To Create an Easily Accessible Open Government Portal , with a Platform/Repository for Open Data, as Well as an Interface to Allow for Feedback from the Public (TT0009)
Action Plan: Not Attached
Action Plan Cycle: 2014
Lead Institution: Ministry of Science and Technology
Support Institution(s): Inter-ministerial Steering Committee on ICT, iGovTT, Chambers of Commerce, Entrepreneurs, Higher education institutions; Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries
Policy AreasOpen Data, Public Participation
To create an easily accessible open Government portal, with a platform/repository for open data, as well as an interface aimed at allowing for feedback from the public.
IRM End of Term Status Summary
2.4 To create an interactive open government portal
Commitment Text: To create an easily accessible open Government portal, with a platform/repository for open data, as well as an interface aimed at allowing for feedback from the public.
Responsible Institution: Ministry of Science and Technology
Supporting Institutions: Interministerial Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) steering committee, National Information and Communication Technology Company (iGovTT), chambers of commerce, entrepreneurs, higher-education institutions, Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries
Start Date: September 2014 End Date: December 2015
This commitment seeks to provide citizens with access to an online open data portal. When this commitment was drafted, there was no central open data repository for government data.
Public officials reported that a portal was created and a domain registered. It contains 10 data sets from five organisations.[Note 37: Data.tt, http://data.tt. ] The available data sets came from the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, the Central Statistical Office, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services, and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Services. All the data sets were released online in August 2015, according to their time stamps. In the first quarter of 2015, a second portal launched at data.tt. This site holds 29 data sets. For further information, please see the midterm IRM evaluation report.[Note 38: Open Government Partnership, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): Trinidad and Tobago progress report 2014–2015, http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/TrinidadTobago_14-15_Final_0.pdf. ]
End of term: Limited
There has been no progress on this commitment since the midterm IRM report. The government has not decided whether it will collaborate with data.tt. The IRM researcher explored the data sets at government portal and found that the number of data sets published on the beta version of the portal was reduced to one.[Note 39: Trinidad and Tobago Open Data, http://data.gov.tt/. ] Because of this reduction, the coding of this commitment changed from substantial at the midterm to limited. The government did not explain to the IRM researcher why the data sets were reduced.
Did it open government?
Access to information: Marginal
Government open data initiatives are still in the embryonic stage. There is a growing realisation of the potential of open data to help citizens and government alike make better decisions. The creation of the open data portal represents a concentrated government effort to create a repository of data in open formats, thereby ensuring easier access for citizens and other stakeholders. While, the portal was not launched, interviews with technical staff working on this commitment gave the impression that they understand the value of open data. However, whether that change is beyond the technical staff and reside at the higher levels is to be seen.
The portal signals a positive step in government thinking about mechanisms for citizen access to data. Interviewed public officials also reiterated that the background work and reflection needed to develop this portal represent a cultural shift in the way government communicated with agencies and citizens. A representative from the TTEITI says that open data can facilitate greater accountability in the extractive industries. However, he was not fully aware of the government portal and how it could be used. The representative’s experience shows a need for the government to share information with government and external stakeholders about the open government portal and its uses. This commitment marginally opened government, as the portal is still in the beta stage.
Government has not engaged in development of the next action plan. As mentioned before on the open data theme, consideration should be given to creating one commitment with the various milestones representing each of the commitments contained in this theme. The final milestone should be establishing clear classifications and standards for government data and launching an open data portal into which data sets are regularly uploaded.
To complete this commitment, the government should launch the open data portal and commit to posting a minimum number of data sets within a specified period.
Trinidad and Tobago's Commitments
To Certify Public Agencies’ Service Quality
TT0001, 2014, Capacity Building
To Develop Human Resources Management Capacity in the Public Service
TT0002, 2014, Capacity Building
To Conduct a Pilot Project for the Development and Introduction of a “Easier Life for Citizens” Index
TT0003, 2014, Public Service Delivery
To Develop Interactive Media on Government Business Processes and Programs to Better Access Government Services
TT0004, 2014, Public Service Delivery
To Establish a Contact Centre to Address the Needs of National Scholars (Local and International) of Trinidad and Tobago
TT0005, 2014, Education
To Adopt a Policy on Data Standards and Classification Frameworks
TT0006, 2014, Open Data
To Increase the Number of Publicly Accessible Government Datasets in Open Formats
TT0007, 2014, Open Data
To Conduct a Diagnostic Review of Public Information Needs
TT0008, 2014, Open Data
To Create an Easily Accessible Open Government Portal , with a Platform/Repository for Open Data, as Well as an Interface to Allow for Feedback from the Public
TT0009, 2014, Open Data
To Create a Civil Society Board
TT0010, 2014, Public Participation
To Audit the Accounts of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs to International Standards
TT0011, 2014, Audits and Controls
To Make Publicly Available the Cadastre of Licenses and Contracts for the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas in Trinidad and Tobago
TT0012, 2014, E-Government
To Include the Mineral Sector (Starting with National Quarries Company Ltd) in the TTEITI Reporting Mechanism
TT0013, 2014, E-Government