IDF experts participated in a meeting of the Working Group at the Ombudsman Office


January 28, Secretariat of the Commissioner held a meeting of the Working Group devoted to the discussion of improving the monitoring of public disclosure practices in the form of open data.

 At the meetings, a report summarizing the monitoring data collected from the Unified State Open Data Web Portal in 2019 was presented. The attendees also discussed setting the strategic monitoring plan for 2020.

The key issues discussed during the working meeting:

- the need to consolidate the efforts of all stakeholders involved in working with open data in order to monitor the release of open data by the ministries of other central executive authorities for the current year;

- the need to unify the approaches for the approval of the internal organizational acts on open data management;

- outlining the main problematic aspects of the application of the provisions of the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine that approves the Regulation on data sets that are to be disclosed in the form of open data requiring changes, including due to the inconsistency of the names of the existing ministries defined in this Decree;

- expansion of education and outreach work with managers of information on the usage of the Unified State Web Portal of Open Data.

 The meeting resulted in reaching an agreement on the joint development of a technical task (algorithm) for monitoring the disclosure of information on the Unified State Web Portal of Open Data. The algorithm will allow to carry out qualitative monitoring of the activities of the central executive authorities with the promulgation of relevant ones, to identify shortcomings in legal regulation and to increase the value of the open-data information for the public.

The event was attended by: Representative of the Commissioner for the right to information and representation in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Viktor Barvitsky, representatives of the office for monitoring rights to appeal and receive information, representatives of state bodies, international and public organizations, independent experts.

December 12, 2019, four expert groups were established during the meeting of the Coordinating Council on Access to Public Information, including:

 on improvement of legislation;

on improving monitoring of public disclosure, including in the form of open data;

on issues of conflict of interest in the field of access to public information;

on issues of scientific and educational support and practice of applying the provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On Access to Public Information".

Experts of Innovation and Development Foundation Liudmyla Ievsieienko and Liudmyla Arakhamia are included in the Coordinating Council on access to public information.