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Open Data (JO0060)



Action Plan: Jordan Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of Information and Communications Technology

Support Institution(s): Jordan Association for Entrepreneurship - Al-Hayat Center - Rased - Jordan Open Source Association - Transparency International - Jordan - Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Open Data, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Development and enhancement of the
application of Government Open Data Policy Lead implementing agency
Commitment Description
1 / 9 / 2018 - 30 / 6 / 2020
Ministry of Information and Communications Technology What is the public
problem that the
commitment will
This commitment will address the weak dissemination and pre-disclosure of governmental
data, which affects citizens’ right to access information, and weakens their understanding
of governmental conduct, which in turn lowers their willingness to participate in public
decision-making processes. In addition, the commitment will address the issue of conflicting
information provided by various media and non-media sources due to the absence of a
reliable source of information. It also will address the problem of poor access of stakeholders
to sets of information they require for their studies, research or to make decisions related to
investments and/or work, especially for entrepreneurs. Such lack of access to information
limits overall national economic development. Although efforts to promote governmental
open data have been initiated since 2017, the legislative and regulatory framework (from the
point of view of civil society) is the biggest challenge hindering easy access to governmental
data, disseminated institutionally by all governmental bodies and agencies.
What is the commitment?
The commitment seeks to promote the legislative and practical basis for improving the
dissemination of governmental open data in Jordan, through issuing binding instructions
for institutions to publish their datasets and develop tools to measure their quality. It
also raises awareness of the importance of disseminating governmental open data, and
encourages the adherence to publishing datasets as an evaluation requirement for King
Abdullah II Excellence Awards. How will the commitment
contribute to solve the
public problem?
The dissemination of open government data contributes to the creation of a reliable source
of information that provides citizens and all stakeholders with the following advantages:
1) making appropriate decisions about their work; 2) actively participating in the decisionmaking
process, making recommendations and providing feedback based on published
datasets; 3) practicing constructive accountability and limiting the dissemination of
inaccurate information; 4) enhancing the right of citizens to access information; and 5)
improving public trust in governmental decisions, as a result of understanding the basis
of information on which decisions are made.
The development of legislative and regulatory frameworks, raising awareness of good
practices, and incentivizing implementation are the cornerstones for establishing a
culture and applying any new practices.
Why is this commitment
relevant to OGP values?
The dissemination of datasets in open formats for enabling all citizens to access, store, use and
republish them, in addition to setting research parameters and building positions accordingly,
is the essence of OGP values. Such values are embodied in making information available,
and reducing the costs and efforts required to access governmental data. The impact of this
commitment enhances the adherence to other OGP values, since it enables individuals to
interact with the government based on reliable information, and thus fosters informed public
participation in decision-making processes. Additionally, open data facilitates informed
accountability practices by citizens over official conduct. And finally, publishing data through
an electronic platform aligns with the values of technology and innovation for openness and
This commitment is also in line with the value of Civic Participation, as it requires collaborative
participatory actions by state and non-state actors throughout its implementation.
Additional information
This commitment complements governmental efforts in the electronic government program,
associated with the executive development program 20162018-, within the Ministry of
Information and Communications Technology’s projects. Particularly, the Open Data project
of 2017 and the activation of the governmental Open Data policy project 20182019-.
The commitment also addresses SDG 16 of 2030, in particular the goal, which is to «ensure
public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national
legislation and international agreements».
This commitment is a continuation of work on commitment 10 of Jordan’s NAP under OGP
20162018-, and was designed based on its progress evaluation.
Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable
Issuing instructions by the cabinet for governmental agencies to publish their
open datasets through the designated platform, based on a proposal submitted
after consultations with civil society and relevant stakeholders.
1 / 9 / 2018 1 / 4 / 2019
Development of procedural frameworks for classifying, measuring and evaluating
the quality of governmental open datasets, based on consultations with civil society
and relevant stakeholders, and then publishing the results to inform the public and to
receive feedback.
1 / 10 / 2018 30 / 6 / 2020 Listing governmental Open Data as an evaluation requirement for King Abdullah
II Excellence Awards. 1 / 11 / 2018 30 / 6 / 2020
Preparation and implementation of an awareness-raising plan on the importance
of and mechanisms to disseminate governmental open datasets, targeting various
sectors of stakeholders in consultation and partnership with representatives of
each sector.
01 / 01 / 2018 30 / 6 / 2020
Contact Information
Name of responsible person from implementing agency Nada Khater
Email and Phone
Other Actors Involved
(CSOs and Experts)
Name of the CSOs and
experts who applied for the
voluntary assistance to the
implementation of the 4th
NAP. Open call of interest
was launched during 2 -17
/ 12 / 2018.
- Jordan Association for Entrepreneurship
- Al-Hayat Center - Rased
- Jordan Open Source Association
- Transparency International - Jordan
- Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists


  1. Public Sector/Civil Society Collaboration

    JO0059, 2018, Civic Space

  2. Open Data

    JO0060, 2018, Access to Information

  3. Fostering National Dialogue to Achieve Political Reform

    JO0061, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  4. Human Rights Violations Complaint Mechanism

