NITI Aayog on Friday launched the National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP) for open public use.
The platform aims to democratize access to public government data by making data accessible, interoperable, interactive and available on a user-friendly platform.
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Data is very important for accountability in a democracy: NITI Aayog VC
NITI Aayog Vice President Suman Bery said data is very important for accountability in a democracy and pointed out that India has “tremendous expertise and a rich history of data”.
Speaking at the launch of the NDAP, he also said that the NDAP aims to democratize access to government data by making data accessible, interoperable and interactive for open public use.
NDAP hosts foundational datasets from various government agencies, presents them in a consistent way, and provides tools for analysis and visualization.
“Data in a democracy is very, very important for accountability. India has tremendous expertise and a rich history of data is absolutely true. But it is also true that the fight for transparency, including the national survey by survey, has been a long journey,” Bery said.
What is the NDAP?
According to an official statement, currently NDAP hosts 203 datasets and these datasets are chosen based on use cases and expert advice, interoperable with each other and easy to download and use.
NDAP also has built-in tools for searching, merging, and visualizing datasets. Going forward, NDAP will add and update the existing data on the platform, and the features of the platform will also be updated based on user feedback, the statement said.
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Chief Economic Advisor Anantha Nageswaran said the Periodic Labor Force Survey (PLFS) was indeed improving.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the government needs data more than ever, especially in the post-COVID pandemic world. The NDAP is an attempt to create a data-driven ecosystem that recognizes data as a key strategic asset, he added.