Government Launches Website To Provide Access To 3,500 Data Banks

by Paul Joseph on August 9, 2013 · 0 comments

The Indian government has launched a website which will provide visitors with detailed open government and sector related information neatly divided into various categories. The website will also feature industrial output figures, productivity per industry and other related data or statistics that the general public may want to know at any given point of time. It indirectly supports the RTI Act, 2005. Currently, it hosts around 3,500 archives. Launching the website www.data.gov.in, Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said: “ Ever since the UPA government came to power, information revolution started with the Right to Information Act that has got up to a stage where we are willing to share data with everybody. We realise that in absence of data you can not take appropriate decision. Even though we 3500 sets of data, what we need to do is change mindset of governments throughout the country to share all that data. Unless we share information we will not be able to bring revolution .” Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister, spoke on the development, “ Today we have over 3,500 sets of data but in next six months we would like to see that this goes up to 10,000 data sets and we would like to challenge developer community to make at least 100 applications in next month to use this data .” A data bank is a repository of information on one or more subjects that is organized in a way that facilitates local or remote information retrieval. A data bank may be either centralized or decentralized. In this sense, data bank is synonymous with database. Several governments collect data and make it available to the general public through websites, so India taking this forward is highly appreciated. The best data bank government applications seek to empower citizens, to help small businesses, or to create value in some other positive, constructive way. Open government data is only a way-point on the road to improving education, improving government, and building tools to solve other real world problems. Looking For A Social Media Agency?? – Contact WATConsult – India’s Leading Social Media Agency

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