Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022: India’s draft data policy unlocks govt data for all, mulls monetisation

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The Government of India has released a  policy document called “Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy 2022”.

About the Draft India Data Accessibility & Use Policy, 2022

Aim: To enhance access, quality, and use of data in line with the current and emerging technology needs of the decade.

Salient features

Making Data Open: All data collected, generated, and stored by every government ministry and the department will be open and shareable barring certain exceptions.

Indian Data Office(IDO): It will be constituted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY) to streamline and consolidate data access and share public data repositories across the government and other stakeholders.

Indian Data Council(IDC): It will comprise the IDO and data officers of five government departments. Its tasks will include defining frameworks for defining high-value datasets, finalizing data standards and metadata standards and reviewing the implementation of the policy.

Common Database: All central and state government bodies will have to compulsorily share data with each other to create a common “searchable database”.

The monetisation of Data: The datasets that have undergone value addition could be monetised by the government.

Stakeholders like start-ups, other enterprises, individuals and researchers will be able to access enriched data through data licensing, sharing and valuation within the frameworks of data security and privacy.

A data-sharing toolkit will be provided to ministries and departments to assess and manage risks associated with data sharing.

Guidelines will also be framed to decide how long datasets can be held by the Government.

Source: This post is based on the article “India’s draft data policy unlocks govt data for all, mulls monetisation” published in Business Standard on 22nd February 2022.

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