Rise in e-gov­er­nance app de­vel­op­ment pre­dicted with govt re­leas­ing 3,500 datasets

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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.

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