The Beginnings of India's Open Data Movement

Mar 27, 2013

The Planning Commission's 'Hackathon' is part of the country's tentative opening of the doors to its public datasets

"In a novel initiative, the Indian Planning Commission recently announced that in conjunction with the National Innovation Council, it would be hosting a 32-hour ‘Hackathon’. The event, which will be held on April 6 and 7, 2013 invites students and professionals from all walks of life to come and aid the government in visualising India’s 12th Five Year Plan. To be held at all major universities across the country, as well as online, the hackathon is the government’s attempt to encourage citizens towards using publically-available data and information and hacking it into visualisations, apps and short films, with the aim of creating awareness on important socio-political issues in the country."

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