Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Co-Principal Researcher of the Open Data in Developing Countries project team in HasGeek, presented a short policy paper titled ‘Towards an Expanded and Integrated Open Government Data Agenda for India’ at the 7th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV), recently held in Seoul on 22-25 October 2013. The paper draws from our ongoing research on the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy and data intermediary ecology in India.

Here is the abstract of the paper:

The paper analyses the recently approved and implemented government data policy (National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy) in India, and identifies the possibility and need of expanding and integrating it within the larger national e-governance and information policy ecosystem. The study draws from an ongoing research project on the Indian government data policy and the roles played by data intermediary organisations. The paper argues that an expanded and integrated open government data agenda will address crucial shortcomings of the national e-governance initiatives in India, and strengthen democratic interactions between the state and citizens through electronic and other means.

The full text can be accessed from Sumandro's GitHub repository.

Also, here are the slides from the presentation made at the conference: