On Friday, NITI Aayog launched the National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP) for open public use.
Launched with the objective of making public government data accessible, interoperable, interactive and available for people on a user-friendly platform, the platform hosts foundational datasets from various government agencies, presents them coherently, and provides tools for analytics and visualisation.
The public launch of the platform comes after its beta release in August 2021 which gave access to a limited number of users for testing and feedback.
How Does National Data & Analytics Platform Work?
NDAP follows a use-case based approach to ensure that the datasets hosted on the platform are tailored to the needs of data users from government, academia, journalism, civil society and the private sector. All datasets are standardised to a common schema, which makes it easy to merge datasets and do cross-sectoral analysis.
The platform was launched by Suman Bery, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, in the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Chief Economic Advisor Dr Anantha Nageswaran and other senior officials from NITI Aayog, ministries and state governments, academics and researchers.
Amitabh Kant said, “The rise of data and digital technologies are rapidly transforming economies and societies, with enormous implications for governments’ daily operations. NDAP is a critical milestone, which aims to aid India’s progress by promoting data-driven disclosure, decision making and ensuring availability of data connecting till the last mile, is an example to how the power of data can be leveraged.”
Senior Adviser Anna Roy, who has led this initiative, said, “India has a rich data ecosystem which generates data that is invaluable for decision making and research. NDAP is adding to these efforts to further strengthen the data ecosystem. We will continue to add and update the data on the platform to ensure that it remains useful.”
All datasets on NDAP can be downloaded and merged freely.