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Lithuania

Open Data (LT0024)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Lithuania Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation

Support Institution(s): Office of the Government, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Finance, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania., Open Source for Lithuania, open data group

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Legislation & Regulation, Legislative, Open Data, Open Parliaments

IRM Review

IRM Report: Lithuania Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

I. Openness to the public of the activities of public governance institutions and their public accountability (open data)
1. Create an open data portal and integrate it into the European digital single market (continued work)
28 February 2018 – 31 December 2020
Lead implementing agency Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation
Commitment description
Current situation (status quo) and the public problem that the commitment will address Public sector institutions have accumulated a wealth of valuable information that is not readily and freely available for re-use in business development, promotion of economic growth, increasing public sector transparency, addressing social issues, promoting social and civic engagement.
Problem solution/Commitment The problem will be solved by developing methodological tools and technological possibilities for public sector institutions to open up the data they manage:
• Methodological legal framework has been created to provide for preconditions for Lithuanian public sector institutions to form open data sets and their metadata and to publish them on the Lithuanian Open Data Portal.
• An information technology infrastructure has been developed to make public sector data and metadata public and to provide information to domestic users (businesses, public organisations and citizens) and it has been integrated into the European Open Data Infrastructure.
• The organisational structure for the planning, financing and implementation of open data activities has been implemented.
Main objective Create Lithuania’s open data portal
How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? • The creation of Lithuania’s open data portal will provide business representatives, non-governmental organisations and active citizens with access to information resources accumulated and opened up by the institutions, while public sector institutions will enjoy the benefit of greater accessibility and transparency.
• Opening public sector data will enable active members of the public to make proposals and influence decision-making, while at the same time developing citizens’ trust in government institutions and their civic engagement.
• Adopted and implemented decisions on the organisational structure of open data will create the prerequisite for the smooth opening of public sector data and will enable the public to assess the effectiveness of public sector decisions and the related accountability.
Action and its description Expected concrete result Start date: End date:
1. Preparation of methodological tools for the formation of open data An operating model draft has been worked out along with the draft amendment to the methodological recommendations for the opening of public sector data. 28/02/2018 30/04/2019
2. Preparation of legal environment for open data operations Preparation of draft legislation providing for favourable legal environment for the opening of public sector data 31/03/2019 31/10/2019
3. Implementation of the organisational structure for open data operations Adoption and implementation of legal acts on the organisational structure for data opening operations 30/06/2019 31/12/2019
4. Creation and introduction of technological tools required for the open data portal and the formation and use of other open data Completed measure 10/04/2019 30/04/2020
How is the commitment relevant to the values of transparency, accountability and civic participation? The commitment will encourage the opening of the data, increase public access to information and it will substantially increase public sector transparency.
Additional information The measures will be implemented through the following two projects:
• ‘Implementation of open data platform enabling effective public-sector information reuse for business and creation of data management tools’
(No 02.2.1-CPVA-V-523-01-0001)
• ‘Implementation of the methodological and legal regulation measures for the development of open data in Lithuania and the development of employees’ competences at state institutions’
(No 10.1.2-ESFA-V-915-01-0002)
‘The above projects are part of the programme ‘Digital Agenda for the Republic of Lithuania’,
Both projects are in progress
Contact information
Lead implementing agency Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation
Name, title, department, email and telephone number of the responsible person Project Promoter: Julius Belickas, Adviser, Information Resources Division,
email: julius.belickas@ivpk.lt, tel: 8 618 72 994Other ministries, departments/agencies involved Office of the Government, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Finance, Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania.
What civil society organisations, private sector representatives or other interested parties are you planning to involve in the implementation of the commitment? Do you plan to conduct a public consultation during the implementation of the commitment? The plans are to consult civil society representatives and public governance experts, academic community (civil society organisations (associations) ‘Open source for Lithuania’ Open data group info@akl.lt).
Trainings will be held for public sector representatives.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

1. Create an open data portal and integrate it into the European digital single market

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

Public sector institutions have accumulated a wealth of valuable information that is not readily and freely available for re-use in business development, promotion of economic growth, increasing public sector transparency, addressing social issues, promoting social and civic engagement. The problem will be solved by developing methodological tools and technological possibilities for public sector institutions to open up the data they manage. [1]

Milestones:

1.1. An operating model draft has been worked out along with the draft amendment to the methodological recommendations for the opening of public sector data.

1.2. Preparation of draft legislation providing for favorable legal environment for the opening of public sector data

1.3. Adoption and implementation of legal acts on the organizational structure for data opening operations

1.4. Creation and introduction of technological tools required for the open data portal and the formation and use of other open data

Start Date: 28 February 2018

End Date: 31 December 2020

Context and Objectives

The Information Society Development Committee under the Ministry of Transport and Communications has been implementing this commitment since 2016, when it was included in the previous action plan. The commitment’s implementation was categorized as limited. Thus, the committee aims to continue to create a centrally managed open data platform for citizens and businesses to access public-sector data and reuse it for both nonprofit and for-profit initiatives.

