[open-government] Open data contacts in Indian government?
pranesh at cis-india.org
Wed Jun 8 04:17:42 BST 2011
It is the "National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy" that is
described in that article, the draft of which I shared with this list a
few weeks back. Maj. Gen. (Dr.) R. Siva Kumar, who heads the National
Spatial Data Infrastructure (which is part of the Department of Science
and Technology), is responsible for getting this passed. We at the
Centre for Internet and Society submitted extensive comments, which
don't seem to have been incorporated.
We have been hopeful since last year that this would be India's open
data policy, but after a very long meeting with him yesterday, I am less
convinced of that than ever.
Since each department will have the possibility of classifying something
as "open access"/"registered access"/"restricted access", without any
firm guidelines or requirements, there is a real possibility that
nothing will be placed in the first category. Furthermore, they are
very clear that they do not wish to prescribe an open data licence
because they wish to provide 'flexibility' to government departments.
In some instances (especially for geo-spatial data), in the
"implementation document", they will recommend licences (which may or
may not cover copyright-related issues).
On Wednesday 08 June 2011 01:18 AM, Jonathan Gray wrote:
> Does anyone know who in the Indian government is responsible for
> implementing this? Or which part of the government is doing this? Is
> it Dr. Siva Kumar at the Natural Resources Data Management System?
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