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Human Resource Training in the Field of Open Data (RO0028)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Romania, Second Action Plan, 2014-16

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Chancellery of the Prime-Minister

Support Institution(s): CSOs: Open Data Coalition; ActiveWatch; Funky Citizens

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: Romania End-of-Term Report 2014-2016

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Open data represents a challenge for the public administration in Romania, on account of the novelty of the concept and the reluctance to release data in a re-usable format.
As there is a relative low understanding of the utility and necessity of opening public data, it is essential that the public servants already in charge with this process are trained accordingly. Subsequently, the trainees will be able to disseminate the acquired knowledge and best practices within their ministry.
The courses will focus on the advantages of using open data for the administration, business sector and society. The trainees will be taught how to publish and use open data based on best practices. The legal aspects, available open licences and public policy issues will also be presented.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

Commitment 10. Human Resource Training in the Field of Open Data

Commitment Text:

1.     The responsible agencies will prepare the course curricula. The materials will be available online in an open format.

2.     Publication of the training timelines.

3.     The responsible agencies will conduct 10 training sessions on open data management. Four training sessions will be held with the support of the Open Data Coalition.

4.     Pilot with a public institution, involving as many interested parts as possible: the administration, civil society, journalists, citizens, such as to identify relevant data and the required steps for its publication, update and use. The pilot will aim to implement best practices from other countries. 
The phases of this project will be:

1) Selecting the institution;

2) Training the persons involved in the open data publishing process;

3) Identifying relevant datasets and their potential applications/usages;

4) Publishing the datasets;

5) Assessing and presenting the findings. The results will be presented in a public conference.

Responsible institution: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Supporting institution(s): Ministries, Open Data Coalition, ActiveWatch, Funky Citizens Association

Start date: July 2014                                      End date: June 2015

Commitment Aim:

 

This commitment aims to create training guides on publishing and using open data. The following milestones work to achieve these goals:

       Prepare a course curriculum and educational materials,

       Conduct training sessions on open data management, and

       Pilot the course with a public institution, inviting public administration officials, civil society, journalists, and citizens.

Status

Midterm: Substantial

The Department for Online Services and Design (DSOD), with the support of the Open Data Coalition, developed the curriculum for the training and conducted eight training sessions for local governments across the country. The department held another three training sessions with personnel from the Ministry of Labor, the National Library, and the Ministry of Culture. Training materials, including the Open Data Guidelines, were published on the OGP platform (ogp.gov.ro) and distributed by e-mail and during training sessions, conferences, and other events. The government substantially implemented this commitment, despite some challenges. Public servants in charge of open data have many other competing responsibilities, and there is a high turnover rate, requiring continuous training of new staff.

End of term: Substantial

Although at the midterm evaluation the commitment was substantially implemented, the next activity—piloting courses with a public institution—has not started. The Chancellery of the Prime Minister responsible for carrying out this commitment was unable to convince public institutions that the training program was necessary. This represents the second instance in the OGP process where the government could not organize a pilot program due to the disengagement of public institutions.[Note 33: The other commitment with a similar problem is commitment 7 (open contracting). ] As a result, no further progress has been made since the midterm.

The Chancellery of the Prime Minister decided, following discussions with both representatives of the public administration and members of civil society, to replace this commitment with the development of a training and motivational program that would address the specific needs of different stakeholders (public servants, academics, members of the IT community, representatives of the private sector, etc.).[Note 34: The program is included in a project funded through ESF 2014–2020 that started in August 2016 and that includes as deliverables a methodology for publishing open data and disseminating data, a data visualization portal for public data and information, and training workshops in the area of open data. The program is managed by the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The announcement of the project is available at http://bit.ly/2kIiFiH.]

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

This commitment did not stretch government practice in providing access to information. It should also be noted that this commitment was primarily aimed at training government human resource officials and as implemented did not have a public-facing element.

Carried forward?

The commitment is not carried forward in the third national action plan in its current form. A different approach will be taken using a project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014–2020. The new project includes training courses for public administration staff and the creation and dissemination of materials on open data management.

In addition to training offered through this project, an alternative and more sustainable solution would be to collaborate with universities to integrate open data management into existing degree programs. This approach could solve a long-term need for a large recruitment base of public functionaries who are trained in open data management.


Commitments

  1. Standardize Public Consultation Practices

    RO0048, 2018, E-Government

  2. Open Local Government

    RO0049, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Citizen Budgets

    RO0050, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Youth Participation

    RO0051, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Register of Civil Society Proposals

    RO0052, 2018, E-Government

  6. Access to Information – Local

    RO0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Online Business Sector Information

    RO0054, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Digital Consular Services

    RO0055, 2018, Capacity Building

  9. Transparency in the Funding of Political Parties

    RO0056, 2018, E-Government

  10. National Investment Fund Transparency

    RO0057, 2018, E-Government

  11. Civil Servant Training

    RO0058, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Raise Awareness About Corruption

    RO0059, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Transparency of Seized Assets

