NIC launches version 2.0 of Open Government Data Platform India

National Informatics Centre (NIC) has launched ‘Open Government Data Platform India v.2.0‘. This version of OGD Platform provides better experience to both data providers and platform users with unified interface. Some of the key highlights of the new platform are responsive web layout design, better discoverability of resources, enhanced visualization platform, option to enable SMS and email alerts, etc.

The winners of the #OpenDataApps Challenge were also felicitated on Tuesday by NIC, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY). Cash prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh have ben given each to three of the winners and Rs. 50,000 to each of the runners up of the challenge.

The #OpenDataApps Challenge was launched on August 8, 2013, by Communications & Information Technology Minister, Kapil Sibal. It was one of the initiatives of NIC to create awareness on the potential of Open Data and drive the data-fuelled innovation.

The challenge, which was organised in association with NASSCOM, aimed at bringing together various stakeholders i.e. senior leaders and data controllers from various ministries and departments, entrepreneurs and innovators from start-up and developers community, IT Industry and private sector, academia and civil society to build an ecosystem around Open Government Data.

The entrepreneurs, developers from industry and community were invited to create unique and useful apps across platforms and devices ranging from Mobile/Tablet, text-based SMS to voice-based applications using Open Government Data. A total of 99 applications pertaining to various sectors i.e. Agriculture, Postal, Governance, Health, etc were submitted from across the country for the challenge.