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Open Local Government Data (GR0072)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Greece Action Plan 2019-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: National Centre for the Public Administration and Local Government

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Open Data, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Greece Design Report 2019-2021

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

Commitment 8: Open access to data of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government

Current situation
The information is now covered by Law 4305/2014 on the «Open access and re-use of documents,
information and public sector data, amendment of Law 3448/2006 (Α΄ 57), adaptation of national
legislation to the provisions of Directive 2013/37/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council,
further strengthening of the transparency, regulation of issues regarding the recruitment competition
of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government and other provisions» (Official
Gazette Α’ 237/31.10.2014), with the differentiations provided for under the Directive regarding
libraries, museums and archives, and a specific provisions regarding the protection of cultural
heritage.

Description of Commitment
A wealth of data falling within the scope of Law 4305/2014 is available to the National Centre for
Public Administration and Local Government and will be made available for re-use in order to
contribute to the development and participation of citizens.

OGP Principles
Access to public information

Implementation entities, stakeholders
Implementation: National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government

Contact details: National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government, Institute of
Documentation, Research and Innovation

Objective
1) Study on the Implementation of the Digital Repository
2) Implementation of a platform of a Digital Repository for research and studies of the public sector
3) Study on optimisation of the online consultation process
4) Integration of new datasets

Key milestones - Timetable
Milestone Completion
1) Study on the Implementation of the Digital Repository
2) Implementation of a platform of a Digital Repository for research and studies of the public sector
3) Study on optimisation of the online consultation process
4) Integration of new datasets

IRM Midterm Status Summary

8. Open access to data of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government

Main Objective

The published NAP mentions (p.29) the main objective for this commitment as follows:

"Description of Commitment: A wealth of data falling within the scope of Law 4305/2014 is available to the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government and will be made available for re-use in order to contribute to the development and participation of citizens."

"Objectives: 1) Study on the Implementation of the Digital Repository

2) Implementation of a platform of a Digital Repository for research and studies of the public sector

3) Study on optimisation of the online consultation process

4) Integration of new datasets."

Milestones

The published NAP mentions (p.29) the milestones for this commitment as follows:

"1) Study on the Implementation of the Digital Repository

2) Implementation of a platform of a Digital Repository for research and studies of the public sector

3) Study on optimisation of the online consultation process

4) Integration of new datasets."

Editorial Note: For the complete text of this commitment, please see Greece's action plan at https://www.opengovpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Greece_Action-Plan_2019-2021_EN.pdf, p.29.

IRM Design Report Assessment

Verifiable:

Yes

Relevant:

Yes

Access to Information

Potential impact:

Minor

Commitment analysis

The commitment aims to implement a digital repository of research and studies performed within NCPALG and the public sector and to conduct a study on optimisation of the online consultation process on the OpenGov.gr platform. It is relevant to the Access to Information OGP value because the repository will aid publication of data and information even if it is unclear exactly what information will be published. [66] Neither the commitment text nor the feedback the lead agency [67] provided gives a clear indication of intentions to act upon the proposed study on online consultation processes, so it is not relevant to the OGP Civic Participation value.

There is little evidence of datasets having been published by the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (NCPALG). The IRM found that data.gov.gr contains more than 20 open datasets published by NCPALG as of May 2019. [68] The existing digital repository of NCPALG [69] contains some 500 items (including 40 studies on subjects like the impact of the economic crisis on the family, farming, violence against women; [70] 130 educational resources on subjects like tourist sector economic development and human rights; [71] and 330 digital analytical and academic studies on different aspects of the public administration, political system and economy [72]). Download statistics provided for educational resources amount to some 4,000–7,000 downloads for the most popular ones on topics such as gender issues and health management.

In interviews with NCPALG, the ministry explained that no studies for implementation of digital repositories already existed upon release of the action plan. NCPALG representatives explained that a digital repository for research and studies of the public sector has operated since 2012, and this repository is to be migrated to the new one once the latter is operational. The IRM did not identify reports on repository quality and user satisfaction and uptake. NCPALG mentioned the importance of datasets in terms of the institutional profile of the agency and did not mention relevant stakeholders outside the public sector being involved in the process of choosing datasets to open.

Previous reports on evaluation and/or optimisation of the online consultation process have not been identified. Still, usage statistics publicly available for the opengov.gr platform [73] report some 900 consultations and 240,000 comments as of the time of writing (July 2020), and the platform is regularly used for online consultation of new law drafts. NCPALG commented that the study (milestone 3) may address any major improvements of the online consultation mechanisms that could be affected through implementation of this commitment along with plans to increase participation in the online consultations and enhance feedback mechanisms and responsiveness.

With respect to milestone 4, NCPALG provided a list of some 220 datasets cleared for release through a decision prior to publication of the action plan. It is noted that this list was not formulated with CSO involvement and does not necessarily reflect topic areas which would be highly sought by civil society. The action is ambitious in seeking to publish the 220 datasets, but it appears that the datasets have already been determined and will not entail any further influence from civil society or public participation in implementation.

If completed, the commitment could have a minor impact. It is expected that new data will enter the public domain for the first time, and in theory, this could allow the public sector to better inform policymaking from previous research and studies. NCPALG mentioned that the previous action plan highlighted the need to define Creative Commons licenses, so these new data are expected to be available in open formats. That said, it is unclear whether actions following the study and implementation of the digital repository will lead to a refreshed website or a more substantial change in the way the repository works. Additionally, according to NCPALG's feedback, following the 2019 reform of ministry portfolios, [74] it is not clear yet which agency will be responsible for carrying out the study.

As next steps, any changes to planned implementation could consider selecting datasets to open according to citizens' priorities. That said, non-governmental stakeholder interviews have not revealed specific high-value datasets they would like to see published through this commitment's implementation. At the same time, further desktop research [75] revealed a number of topical issues for this ministry's domain of responsibility for which publishing open data would have a value and could help to improve policies and processes. An indicative example is information on alumni career paths and professional status.

[66] The commitment meets some basic requirements for this value as (a) it pertains to government-held information (milestone 2); and (b) it is not restricted to data but pertains to all information (milestone 2). Still, it is not clear whether and how the commitment meets some further basic requirements for the Access to Information value, namely(c) provide open access to information; (d) promote transparency of government decision making and carrying out of basic functions; and (e) strive to meet the 5-Star model for Open Data design.
[67] Email response to interview questions provided on May 6, 2020, by G.Chalkias, referred to by the NCPALG lead contact.
[75] Concerning Commitment 8 - Open access to data of the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government, news headlines concerning the lead Centre have been desk-searched for the 12-month period prior to action plan release, namely the period from May 2018 up to April 2019. Headline search has been run on a number of Greek investigative journalism news outlets (Protagon.gr, The Press Project, Documento, TVXS) and on the Google News service, using the following queries, respectively: https://cutt.ly/EaCOXF1 ; https://cutt.ly/7aCO2NH ; https://cutt.ly/IaCPqIx ; https://cutt.ly/taCPoJU ; and https://cutt.ly/paCPkEZ . The headlines harvested have been thematically encoded and clustered for topical issues concerning the lead centre's domain of responsibility, and the following list of identified topical issues has been produced (numbers in parentheses refer to partial with respect to total harvested results): alumni career paths and professional status (2/12); personnel recruitment calls (terms, deadlines) (4/12); student recruitment calls (terms, deadlines) (4/12); and vocational training programs (calls, terms, deadlines) (2/12). These issues are not listed in any specific order, but they all correspond to topics which (a) fall under the lead centre's domain of responsibility; (b) meet the public's interest; and (c) are often the subject of ad hoc, opaque or problematic treatment, as testified by the news harvested. In this respect, releasing open data on these topics would be useful for the public, and could bring forward a positive impact in improving the relevant processes and policies of the lead centre.

Commitments

  1. Open Education Data

    GR0065, 2019, Access to Information

  2. Open Rural Development Data

    GR0066, 2019, Access to Information

  3. Open Immigration Data

    GR0067, 2019, Access to Information

  4. Open National Defense Data

    GR0068, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Open Ministry of Interior Data

    GR0069, 2019, Access to Information

  6. Open Administrative Reconstruction Data

    GR0070, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Open Economic Data

    GR0071, 2019, Access to Information

  8. Open Local Government Data

    GR0072, 2019, Access to Information

  9. Open Justice Data

    GR0073, 2019, Access to Information

  10. Open Environmental Data

    GR0074, 2019, Access to Information

  11. Open Culture and Sports Data

    GR0075, 2019, Access to Information

  12. Framework Law on Open & Participative Governance

    GR0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Participation in the Assessment of the Public Sector

    GR0032, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    GR0033, 2016, E-Government

  15. Accountability and Settlement of Disputes Between the Citizens and the Public Sector

    GR0034, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  16. Guide and Standardization for the Provision of Services & for Procedures Per Service/Entity

    GR0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Improvement of the Open Deliberation Procedure

    GR0036, 2016, Capacity Building

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

    GR0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Implementation of the Assessment of Employees and Services and Control Methods

    GR0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Implementation of a System for the Selection of Managers

    GR0039, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Digital Repository for Pubic Administration Studies

    GR0040, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. Provision of Open Cultural Data

    GR0041, 2016, Access to Information

  23. Geospatial Maritime Data

    GR0042, 2016, Access to Information

  24. Ship/Company and Seafarer Registers

    GR0043, 2016, Access to Information

  25. Marine and Maritime Activity

    GR0044, 2016, Access to Information

  26. Starred commitment Public Property Open Data

    GR0045, 2016, Access to Information

  27. KPI’s for the Implementation of Public and EU Financed Projects

    GR0046, 2016, E-Government

  28. Data and Statistics for Greek National Exams

    GR0047, 2016, E-Government

  29. Protocol Digitization

    GR0048, 2016, E-Government

  30. Informative Actions on Open Data for Young People in Secondary and Higher Education

    GR0049, 2016, Access to Information

  31. Open Education

    GR0050, 2016, Access to Information

  32. Provision of Open Data for Justice

    GR0051, 2016, Access to Information

  33. Enhanced Statistical Data of Justice Open to the Public

    GR0052, 2016, E-Government

  34. Open Provision of Geo-Data

    GR0053, 2016, Access to Information

  35. Open-Participatory Budget

    GR0054, 2016, Access to Information

  36. Regional Council Platform (Open Regional Council)

    GR0055, 2016, E-Government

  37. Open - Participatory Budget

    GR0056, 2016, E-Government

  38. Capture and Evaluation Platform for Regional Technical Projects

    GR0057, 2016, E-Government

  39. City Dashboard

    GR0058, 2016, Access to Information

  40. Online Consultation Platform

    GR0059, 2016, E-Government

  41. Open Data Index for Cities and Local Administrations

    GR0060, 2016, Access to Information

  42. Linked, Open and Participatory Budgets

    GR0061, 2016, E-Government

  43. School of Data for Public Servants

    GR0062, 2016, Access to Information

  44. The Collaborative Wikification of Public Services Procedures

    GR0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  45. Strengthening Openness and Accessibility of the Parliament

    GR0064, 2016, Access to Information

  46. Institutional and Technological Upgrading of Transparency Program

    GR0012, 2014, Access to Information

  47. Public Participation in Decision Making

    GR0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  48. Integration of PSI Directive on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information

    GR0014, 2014, Access to Information

  49. Regulatory Amendments for the Management and Provision of Open Data

    GR0015, 2014, Access to Information

  50. Implementation of Platform for Central Distribution of Public Open Data

    GR0016, 2014, Access to Information

  51. Provision of Open Geospatial Data

    GR0017, 2014, Access to Information

  52. Provision of Open Cultural Data

    GR0018, 2014, Access to Information

  53. Provision of Open Data for Offshore Companies

    GR0019, 2014, Access to Information

  54. Open Provision of Public Sector Critical Data Sets

    GR0020, 2014, Access to Information

  55. Open Invitations for Filling Posts in the Public Sector

    GR0021, 2014, E-Government

  56. Public Administration Organizational Chart Publication

    GR0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Coordination and Monitoring of Open Government Policy

    GR0023, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  58. Reorganization of Inspectorate Bodies and Strategic Alliance Development Against Corruption

    GR0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  59. Tracking Changes on Bills (From Submission to Voting by Plenum)

    GR0025, 2014, E-Government

  60. Usability and Functionality Improvements of the ‘Parliamentary Transparency’ Section of the Hellenic Parliament Website

    GR0026, 2014, E-Government

  61. Improvement of the Hellenic Parliament Website and Implementation of New Standards-Technologies

    GR0027, 2014, Access to Information

  62. Provision of Historical Parliamentary Documents to the Public

    GR0028, 2014, E-Government

  63. Enhancement of Social Media Policy in the Hellenic Parliament

    GR0029, 2014, E-Government

  64. On Line Provision of Exhibitions

    GR0030, 2014, Capacity Building

  65. Increase Number of Legislative Acts Going Through Online Deliberation

    GR0001, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  66. Capitalize on Citizen Comments and Suggestions

    GR0002, 2012, Public Participation

  67. Operate Central e-Procurement Information System

    GR0003, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  68. Operate Central ERP Information System

    GR0004, 2012, E-Government

  69. Operate Central HRMS Information System

    GR0005, 2012, E-Government

  70. Open Data Regarding Prices, as Collected by Prices Observatory

    GR0006, 2012, Access to Information

  71. Resolve Legal Issues Regarding State Geo-Data

    GR0007, 2012, Land Rights & Spatial Planning

  72. Offer Additional Taxation Data

    GR0008, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  73. Augment Functionality of the Transparency Program

    GR0009, 2012, E-Government

  74. Publicise Public Sector Procurement Information

    GR0010, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  75. Enable Open, Transparent and Safeguarded Document Circulation

    GR0011, 2012, E-Government

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