Portal to provide open access to State government data

The State Government on Tuesday launched open government data portal to provide open access to data generated or commissioned by the Government or Government-controlled entities.

Published: 18th October 2017 03:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2017 08:18 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Tuesday launched open government data portal to provide open access to data generated or commissioned by the Government or Government-controlled entities.

Launching the Odisha Open Government Data Portal at a workshop here on open data sharing, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, data is the most valuable asset in the world today. “Artificial intelligence, digital learning and learning through machines are emerging as effective methods for the present and future. It is extremely important for Government departments to put more and more data on public platform for the use of citizens and civil society,” Padhi said.

Introducing the new portal “Odisha.data.gov.in”, Electronics and Information Technology Secretary Ashok Meena said Government departments gather a lot of data in course of their functioning and implementation of various developmental programmes. These data are very useful not only for governance but also for learning, research and awareness.

Noting that the portal has been launched with the prime objective of sharing data with people, Meena urged the service delivery departments like Health and Family Welfare, Education, Women and Child Development to upload their data on the platform. Each department was asked to upload at least 10 data faces within a week on the portal and keep on adding to that regularly.

Replying to media queries, head of Open Government Data (OGD) system, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Alka Mishra said with this initiative the State Government has opened up its data base for use by the people, including professionals working in different fields.

The workshop discussed normative provisions and procedures for uploading data on open platform, its uses and benefits from the view points of service delivery and governance.

Nodal officers and chief data officers of various departments were imparted practical training and hands-on practice about various techniques, tools and application developed for handling data.

Theme experts , including Deputy Director General NIC Nandita Choudhury, Alka Mishra and Special Secretary E&IT Rudra Narayan Palai presented various aspects of the open data policy.

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