    RO0060, 2018, E-Government

  14. Access to Social Services

    RO0061, 2018, E-Government

  15. Open Access to Research

    RO0062, 2018, E-Government

  16. Open Education

    RO0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  17. Evaluate Open Data

    RO0064, 2018, Capacity Building

  18. Open Data

    RO0065, 2018, E-Government

  19. Improving the Legal Framework and Practices Regarding Access to Public Interest Information

    RO0030, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Centralized Publishing of Public Interest Information on the Single Gateway Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Promoting Open Parliament Principles

    RO0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  22. Starred commitment Improved Management of the Applications Submitted for Granting Citizenship

    RO0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Standardization of Transparency Practices in the Decision-Making Procedures

    RO0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  24. Centralised Publication of Legislative Projects on the Single Gateway Consultare.Gov.Ro

    RO0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Citizens Budgets

    RO0036, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Improve Youth Consultation and Public Participation

    RO0037, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Subnational Open Government

    RO0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. Promoting Transparency in the Decision-Making Process By Setting Up a Transparency Register (RUTI)

    RO0039, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  29. Access to Performance Indicators Monitored in the Implementation of the National Anticorruption Strategy (SNA)

    RO0040, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  30. Improve Transparency in the Management of Seized Assets

    RO0041, 2016, Asset Disclosure

  31. Annual Mandatory Training of Civil Servants on Integrity Matters

    RO0042, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  32. Improving Access to Cultural Heritage

    RO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  33. Open Data and Transparency in Education

    RO0044, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Virtual School Library and Open Educational Resources

    RO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Open Contracting

    RO0046, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  36. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Publishing the Public Interest Information on a Single Government Portal: Transparenta.Gov.Ro

    RO0019, 2014, E-Government

  38. Making an Inventory of the Datasets Produced by the Ministries and Subordinate Agencies

    RO0020, 2014, Open Data

  39. Starred commitment Ensuring the Free Online Access to National Legislation

    RO0021, 2014, E-Government

  40. Amending Law 109/2007 on the Re-Use of Public Sector Information

    RO0022, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  41. Opening Data Collected from the National Health System

    RO0023, 2014, Health

  42. Opening Data Collected from the Monitoring of Preventive Measures as Part of the National Anticorruption Strategy 2012-2015

    RO0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  43. Open Contracting

    RO0025, 2014, Open Contracting and Procurement

  44. Opening up Data Resulted from Publicly-Funded Research Projects

    RO0026, 2014, E-Government

  45. Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Published Open Data

    RO0027, 2014, Open Data

  46. Human Resource Training in the Field of Open Data

    RO0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  47. Disseminating Information on the OGP Principles and Promoting the Open Data Concept in an Accessible Manner

    RO0029, 2014, Records Management

  48. Designating a Person Responsible for Publishing Open Data in Each Public Institution

    RO0001, 2012, Open Data

  49. Identifying Regulatory Needs, Logistical and Technical Solutions

    RO0002, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  50. Making an Inventory of Available (High-Value) Data-Sets

    RO0003, 2012, Open Data

  51. Priority Publishing on the Web Pages of Public Institutions of Specific Data-Sets

    RO0004, 2012, Open Data

  52. Initiating Pilot-Projects, in Partnerships

    RO0005, 2012, Open Data

  53. Organizing Public Debates on the Utility of Open Data, in Partnerships

    RO0006, 2012, Open Data

  54. Uniform, Machine-Readable Publishing Format for Open Data

    RO0007, 2012, Open Data

  55. Procedures for Publication of Data-Sets Based on Civil Society Recommendations

    RO0008, 2012, Open Data

  56. Procedures for Citizen Complaints Pertaining to Open Data

    RO0009, 2012, Open Data

  57. Consultation Mechanism Between Suppliers and Beneficiaries of Open Data

    RO0010, 2012, Open Data

  58. Creating a Rating System for the Assessment of High-Value Data-Sets

    RO0011, 2012, Open Data

  59. Routinely Publishing Specific Data-Sets on Web Pages of Public Institutions

    RO0012, 2012, E-Government

  60. Integrating Open Data from Public Institutions in a Single National Platform

    RO0013, 2012, E-Government

  61. Inventories of Data, in Order to Facilitate Public Access

    RO0014, 2012, Open Data

  62. Institute a Monitoring Mechanism of Compliance for Open Data

    RO0015, 2012, Open Data

  63. Stimulating the Market for Innovative Use of Open Data

    RO0016, 2012, Open Data

  64. Routinely Publishing Data-Sets on the National Platform, 25% High-Value

    RO0017, 2012, Open Data

  65. The Public Procurement Electronic System (SEAP). the Electronic Allocation System for Transports (SAET)/B.1 C) Expanding the On-Line Submission of Fiscal Forms. Ensuring the Free On-Line Access to National Legislation. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage Subpoenas and Facilitate Access Toinformation Regarding Legal Proceedings. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to Obtaining the Romanian Citizenship. Developing Electronic Tools to Manage the Procedures Related to the Creation of Non-Profit Legal Persons. the Integrated System for Electronic Access to Justice (SIIAEJ)

    RO0018, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration