NITI Aayog on Friday (13 May) launched the National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP) for open public use.
The platform aims to democratise access to public government data by making data accessible, interoperable, interactive, and available on a user-friendly platform.
The NDAP hosts foundational datasets from various government agencies, presents them coherently, and provides tools for analytics and visualisation, a NITI Aayog release said on Friday.
The public launch of NDAP follows a beta release of the platform in August 2021 that had provided access to a limited number of users for testing and feedback.
NDAP follows a use-case based approach to ensure that the datasets hosted on the platform are tailored to the needs of data users from government, academia, journalism, civil society, and the private sector. All datasets are standardized to a common schema, which makes it easy to merge datasets and do cross-sectoral analysis.
NDAP can be accessed at http://ndap.niti.gov.in and all datasets on the platform can be downloaded and merged freely.
The platform was launched by NITI Aayog vice chairman Suman Bery, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Dr. chief economic adviser to central government Anantha Nageswaran and other senior officials from various central ministries and state governments, and academics and researchers.
Moderating a panel discussion around the topic, “Interoperability: leveraging the power of systems, datasets, and agencies working together", Bery said “The main value that NDAP adds is making key foundational datasets interoperable with each other. This will enable easy cross-sectoral analysis and democratize the use of Indian government data.”
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, “The rise of data and digital technologies are rapidly transforming economies and societies, with enormous implications for governments’ daily operations. NDAP is a critical milestone – which aims to aid India’s progress by promoting data-driven disclosure, decision making and ensuring availability of data connecting till the last mile, is an example to how the power of data can be leveraged.”
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