Indian Open Government Platform

India, with collaboration with US, has initiated the Open Government Platform (via EE Times India).

OGPL is a joint product from India and United States to promote transparency and greater citizen engagement by making more government data, documents, tools and processes publicly available. OGPL will be available, as an open source platform. By making this available in useful machine-readable formats it allows developers, analysts, media & academia to develop new applications and insights that will help give citizens more information for better decisions.

In using an open source method of development, the OGPL community will provide future technology enhancements, open government solutions, and community-based technical support. OGPL has become an example of a new era of diplomatic collaborations that benefit the global community that promote government transparency, citizen-focused applications, and enrich humanity

So, OGPL is:

  • a platform to access information programmatically
  • open source so that others can contribute, in terms of solutions
  • community-supported

There is some more information in features:

OGPL product has following 4 (four) main components:

  • OGPL Web site – Module for Governments and their agencies to publish datasets, documents, services, tools and applications collected by them for public use.
  • Data Management System (DMS) – Module for user management of various agencies who can upload datasets which will be available on the front end website.
  • Content Management System (CMS) – Module for managing and updating various functionalities of the OGPL frontend.
  • Visitor Relationship Management (VRM) – Module for collating and disseminating viewer feedback on various datasets.

As an Indian open source enthusiast and advocate I can start celebrating. But the current information severly lacks details. If this was published yesterday, I would have wondered if this was an April fools joke. I hope this really catches. Nothing better than this to liberate information from gatekeepers and middlemen.

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