Open government data for regulation of energy resource industries in India - Update presentation

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An update on The Energy and Resources Institute presentation on open data in energy industries - shared at the ODDC Asia regional meeting in July 2013. For more details see: http://www.opendataresearch.org/project/2013/teri

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Open government data for regulation of energy resource industries in India - Update presentation

  1. 1. Open Government Data & Resources Project update 16th July 2013 India Habitat Centre, New Delhi The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  2. 2. About the project  Overall goal  To examine the availability and accessibility of OGD for improved governance of energy resource development in India (oil and gas, and coal)  Specific objectives  Governance, governance gap and role of open data  Data accessibility, gaps and outcomes  Instruments, agents and impacts  Suggest ways to enhance openness in government data  Emerging impact of Open data in the identified sectors
  3. 3. Research Questions  Governance, performance and role of open data: Assess how governance affects the performance outcomes of the extractive energy resources sector and the role of greater data openness in improving the performance of the sector.  How do principles of good governance and open government data principles interact with each other?  To what extent can access to data address governance challenges in the extractive energy sector in India?  Data accessibility, gaps and sectoral outcomes: Assess the current state of data availability and identify the gaps where open data provision can influence the governance outcomes in the identified sectors  What are the sectoral domains in which data are available? What are the sources? Is the data usable and useful? What are the legal frameworks for data provision and use?  What are the domains of the extractive energy sector in India in which information accessibility gap exists? What are the constraints to making such data open?  Are there any differences in the provisioning of data in the two selected sub sectors – coal and petroleum? For instance, has greater private investment in petroleum streamlined and improved data availability and accessibility in this sector as against coal which still primarily is a public monopoly?
  4. 4.  Instruments, agents and impacts: Discuss the impact of existing instruments and initiatives for open government data that relate to coal and petroleum and natural gas  Who uses these data (both proactive and reactive), how and for what purpose?  What are the notable changes, if any, in the governance of identified sectors post instruments such as RTI?  How does the impact vary at different levels of government?  Suggest ways to enhance openness in government data for the resources sector in general, and coal and petroleum in particular  What are the key indicators for assessing the status of open empirical based knowledge in the extractive resources sector?  What guidelines can ensure that open data provided strengthens greater openness, participation and transparency for the energy resources sector?
  5. 5. Interesting observation from consultations  Suppliers  MoSPI  How government agencies themselves struggle with data  Coal Controller  Challenges faced when suppliers want to expand the scope of data normally provided  State governments (Incidental)  Users  Researchers having had to pay bribe to get access to data
  6. 6. Significant events around open data since April  Overall Open data  A one-day awareness workshop on NDSAP and OGP at Shimla on 21-June-2013  Launch of “In Pursuit of an „Idea‟” by University of Delhi and National Informatics Centre (NIC)  Energy Resources  MoPNG has uploaded some more data on GoI data portal. Ministry of Coal still not there  Data controllers/managers have been appointed in both the identified sectors
  7. 7. How people want to be able to use data, and the challenges  Content  Economic and physical data  Such as on revenue, detailed import export, basin wise data (petroleum)  Data on externalities  Such as environmental degradation, loss of ecology and biodiversity, displacement and rehabilitation, accidents and closures)  Quality and format  Downloadable format  Time series and comparable data  Reliable data  Clear definition, parameters and categorisation  Process  Free of cost  At a single place  Clarity in terms of what is available and what is not (also confidential)  Accountability
  8. 8. Important policy issues that need be addressed  Environmental and social externality related data need to be accorded as much importance as economic data  Capacity enhancement of staff responsible for collecting and collating data  Data sharing under NDSAP have a statutory basis for line ministries  Better sharing of data amongst government agencies to avoid overlaps, discrepancies and definitional variations  Relationship between information and data  Taking into account the peculiarities of the country, economy and the sectors in question

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