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Indian Government to launch its own public data portal in July 2011

The Indian Government has planned to launch its own public
data portal Data.Gov.in by next month. This portal which has been modelled on
Data.gov, a portal which offers public and government data of the Federal
Government to the outside world, aims to share non-sensitive data from various
Indian ministries for general public use in scientific, economic and
developmental programmes.

The Indian Government has planned to launch its own public
data portal Data.Gov.in by next month. This portal which has been modelled on
Data.gov, a portal which offers public and government data of the Federal
Government to the outside world, aims to share non-sensitive data from various
Indian ministries for general public use in scientific, economic and
developmental programmes.

Data.Gov.in is expected to offer information on
project-related data studies, field observations, survey results and lab tests
results. However, sensitive information such as archaeological, cultural and
historical locations, strategic location co-ordinates and number of endangered
species with their locations will be provided to certain agencies with
passwords within three months of data collection.

As far as non-sharable data is concerned, all information
that doesn’t come under the horizon of Right to Information Act or pertains to
national security, intelligence, military activities or high level political
decision making, will remain a secret and not shared with general public.

Major General (Dr) Siva Kumar, head, Natural
Resources Data Management System, said, “Once the National Data Sharing and Accessibility
policy is approved by the cabinet, citizens will be able to see datasets from
various ministries being put up. All the previous data that hasn’t been
digitized yet, will show up as “existing inside departments” on this portal and
citizens can go to respective departments to collect hard copies of it, whereas
all the new data will be sorted into various categories such as negative lists,
non-sharable data, raw data, meta data, restricted, spatial and unique data and
will be available as metadata links to portals of other ministries.”

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