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Research project: Opening Government Data through Mediation: Exploring Roles, Practices and Strategies of (Potential) Data Intermediary Organisations in India
In 2012 the Government of India approved the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) which builds on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and encourages wider sharing of born-digital and digitised government data.
This study has mapped the actual practices around government data by various (non-governmental) data/information intermediary organisations on one hand, and implementation challenges faced by and usage scenarios imagined by the policy-makers and data portal implementors on the other, to identify possible areas of policy modification, capacity building, community organisation, and alignment of efforts.
Further, the issue of the different (and fairly disparate) communities of RTI activists and open data advocates bring in a very country-specific concern about the challenges of organising activism around government data/information. By exploring the differences and commonalities among the two groups this study seeks to throw a critical perspective on the open data movement in India.
By focussing on the grounded experience of advocacy and research organisations using data, it also seeks to inform more effective and open data policies for India.
The Seventh International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) was organised in Seoul, Republic of Korea, last October. The Conference, organised by the Center for Electronic Governance of United Nations University along with various national and international partners, is an unique annual summit for technologists, policy-makers, government officials and academics working on topics related to electronic governance.
In the study plan reformulation brief, we have already discussed why we decided to shift away from a sectoral focus (that on organisations engaging with issues of urban development) to a more wider perspective of data/information intermediary organisations. In the South and South-East Asian Regional Meeting of the ODDC network held in New Delhi, 16-18 July 2013, we had the opportunity to further discuss the various implications of and methodological challenges generated by this shift of focus.
The following presentation was shared at the ODDC Asia regional meeting in Delhi in July 2013.
We are carrying out an initial survey to identify organisations in India that function as 'data/information intermediaries', i.e., those who mediate between creators/publishers of data and users of data, either by mandate or in the way they work.
If your organisation undertakes such data/information mediations or simply collects and publishes government data, please visit the survey page and register your organisation for an in-depth survey that we will undertake during the next months.
The proposed study attempts to map the actual practices around government data by various (non-governmental) data/information intermediary organisations on one hand, and implementation challenges faced by and usage scenarios imagined by the policy-makers and data portal implementors on the other, to identify possible areas of policy modification, capacity building, community organisation, and alignment of efforts.
Here is the Storified collection of tweets, photographs and slides from the discussions and the presentations at the ODDC network meeting.
Thanks to Tim Davies for putting it all together.
Below is a video of Sir Tim Berners-Lee announcing the ODDC project at the Open Government Partnership meeting on 24th April.
Here is the word cloud of the #ODDC tweets from the 'Exploring Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries' research network workshop held in The Open Data institute, London during yesterday and today. The cloud was created using Wordle. A few common words, such as 'open', 'data' and 'government', have been deleted for clearer representation.
The first network-wide workshop/meeting of researchers associated with the 'Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries' project is taking place in London during 24th to 26th April 2013.
Here is a brief description on our proposed study taken from the hand-out prepared for the event.
Accessing, Opening and Using Government Data in Five Indian Cities: Policy Approaches and Non-Government Initiatives