Sibal launches website jointly developed by India and US
Samir Sachdeva | March 30, 2012
Kapil Sibal, minister for communications and information technology, government of India launched the open government platform (OGPL), this Friday.
While launching the platform Sibal said, “Data belongs to all of us as data is derived from the planet. The planet is a community property and therefore the data that is generated should be shared.” Sibal added that the OGPL will lead to participative governance as the government will share more and more data.
The OGPL is a software platform, which will aim to provide enhanced public access to government data and documents, and spur citizen engagement. The OGPL combines and expands the best features of the India’s “India.gov.in” and the U.S. “Data.gov” sites.
The OGPL has been jointly developed by India and United States. This collaborative endeavour was started as part of a series of initiatives announced by Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh and US president Barack Obama in November 2010 in Delhi. The initiative on Indian side was led by Sam Pitroda, adviser to prime minister on public information infrastructure and innovations and on the US side by Aneesh Chopra, the then chief technology officer (CTO) to US president. Currently, the project is led by Steve VanRoekel, chief information officer and Chris Vein, deputy CTO with the US administration.
The purpose of the platform is to enhance access and use of government data to foster innovation; improve delivery of government services for interested countries and cities around the world; and promote government transparency, accountability, and public participation.
During the launch Pitroda, spoke about the need for democratizing information and improving governance by creating new tools and platforms such as the OGPL.
VanRoekel and Chris Vein, joining via video from the White House, shared how the teams from India’s National Informatics Center (NIC) and the U.S. General Services Administration have worked together using open source technologies and project management tools to develop this product.
The U.S. chargé d’affaires ambassador Peter Burleigh, said that the open government platform represents a new kind of diplomatic collaboration that benefits the global community.
B. K. Gairola, director general of NIC spoke about the role of NIC as the technical partner on this project and highlighted the platform’s capabilities and gave an overview of its technical aspects.
In a major embarrassment to the railways, the much touted Vande Bharat Express developed a technical snag at Chamraula, 15 kms from Tundla junction. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the train on Friday from New Delhi station. The train was
Indian Railways entered a new era as prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off the country’s first semi high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, from the New Delhi railway station. The new train is also seen as a success story of the NDA government’s ‘Make in India’
Riho Kruuv, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia talks to Vishwas Dass on key issues like the importance of e-Residency programme of the Government of Estonia and why Estonia is becoming a preferred investment destination for Indian startups and budding entrepreneurs. The Ambassador says Estonia offer
There’s no dearth of self-help books. They come in a multitude of single-topic and hybrid varieties: habit change, management, habit change in management, spirituality, spirituality in management...you get the drift. Happiness at Work: Mindfulness, Analysis, and Well-Being, by R Anand, adds to the li
Those who have gained the most from the latest budget are the ones who are going to have the most crucial impact on the Lok Sabha election results. Who are they? They are hiding in plain sight. They have come to work in metros and cities, probably in recent years. They crowd inter-state bus terminals to ta
For a novice reader, MK Gandhi presents a formidable challenge. The starting point is usually the autobiography, with its well-known anecdotes which most of us