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Enhancing Access to the Archive (TN0034)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Tunisia Second National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: National Archive Institute

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Public Service Delivery, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Tunisia End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Tunisia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Enhancing access to the archive

IRM Midterm Status Summary

14. Enhance access to the archive held by the National Archive institute

Commitment Text:

The aim is to facilitate access to a significant volume of historical documents since the Husseinit period until today. These documents are characterized by their originality, uniqueness and diversity of their content, dates, languages (Arabic, French, English, Turkish, Italian, and Hebrew).

Opening up these documents will offer enumerable benefits for many users, especially for researchers and developers of web/mobile applications in several fields.

Milestones:

  • Developing an archival platform to allow access to documents that have been digitized,
  • Organizing training in this field for all dealers with documents in order to have the necessary skills regarding organizing classifying and coding documents.

Responsible institution: Tunisian National Archive

Supporting institution(s): None

Start date: June 2016        End date: July 2018

Context and Objectives

The Tunisian National Archive holds a document collection that goes back to the Ottoman Empire. However, the maintenance and functioning of the institution is archaic, relying more on classical methods of storage and indexation.

The objective of this commitment is to develop a platform for providing access to the National Archive by creating a new portal with digitized archives, and to train its staff for digitization, coding and classification, which is an essential step for publishing information. Therefore, this commitment is relevant to the OGP value of access to information.

The National Archive started to develop a more modern project allowing visitors to research part of their digitalized content online, though this service is no longer available due to technical issues and underfunding. The current website is static and often unavailable. [43] If fully implemented, this commitment will have a minor potential impact. It will allow Tunisians, mostly researchers and academia, to access the content of the National Archive online.

Completion

This commitment is not started.

According to the National Archive officials, Terms of References have been developed for the platform, however, no documentation has been made publicly available.

Next Steps

The IRM researcher recommends the following:

  • This commitment overlaps with commitment 2 of this action plan. Therefore, they should be combined to address the challenges of implementing the access to information law.
  • Seek other implementing partners to support the National Archive financially and technically, such as: The Presidency of the Government, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (part of the presidency) and UNESCO.
[43] Interview with an employee at the National Archive, May 18, 2018

IRM End of Term Status Summary

14. Enhancing access to the archive

Commitment Text:

The aim is to facilitate access to a significant volume of historical documents since the Husseinit period until today. These documents are characterized by their originality, uniqueness and diversity of their content, dates, languages (Arabic, French, English, Turkish, Italian, and Hebrew).

Opening up these documents will offer enumerable benefits for many users, especially for researchers and developers of web/mobile applications in several fields.

Milestones:

  • Developing an archival platform to allow access to documents that have been digitized,
  • Organizing training in this field for all dealers with documents in order to have the necessary skills regarding organizing classifying and coding documents.

Responsible institution: Tunisian National Archive

Start date: June 2016 End date: July 2018

Editorial Note: This is an abbreviated version of the commitment text. For the full commitment text from the Tunisia National Action Plan, see here.

Commitment Aim:

The Tunisian National Archive documents were not available online and its website was not functional. This commitment aims to develop a platform for providing access to the National Archive by creating a new portal with digitized archives, and to train its staff for digitization, coding, and classification.

Status

Midterm: Not Started

The implementation of this commitment did not start by the midterm assessment. The IRM researcher requested information on the implementation of this commitment but did not receive any evidence from the National Archive or the government.

End of term: Limited

The national OGP steering committee confirmed to the IRM researcher that lack of funding blocked the implementation of this commitment. The government end of term self-assessment report confirmed that the terms of reference were developed. [63]

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Did Not Change

Since the implementation of this commitment did not start, the status of the government remained unchanged.

Carried Forward?

The commitment was not carried forward.

[63] Government of Tunisia, End of Term Self-Assessment, http://www.ogptunisie.gov.tn/en/?p=1154

Commitments

  1. Right to Information

    TN0036, 2018, Access to Information

  2. Open Data Framework

    TN0037, 2018, Access to Information

  3. Access to Geographic Information

    TN0038, 2018, Access to Information

  4. Open Transport Data

    TN0039, 2018, Access to Information

  5. Improve Water Resource Governance

    TN0040, 2018, E-Government

  6. Join EITI

    TN0041, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  7. Open Contracting in Hydrocarbons

    TN0042, 2018, Access to Information

  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, Access to Information

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

    TN0023, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Improve the Transparency and Local Gov Openness

    TN0024, 2016, Access to Information

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

    TN0025, 2016, Access to Information

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

    TN0026, 2016, Access to Information

  20. Enhancing Transparency in the Transport Sector

    TN0027, 2016, Access to Information

  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, Access to Information

  33. Developing an Open Data Portal

    TN0005, 2014, Access to Information

  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, Access to Information

  47. Improve Transparency in the Area of Infrastructure Projects

    TN0019, 2014, Access to Information

  48. Devoting Transparency in the Environment Field

    TN0020, 2014, Access to Information

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