Question to Laure Lucchesi

Of course, Etalab and other initiatives such as the Incubator of State Startups (beta.gouv.fr) are great examples of how the French State is working on Open Data. Also, the fact that the Ministry of Interior has shared the map of car accidents in France is a good step forward. However, there are still many administrations that are reluctant in terms of opening their data, for example the Ministry of Education: one of the State Startups, Open Académie, is rejected by the Ministry which refuses to move from its top-down approach. Is the French bureaucracy genuinely ready for a Data Revolution, with a bottom-up approach?

Reference: La carte de (presque) tous les accidents de la route en 2012, http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/rue89/rue89-nos-vies-connectees/20140625.RUE4560/la-carte-de-presque-tous-les-accidents-de-la-route-en-2012.html

Manifesto for an Agile education: https://www.change.org/p/manifeste-agile-pour-l-education


Good question. The data revolution in the administration can be lead from top (Etalab has merged in 2015 with the DISIC, to make the DINSIC, led by Henry Verdier) but it needs to succeed a broad adhesion of the ministers, the chief services, and the civil servants in general. From my public sector experience, I don’t feel that transparency is the rule and information retention the exception.