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Blog Entry Comments on the Statistical Disclosure Control Report
by Srinivs Kodali and Amber Sinha published May 02, 2017 — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
This submission presents comments by the Centre for Internet and Society, India (“CIS”) on the ​Statistical Disclosure Control Report published on March 30th by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Located in Internet Governance
Meeting on Proactive Disclosure and Personal Data (Delhi, May 13, 5:30 pm)
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 13, 2017 last modified May 13, 2017 04:32 AM — filed under: , , , ,
CIS is organising an informal discussion on topics related to proactive disclosure and personal data thrown up by the recently published report by Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodali titled "Information Security Practices of Aadhaar (or lack thereof)". Please join us at 5:30 pm today, May 13, at the CIS office.
Located in Internet Governance / Events
International Open Data Charter, Consultation Meeting, Delhi, July 09, 5:30 pm
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Jul 07, 2015 last modified Jul 07, 2015 12:12 PM — filed under: , , ,
Located in Openness
Blog Entry SoI’s Open Series Maps Fails to Implement Public Sharing of Govt Data
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 04, 2017 — filed under: , , ,
Although it has made the topographic maps or the Open Series Maps available to general public, Survey of India’s (SoI) Nakshe portal will have to go through a variety of litmus test, as the initiative fails to implement the mandates of public sharing of government data using open standards and open license as put forward by the NMP 2005 and NDSAP 2012, says Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Research Director, The Centre for Internet and Society. This interview was published by Geospatial World on May 02, 2017.
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Google, Apple and Microsoft may need licence for satellite mapping in India
by Prasad Krishna published May 10, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
Cold response from MNCs like Google to India's security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call "return of the Licence Raj" and "digital nationalism".
Located in Openness / News & Media
Blog Entry Legal Challenges to Mapping in India #1 - Laws, Policies, and Cases
by Adya Garg published May 11, 2016 last modified May 11, 2016 01:43 PM — filed under: , , , ,
Responding to the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill and the draft National Geospatial Policy made public recently, this post provides an overview of the present configuration of laws, policies, and guidelines that provides the legal framework in India for governance of creation and sharing of geospatial data in India. The post also studies these policies in action by describing the key legal cases around the creation and use of geospatial data. The next post of this series will document the reflections and opinions of the key geospatial industry actors in India, as well as the free and open source mapping community.
Located in Openness
Blog Entry Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in India: Availability and Openness of Data (Part I)
by Kiran AB published Feb 22, 2016 last modified Jan 02, 2017 02:12 PM — filed under: , , , ,
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an internationally agreed upon set of developmental targets to be achieved by 2030. There are 17 SDGs with 169 targets, and each target is mapped to one or more indicators as a measure of evaluation. In this and the next blog post, Kiran AB is documenting the availability and openness of data sets in India that are relevant for monitoring the targets under the SDGs. This post offers the findings for the first 7 Goals, while the next post will cover the last 10.
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Blog Entry Steps towards Integrated Open Water Data
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Nov 02, 2017 last modified Nov 02, 2017 09:58 AM — filed under: , , , ,
Multiplicity of data collection agencies, formats, and disclosure practices and conditionalities make it very difficult to access interoperable and open data about water resources and systems in India. Barriers to accessing water data impede not only academic and applied research on related topics but also public consumption of information and critical decision making. DataMeet and CIS are proud to collaborate on identifying and addressing the challenges to open up and integrate data and information in the water sector. Supported by a generous grant from Arghyam, we are undertaking an initial study of open water data resources in India and taking first steps towards developing a Free and Open Source data portal for water resources information in India. Here is an initial note about the project. The key leaders and contributors of this project are Craig Dsouza, Namita Bhatawdekar, Riddhi Munde, and Jinda Sandbhor, all of whom are members of the Pune Chapter of DataMeet.
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Blog Entry Protecting the Territory, Killing the Map
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 17, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
The politics of making and using maps in India has taken a sudden and complex turn with the publication of the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016. Contrary to the expectations arising out of several government schemes that are promoting the development of the new digital economy in India – from start-ups to the ongoing expansion of connectivity network – the Bill seems to be undoing various economic and humanitarian efforts, and other opportunities involving maps. This article by Sumandro Chattapadhyay and Adya Garg was published by The Wire on May 16, 2016.
Located in Openness
Blog Entry Survey of Estimates of Economic Value of Open Government Data
by Ömer Faruk Sarı published Aug 22, 2015 last modified Aug 22, 2015 08:42 AM — filed under: , , , ,
This is a survey of estimates of economic value of open government data, and public sector information in general, across regions, countries, and sectors offered by several reports published during the last decade. The survey is undertaken by Ömer Faruk Sarı, a student of Business Administration at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, and research intern with CIS.
Located in Openness