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Enhance the Transparency in the Cultural Sector : “Open Culture” (TN0025)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Tunisia Second National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry in charge of culture

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Open Data, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Tunisia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Enhance the transparency in the cultural sector : “open culture”

IRM Midterm Status Summary

5. Enhance transparency in the cultural sector: “open culture”

Commitment Text:

The aim of this commitment is to promote openess in the cultural sector in order to facilitate access to the culture heritage and stimulates innovative reuse in this field. This could generate several benefits especially an economic value by promoting foreign investment and tourism. 

Milestones:

  • Opening public cultural data:

The openness and sharing of public cultural data is guaranteed through the development of a central website. The website will include a set of data concerning all cultural fields (music, dance, books, scenic arts, audiovisual arts, cultural patrimony, fine arts, cultural institutions activities…) and boosting it with statistical results, ministry interventions, the budget, and public funding.

-   Disseminating data about events and cultural festivals using modern technologies (cultural Agenda system):

The system of cultural agenda will provide users with digital information about cultural festivals and events on the central and regional level. The content will be comprehensive and easy handling as it will be joined by photos, posters and the festival’s program. This system can be browsed through various digital bearings enabling users to evaluate and give their opinion about it.

-   Opening sound recordings and musical archive of the “Arab and Mediterranean Music Center”:

Disseminating and facilitating the access to the sound recordings and material archive of the Arab and Mediterranean Music Center through the development of two web sites in order to allow users especially journalists and researchers to exploit the digital data bases as well as paper and audiovisual documents. It could enhance the cultural heritage in this field and develop new high value uses of these data.

Responsible institution: Ministry in charge of culture

Supporting institution(s): “e-governance society” association

Start date: August 2016     End date: July 2018

Context and Objectives

With more than 3,000 years of historical heritage, Tunisia has numerous classified historical sites and museums that are often unknown to the public due to the absence of a meaningful and exploitable cartography. The Tunisian Ministry of Culture funds the maintenance of cultural sites and helps to promote and subsidize local and national festivals, movie productions and other relevant art work. Often, budgets allocated to these subsidies are not publicly available and have become the subject of contested discussions. Information on multiple cultural events funded by taxpayers’ money is not centralized.

This commitment aims to disclose information about the location of cultural facilities and open access to the electronic sound archive of the Center of Arab and Mediterranean Music. The commitment also includes disclosure of allocations for cultural subsidies. The commitment is overall relevant to the OGP value of access to the information. If all milestones were to be fully implemented, the commitment overall would have a minor potential impact. While milestones on the cultural agenda system and opening of audio archives are not likely to have major impact in making the culture sector more transparent, the part of the commitment on disclosing state subsidies allocated for cultural events could be a major development for transparency of government spending on culture. However, the commitment is not specific about the number of the datasets, the frequency of updates and if a process to obtain, verify and upload the datasets will be in place.

Completion

All the deliverables stated under this commitment are completed and available online.

In summer 2016 the Ministry of Culture created a website (http://www.openculture.gov.tn/) for the publication of cultural data. The website includes 59 datasets on 11 cultural sites. The ministry started publishing information on subsidies allocated for cultural events according to years. Twenty datasets about subsidies provided to festivals and associations are available, however, these are only for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Moreover, some datasets are simply the summary of a larger dataset, for example, “Subsidies by Sector” or “Subsidies by Region”. These could have been simple macros or separate Excel sheets among the main dataset. The datasets appear to be collected from different departments of the ministry without further work done on harmonization or merging.

For the second milestone, the cultural agenda system, a website was launched in June 2016 displaying information about cultural events, such as festivals and concerts [25].

The third milestone, the website with the archive of sound recordings, was already in place before the start of the action plan in June 2016. The Phonotheque Nationale [26] is an online music and sound archive containing historical recordings of Mediterranean and Arab music. According to the government self-assessment report, the website was updated with more content during the first year of implementation.

Websites created under this commitment are not well referenced and need search engine optimization. In addition, while the general website of the ministry is in both Arabic and French, the agenda is only in Arabic and the open government platform is only in French.

Early Results

The publication of open data about the infrastructure of the ministry, its budget and its subsidies represent major developments. The Ministry of Culture has also published an interactive map that allows geo-localization of cultural sites, however, at the time of writing this report, the data is still missing some sites.

The ministry held an event to launch its open-gov platform without visible interaction with civil society. Most of the interviewed CSOs were not aware of the existence of the open government portal.

Next Steps

The effectiveness of this commitment could be enhanced by raising awareness of the new websites and reinforcing search engine optimization. In addition, the websites’ content should be bilingual; the official administrative language in Tunisia is Arabic, however, the open culture website is in French, while the official website is bilingual, and the electronic agenda is in Arabic. The Ministry of Culture could put in place internal rules and procedures to keep populating the portal with up-to-date information on budgets and complete the list of sites and facilities in geo-localized maps. Moreover, work should be done to harmonize the databases and make more compelling datasets.


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, Anti-Corruption

  7. Open Contracting in Hydrocarbons

    TN0042, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  8. Anti-Corruption Framework

    TN0043, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  9. Participatory Budgeting

    TN0044, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  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, Anti-Corruption

  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 Openness

  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

  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

  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, Anti-Corruption

  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, Anti-Corruption

  42. Development of the Open Budget System

    TN0014, 2014, Fiscal Openness

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

    TN0015, 2014, Anti-Corruption

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

    TN0016, 2014, Anti-Corruption

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

    TN0017, 2014, Anti-Corruption

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

    TN0018, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  47. Improve Transparency in the Area of Infrastructure Projects

    TN0019, 2014, Infrastructure & Transport

  48. Devoting Transparency in the Environment Field

    TN0020, 2014, E-Government

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