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Improve Searchability of Municipal Council Records (HU0012)



Action Plan: Hungary, Second Action Plan, 2015-17

Action Plan Cycle: 2015

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Interior

Support Institution(s): Prime Minister's Office, National Protective Service, National Infocommunication Services Co., eDemocracy Workshop Assosciation, National University of Public Services

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Open Regulations, Public Service Delivery, Records Management, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: No IRM Data

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


The commitment is related to the first commitment since it aims to improve the publicity of data of public interest and data public on grounds of public interest in accordance with the principles of the Information Act.
Improving the searchability of local government decisions was included among the commitments of the First OGP Action Plan already, but it was established in the self-assessment report that the commitment was implemented only to a limited extent. The progress report on Hungary established that the great majority of Hungarian local governments did not comply with the publicity obligation and the information published was often of bad quality and not searchable by IT means due to their format. Therefore, in addition to the methodological guideline outlined in the first commitment and having regard to the time and experience necessary for the preparation of efficient developments, it is reasonable to launch a pilot project in order to explore efficient and user friendly IT development opportunities.
The pilot project aims to examine the application of open source software developed for the machine processing of legal and public administration documents, which has worked well internationally (the software that has become known under the name “Akoma Ntoso”, meaning “linked hearts” in the Akan language of West-Africa, converts information from various surfaces into easy to process .xml format).
In the first phase of the pilot project, theoretical and practical information on the software is collected, to be followed by exploring the opportunities and conditions of its wide-scale application in Hungary, and finally the experience of the pilot project will be summarized. Voluntary participation in the pilot project must be made possible to all interested local governments and state organizations.
If the first phase of the pilot project brings positive results, it is to be examined in the second phase of the project if the software can be used for the improvement of state records (e.g. the National Legislative Database). Within the National Legislative Database, for example, there is a closed system IT surface serving to make the data transfer and bilateral communication between local governments and the Budapest and county government offices exercising the legislative supervision over the former easier and more efficient.
It is a considerable challenge for local governments in Hungary to manage data of public interest and to provide access to these. A further problem is posed by the quality of their publication, which is performed in formats not readable by electronic devices.
To improve access to the information and data content of local government documents.
Hungary undertakes to examine, within the framework of a pilot project, the possibility of introducing an open source software developed for the machine processing of legal and public administration documents.


  1. Efficient Local Government Publicity and Information Disclosure

    HU0006, 2015, Capacity Building

  2. Graphic Presentation of Central Budget

    HU0007, 2015, Capacity Building

  3. Transparency in Public Sector Lobbying by Third Parties

    HU0008, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  4. FOI Training in Public Administration Organizations

    HU0009, 2015, Access to Information

  5. Corruption Prevention Information Dissemination

    HU0010, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  6. Legislative Public Consultation Website

    HU0011, 2015, Capacity Building

  7. Improve Searchability of Municipal Council Records

    HU0012, 2015, Capacity Building

  8. Access to Police Mobile App

    HU0013, 2015, Capacity Building

  9. Improving the Publicity of Fiscal Data

    HU0001, 2013, Fiscal Openness

  10. Improving the Searchability of Public Procurement Data

    HU0002, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  11. Improvement of the Publicity of Contracts Concluded for the Utilisation of Public Property and with the Use of Public Funds

    HU0003, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  12. Integrity Control System in the Public Sector

    HU0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  13. Dissemination of Information on Anti-Corruption and Integrity

    HU0005, 2013, Access to Information

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