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Provision of Open Cultural Data (GR0041)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Greece National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Culture and Sports in cooperation with the General Secretariat of Culture and the regulated entities of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

E-Government, Open Data, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Greece End-of-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Context According to Law 4305/2014 “Open provision of Public Sector Data etc” cultural information should be open. For the moment there are no established procedures regarding publishing relevant information due to the establishment of new regulatory acts concerning cultural information (Law 3028/2002). Commitment Description The Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as supervised public bodies, own an important amount of cultural data which can be available for re-use by citizens, academic institutes and enterprises in order to contribute to the development of the national cultural product. OGP Values: Access to public information Implementation Bodies: Implementation: Ministry of Culture and Sports in cooperation with the General Secretariat of Culture and the regulated entities of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Objective: Provide open linked data and more specifically: the largest part of the cultural mobile monuments of the country, the largest part of the geospatial data about the location, type, description and operation of archaeological places and cultural organisations, Means for the implementation: For the implementation of the specific commitment the following prerequisites must be fulfilled: Completion of the IT project for the digitalisation and provision of open data regarding the Digital mobile monuments of National Monuments Registry. The archaeological places and monuments, in parallel with the implementation of interoperability with the National Monuments Registry. Establishing standards for opening, interoperability provision and re-use of cultural data.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 11. Provision of Open Cultural Data

According to Law 4305/2014 “Open provision of Public Sector Data etc.” cultural information should be open. For the moment there are no established procedures regarding publishing relevant information due to the establishment of new regulatory acts concerning cultural information (Law 3028/2002). The Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as supervised public bodies, own an important amount of cultural data which can be available for re-use by citizens, academic institutes and enterprises in order to contribute to the development of the national cultural product. Provide open linked data and more specifically: the largest part of the cultural mobile monuments of the country, the largest part of the geospatial data about the location, type, description and operation of archaeological places and cultural organizations.

Milestones: 11.1. Completion of the National Digital Archaeological Cadastral Registry which will make possible the publication of the cultural data, 11.2 Implementation of interoperability services for the re-usability of cultural data from third party bodies, academic institutions and individuals. 

(Ministry of Culture and Sports in cooperation with the General Secretariat of Culture and the regulated entities of the Ministry of Culture and Sports; July 2016 – mid 2018)

Editorial Note: The action plan text has been abridged by the IRM. For the full version, please see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/GREEK_NAP3-OGP-ENG_0.pdf

 

Commitment Aim:

This commitment aimed to release information regarding cultural patrimony. Prior to this commitment the Ministry of Culture issued the ministerial decision[Note 123: The ministerial decision (in Greek), https://www.culture.gr/DocLib/APOFASI_SYNOLON_DEDOMENON_YPPOA_300616_AA_ADA_signed.pdf] which categorized the types of datasets that should be released under the provisions of Law 4305/2014 that mandates the open by default policy.[Note 124: Amendments to the ministerial decision, https://www.culture.gr/el/service/SitePages/view.aspx?iID=2714] However, the commitment had low specificity because it does not mention specific datasets. Its focus is in providing open, linked data to cultural monuments and geospatial data on archaeological sites and cultural organizations. According to the commitment text, the creation of a National Monuments Registry and common standards for data utilization were prerequisites for implementation.

Status

Midterm: Limited

The commitment had limited progress during midterm. The signing of the contract to develop the National Digital Archaeological Cadastral Registry was expected by July 2017 but did not materialize. An exact list with specific cultural patrimony datasets to be released via a new platform did not become available. In addition, the IRM researchers were unable to find cultural patrimony datasets in the central open data government portal, data.gov.gr.[Note 125: Ministry of Culture and Sport datasets at the data.gov.gr repository (in Greek), http://www.data.gov.gr/organization/yppoa] For more information, please see the 2016-2018 midterm IRM report on the Greek action plan.[Note 126: OGP, “Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) Progress Report 2016–2018: Greece”, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/greece-mid-term-report-2016-2018-public-comment]

End of term: Limited

Through the National Strategic Reference Frameworks 2007-13 and 2014-2020, the Ministry of Culture is implementing a project entitled "Enrichment of Digital Collections of Mobile Monuments of the Ministry of Culture and Sport and Development of an Information System of the National Monument Archives". According to the administrator responsible for reporting on commitment implementation, 243,000 previously unmarked mobile monuments have been documented. Also, according to the same administrator 340,000 additional monuments have been digitized and integrated into the digital registry.[Note 127: Information retrieved from the internal OGP Greece project management tool, September 2018.] Another portal is planned to host all the digitized material displaying reader friendly texts and virtual exhibitions.

Both the registry IT system and the portal are still in an early development phase. In the context of the EU funded project "Archaeological Cadastre" under the program "Competitiveness Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2014-2020”, the Integrated Information System of the Archaeological Cadastre and the "GAIA" Portal has been completed.[Note 128: Ibid.]

However, the information that has been digitized is currently accessible only internally by the Ministry of Culture and Sport.[Note 129: Ibid.] This subproject’s completion date was 3 October 2018 but may be extended for another month as a relevant request has been made by the contractor. The delay in releasing the Archaeological Cadastre received media coverage in a newspaper report stating that sources within the Ministry of Culture attribute it to disagreements that emerged between the companies responsible for developing different subprojects of the main project.[Note 130: To Vima, “The disappearance of the Archaeological Cadastre” (in Greek), https://www.tovima.gr/printed_post/yppo-eksafanisi-lfto-arxaiologiko-ktimatologio/ ] There is not enough progress in making cultural patrimony information publicly available to justify an update in the implementation status of this commitment. Therefore, the level of completion remains limited.

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Did Not Change

This commitment aimed to increase available information on cultural patrimony. Since no actual data has been released there is no observable change in practice.

Carried Forward?

The government has not released a new action plan and thus it remains unclear whether this commitment or any relevant development will be included. According to the representative of Open Technologies Alliance, given the fact that implementation is dependent on public procurement of IT projects, the Ministry of Culture could consider a more collaborative approach that opens up the development phase. A first step would be to provide a public-facing element where citizens and civil society could monitor the progress of IT systems and platforms and provide feedback. Beyond soliciting technical feedback, the Ministry could even crowdsource the documentation process.[Note 131: Despina Mitropoulou, General Director of Open Technologies Alliance (GFOSS), interview with IRM researcher, August 2018.

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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