Commitment 12: Invest in Data Infrastructure that will result in better Open Data

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To ensure the success of the Open Data Strategy it is essential that we invest in data infrastructure, such as systems, people, standards, unique identifiers, and processes to produce accurate, timely and linkable Open Data sets on topics citizens want to see.

Objective: Strengthen the quality and quantity of potential Open Data sets by investing in data systems, people, standards, unique identifiers and processes.

Status quo: There is much room to improve data infrastructure across the public sector. While some bodies have world class systems for their own purposes, other systems are aged, having suffered from a lack of new investment since the on-set of the recession. With a few notable exceptions, systems are generally not built to effectively share data or easily produce Open Data sets to the highest standards.

Ambition: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) will work with DSP, Revenue, DJEI, CSO and other stakeholders to develop the concept of a National Data Infrastructure, including the initiation of pathfinder projects that will demonstrate the value of linking data from multiple sources. One of the objectives of this work will be to facilitate better sharing and a stronger analytics capability through the use of individual, business and location identifiers. Aligned with this, Data Sharing and Governance legislation will be enacted. The central aim will be to ensure an integrated / cohesive approach in terms of information flows between and within public organisations while ensuring best practice in regard to privacy, security and data protection.

The OGCIO, supported by the ICT Advisory Board and Heads of Civil Service HR and PAS, will work with Human Resources staff to develop an ICT Human Resource Strategy. By aligning with the wider Civil Service HR Strategy and industry best practice, this strategy should result in better quality data infrastructure, and ultimately, more and better quality open data.

The OGCIO will build on existing relationships and practice sharing with the most advanced data-enabled EU countries (specifically the Nordics and the Netherlands), taking advice as appropriate, to define the gap between Ireland and EU exemplars and identify strategies to make up the ground. In doing so, Ireland will seek to maximise our innovative use of data and our readiness for the European Single Market, and confirm that our operational, policy and legislative plans will establish Ireland as an eGovernment leader while maintaining compliance with Data Protection requirements.

Lead implementing organisations: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Timeline: January 2017 to June 2018

Commitment 12:

Invest in Data Infrastructure that will result in better Open Data

OGP values

Access to information

New or ongoing commitment

New

Lead implementation organisations

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Other actors involved - government

All government bodies

Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil the commitment

New or ongoing

Start date

End date

The OGCIO will work with DSP, Revenue, DJEI, CSO and other stakeholders to develop the concept of a National Data Infrastructure, including the initiation of pathfinder projects that will demonstrate the value of linking data from multiple sources

New

Jan 2017

June 2017

D/PER will work with Parliamentary Counsel to complete the drafting of the Data Sharing and Governance Bill and progress it through the Oireachtas to enactment. 

New

Jan 2017

June 2017

The OGCIO, supported by the ICT Advisory Board and Heads of Civil Service HR and PAS, will work with Human Resources staff to develop an ICT Human Resource Strategy.

New

Jan 2017

June 2017

The OGCIO will build on existing relationships and practice sharing with the most advanced data-enabled EU countries (specifically the Nordics and the Netherlands), taking advice as appropriate, to define the gap between Ireland and EU exemplars and identify strategies to make up the ground.

New

Jan 2017

June 2017

Invest in Data Infrastructure that will result in better Open Data
Some of the key areas that need to be covered: 1. Data storage. 2. Consolidated database management facilities within the public service. 3. Provision for ongoing data management in relation to all pilot programmes. 4. Ongoing training support. 5. Data governance. 6. Integrated...