G8 Open Data Charter Action Plan
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Basic info of G8 Action Plan
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Link
http://www.cio.bund.de/SharedDocs/Publikationen/DE/Aktuelles/20140918_nationeler_aktionsplan_open_data_englisch.pdf?__blob=publicationFile
http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/it2/cio/dai53/plan_en.pdfhttp://www.funzionepubblica.gov.it/media/1104831/piano_azione_g8_open_data.pdfhttp://www.gouvernement.fr/sites/default/files/fichiers_joints/plan_dactions_-_version_anglaise.pdfhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/g8-open-data-charter-national-action-planhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/us_open_data_action_plan.pdfhttp://data.gc.ca/eng/g8-open-data-charter-canadas-action-planhttp://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/dae/document.cfm?doc_id=3489
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Supplementary Documentshttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-information-infrastructure/national-information-infrastructure-narrativehttp://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2013/m-13-13.pdf
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Released date9/18/1410/29/201310/31/20136/18/201311/1/20135/9/20142/21/201410/31/2013
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Finalised / Draft?FinalisedFinalisedFinalisedFinalisedFinalisedFinalisedFinalisedFinalised
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Government Portalhttp://govdata.dehttp://datameti.go.jp/http://www.dati.gov.it/http://data.gouv.frhttp://data.gov.uk/http://www.data.gov/http://data.gc.ca/enghttp://open-data.europa.eu
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Analyses against G8 Open Data Charter's promises
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Principle 1: Open by Default
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G8 Promise: Define open data position in a public statement of intent (Criteria: Are ALL government data open by default? How strong is the commitment?)
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"The Open Data Charter is based on the principle of “open data by default”, but we
will only be able to implement this principle step by step over the long term. We are aware that we cannot afford to implement the open data principles for all data generated in the past, so we are focusing above all on data collected and published from now on (P. 8)." (This is a backdoor to slow down data release over many years.)
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"The Open Government Data Strategy sets forth the following basic principles: Government shall actively release public data."; "local governments release data at their own discretion. The central government will encourage local governments to release data by providing information on best practices."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Italian legislation has recently introduced an “open data by default” principle: when no license is associated with the published data, the data available on public administration Web portals are implicitly considered “open” for re-use."
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"The procedures for identifying data to be opened, in connection with the members of the network of Open Data correspondents within departments and agencies, allow us to move towards a principle of open data by default."
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"In the Open Data White Paper published in June 2012, the Government set out both that there should be a "presumption to publish" data; and Open Data Principles for public service.
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"President Obama’s Executive Order in May 2013 to make machine-readable and open the new default for government information;"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Canada will issue mandatory government policy to direct federal government departments and agencies to release their data holdings proactively by default" - DEC 2014
NO PROMISE (-2)
"Ensuring the implementation of Directive 2013/37/EU of 26 June 2013 revising Directive
2003/98/EC" (No mention of open by default, but is not completley comparable with the G7 countries)
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G8 Promise: Publish data on a national portal
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3) "GovData as the central open data portal for federal, state and local government (P. 11)"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The government plans to launch a trial version of national open data portal site in autumn of 2013."; "Following launch of the trial version of the site, the posted data will be expanded with full-scale operation scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2014."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Most of the Italian open data datasets are catalogued by dati.gov.it6, i.e., the Italian open data portal. In addition, Italy has launched the SPCData7, the linked data space of the Italian public administration. It currently includes around 16,600 interlinks to some of the Linked Open Data made available by a limited number of Italian public administrations, also interlinked to the Web of Data. Italy plans to extend SPCData in order to let it become the Linked Data hub of the Italian public administration"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The French government publishes its open data on the national open-data platform data.gouv.fr. Launched on 5 December 2011, data.gouv.fr makes available, through an identified access point, open public data and associated resources (methodological files, etc.) and its description (meta-data) to facilitate reuse."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"As at October 2013 there had been more than 10,000 datasets released and listed on our central data portal data.gov.uk giving us the most comprehensive data resource of its type in the world."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"In January 2014, Data.gov was relaunched using open-source software, having been developed in the open with the help of community contributors."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Launched in 2013, the Government of Canada's new data.gc.ca platform features significant improvements to ensure the metadata used to describe all datasets follows international best practices and standards, and provides data users with optimized data search and discovery abilities. Datasets included on the data.gc.ca website are also described in both English and French."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The EU commits to making more data available on http://open-data.europa.eu.
