Wednesday, December 19, 2012

India to Open Up Its Data

Here comes a moment to be proud of. India has joined a select group of over 20 countries whose governments have launched open data portals. With a view to improving government transparency and efficiency,, (which is in beta right now) will provide access to a valuable repository of datasets, from government departments, ministries, and agencies, and autonomous bodies.

Data Portal India is a platform for supporting Open Data initiative of Government of India. The portal is intended to be used by Ministries/Department/Organizations of Government of India to publish datasets, and applications for public use. It intends to increase transparency in the functioning of Government and also opens avenues for many more innovative uses of Government Data to give different perspective.

The entire product is available for download at the Open Source Code Sharing Platform GitHub.

Open data will be made up of “non-personally identifiable data” collected, compiled, or produced during the normal course of governing. It will be released under an unrestricted license -- meaning it is freely available for everyone to use, reuse, or distribute, but citations will be required.

For a detailed info and all the terms and conditions, you can visit the official web site.

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