Finally, the Indian government’s data transparency portal is up (link). The portal (data.gov.in) which mimics the American data transparency site (Data.gov) is in public beta (has only 13 datasets) and will soon have large data sets published by ministries and all government departments.
The site is powered by Open Government Platform (OGPL), a joint product from India and United States for data transparency and citizen engagement. The government had earlier cleared the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy of India.
Information shared on the site will be categorised as negative lists, unshareable data, raw data, meta data, restricted, spatial and unique data. Restricted data will be shared only with agencies that have usernames and passwords and will deal with sensitive information. Negative lists will contain data that pertains to national security and other sensitive information.
Similar sites have been launched in other countries such as the United Kingdom. The United States first launched its Data.gov website in May 2009 when Vivek Kundra was the federal Chief Information Officer. The site seeks to (wiki) become a “repository of all the information collected by the government.”
We think this is a great initiative, provided that the bureaucracy keeps the datasets up to date. Presently, the website has a few sample data sets and applications and hopefully the site will have fuller and meaningful data for us to chew.
What are your thoughts?