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Tunisia

Developing an Open Data Portal (TN0005)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Secretariat of State in charge of governance and civil service (and e-government unit).

Support Institution(s): Involved Public Institutions

Policy Areas

Infrastructure & Transport, Land & Spatial Planning, Open Data

IRM Review

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

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

This portal will replace the current web site (www.data.gov.tn) available online since 2012, so that, government data disclosure could be made according to international standards in terms of size, quality, nature,... The portal will represent a one stop shop that offer access to different government data produced by public structures at central and regional level. Some sectors, such as, transport-related data «Open transport» and land property «Open cadastre» will require special focus due to their importance.
The aim of this portal is to open data produced by various public structures, and facilitate its reuse. The portal development will be made according to a participatory approach that involves civil society representatives.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

5: Open data portal

Commitment Text: This portal will replace the current web site (www.data.gov.tn) available online since 2012, so that, government data disclosure could be made according to international standards in terms of size, quality, nature…The portal will represent a one stop shop that offer access to different government data produced by public structures at central and regional level. Some sectors, such as, transport-related data “Open transport” and land property “Open cadastre” will require special focus due to their importance.

The aim of this portal is to open data produced by various public structures, and facilitate its reuse. The portal development will be made according to a participatory approach that involves civil society representatives.

Responsible Institution(s): The Secretariat of State in Charge of Governance and Civil Service (and E-government Unit)

Supporting Institution(s): Involved public institutions

Start Date: July 2014    End Date: February 2016

 

Commitment aim

The Tunisian government launched its first open data portal in 2012 with a limited number of datasets, including statistics on public administration activities, as well as listings of public offices. This commitment envisioned re-developing the open data portal to improve usability and data relevance.

Status

Midterm: Limited

The government began a selection process to appoint a contractor to create a new version of the portal in 2013, with funding from the African Development Bank (ADB). A contractor was selected in June 2015, and work on the new portal started. For more information, please see the 2014-2015 IRM Midterm Progress Report.[Note 20: OGP, Tunisia IRM Midterm Progress Report 2014-15, http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/Tunisia2014-15_IRM%20Progress%20Report_Eng.pdf.%5D

End of term: Limited

The OGP points of contact[Note 21: Interview with OGP focal point team members, Rim Garnaoui and Chiraz Ben Tahar, 9 September 2016.] have stated that the new portal was not launched officially. Beta testing of the new open data portal was being carried out by a limited number of users, including a technical committee charged with monitoring the completion of the portal by 15 September 2016. The plan’s goal was for the portal to go live by the end of 2016. However, as of 31 December 2016, no advance was made on the launch of the portal, and the beta version was not made available publicly.

According to the government, the first phase has been completed and the technical features are being developed. In the meantime, the old portal (http://www.data.gov.tn) is functional, but is not updated regularly, and there is a lack of coordination between ministries regarding the publication of data.[Note 22: Interview with Al Bawsala, 1 February 2017.]

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

Civic participation: Did not change

A well maintained open data portal would allow citizens to follow government activities and, thus, improve access to public information. It would also help establish a new relationship based on trust, transparency, and accountability between the government and citizens. The Global Open Data Index ranked Tunisia 86th in 2015, down from 66th in 2014.[Note 23: Global Open Data Index, “Tunisia,” http://2015.index.okfn.org/place/tunisia/.%5D The lower ranking demonstrates that a concerted effort is needed to ensure the advancement of open data, which is a vital component of open government.

The delayed re-development of the portal has not yet led to any improvements in access to information or opportunities for civic partipation.

Carried forward?

This commitment was carried forward to the second action plan in a modified form. The language was changed to include four milestones, including one on public data licencing and integrating data via personnel networks across government agencies. To ensure successful implementation of this commitment, the IRM researcher recommends the following:

       The e-Gov Unit at the Presidency of the Government should formalise the process of dataset creation, aggregation, compliance, and quality. The Unit would require additional resources and an appropriate budget for the project.[Note 24: Interview with Maher Kallel from the e-Gov Society, 18 September 2016.]

       The government should actively encourage civil society and watchdog organisations to use the platform and newly published datasets to inform their work.


