We tested the Open Data "default" public information directories


While the Digital Law requires for several months administrations to put online their main administrative documents, it is clear that things are progressing slowly. The CADA, seized by us, has just enjoined certain ministries to respect their obligations in the matter. It is an obligation visibly little known by the public actors. However, for more than ten years, all the administrations must keep at the disposal of the users a "directory" listing the public "main documents" that they produce or hold: statistics, reports, source codes …
The Code of relations between the public and the administration even requires that this directory:
Either accessible online (if the administration concerned has a website)
Indicates, "for each of the documents identified, its exact title, its purpose, the date of its creation, the conditions for its re-use and, if applicable, the date and purpose of its updates"
Updated "every year"
These provisions cover both large and small municipalities, through public institutions or Hadopi type administrative authorities. The goal? To give citizens an idea of ​​the main administrative documents they can access under CADA law.
The content of the "RIP" should be in Open Data "by default" since October
Since October 7, exactly one year after the promulgation of the Digital Law, the administrations of 50 or more agents are now required to put all the documents listed in their public information directories online (after possible occultation). personal data or information relating to industrial and commercial secrecy, for example).
Only condition: that the corresponding files are already "available in electronic form". In other words, there is no question of compelling public actors to scan piles of reports or letters received. But for all that is already dematerialized, it is a diffusion "in an open standard, easily reusable and exploitable by an automated processing system" which is imposed.
In order to see how this reform was applied, we went in search of the famous repertoires. And here, the first problem: (very) rare are the public actors to offer such a catalog on their website.
The Ministry of Justice thus has a web page dedicated to its "RIP" (for directory of public information), as well as Bercy and the Ministry of Agriculture.

For the main remaining ministries, we have therefore made a request for administrative document communication (by requesting a posting of each RIP, so that everyone benefits).
Ministries that remain silent, even against CADA

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