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Develop an Open Data Strategy 2017-2020 (IE0044)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Ireland National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Support Institution(s): All government bodies

Policy Areas

E-Government, Open Data, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Ireland End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Ireland Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

To increase the volume and quality of government data being published in an open format. Objective: Improve access to information and strengthen transparency by scaling up the volume and quality of open data available on the Government’s open data portal: data.gov.ie Status quo: Governance structures are in place via the Open Data Governance Board (ODGB) and a Public Bodies Working Group (PBWG) provides technical advice to support the Open Data Initiative. The Foundation document for the development of the Public Service Open Data Strategy and the Open Data Technical Framework are publicly available. Consultation with stakeholders has commenced. Data.gov.ie portal has been developed and enhanced and the number of datasets has grown to approx. 4500. A number of public bodies are actively engaged with the initiative but more engagement is required to bring other public bodies on board to make their data available as open data. Greater promotion of the portal amongst potential users is also required. Ambition: To develop and implement an Open Data Strategy setting out short and long term goals over 2017-2020 including: • building the number of datasets accessible through the open data portal: data.gov.ie • monitoring compliance with the Technical Framework to ensure open data is in line with best practice • raising awareness and promoting usage through multiple communication channels, such as participation at seminars, conferences, producing blogs, newsletters, etc. Lead implementing organisations: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Timeline: January 2017 to June 2020.
Commitment 11: Develop an Open Data Strategy 2017-2020. OGP values: Access to information. New or ongoing commitment: New. Lead implementation organisations Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Other actors involved - government All government bodies Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil the commitment New or ongoing Start date End date Complete ongoing consultation with all stakeholders on proposed Open Data Strategy. Ongoing December 2016 Develop a Draft Open Data Strategy 2017-2020. Seek feedback on the Draft Open Data Strategy 2017-2020 including public consultation and then finalise and publish the Open Data Strategy 2017- 2020. New Jan 2017 April 2017 Begin implementation of the Open Data Strategy 2017-2020 actions. New July 2017 2020

IRM Midterm Status Summary

11. Develop and Open Data Strategy 2017-2020

Commitment Text:

Objective: Improve access to information and strengthen transparency by scaling up the volume and quality of open data available on the Government’s open data portal: data.gov.ie

Status quo: Governance structures are in place via the Open Data Governance Board (ODGB) and a Public Bodies Working Group (PBWG) provides technical advice to support the Open Data Initiative. The Foundation document for the development of the Public Service Open Data Strategy and the Open Data Technical Framework are publicly available. Consultation with stakeholders has commenced. Data.gov.ie portal has been developed and enhanced and the number of datasets has grown to approx. 4500. A number of public bodies are actively engaged with the initiative but more engagement is required to bring other public bodies on board to make their data available as open data. Greater promotion of the portal amongst potential users is also required.

Ambition: To develop and implement an Open Data Strategy setting out short and long term goals over 2017-2020 including:

• building the number of datasets accessible through the open data portal: data.gov.ie

• monitoring compliance with the Technical Framework to ensure open data is in line with best practice

• raising awareness and promoting usage through multiple communication channels, such as participation at seminars, conferences, producing blogs, newsletters, etc.

Milestones:

11.1. Complete ongoing consultation with all stakeholders on proposed Open Data Strategy and then Develop a Draft Open Data Strategy 2017-2020.

11.2. Begin implementation of the Open Data Strategy 2017-2020.

Responsible institution: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Supporting institutions: All government bodies

Start date: January 2017

End date: June 2020

Context and Objectives

The development of open data policies was a major objective of Ireland’s first action plan, which saw establishment of an Open Data Ireland Governance Board (ODIGB), and saw Ireland adopt the principals of the G8 Open Data Charter.[Note: For more information, see the IRM’s Ireland End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/ireland-end-of-term-report-2014-2016, pg. 15. ] Building on these completed commitments, this commitment calls for ongoing consultations with stakeholders on a proposed Open Data Strategy, develop a Draft Open Data Strategy 2017-2020, and begin the implementation of the Open Data Strategy 2017-2020. The Open Data Strategy 2017-2020 will involve:

Building the number of datasets accessible through the open data portal: data.gov.ie

Monitoring compliance with the Technical Framework to ensure open data is in line with best practice

Raising awareness and promoting usage through multiple communication channels, such as participation at seminars, conferences, producing blogs, newsletters, etc.

The commitment stipulates that the Open Data Strategy be drafted in consultation with stakeholders, thus relevant to the OGP value of civic partition. The building of datasets and use of the open data portal is also relevant to the OGP value of access to information. The commitment has a clear deliverable (the Open Data Strategy), and a reasonably clear roadmap towards measuring it development (such as the open data portal, the Technical Framework, and the awareness-raising initiatives). However, the method of stakeholder consultation during the development is not specified, and the commitment states ‘all’ stakeholders will be consulted, which is vague. Therefore, the specificity is marked as medium. If fully implemented, the Open Data Strategy will allow for the publication of more datasets that are useful to citizens. The ongoing consultation with stakeholders will ensure that the Open Data Strategy is designed in a way that fits stakeholder needs, while the awareness-raising campaign could increase traffic to the datasets. However, it is unlikely to be a reform that could transform ‘business as usual’ in the policy area. For data to contribute to transformation, there is always the core limitation that mobilisation always needs to happen around the use of the data.

Completion

Overall, the commitment was completed. With regard to Milestone 11.1, public consultations took place in 2016, where the Open Data Governance Board met with representatives from various public bodies, businesses, CSOs, and researchers. Once a draft of the Open Data Strategy was released, more consultation took place. This is verified by desk research which examined the six responses made by various stakeholders to the strategy in June 2017.[Note: See: http://www.per.gov.ie/en/open-data-consultation-and-research/. ] There is evidence that these responses were taken into consideration when the final document on the strategy was released in July 2017, as seen in DPER’s response to suggestions made by the CEO of Idiro Analytics. His suggestions were incorporated into the reformulation of Action 2.4 the Implementation Plan found in the final strategy.[Note: See the file, Response by DPER to Public Consultations received on http://www.per.gov.ie/en/open-data-consultation-and-research/ For a copy of the final strategy adopted in July 2017, see also: http://www.per.gov.ie/en/open-data-consultation-and-research/ The research team is grateful to the Open Data Unit of DPER for having supplied a copy of the strategy.]

The key themes guiding the Open Data Strategy include:[Note: Taken from the Open Data Strategy 2017-2022, pg. 19.]

· Broaden the range of public bodies actively engaged in the Open Data Initiative – the ‘Open Data Providers’,

· Broaden the scope and improve the quality, quantity and range of Open Data and associated metadata (to be used internally and made available to the public),

· Continue to engage with all stakeholders and encourage use of Open Data,

· Support and encourage various groups of open data users,

· Provision of framework to support and train all Data providers,

· Evaluate the impact, benefit and risks of open data,

· Ensure effective government structures are in place.

With regard to the implementation of the policy (Milestone 11.2), the evidence suggests that this has taken place since July 2017 when the Strategy was adopted. DPER is working with the organisation UrbanTide to adopt frameworks for open data training and technical support.[Note: See: https://data.gov.ie/content/blog-urbantide-irelands-open-data-training-provider-public-service. ] The implementation phase of this commitment will take place over the next three years, including more trainings, awareness raising, and engagement with key stakeholders on feedback. However, it is important to note that this Milestone 11.2’s stated objective is to ‘begin’ implementation of the Open Data Strategy. While implementation has begun, the process is ongoing.

Next Steps

This commitment does not need to be included in the next action plan as it has been completed. However, it is important that the government continues to consult stakeholders in the implementation of open data policy. It is indeed impressive that in its 2017 examination of Open Data policies, which assessed the features available on national Open Data portals and the expected impact of Open Data, the European Commission ranked Ireland first in Europe in Open Data Maturity Assessment.[Note: Further details of the report can be found online here: https://www.europeandataportal.eu/en/highlights/open-data-maturity-europe-2017.] Every effort should be made to sustain this high-ranking position.