Currently the EU Open Data Portal provides access to about 6 100 datasets."
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G8 Promise: Release of key dataset
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"We intend to improve the usability of the datasets listed in Annex A, which in principle are already published and agreed with the G8 states, in line with the conditions indicated by the end of 2015 (P. 10)." (Annex broadly covers the 4 key datasets, they are already published but not always in reusable formats.)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Japan will publish key datasets agreed upon through the G8 Collective Action Plan in accordance with the following standards by the end of fiscal year 2015."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Italy commits to publishing the key datasets identified in the G8 Open Data Charter according to the following action plan which will be completed by 2015. "
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Amongst these, the following core datasets are already available on data.gouv.fr:
1. National statistics (macro-economic database, population census)
2. National maps (selection of IGN maps and databases)
3. Election results
4. National budgets (Finance Acts and associated budgetary appendices)."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"We will release, publish and enhance the key 14 key and high-value datasets identified in the G8 Open Data Charter." (Already released 3 out of 4 set of dataset)
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"The United States already publishes a number of data sets in the categories set forth by the Open Data Charter (see more on Data.gov). The data sets below are selected examples of expansions, enhancements, and releases." (No explict breakdown of the 4 key datasets defined in the G8 Open Data Charter
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Update the four key datasets prioritized by the G8 for early release that were made available on data.gc.ca prior to the G8 Summit." (Already released 2 out of 4 datasets)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The EU commits to publishing the agreed core G8 datasets to the following standards by 2015."
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G8 Promise: Release of high-valued datasets
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3) "We also plan to publish the datasets listed in Annex B in the form indicated by the end of 2015." " We aim to make at least two datasets from each supreme, higher and intermediate federal authority available on GovData by the end of the first quarter of 2015 (P. 10)." (Annex B broadly covers the defined 14 key areas.)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Japan will publish high value datasets listed in theG8 Collective Action Plan in accordance with the following standards by the end of fiscal year 2015."
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"The Italian National Open Data Portal, dati.gov.it, already catalogs and presents the four key datasets according to the G8 Open Data Charter and two high value datasets." (Only 2 out of 14 sets); "Italy is committed to publishing, along with the key datasets, a number of high value datasets listed in the G8 Collective Action Plan."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"the government has set itself specific objectives over the next two years, aimed at releasing high value datasets among essential data categories to improve the functioning of our democracies and encourage innovation."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"We will release, publish and enhance the key 14 key and high-value datasets identified in the G8 Open Data Charter."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The United States already publishes a number of data sets in the categories set forth by the Open Data Charter (see more on Data.gov). The data sets below are selected examples of expansions, enhancements, and releases." (The action plan has included an appendix showing that they have released some datasets in each category of the 14 high-valued datasets)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Increase and update the number of additional high­value datasets made available via data.gc.ca in the 14 key areas identified in the G8 Open Data Charter."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The EU commits to publishing the following high value datasets listed in the G8 Collective Action
Plan. Additionally, the EU is committed to publishing important multilingual resources."
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Sunlight guidelines: Comprehensive data inventories
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Departments, including their arm’s length bodies, will ensure that their list of unpublished datasets is comprehensive by March 2014."; Text in NII: "Departments will develop internal processes, by March 2014, to identify unpublished datasets when they are created and ensure they are added to the inventory on data.gov.uk."
