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Open Data Plan (UK0081)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: United Kingdom – Third National Action Plan 2016-18

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: Welsh Government

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Access to Information, E-Government, Local Commitments, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: United Kingdom End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, United Kingdom Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Marginal

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Commitment text: develop and implement an open data plan for Welsh Government and
work towards achieving the commitments outlined within the plan.
Objective: to develop a plan that outlines Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to open
data and increase awareness of open data across Welsh Government.
Status quo: within Welsh Government we are already striving to increase the accessibility to our
data through websites such as Lle and StatsWales. However there is more that can be done to
increase the openness and transparency of our data.
There also needs to be greater awareness of the potential opportunities and benefits that open data
can provide to the people of Wales, businesses, the public service sector and Welsh Government.
Implementation of our Open Data Plan and its commitments should help address these issues.
Ambition: whilst work is already on going in the field of open data within Welsh Government we
hope that implementation of this Open Data Plan will raise awareness, consolidate on going work
and demonstrate Welsh Government’s commitment to open data. The plan will hopefully also
provide a practical opportunity to work with and encourage public service organisations to increase
their publication and use of open data.
Milestones:
1. Implement commitments outlined within the Welsh Government Open Data Plan

IRM End of Term Status Summary

1. Open data plan (Wales)

Commitment text: develop and implement an open data plan for Welsh Government and work towards achieving the commitments outlined within the plan.

Objective: to develop a plan that outlines Welsh Government's ongoing commitment to open data and increase awareness of open data across Welsh Government.

Status quo: Within Welsh Government we are already striving to increase the accessibility to our data through websites such as Lle and StatsWales. However there is more that can be done to increase the openness and transparency of our data.

There also needs to be greater awareness of the potential opportunities and benefits that open data can provide to the people of Wales, businesses, the public service sector and Welsh Government. Implementation of our Open Data Plan and its commitments should help address these issues.

Ambition: whilst work is already on going in the field of open data within Welsh Government we hope that implementation of this Open Data Plan will raise awareness, consolidate on going work and demonstrate Welsh Government's commitment to open data. The plan will hopefully also provide a practical opportunity to work with and encourage public service organisations to increase their publication and use of open data.

Milestones:

1. Implement commitments outlined within the Welsh Government Open Data Plan

Responsible institution: Welsh Government

Supporting institution(s): N/A

Start date: March 2016

End date: March 2018

Commitment Aim:

Although having engaged in Open Data work for some time, the Welsh Government published its first Open Data Plan in March 2016.[Note 176: Welsh Government ‘Open Data Plan', http://gov.wales/docs//decisions/General/160331OpenDataPlan.pdf ] The plan set a series of goals under the four broad headings of ‘open by default', ‘quantity and quality', ‘make data usable by all' and ‘releasing data for improved governance and innovation'. These goals covered improving data quality, creating a Welsh Open Data service, encouraging innovation and publishing more data.

The commitment's ambition suggested that the implementation could offer more data of a higher quality with an overarching service behind it, while also developing a stronger network of users and engaged people. However, due to the vagueness of the commitment's text, particularly of the activities, it was not possible to determine if the Open Data Plan will produce more and higher quality data.

Status

Midterm: Substantial

By the end of the first year of implementation, the commitment was on track for its March 2018 deadline.[Note 177: Interview with Jetske Germing, Welsh Council of Voluntary Organizations, 8 September 2017.] The datasets were publishing in open formats as per the plan. The Welsh government worked with the Open Data Institute Cardiff, the Welsh Audit Office and Cardiff Capital Region Open Data group to push the agenda forward.[Note 178: Interview with Rhiannon Caunt, Welsh Government, 6 September 2017.] There was less progress developing an Open Data catalogue due to a lack of resources.[Note 179: Interview with Rhiannon Caunt, Welsh Government, 6 September 2017.] In June 2017, the Welsh government announced it would work alongside CSOs to further engagement.[Note 180: Digital Land Data Blog, ‘Working Together To Be More Open', https://digitalanddata.blog.gov.wales/2017/06/28/working-together-to-be-more-open/ ]

The government increased its output of data and began the process of developing civil society networks. The Welsh government published data on its two main open data platforms, including a geo-Portal that was developed in partnership between the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales. The portal now holds 200 datasets, while StatsWales portal houses 1,000 datasets.[Note 181: Lle, Welsh Government, ‘Lle: A Geo-Portal for Wales', http://lle.gov.wales/home, and Statistics Wales ‘Statistics Wales Portal', https://statswales.gov.wales/Help/Index. There are also 2,798 datasets on data.gov.uk covering the Welsh government and Welsh matters, https://data.gov.uk/publisher/welsh-government ]

End of term: Substantial

The Welsh government's final update of October 2018 reported that the parts of the commitment were either complete or, in the case of the open-ended ones, ongoing.[Note 182: Welsh Government (2018), Third UK Open Government national action plan 2016-2018, Welsh Government End of Term Self-Assessment Report, October 2018, https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Office-of-the-Chief-Digital-Officer-NAP-3-Open Government-National-Action-Plan-2016-2018-Final-Assessment.pdf]  Since the midterm assessment, the datasets on Lle had increased from 200 to 260, while Stats Wales was updated daily with new datasets. The infrastructure for the Lle was to be built upon.[Note 183: Welsh Government (2017), National Action Plan Welsh Government Mid-Term Self-Assessment Report.] However, work on the catalogue and certification had been delayed and ‘slower than anticipated', though the final update noted that resources had been obtained to continue with this process.

Did It Open Government?

Access to Information: Marginal


The commitment had a marginal effect on access to information. It led to new information being published across both Welsh websites, with both websites increasing their output and Lse increasing by 25 percent, as well as new systems and an overall strategy for greater openness and greater, more systematic management of data. The strategy also created new emphasis and drew attention to the importance of data in Wales, according to the Welsh government.[Note 184: Interview with Rhiannon Caunt, Welsh Government, 6 September 2017.]

Carried Forward?

The commitment was not carried forward.


Commitments

Open Government Partnership