Accessibility of Public Information (LT0012)
To develop an Open Data supply model. a. An Open Data supply model has been developed: b. Guidelines for public administration authorities have been developed defining the Open Data concept, terms and conditions and methods for data opening; c. Alternative ways for opening data have been presented. To encourage data supply in open formats. a. Recommendations have been developed for public institutions and agencies as regards the preparation of investment projects aimed at creation or modification of information systems; provisions have been made for the adjustment of information systems to provide data in open formats (.csm. xml, and others). b. adjustment of information systems to provide data in open formats has been listed among investment priorities for 2015
IRM End of Term Status Summary
Commitment 6. Accessibility of Public Information
Initiative 3: Openness to the public of the activities of public administration authorities (Open Data)
Area: to make information held by public authorities accessible to the public
- To develop an Open Data supply model.
- An Open Data supply model has been developed:
- Guidelines for public administration authorities have been developed defining the Open Data concept, terms and conditions and methods for data opening;
- Alternative ways for opening data have been presented.
- To encourage data supply in open formats.
a. Recommendations have been developed for public institutions and agencies as regards the preparation of investment projects aimed at creation or modification of information systems; provisions have been made for the adjustment of information systems to provide data in open formats (.csm. xml, and others).
b. adjustment of information systems to provide data in open formats has been listed among investment priorities for 2015
Responsible institution: Ministry of Transport and Communications
Supporting institutions: Not specified
Start date: Not specified........ End date: 2014
This commitment aims to provide public information in an open data format by developing an open data supply mechanism and developing recommendations for public institutions in the field of public data management and release.
Currently, there is no functional open data portal in Lithuania. According to an interviewed anti-corruption NGO representative,[Note 26: Interview with Ruta Mrazauskaite, 15 September 2015.] key stakeholders have been discussing the need for open data since 2010. However, the government has taken limited actions to develop and implement an open data supply model, and few public institutions in Lithuania release some open data.
The milestone regarding the development of an open data supply model was substantially completed. The Information Society Development Committee (ISDC) under the Ministry of Transport and Communications reported a number of outputs and commissioned a feasibility study in the beginning of 2015 that presented two open data supply model alternatives.[Note 27: The Open Data Feasibility study can be found here: http://ivpk.lrv.lt/uploads/ivpk/documents/files/IVPK_leidiniai/Galimybi%C5%B3%20tyrimo%20ataskaita_atviri%20duomenys%202015.pdf.] However, there were a few missing milestones: specifically, open data guidelines for other institutions were not prepared at the time of developing the midterm report.
The milestone regarding data supply in open formats showed limited progress. While the Ministry of Communications and Transport did not start the commitment according to its strict wording, it did complete steps which have the same or even greater impact in the open data arena. The ministry included an open data provision in the selection of investment projects in the area of information systems development or modification. This provision encourages institutions to ensure that newly developed or updated information systems have the functionality required to gather and release data in open formats. Refer to the midterm report for a detailed overview.
End of term: Complete
In July 2016, the minister of transport and communication issued an order concerning recommendations on data opening in the public sector (No. 3-245 (1.5E)).[Note 28: The recommendations can be accessed here: https://www.e-tar.lt/portal/lt/legalAct/3a0d20c04e8311e6b72ff16034f7f796.] The order provides good practice recommendation for all national and municipal institutions, including state-owned enterprises. They include definitions of open data, objectives behind opening data, and methods to identify data release priorities. These outputs in effect complete the commitment in full.
Did it open government?
Access to information: Marginal
The commitment is a positive step towards improved open data release practices in the future and has resulted in marginal changes in access to information. An interview with an Information Society Development Committee representative revealed that there were instances when the Ministry of Communications and Transport applied the criteria of open data to new ICT investment projects, indicating that the newly introduced criteria took effect and were used in determining financial investments. Further improvements are expected as the commitment does not specifically outline the provision of open data but instead creates preconditions for the further provision of open data.
The commitment related to open data was included in the third national action plan with an aim to build an open data portal and integrate it into the European single digital market. As worded in the action plan, the government plans to create centrally managed technical tools enabling people and business to have, without preconditions, convenient access to public-sector data for business development and nongovernmental initiatives. The commitment involves the creation of centralised access to open data, including metadata and datasets, in the public sector.
LT0024, 2018, Access to Information
NGO Database, NGO Fund
LT0025, 2018, Civic Space
Publish Fiscal Information
LT0026, 2018, E-Government
Public Services by NGOs
LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building
Monitoring and Evlauation for Public Participation
LT0028, 2018, Public Participation
Legislative Process Evaluation
LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building
Build Open Data Portal, and Integrate Into the European Single Digital Market.
LT0015, 2016, Access to Information
Publicize Information About Government Activities and Civic Participation in Governance.
LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building
Publish Online Information About Revenues and Spending of National and Municipal Institutions
LT0017, 2016, E-Government
Create and Broadcast Social Advertisements That Target Corruption in the Healthcare System
LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption
Create Legal, Organizational and Technical Tools to Easily Access Detailed Information About Election and Voting Procedures
LT0019, 2016, Anti-Corruption
Create Public Consultation Mechanism
LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building
Foster Open Public Governance Culture in Public Sector
LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building
Creation of NGO Database.
LT0022, 2016, Civic Space
Creation of NGO Fund.
LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building
Public Service Quality Improvements
LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building
Developing and Promoting E-Services
LT0008, 2014, E-Government
Encouraging Public Participation
LT0009, 2014, E-Government
Raising Civic Awareness
LT0010, 2014, Education
National Civil Society Fund Model Development
LT0011, 2014, Civic Space
Accessibility of Public Information
LT0012, 2014, Access to Information
Public Decision-Making Transparency
LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption
Promoting Anti-Corruption Education
LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption
Increase of the Accessibility of the Information Held by Public Administration Authorities.
Centralised Publishing of Information on Government Activities
More Extensive Public Consultations
LT0003, 2012, Public Participation
Promotion of Public Participation in Public Administration Processes
LT0004, 2012, Open Parliaments
Increasing the Accessibility of Services Provided to the Public.
LT0005, 2012, E-Government
Promotion of Public Participation in the Process for the Improvement of Service Provision
LT0006, 2012, Public Participation