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"The inventory will indicate, as appropriate, if the agency has determined that the individual datasets may be made publicly available (i.e., release is permitted by law, subject to all privacy, confidentiality, security, and other valid requirements) and whether they are currently available to the public." (the EDI is not available for public to access)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Establish and publish a comprehensive inventory of their published and unpublished datasets, and keep this inventory up to date" - DEC 2014
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
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Principle 2: Quality and Quantity
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G8 Promise: Use roboust and consistent metadata
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"In order to make the published data easy to find, we are working with the state and local governments on the IT Planning Council’s standardization agenda to standardize the metadata structure for open data. One task is promoting the semantic interoperability of metadata, for example using standard thesaurusi, thereby improving the quality of metadata in an efficient way. The metadata structure will build on existing and recognized standards to avoid unnecessary efforts and duplication in public administration (P. 11)."


NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"the Guidelines propose a set of core metadata to be common to all published datasets. This metadata approach can possibly increase data availability as it becomes easier to find and understand data."
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
Text in Appendix guidebook: "the producer logs into the administration area of data.gouv.fr, describes the data by entering the “metadata” associated with the relevant data set and sends or references the data file to be placed on line." (No review process to ensure consistent and robust metadata are used for all datasets)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"We will comprehensively review the way that health data is made available through data.gov.uk to create a well organised channel with consistent metadata and descriptors by 2015."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
Text in Memorandum:"Agencies must describe information using common core metadata, in consultation with the best practices found in Project Open Data, as it is collected and created"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Renew and continuously improve a mandatory government­wide standard for describing data through consistent metadata." - DEC 2014
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"This entails great coordination efforts to make sure that, as far as possible, the same metadata and encoding rules are used by all data providers when referring to the same thing. EU institutions work together in the Interinstitutional Metadata Maintenance Committee (IMMC) set up for this specific purpose"
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G8 promise: Ensure data are fully described (Criteria: Use of data dictionaries, user's guide and explanations about the data fields used)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"To ensure that data can be provided efficiently and in automated fashion in the medium to long term, we will draft a guide showing how to take the publication of data into account when issuing calls for tender and developing IT systems (P. 9)."
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"We will undertake a metadata mapping exercise across UK government ‘corporate’ data and establish standardised common vocabulary for use in dataset publication by June 2015."; "We will create a data dictionary to ensure consistent use of vocabulary in metadata going forward by June 2015."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
Text in Memorandum: "This involves the use of robust, granular metadata (i.e., fields or elements that describe data), thorough documentation of data elements, data dictionaries, and, if applicable, additional descriptions of the purpose of the collection, the population of interest, the characteristics of the sample, and the method of data collection."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Develop and release tools and additional guidance (e.g., common vocabulary, data dictionary)" - JUN 2014; "Publish a mandatory Open Data Standard that provides guidance to all departments and agencies on the release of Open Data and codifies the use of international standards." - DEC 2015
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
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Principle 3: Useable by All
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G8 promise: Make data available in convenient open formats
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"To that end, we are seeking open data legislation which will make it a principle to publish gov-ernment data with uniform metadata, in machine-readable formats and using open licences or other relevant instruments (P. 8)."
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"rules to encourage secondary use"; "formats that comply with international standards;"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"open publication of the catalog in CSV format and through API;"
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"The government has emphasized its commitment to open formats"; "To ensure fair access to information and allow access to innovation for all, France is encouraging the release of data under free and open formats, as well as the development of open applications."
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"Much of this data is available under the Open Government Licence and in non-proprietary formats; however there may be some data that currently is only available in a proprietary format or in a quasi-open format."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
Text in Memorandum: "this Memorandum requires agencies to collect or create information in a way that supports downstream information processing and dissemination activities. This includes using machine­ readable and open formats, data standards, and common core and extensible metadata for all new information creation and collection effort."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Set policy requirements for departments and agencies to use open file formats when releasing open data on data.gc.ca." - JUN 2014
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"defines ‘machine-readable format’ and ‘open format’ and encouraging the use of those
formats;" (Encourage, not required)
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(G8 promise: recognise that open data should be available free of charge in order to encourage their most widespread use)
Ensure all data are free-of-charge
NO PROMISE (-2)
(not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"At the moment, there are regulatory limits for charging data users (particularly in the area of map data). In this regard, the Italian government, with the recent open data regulation, created the conditions to support the free use and re-use of all data, with some exceptions to be clearly identified by AgID. "
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"In order to progress towards the broader cost-free reuse of open data, he set up a task force to assess the existing royalty fees and their economic models. Its conclusions are aimed at encouraging the reuse of public data while preserving the high-quality and sustainable production of this data (a summary of this report is available in Appendix 4)."
