasing such datasets could have had a positive effect for stakeholders and individual citizens who, for instance, need to be informed if their property lies next to an archaeological site. The two-year implementation period of this commitment did not produce any meaningful change in the availability of cultural data. There is no public announcement when to expect the new website. Finally, a search for Ministry of Culture datasets in the central platform returns no results.[Note 18: See “No datasets found for "ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΥ,", ] 

Carried forward?

The third Greek NAP includes open provision of cultural data as Commitment 11. The new commitment reflects the pre-existing one and seeks the same goals: the availability of the National Archaeological Cadastre and the implementation of interoperability services that facilitate data reuse. However, although the government mentioned a legal amendment in the initial description of the new commitment text, no such amendment is included as a milestone. As legal amendments have an important role in establishing procedures for the availability of cultural data, The Openwise IRM research team suggest including them as a milestone.

Greece's Commitments

  1. Framework law on Open & Participative Governance

    GR0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  2. Participation in the Assessment of the Public Sector

    GR0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  3. Publicity of Organisational Charts & Entities of the Public Sector

    GR0033, 2016, E-Government

  4. Accountability and Settlement of Disputes between the citizens and the Public Sector

    GR0034, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  5. Guide and Standardization for the provision of Services & for Procedures per Service/entity

    GR0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  6. Improvement of the open deliberation procedure

    GR0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  7. National Register of Line Managers of the Public Administration (Register)

    GR0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  8. Implementation of the assessment of employees and services and control methods

    GR0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Implementation of a System for the Selection of Managers

    GR0039, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Digital Repository for Pubic Administration Studies

    GR0040, 2016, Capacity Building

  11. Provision of Open Cultural Data

    GR0041, 2016, E-Government

  12. Geospatial Maritime Data

    GR0042, 2016, E-Government

  13. Ship/Company and Seafarer Registers

    GR0043, 2016, E-Government

  14. Marine and Maritime Activity

    GR0044, 2016, E-Government

  15. Starred commitment Public Property Open Data

    GR0045, 2016, E-Government

  16. KPI’s for the implementation of Public and EU Financed Projects

    GR0046, 2016, E-Government

  17. Data and Statistics for Greek National Exams

    GR0047, 2016, E-Government

  18. Protocol Digitization

    GR0048, 2016, E-Government

  19. Informative Actions on open data for young people in Secondary and higher Education

    GR0049, 2016, Education

  20. Open Education

    GR0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Provision of open data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, E-Government

  22. Enhanced statistical data of justice open to the public

    GR0052, 2016, E-Government

  23. Open provision of Geo-data

    GR0053, 2016, E-Government

  24. Open-Participatory Budget

    GR0054, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  25. Regional Council Platform (Open Regional Council)

    GR0055, 2016, E-Government

  26. Open - Participatory Budget

    GR0056, 2016, E-Government

  27. Capture and Evaluation Platform for Regional Technical Projects

    GR0057, 2016, E-Government

  28. City Dashboard

    GR0058, 2016, E-Government

  29. Online Consultation Platform

    GR0059, 2016, E-Government

  30. Open Data Index for cities and local administrations

    GR0060, 2016, E-Government

  31. Linked, Open and Participatory Budgets

    GR0061, 2016, E-Government

  32. School of data for public servants

    GR0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. The collaborative wikification of public services procedures

    GR0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Strengthening openness and accessibility of the Parliament

    GR0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Institutional and technological upgrading of Transparency Program

    GR0012, 2014, E-Government

  36. Public participation in decision making

    GR0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  37. Integration of PSI Directive on the re-use of public sector information

    GR0014, 2014, E-Government

  38. Regulatory amendments for the management and provision of open data

    GR0015, 2014, Capacity Building

  39. Implementation of platform for central distribution of public open data

    GR0016, 2014, E-Government

  40. Provision of open geospatial data

    GR0017, 2014, E-Government

  41. Provision of open cultural data

    GR0018, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  42. Provision of open data for offshore companies

    GR0019, 2014, E-Government

  43. Open provision of Public Sector critical data sets

    GR0020, 2014, E-Government

  44. Open invitations for filling posts in the public sector

    GR0021, 2014, E-Government

  45. Public administration organizational chart publication

    GR0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  46. Coordination and monitoring of Open Government policy

    GR0023, 2014, Audits and Controls

  47. Reorganization of inspectorate bodies and strategic alliance development against corruption

    GR0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  48. Tracking changes on bills (from submission to voting by Plenum)

    GR0025, 2014, E-Government

  49. Usability and functionality improvements of the ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ section of the Hellenic Parliament website

    GR0026, 2014, E-Government

  50. Improvement of the Hellenic Parliament Website and implementation of new standards-technologies

    GR0027, 2014, E-Government

  51. Provision of historical parliamentary documents to the public

    GR0028, 2014, E-Government

  52. Enhancement of Social Media Policy in the Hellenic Parliament

    GR0029, 2014, E-Government

  53. On line provision of Exhibitions

    GR0030, 2014, Capacity Building

  54. Increase number of legislative acts going through online deliberation

    GR0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  55. Capitalize on citizen comments and suggestions

    GR0002, 2012, Public Participation

  56. Operate central e-procurement information system

    GR0003, 2012, E-Government

  57. Operate central ERP information system

    GR0004, 2012, E-Government

  58. Operate central HRMS information system

    GR0005, 2012, E-Government

  59. Open data regarding prices, as collected by Prices Observatory

    GR0006, 2012, Open Data

  60. Resolve legal issues regarding state geo-data

    GR0007, 2012, Land & Spatial Planning

  61. Offer additional taxation data

    GR0008, 2012, Fiscal Transparency

  62. Augment functionality of the Transparency Program

    GR0009, 2012, E-Government

  63. Publicise Public Sector procurement information

    GR0010, 2012, E-Government

  64. Enable open, transparent and safeguarded document circulation

    GR0011, 2012, E-Government