Tunisia's Commitments

  1. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Open Data Framework

    TN0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Access to Geographic Information

    TN0038, 2018, E-Government

  4. Open Transport Data

    TN0039, 2018, E-Government

  5. Improve Water Resource Governance

    TN0040, 2018, E-Government

  6. Join EITI

    TN0041, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Open Contracting in Hydrocarbons

    TN0042, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Anti-Corruption Framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  9. Participatory Budgeting

    TN0044, 2018, Audits and Controls

  10. Youth Participation

    TN0045, 2018, Marginalized Communities

  11. Implement Initiatives to Apply the OGP at the Local Level

    TN0046, 2018, E-Government

  12. Online Administrative Services

    TN0047, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Access to Civil Service

    TN0048, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative "EITI"

    TN0021, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Modernizing the Regulatory Framework to Enforce The Right To Access to Information

    TN0022, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. The Completion of the Legal and Regulatory Framework of Open Data at the National Level

    TN0023, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Improve the Transparency and Local Gov Openness

    TN0024, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Enhance the Transparency in the Cultural Sector : “Open Culture”

    TN0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Enhance the Transparency in the Environment and Sustainable Development Sector

    TN0026, 2016, Aid

  20. Enhancing Transparency in the Transport Sector

    TN0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Promoting Financial and Fiscal Transparency

    TN0028, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  22. Elaborating a Legal Framework for Citizen’S Petitions

    TN0029, 2016, Capacity Building

  23. Developing an Integrated Electronic Civil Petition and Corruption Reporting Platform

    TN0030, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  24. Developing New Mechanisms to Promote Interaction with the Youth and Enable Them to Pursue Dialogue About Public Policies

    TN0031, 2016, Capacity Building

  25. Adopting the Corporate Governance Referential on the Sectoral Level

    TN0032, 2016, Capacity Building

  26. Developing Mobile Applications Which Could Be Downloaded on the Mobile Phone to Reinforce Transparency of Government Activities and Participatory Approach

    TN0033, 2016, Capacity Building

  27. Enhancing Access to the Archive

    TN0034, 2016, Capacity Building

  28. The Development of an Electronic Mechanism to Ensure Transparency of Public Servants Recruitment

    TN0035, 2016, Capacity Building

  29. Strengthening Legal Framework for Corruption Fight

    TN0001, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  30. Developing an Integrated Electronic Civil Petition and Corruption Reporting Platform

    TN0002, 2014, E-Government

  31. Publishing an Annual Report on Audit Activities in Public Sector

    TN0003, 2014, Audits and Controls

  32. Review of the Legal Framework of Personal Data Protection and Ensuring Conformity with Article 24 of Tunisian Constitution

    TN0004, 2014, Human Rights

  33. Developing an Open Data Portal

    TN0005, 2014, Infrastructure & Transport

  34. Preparing a National Corporate Governance Repository

    TN0006, 2014, E-Government

  35. Establishing a Legal Framework That Regulates Communication and Interaction Within Public Sector and Between Public Structures and Citizens with Usage of ICT

    TN0007, 2014, E-Government

  36. Simplifying Administrative Procedures

    TN0008, 2014, E-Government

  37. Develop a Number of Administrative Services On-Line

    TN0009, 2014, E-Government

  38. Enhancing People Participation in the Decision-Making Process

    TN0010, 2014, E-Government

  39. Capacity-Building of Civil Servants and Citizens in the Area of Open Governance

    TN0011, 2014, Capacity Building

  40. Creation of a Structure Specialized in Training in the Governance Area

    TN0012, 2014, Capacity Building

  41. Publication of Budget Reports

    TN0013, 2014, Audits and Controls

  42. Development of the Open Budget System

    TN0014, 2014, Fiscal Transparency

  43. Use of the Data Extracted from the Application Dedicated to Budget Management (Adeb) in Public Sector

    TN0015, 2014, E-Government

  44. Publication of Reports Related to Attribution and Execution of Public Procurement and Audit Results

    TN0016, 2014, Audits and Controls

  45. Publication of Recommandations Included in Audit Reports of Public Procurement

    TN0017, 2014, Audits and Controls

  46. Development of an "Open Data" Platform Dedicated to Information Dealing with Oil and Mine Sector Investment

    TN0018, 2014, Extractive Industries

  47. Improve Transparency in the Area of Infrastructure Projects

    TN0019, 2014, Infrastructure & Transport

  48. Devoting Transparency in the Environment Field

    TN0020, 2014, E-Government