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India launches "open government platform"

Posted: 02 Apr 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:open source  Open Government Platform  OGPL 

The Indian government launched an 'Open Government Platform (OGPL)'—an open source software platform which aims to provide enhanced public access to government data and documents.

The OGPL, a joint effort from India and the United States, will make government data, documents, applications, tools and services publicly available. "By making data available through OGPL developers, analysts, media, and academia can develop new applications and insights that will help give citizens more knowledge for better decisions," the government officials said in the press release.

The OGPL combines and expands the best features of the India's "India.gov.in" and the U.S. "Data.gov" sites.

While launching OGPL, India's IT & Telecom minister Kapil Sibal said it is the first step towards future, as information is power and this platform will transfer power to the citizen providing seamless data sharing. The Minister said such a platform would have a significant impact on improving governance, enhancing accountability and generating greater collaborations between India and the US.

Initially, OGPL will provide governments the ability to: publish government data, documents, apps, tools, and services from multiple departments within a government; utilise web 2.0 open-source technologies to develop low-cost, cloud-based infrastructure; create community spaces around topics of national priorities; and engage citizens with open data based applications and services.

The open source architecture allows software developers to develop applications and new features. It is hoped that developers can create new modules, make modifications to the base code, share templates and custom views, demonstrate local solutions, and drive OGPL forward.

In the future, the platform aims to provide publicly available application programming interfaces (APIs) and other tools to add external software modules for data visualisation, wizards, and other purposes.





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