Opening Government Data by Mediation:
Exploring the Roles, Practices and Strategies of Data
Intermediary Organisations in ...
Reformulating the research plan 1/3
Initial questions:
- How RTI and NDSAP have transformed approaches and processes of da...
Reformulating the research plan 2/3
Reasons for reformulation:
- Identifying 'intermediation' of government data/informati...
Reformulating the research plan 3/3
Objectives of the study:
- Inducing collaborative efforts within data/information inte...
Most insightful conversation about open data
Suchi Pande, Member, MKSS and Former Secretary, NCPRI:
- On use of government...
Significant events around open data
NDSAP-PMU:
The NDSAP Project Management Unit at NIC has been very effective in
(1) con...
Open government dataset that is being used
to create important impacts
Agricultural price datasets:
Available on data.gov....
Case where emerging impacts of open data
can be seen
Most important policy issue you think open data
research needs to address
Extended applicability of NDSAP:
- Licensing and...
Thank you very much.
HasGeek Media LLP, Bangalore, India
Sumandro Chattapadhyay
Zainab Bawa
oddc.hasgeek.com
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An update on the "Opening Government Data by Mediation: Exploring the Roles, Practices and Strategies of Data Intermediary Organisations in India" project at the Open Data in Developing Countries research network regional meeting in Delhi. July 2013. See http://www.opendataresearch.org/project/2013/zb for more details.

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  1. 1. Opening Government Data by Mediation: Exploring the Roles, Practices and Strategies of Data Intermediary Organisations in India HasGeek Media LLP, Bangalore, India Sumandro Chattapadhyay Zainab Bawa oddc.hasgeek.com
  2. 2. Reformulating the research plan 1/3 Initial questions: - How RTI and NDSAP have transformed approaches and processes of data practices, and - Can the grounded experience of advocacy and research organisations inform shaping of a more effective open data policy for India? Initial plan of study: - Study government data access and usage practices of advocacy and research organisations working in the urban development sector, - Ask how NDSAP and RTI are influencing/enabling their work, and - Speak to organisations working on issues of urban development in five cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.
  3. 3. Reformulating the research plan 2/3 Reasons for reformulation: - Identifying 'intermediation' of government data/information as a crucial task in the process of opening up data, - Studying key organisations across India (across various sectors of operation) that are mediating access to and use of government data/information using provisions of NDSAP and RTI or otherwise, and - Focusing on the disjunctions and commonalities between the open data and the RTI movements in India. Shifting the focus of the study: - Focusing on organisations that perform a similar function (that of mediating access to and use of government data/information) instead of those with common sectoral focus (like, urban development), and - Mapping the government data/information intermediation ecosystem.
  4. 4. Reformulating the research plan 3/3 Objectives of the study: - Inducing collaborative efforts within data/information intermediary ecologies by identifying and highlighting the potentials within the existing network, as well as the specific needs for capacity development and resource sharing, - Enriching government data/information policy discussion in India by gathering evidence and grounded experience of (non-governmental) data/information intermediaries about their actual practices of accessing and using government data, and - Critically reflecting on the nature of open data movement and policy-making in India by strategically reading the commonalities and differences within the communities of RTI activists and open data advocates, and their shared and diverging experiences of engaging with various state apparatus, and accessing and using government data/information within specific socio-legal contexts.
  5. 5. Most insightful conversation about open data Suchi Pande, Member, MKSS and Former Secretary, NCPRI: - On use of government information collected through RTI: Courts are one site of of using government information in pursuing existing cases. Urban and rural public hearings are another example; and social audits along with MIS in NREGA implementation. The question is not either or, but developing and using mechanisms depending on the context. - On seekers of government data/information and their security: RTI allows only individuals (and not organisations) to request for government data/information. How does that shape the roles, responsbilities, vulnerabilities and strategies of seekers of open data? - On open data and RTI activists: Need to focus on commonalities and differences in lobbying for implementation, usage polices and law to obtain data/information, and technique of publicising and/or sharing government data.
  6. 6. Significant events around open data NDSAP-PMU: The NDSAP Project Management Unit at NIC has been very effective in (1) convincing various government departments to share their data, notably the Ministry of Agriculture, (2) driving the development of the OGPL software, and (3) in organising various events to create public usages of hosted data. Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension: Published an office memorandum setting the guidelines for 'implementation of suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act'. Among other things, the document mandates proactive disclosure of all RTI requests received and responses given by government agencies on their respective websites. While the document mentions NDSAP, it is ambiguous about the integration of the data/information disclosure workflows under the NDSAP and RTI guidelines concerned. It sets somewhat vague standards and lacks in clarifying how the guideline is to be implemented (and the implementation be monitored).
  7. 7. Open government dataset that is being used to create important impacts Agricultural price datasets: Available on data.gov.in. Applications and visualisations coming soon! Rainwater data: Published by IMD. Being used by several organisations, for data journalism and data-based advocacy. Crowdsourcing crime/safety data Interests from civil society groups and media houses. Visualising Census of India 2011 data As the more granular datasets from CoI 2011 is becoming available, there are interests from different organisation to visualise them.
  8. 8. Case where emerging impacts of open data can be seen
  9. 9. Most important policy issue you think open data research needs to address Extended applicability of NDSAP: - Licensing and cost structure of datasets - Integration with RTI Act and the recent memo from MoPPGaP - State level open data policies Larger concerns: - Inter-organisational collaboration for implementing NDSAP - Reliability of official statistics - Creating actual access and usage of government data
  10. 10. Thank you very much. HasGeek Media LLP, Bangalore, India Sumandro Chattapadhyay Zainab Bawa oddc.hasgeek.com

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