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Open data ecosystem to benefit India immensely, says MeitY report

May 22, 2018
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According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) along with Yes Bank, an open data ecosystem will impact India’s GDP by $22 billion. The study, titled 'Open Government, Open Data – Re-imagining India,’ claims that an open data ecosystem has the power to double farmers income by 2022, provide universal health coverage as well as aid in facilitating microloans to three million plus micro, small and medium enterprises, among various other benefits.

The study however, points out underlying execution gaps of the open data project which have restricted its use and recommends steps which will boost data driven governance architecture.

India was one of the first countries to set up the open government data (OGD) platform in India at data.gov.in to provide access to data sets published by Government departments across areas such as agriculture, banking, economy, industrial air pollution, telecom, etc. The portal currently hosts over 160,000 resources from 109 government departments and 33 sectors, one of the largest globally. But to increase its usage which is less as compared to countries such as Australia, the report recommends steps such as completeness of data stacks opened for usage either through machine readable formats or direct application programming interfaces (APIs). Moreover, emerging technologies like Blockchain and internet of things (IoT), can help in automating data collection and reducing manual intervention and therefore the chances of error. It also recommends comprehensiveness of a data stack and clustering of relevant data sets along with building of anchor cases to encourage usage of data.


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