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Last year in May, Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, the government of India’s policy think tank, had announced that it is planning to launch a new portal that will allow private organisations, especially startups, to use public data available with various ministries for innovation and come up with sector-specific solutions.

In a latest to this, Indian School of Business (ISB) will soon set up a data repository which will store all available public data in a single portal called as ‘India Data Portal’, which will be ready in a couple of months, reported Economic Times.

Notably, the data repository is funded by Gates Foundation.


Experts at ISB would acquire, clean, compile, and visualize secondary data from public sources and top them with other associated services to its users, reducing the costs across a larger number of users.

Initially focussing on sectors – agriculture, rural development and financial inclusion, the India Data Portal will allow users to interact with the data, visualize it and download the visualization for professional use.

Professor Ashwini Chhatre of ISB, who is heading the ‘India Data Portal’ project, told Economic Times, “We will start with basic data sets (census, etc.) and focus on agriculture in the first year and then expand to financial inclusion next year.”

It is to be noted that this idea of single repository for all public data was first envisioned in 2011 and Open Government Data (OGD) Platform or data.gov.in was launched in 2012 to support Open data initiative of Government of India.

The portal — Data.gov.in — which still exist, is a single-point access to datasets, documents, services, tools and applications published by ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India.

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Open Government Data Platform India was developed jointly by India & US government as a result of announcement made by then President Obama and the then Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during the Indo-US Open Government Dialogue in 2010.

Open data platform is a being implemented in US as their data.gov. In India the platform was further customized by National Informatics Centre (NIC) in line with the National Data Sharing Accessibility Policy to develop the Data Portal India.

Open data platform, which was an effort for “creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government”, is also being offered to other countries such as Ghana and Rwanda are also being powered by Open data platform.

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