This draft report describes the results of the Organization Ontology Linked Government Data Pilot for the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and eGovernance, which was carried out in the context of Action 1.1 of the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) Programme of the European Commission in the period January 2013 – March 2013.
The pilot can be accessed online at http://org.testproject.eu/MAREG/.
National legislation in Greece, the UK and other EU Member States makes it mandatory for all public administration agencies to create and open-up their organisation charts (a.k.a) organograms, thus making openly available the organizational structure of an agency, the posts within that agency and the person per post (including also contact information).
In Greece, up to now, this information is published in html pages, in textual format (e.g. in pdf files) or as pictures (e.g. in jpg or png format), which hampers its reuse. Good practice from the UK government show the way towards publishing the organongrams of public agencies in machine readable formats, thus enabling their reuse and allowing for flexible visualisations of the information.
There are two reasons for wanting to model government structure:
The latter point holds at all levels of government from local to international. Someone in a role in one EU Member State, for example, can quickly identify their opposite number in another Member State thus facilitating greater cooperation and sharing of solutions to common problems.
The pilot demonstrates that: