In October 2010, all Greek ministries, local governments and all entities supervised by them were obliged to upload their decisions onto the internet, through the ‘Di@vgeia (Clarity)’ programme, one of the majortransparency initiatives of the Ministry of the Interior, Decentralisation and eGovernment. Henceforth, the decisions of the public entities will not be implemented if they are not uploaded onto the ‘Di@vgeia (Cl@rity)’ website. Each document is digitally signed and automatically assigned a unique Internet Uploading Number (IUN) by the system.
The ‘Di@vgeia (Clarity)’ programme is currently used by all public legal entities, independent and regulatory authorities, the State Legal Council as well as local governments. The ‘Di@vgeia (Clarity)’ programme introduces for the first time in Greece the obligation to publish all of the decisions of government and administrative entities on the internet, with special attention paid to issues of national security and sensitive personal data. It is an innovative programme, aiming primarily to bring about the maximum publicity to government policy and administrative actions. The use of the internet meets the requirement for wide publicity and access to information, progressively contributing to a culture change in the whole public administration.
The implementation of the ‘Di@vgeia (Clarity)’ programme contributes substantially towards establishing a more transparent relationship between citizens and the state. Through this programme, citizens are able to exercise their constitutional rights fully, such as the right to information and participation in the information society. At the same time, the compulsory uploading onto the internet of all decisions by legal entities exercising public authority leads to the reinforcement of responsibility and accountability. In short, the ‘Di@vgeia (Clarity)’ programme enacts the dissemination and re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI), providing the necessary tools for open and thorough access to it.
Interested parties can easily and quickly search for acts and decisions of the ministries and other public institutions by using keywords and thematic metadata, with which every act is tagged, thanks to an intuitive search form, available either from the website of each public entity issuing the act, or from the central website of the National Printing Office. Furthermore, the widest possible publicity is also achieved via the use of popular social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, as additional means to circulate and re-publicise the day-to-day material that is posted on the official ‘Di@vgeia (Clarity)’ websites.
The project management model is based upon the task force approach, a network of management teams that has been established in all government institutions that are required to implement ‘Di@vgeia’. This ensures broad participation from all areas of the Greek public administration.
|Award category:||opening up the public sector|
|Sector:||Information society, technology, media and audiovisual|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||Transparency, openness, eParticipation, collaboration network governance, agile software development, open public sector data, re-use of Public Sector Information, project task force, joint task force|
|Short English description:||The implementation of the ‘Di@vgeia (Clarity)’ programme contributes substantially towards establishing a more transparent relationship between citizens and the state.|
|Organisation:||General Secretariat of Public Administration & eGovernment|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|