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Govt unveils online info platform for public

The government showcased an online platform on which various departments will provide important information to public in a structured website format.

New Delhi: The government on Friday showcased an
online platform on which various departments will provide
important information to public in a structured website format
that will enhance transparency in governance.

"Data belongs to all of us. Sooner we realise as
government... better it is for all of us because then
government and citizen will collaborate with each other. This
project tells us what data can be shared and can be put in
public domain," Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said while
launching the Open Government Platform (OGPL).

The project was conceived during the visit of US
President Barack Obama to bring in transparency in governance.
The data was jointly developed by US and India government
officials along with support from industry.

Sibal said that to bring in transparency government
departments should open their non-sensitive data for public.

"The data that is generated is community property and
must be shared with them. You can use this data for social
audit and also for commercial purposes. We have National Data
Sharing and Accessibility Policy 2012 in place and this
platform is in line with it," Sibal said.

The Cabinet in February approved National Data Sharing
and Accessibility Policy 2012 which applies on all data and
information created, generated, collected and achieved using
public funds provided by Government of India. This could be
done directly or through authorised agencies by various
ministries or departments or any public body.

Director General of National Informatics Centre BK
Gairola said that teams developing this online platform have
used open source technology.

"This technology is such that any body can use without
constraints of any kind. This is beta version of the OGPL and
released to selected people for testing. Once testing is
complete and necessary changes are made, we will use it for
our projects and other governments as well," Gairola said.

Advisor to Prime Minister Sam Pitroda said that the
platform will be used separately by each government and will
have different website address.

"The benefit is that they will not have to invest
separately for developing a portal for governance and they
will be able to use the same platform. The domain name will be
different for each government," Pitroda said.

Pitroda said that the data on the website will be
populated by government department gradually and development
of various services on it will take place in phased manner.


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