AP Govt initiates study to examine best practices in e-governance

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Realising the importance of data standards for rapid progress in e-governance applications, the Andhra Pradesh Government has initiated a study to examine the best practices world over and suggest a way forward, according to the State Chief Information Officer and Secretary of Information Technology and Communications, Mr Subbarao Ghanta.

The initiative taken up by the Andhra Pradesh Government towards standardisation of its e-governance is being claimed as the first of its kind one in the country. In a press release here, he said an apex body with the State Chief Secretary as its chairman was formed to supervise the development of data standards, e-thesaurus, a collection of all data elements used in the government repositories. According to Mr Ghanta, a two-day workshop for various Chief Information Officers of the Government was conducted to evolve the structure for the maintenance of these standards.

A portal was also designed having provision for various stakeholders to offer suggestions to make use of information and to develop interoperable solutions. “The goal is to provide one face of the government. A citizen should be able to access all services just through a single login, for which integration of the services provided by these projects is essential. Now, integration of these projects would result in the interoperable communication between the government applications, which would result in better service delivery,” Mr Ghanta said. According to the Government official, significant number of Government IT projects operate on data elements specific to the domains of the individual departments.

Once they were examined and the standards were set on their structure along with the semantically similar elements available in place, the interoperability among the existing projects could be attained, resulting in reusability of them for the newer initiatives, he said.

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