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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.