NO PROMISE (-2)
"It will be difficult to achieve for some organisations, particularly where important datasets are currently charged for and organisational business models are reliant on this revenue, or where a dataset contains data that is not owned by government."; Text from NII: "It will also signal where data is available but where charges apply and there are no current plans for release on a free basis."
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"Review user fees being charged for accessing Government of Canada data, and work with departments to eliminate these fees where they still exist." - DEC 2015
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"encourages free provision of public sector information (government data) for reuse and lowering the cost of reuse of government data by introducing a new maximum ceiling for reuse based on marginal costs;" (Encourage, not required); "Implementing the new policy of free access to and re-use of data from national statistical
institutes in the EU endorsed by the European Statistical System Committee in February 2013"
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Principle 4: Releasing Data for Improved Governance
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G8 promise: Develop links with civil society organisations and individuals (Criteria: Incorperate public persepectives to prioritise what to be published)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"We will build on existing cooperation between public administration and civil society in the form of a public–community partnership to promote open government data. Joint workshops, conferences, etc. with participation from business and the research community will serve to pre-sent new services, share experience and further develop the topic in the federal administration (P. 13)." "In order to gain an overview of demand for specific data, we are working to enable civil society, business, media, the research community and other target groups to describe their needs using the GovData portal. We will pay attention to their input when prioritizing the release of data. If it is not possible to publish requested datasets, we will say so and explain why. (P. 12)"
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"Opinions from the public will be gathered on the portal site.; The e-Government Open Data Executive Meeting established under the IT Strategic
Headquarters will solicit opinions from private-sector experts." (Not mentioned how to response to the public information, will that be used for prioritising the data release?)
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"AgID interacts with different players, both public (e.g. administrations, research institutions) and private (e.g. companies, civil society), thus acting as a broker to facilitate the growth and progress of the Italian open data supply. "
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Etalab set up its network of experts to bring together citizens, civil society and researchers to help define the future orientations of the French government’s Open Data policy."; "taskforce Etalab will organize six open public debates on specific themes to identify and publish new sets of data"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
Text from NII: "On 2 September 2013 the Cabinet Office launched an inventory of unpublished datasets and crowd-sourcing assessment functionality allowing users to highlight the potential uses and impacts of these datasets if made openly available.";
"We will engage with civil society organisations and the public to identify which datasets would best be prioritised for release."; "We will develop a strategy for wider engagement to drive the release, publication and use of government data by December 2013"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"New York University’s GovLab conducted a study of 500 companies and organizations that are fueled by open data, and is now hosting a series of Open Data Roundtables to bring companies and government data owners together. "; "New data sets will be prioritized for release based on public feedback. To make that feedback loop possible, each agency will use online feedback mechanisms such as an email address or an online platform to solicit input. The public can give feedback and browse listed data sets that could potentially be made open but are not yet publicly available for download at [department].gov/data."; "Specific, actionable feedback from these sessions and others has the potential to improve descriptions, formats, and accessibility of government data"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Treasury Board Minister, Tony Clement, held roundtable discussions with Canadians, tech innovators, and the Open Data community in cities across Canada to explore what new features and content were required to better leverage the open data resources on data.gc.ca."; (A series of consultation and roundtable discussions will be organised in DEC 2014)
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"continuing with a culture of open public consultations on every policy initiative; continuing to fund research & innovation activities on data standards, linked data, and interoperability issues in the area of open data;" (Not incorperating civil society to prioritise the release of data)
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G8 promise: Sharing experiences with other countries
