With the aim to streamline access to public government data by making data accessible, interoperable, interactive, and available on a user-friendly platform, Niti Ayog has launched the National Data & Analytics Platform (NDAP) for public use.
The newly launched platform hosts foundational datasets from various government agencies and provides tools for analytics and visualization. The launch on Friday in New Delhi follows a beta release of the platform in August 2021 that had provided access to a limited number of users for testing and feedback.
“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 standardized to a common schema, which makes it easy to merge datasets and do cross-sectoral analysis, said Niti Ayog in a statement.
While speaking at a panel discussion around the official launch of the platform, Niti Aayog vice chairman Suman Bery said “The main value that NDAP adds is making key foundational datasets interoperable with each other. This will enable easy cross-sectoral analysis and democratize the use of Indian government data.”
NDAP is a critical milestone
Niti Aayog CEO 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.”
Niti Aayog 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.”
NDAP can be accessed online and all datasets on the platform can be downloaded and merged freely, said Niti Aayog.