IRM End of Term Status Summary


Ireland's Commitments

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  2. Support Public Participation Networks

    IE0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  3. Improve Access to Justice: Reducing Costs

    IE0033, 2016, Judiciary

  4. Improve Access to Justice: Framework to Assist Vulnerable Persons

    IE0034, 2016, Judiciary

  5. Improve Access to Justice: Oversight of Legal Practitioners

    IE0035, 2016, Justice

  6. Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making: General

    IE0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  7. Enhance Citizen Engagement in Policy Making: Youth

    IE0037, 2016, Marginalized Communities

  8. Enhance Customer Engagement

    IE0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Improve Access to Government Services Through Technology

    IE0039, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Participatory Budgeting

    IE0040, 2016, Participation in Budget Processes

  11. Improve Transparency of Government Service Providers

    IE0041, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  12. Enhance Fiscal Transparency

    IE0042, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  13. Introduce Modern Document Management Procedures

    IE0043, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  14. Develop an Open Data Strategy 2017-2020

    IE0044, 2016, E-Government

  15. Invest in Data Infrastructure That Will Result in Better Open Data

    IE0045, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  16. Starred commitment Develop a Code of Practice for the Governance of Charities

    IE0046, 2016,

  17. Starred commitment Public Sector Standards Bill

    IE0047, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  18. Establish a Register of Beneficial Ownership

    IE0048, 2016, Asset Disclosure

  19. Establishment of Best Practice Standards for Open Data

    IE0001, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Establishment of Ireland’S Open Data Platform

    IE0002, 2014, E-Government

  21. Undertake an Audit of Key Datasets for Publication

    IE0003, 2014, Open Data

  22. Establish a Roadmap for the Open Data and an Evaluation Framework to Provide Assessment of the Ongoing Open Data

    IE0004, 2014, Open Data

  23. Establishment of an Open Data Ireland Governance Board (ODIGB) and Steering and Implementation Group (SIG) for Open Data Ireland

    IE0005, 2014, Open Data

  24. Signing up to the G8 Open Data Charter

    IE0006, 2014, Open Data

  25. Implementing Open Data

    IE0007, 2014, Open Data

  26. Improve Computer Literacy Through Implementation of Proposed New Digital Strategy for Schools

    IE0008, 2014, Capacity Building

  27. Review National and International Practice to Develop Revised Principles / Code for Public Engagement/Consultation with Citizens, Civil Society and Others by Public Bodies.

    IE0009, 2014, Public Participation

  28. Starred commitment Hold Referenda Arising from the Recommendations of the Constitutional Convention

    IE0010, 2014, Gender

  29. Starred commitment Ethics Reform

    IE0011, 2014, Conflicts of Interest

  30. Strengthening Freedom of Information - Implement the Code of Practice for Freedom of Information (FOI).

    IE0012, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  31. Reform of FOI

    IE0013, 2014, Capacity Building

  32. Starred commitment Regulation of Lobbying

    IE0014, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  33. Starred commitment Encourage, Protect and Raise Awareness of Whistleblower Duties and Protections

    IE0015, 2014, Whistleblower Protections

  34. Measures to Increase Citizen Participation in Decision Making on Policy and Legislative Proposals. Systemic Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of Draft Bills

    IE0016, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  35. Develop and Deliver Access to Environmental Information (AIE) Training Module for Public Officials

    IE0017, 2014, Capacity Building

  36. Increase Citizen Participation at Local Level. Pilot Approach to Implementation of Public Participation Networks

    IE0018, 2014, Private Sector

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    IE0019, 2014, Capacity Building

  38. Undertake a Feasibility Study on Possible Means of Enabling Further Citizen Engagement in Local Authority Budgetary Processes

    IE0020, 2014, Participation in Budget Processes

  39. Support Children and Young People as Citizens. Develop, Finalise and Publish the First Government Strategy on Children and Young People's Participation in Decision-Making.

    IE0021, 2014, Capacity Building

  40. Maximise Participation and Understanding of Young People in Civic Life

    IE0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  41. Development of an ICT Strategy

    IE0023, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  42. Data Sharing and Governance Bill

    IE0024, 2014, E-Government

  43. Public Services Card

    IE0025, 2014, E-Government

  44. Single Customer View

    IE0026, 2014, E-Government

  45. Local Government Portal

    IE0027, 2014, E-Government

  46. New Local Enterprise Offices

    IE0028, 2014, Public Service Delivery

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    IE0029, 2014, Public Participation

  48. Enhance Customer Engagement

    IE0030, 2014, Public Participation