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"In order to simplify cross-border use of the data, we will pay attention to international developments and recommendations, for example concerning metadata and data structures. We will continue to participate in the discussion of building a European open data infrastructure and will ensure that GovData, its interfaces and metadata structure are compatible with such infrastructure (P. 13)." (Promise to pay attention and to discuss, not to share)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Japan will support open innovators in Japan and overseas by sharing information on experiences relating to operations using open data through the following methods: Information concerning examples of applications developed using open data will be posted on portal sites."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"publication of an experience paper16 documenting the status of open data in Italian regions (a preliminary version of such paper was recently published on AgID’s web site)"; "publication and regular updating of a web site 17 collecting local experiences and good practices that deserve visibility at national level."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"France reinstates its strong commitment to international and multilateral cooperation around transparency and open government, through the continuation of its technical-assistance missions that it has already carried out with its partners, by opening the Dataconnexions competitions to an international audience and by widely supporting the best practices that it implements domestically, with the translation and international dissemination of the French government’s “Handbook on Open Government Data”."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Data.gov.uk will launch a concept package ‘data.gov.uk ToGo’ that will allow others to quickly establish a data portal of their own by October 2013"; "We will create a shared space for the NHS to publish their experiences of embedding high quality standards into information by October 2013. We will then build on this through engagement with other countries and civil society organisations, to develop an accreditation scheme so that other countries and organisations are able to assess their progress, supported by peer review via the virtual network by Autumn 2014"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Project Open Data, a White House initiative designed to share best practices, examples, and code to assist agencies with opening data"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Chair the Open Government Partnership's Open Data Working Group, which aims to support member governments with the development and implementation of their open data commitments through the provision of best practices, tools, and technical experience." - DEC 2015; "Provide access to key Government of Canada open data standards and processes on public websites such as Github." - DEC 2015
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"holding regular exchanges with experts from the 28 EU Member States in a dedicated expert group on reuse of public sector information and in a dedicated working group on interoperability of open data portals; encouraging the publication of open data by funding training and consultancy services for public administrations in Member States."
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Principle 5: Releasing Data for Innovation
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G8 Promise: Support the release of data using open licences
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"To that end, we are seeking open data legislation which will make it a principle to publish government data with uniform metadata, in machine-readable formats and using open licences or other relevant instruments (P. 8)."
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"The government plans to post information on the trial portal site under a creative commons license." (But no further promise of applying open licenses to all existing or future data.)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(No promise for expanding open licences to all published data, though some of the released data like National Statistics are using open licences)
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"Datasets released by public administrations, national agencies as well as some local authorities are made available to the public on the national Open Data platform data.gouv.fr. This platform provides data under an Open Licence so that anyone has the right to reuse it as broadly as is made possible by law." (But not necessarily applied to all future data)
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"Much of this data is available under the Open Government Licence and in non-proprietary formats; however there may be some data that currently is only available in a proprietary format or in a quasi-open format"; "Departments should put all their datasets currently available under the Open Government Licence through the Open Data Institute’s open data certification process and make the outcome available through data.gov.uk by December 2014."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
Text in Memorandum: "Ensure information stewardship through the use of open licenses - Agencies must apply open licenses, in consultation with the best practices found in Project Open Data, to information as it is collected or created so that if data are made public there are no restrictions on copying, publishing, distributing, transmitting, adapting, or otherwise using the information for non-commercial or for commercial purposes"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"the Government of Canada has developed its Open Government Licence (OGL) as a standard for Canadian governments to use to simplify the licensing of government data and information"; "Promote the use of a common government open data licence in Canada in collaboration with governments at all levels." - DEC 2015
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
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G8 Promise: Ensure data are machine readbile
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"To that end, we are seeking open data legislation which will make it a principle to publish government data with uniform metadata, in machine-readable formats and using open licences or other relevant instruments (P. 8)."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The Roadmap was adopted by the IT Strategic Headquarters in June 2013 based on discussions within the e-Government Open Data Executive Meeting and sets forth measures (developing rules to encourage secondary use, expanding public release of data in machine-readable formats, creating portal sites, etc.) to be undertaken in the next three years."
