Rise in e-governance app development predicted with govt releasing 3,500 datasets
NIC, Department of Electronics & Information Technology has setup the Data Portal ( http://data.gov.in) and has been instrumental in implementing the Open Government initiative of the country. So far, 3,500+ datasets from 49 departments have been published on the portal, which is increasing every day.
During a pilot exercise with Delhi University, NIC could exploit the potential of students for development of mobile and web apps using Open Data. Some of those apps demonstrated are on current mandi prices, export import policies, postal services, habitation level facility of piped water and sanitation. These are available through http://data.gov.
and one can install these apps in a smartphone or access using a web browser.
The Government of India, under the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP), is in the process of proactively releasing a large number of government datasets from various departments to enhance delivery of government information, foster innovation, promote transparency and accountability, and citizen engagement in governance. The data portal available at http://data.gov.in would have a significant impact on enhancing the reach and accessibility of Government services and information through innovative apps around Open Data.
To boost innovation through Open Government Data and engage startup and developer community to build an open data ecosystem, NIC in association with NASSCOM organized a conference on ‘#OpenDataApps for Innovation in Governance’ recently. It has organized an “#OpenDataApps Challenge” inviting entrepreneurs, innovators, startups, developers, civil society and IT industry to create unique and useful apps for cross platform and device ranging from mobile/tablet, web, SMS to voice-based apps using Open Government Data.