    JO0062, 2018, Access to Justice

  5. Access to Information Law

    JO0063, 2018, Access to Information

  6. Starred commitment Strengthen the Legislative Framework Governing Access to Information

    JO0048, 2016, Access to Information

  7. Strengthen the Facilities Available for Persons with Disabilities to Access the Justice System

    JO0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  8. Strengthen the Framework Governing the Freedom of the Media

    JO0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Starred commitment Issue the Requisite Regulations and Instructions to Implement the Decentralization Law and Hold Governorate Council Elections in 2017

    JO0051, 2016, Capacity Building

  10. Develop Healthcare Services and Automate the Healthcare Sector Through Electronic Linkages

    JO0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  11. Develop an Interactive Observatory Forum for Citizens to Monitor the Implementation of the Government’S Plans and Progress

    JO0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  12. Adopt the Principle of Budget Disclosure in Accordance with International Standards and Promote Transparency and Financial Disclosure

    JO0054, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Develop Transparent and Participatory Policies Regarding Climate Change Challenges

    JO0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Starred commitment Implement an Open Data Sources Policy

    JO0056, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Complaints and Grievances Related to Violations Committed Against Citizen

    JO0057, 2016, Access to Justice

  16. Complaints Related to Governmental Services and the Surrounding Environment of Its Provision

    JO0058, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Internal Control Units Structures

    JO0034, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  18. Improve Service Delivery

    JO0035, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Develop Service Delivery Standards and Targets

    JO0036, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Publish Service Delivery Standards

    JO0037, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Ensuring Full Compliance with Service Delivery Standards

    JO0038, 2014,

  22. Service Delivery Process Assessment

    JO0039, 2014,

  23. Upgrading Services in Remote Areas

    JO0040, 2014, Capacity Building

  24. Developing a Services-Monitoring Body

    JO0041, 2014, Public Participation

  25. Public-Sector Restructuring

    JO0042, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  26. Update the Civil Service Bylaw

    JO0043, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  27. Code of Ethics in Civil Service

    JO0044, 2014, Capacity Building

  28. Institutional Capacity Building

    JO0045, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  29. Applying the Principles of Good Governance

    JO0046, 2014, Capacity Building

  30. Media-Sector Restructuring

    JO0047, 2014, Civic Space

  31. Promoting the Culture of Excellence in Public Sector

    JO0001, 2012, Capacity Building

  32. Improve Citizen Feedback and Complaint Mechanisms

    JO0002, 2012,

  33. Ensure the Implementation of the “Government Services Improvement Guidelines Manual”

    JO0003, 2012,

  34. Conduct a Comprehensive Customers- Satisfaction Survey

    JO0004, 2012,

  35. Designing the Second Phase of the National Program for Improving Public Services

    JO0005, 2012,

  36. Enhance Partnership and Integration Among Government-S Entities

    JO0006, 2012,

  37. Amending “The Government Services Improvement Bylaw”

    JO0007, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  38. Continue Working on Linking the Governmental Institutions with the E-Government

    JO0008, 2012, E-Government

  39. Enactment of a New E-Transactions Law

    JO0009, 2012, E-Government

  40. Amendment of the Audit Bureau Law

    JO0010, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  41. Establish an Internal Audit Function in Line Ministries

    JO0011, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  42. Setting Standards and Indicators to the Internal Audit Units.

    JO0012, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  43. Anti-Corruption Law Reform

    JO0013, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  44. Ensuring the Implementation of the Code of Conduct Among Government Employees

    JO0014, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  45. Strengthening the Financial and Operational Independence of the National Center for Human Rights.

    JO0015, 2012, Civic Space

  46. Starred commitment Approval of the Independent National Electoral Commission Law

    JO0016, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  47. Adoption of a New Political Parties Law by Parliament

    JO0017, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  48. Approval of the New Elections Law by Parliament

    JO0018, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  49. Holding a Municipal Elections in 2013

    JO0019, 2012, Local Commitments

  50. Starred commitment Establishment of a Constitutional Court

    JO0020, 2012, Judiciary

  51. Establishment of an Administrative Court.

    JO0021, 2012, Judiciary

  52. Adopting Amendments to the Access to Information Law

    JO0022, 2012, Access to Information

  53. Completion of the Second Phase of the Jordan Aid Information Management System-JAIMS

    JO0023, 2012, Aid

  54. Publishing the Annual Reports for 2011 of the Audit Bureau and Anti-Corruption Commission

    JO0024, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  55. National Procurement Systems Self Assessment

    JO0025, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  56. Unified Procurement Bylaw

    JO0026, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  57. Transparency in Public Spending

    JO0027, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  58. Gender and Child Aspects in Government Units Budget

    JO0028, 2012, Gender

  59. Enhance the Transparency of the General Budget Preparation and Disseminate Information on Process

    JO0029, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  60. Preparing a Strategy for the Financial Decentralization Project

    JO0030, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  61. Launching GFMIS in Government Ministries and Departments and Financial Centers

    JO0031, 2012, E-Government

  62. Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Use of Public Funds

    JO0032, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  63. Initiating Discussions to Join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

    JO0033, 2012, Anti-Corruption

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