Enhance the Transparency in the Cultural Sector : “Open Culture” (TN0025)
Enhance the transparency in the cultural sector : “open culture”
IRM Midterm Status Summary
5. Enhance transparency in the cultural sector: “open culture”
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.
- 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.
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 .
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  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.
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.
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.
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Open Contracting in Hydrocarbons
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Review of the Legal Framework of Personal Data Protection and Ensuring Conformity with Article 24 of Tunisian Constitution
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Capacity-Building of Civil Servants and Citizens in the Area of Open Governance
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