Lithuania committed to open its data in 2013, [2] but decision-makers did not prioritize the issue until 2017, when Lithuania included this commitment in the Government Program. [3] However, there have been no substantial changes since then, and Lithuania still lags considerably behind other European Union countries in terms of digital performance. [4] The Government of Lithuania has previously not included open data in its agenda and has focused on data protection rather than accessibility.

This commitment overall is verifiable and specific enough to measure whether it was completed or not, even if some milestones are vague. If implemented, it could transform the way public-sector data is stored and accessed in Lithuania. Currently, no central database offers open data from public-sector institutions free of charge. The State Enterprise Centre of Registers has systemized data about the performance of public and private entities. However, that data is available only if purchased. Accessing data from other institutions became even more complicated once the Data Protection Directive was adopted in May 2018. [5] Although the directive does not limit access to data of public interest, institutions tend not to disclose data about decision-makers in open data formats and tend to use the privacy argument when data is requested. [6]

Opening data might also bring financial benefits. The National Audit Office has calculated that opening public-sector data would bring to the country’s economy an added value worth 2 percent of Lithuania’s gross domestic product (approximately 800 million euros). [7] In the last annual speech to Parliament, the president of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, encouraged the body to create a comprehensive open data policy and to stop charging citizens for access to public data. [8]

Next steps

This commitment constitutes an important step to changing the nature of accessing public-sector data and should be carried forward until it becomes a common practice to disclose public data in open data formats. The Information Society Development Committee holds responsibility for the task, but unless political leaders start explicitly expressing their support to open data, gains will be limited.

The IRM researcher recommends that the committee consult possible civil society stakeholders to prioritize which data to open. It should also build partnerships with other public-sector institutions to increase the possibility of success. These activities could also help to better address the needs of potential users and ensure more effective work planning.

[1] Full commitment text available at https://bit.ly/2HPWuXo. [2] The report of the National Audit Office about open data in Lithuania, No. VA-P-900-1-25, 29 November 2016, can be found here: https://www.vkontrole.lt/pranesimas_spaudai.aspx?id=22997. [3] “The Program of the Government, No. 167,” Republic of Lithuania, https://bit.ly/2WrOezW. [4] European Commission, Europe's Digital Progress Report, 2017, https://bit.ly/2lGS1HS. [5] “Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC,” European Union, https://bit.ly/2Fvi2os. [6] “Proposals on the Publicity of Data,” Transparency International Lithuania, 2018, https://bit.ly/2FHxQEK. [7]  The report of the National Audit Office about open data in Lithuania, No. VA-P-900-1-25, 29 November 2016, can be found here: https://www.vkontrole.lt/pranesimas_spaudai.aspx?id=22997. [8] “The Annual Speech to the Parliament,” Office of the President, 11 June 2019, https://www.lrp.lt/lt/lietuvos-respublikos-prezidentes-dalios-grybauskaites-metinis-pranesimas/32606.

Commitments

  1. Open Data

    LT0024, 2018, Access to Information

  2. NGO Database, NGO Fund

    LT0025, 2018, Civic Space

  3. Publish Fiscal Information

    LT0026, 2018, E-Government

  4. Public Services by NGOs

    LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Monitoring and Evlauation for Public Participation

    LT0028, 2018, Public Participation

  6. Legislative Process Evaluation

    LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Build Open Data Portal, and Integrate Into the European Single Digital Market.

    LT0015, 2016, Access to Information

  8. Publicize Information About Government Activities and Civic Participation in Governance.

    LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building

  9. Publish Online Information About Revenues and Spending of National and Municipal Institutions

    LT0017, 2016, E-Government

  10. Create and Broadcast Social Advertisements That Target Corruption in the Healthcare System

    LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  11. Create Legal, Organizational and Technical Tools to Easily Access Detailed Information About Election and Voting Procedures

    LT0019, 2016, E-Government

  12. Create Public Consultation Mechanism

    LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Foster Open Public Governance Culture in Public Sector

    LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Creation of NGO Database.

    LT0022, 2016, Civic Space

  15. Creation of NGO Fund.

    LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Public Service Quality Improvements

    LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building

  17. Developing and Promoting E-Services

    LT0008, 2014, E-Government

  18. Encouraging Public Participation

    LT0009, 2014, E-Government

  19. Raising Civic Awareness

    LT0010, 2014, Education

  20. National Civil Society Fund Model Development

    LT0011, 2014, Civic Space

  21. Accessibility of Public Information

    LT0012, 2014, Access to Information

  22. Public Decision-Making Transparency

    LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  23. Promoting Anti-Corruption Education

    LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  24. Increase of the Accessibility of the Information Held by Public Administration Authorities.

    LT0001, 2012,

  25. Centralised Publishing of Information on Government Activities

    LT0002, 2012,

  26. More Extensive Public Consultations

    LT0003, 2012, Public Participation

  27. Promotion of Public Participation in Public Administration Processes

    LT0004, 2012, Legislative

  28. Increasing the Accessibility of Services Provided to the Public.

    LT0005, 2012, E-Government

  29. Promotion of Public Participation in the Process for the Improvement of Service Provision

    LT0006, 2012, Public Participation

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