NO PROMISE (-2)
(No promise: "The application of this principle [of open data] will likely increase the number of data that may be re-used (also for commercial purposes) although it might not guarantee that the information is technically in a non-proprietary, machine-readable format and accompanied by relevant meta-data. ")
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"The government ... will continue the provision of data that, to the greatest extent possible, can be machine-readable in bulk."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
Text from NII: "Where reasonably practicable, any public authority will be required to release such a data set in a machine readable format."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"President Obama’s Executive Order in May 2013 to make machine-readable and open the new default for government information"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Currently, 98 % of Canada's raw, non­geospatial datasets are rated at 3 Stars on Tim Berners Lee's 5 Star rating system for openness, and work is underway to continue to meet or exceed that rating for all datasets." (2 Stars are machine-readible)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Datasets will be made available where possible and appropriate in machine readable formats using existing data standards"
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G8 Promise: Release of bulk data
NO PROMISE (-2)
(not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"The government ... will continue the provision of data that, to the greatest extent possible, can be machine-readable in bulk."
NO PROMISE (-2)
No concrete promises, despite "This development [NII] covers all aspects of the G8 principles and all high value dataset categories."
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
Text in Memorandum: "Agencies should make data available in multiple formats according to their customer needs. For example, high-volume datasets of interest to developers should be released using bulk downloads as well as Application Programming Interfaces (APis)." (Need stronger language)
NO PROMISE (-2)
No mention of bulk data.
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
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G8 Promise: Release data using APIs
NO PROMISE (-2)
(not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"back-end interoperability in order to automate the import of the main catalogs that use the API CKAN or other standard APIs"; "open publication of the catalog in CSV format and through API"
VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)
"It will also progress towards the automated provision of data through Application Programming Interfaces (API), to encourage the creation of innovative applications of data reuse by the community of developers and hackers." (Encouraged, no action required)
NO PROMISE (-2)
No concrete promises, despite "This development [NII] covers all aspects of the G8 principles and all high value dataset categories."
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
Text in Memorandum: "Agencies should make data available in multiple formats according to their customer needs. For example, high-volume datasets of interest to developers should be released using bulk downloads as well as Application Programming Interfaces (APis)." (Need stronger language)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Develop and implement an API Strategy (application programming interface) to facilitate more timely access to dynamic data stored within government organizations." - DEC 2014
NO PROMISE (-2)
(Not mentioned in the text of the Action Plan)
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G8 Promise: Encourage innovatives use of data (Criteria: organising challenges, prizes, hackathons,etc.)
A CLOSE FIT (+2)
"We want to organize and/or support developer days and contests on specific topics with active participation by the relevant stakeholders in civil society, business, media, the research community, etc. in order to support the long-term use of government data (P. 13)." (No budget is planned for this, so in practice this could only work, if all contributions from civil society to engage in these activities are self funded.)
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The government will hold ideathons and hackathons using public data."; "The government will actively participate in regional events such as hackathons to
facilitate exchanges of opinions with users and developers."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Italian public administrations are encouraged to promote events such as hackatons, app challenges and app showcases."; "organizing the second edition of the competition Apps4Italy in 2014;"
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Taskforce Etalab will continue to support open data reuse projects by startups, innovative companies, non-profits and large industrial groups. It will develop the DataConnexions program further in order to foster and promote the most promising and exemplary cases of data-driven innovation based on Open Data."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"The government will also work with the PDG and other interested stakeholders to provide more support for third-party users including ‘hack days’ and data-user competitions, such as the successful GeoVation programme run by Ordnance Survey."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"Launching well-designed incentive prizes and challenges to use open government data in pursuit of policy goals."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"In early 2014, the Government of Canada will hold the first national open data challenge (an "appathon") to encourage application developers and civil society to use Canada's open data in innovative ways. Online resources for developers on data.gc.ca will be expanded to include forums, online training, and videos."
FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)
"continuing to fund activities assisting developers with turning ideas for apps development based on Open Data, including apps developed in the context of ‘Apps4’ competitions, into
sustainable business models (e.g. through the Apps4EU project)."
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# FIRM PROMISE WITH CONCRETE ACTION(S) (+3)56861011147
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# A CLOSE FIT (+2)31042410
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# VAGUE / PARTIAL PROMISE (+1)43341003
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# NO PROMISE (-2)46523116
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