Friday, 3 July 2015

National Data Sharing Accessibility Policy

  • Scientific organizations generate data and develop scientific data bases deploying huge public funds.   
    • Since such data are not generated under any standardized format, inter-operability of both scientific and technical data poses a serious challenge.   
    • Global experience has demonstrated convincingly that access to data leads to breakthroughs in scientific understanding as well as to economic and public good, in addition to several benefits to civil society.   
    • Given the deployment of substantial level of investment of public funds in collection of data and the untapped potentials of benefits to social society, it has become important to make available non-sensitive data for legitimate and registered use. - Thus this above mentioned policy
  • The National Policy will increase the accessibility and easier sharing of non-sensitive data amongst the registered users and their availability for scientific, economic and social developmental purposes.   
  • All the data holding organizations will be re-classifying their data and prepare a negative list of sensitive data, keeping in view, the broad guidelines delineated in the RTI Act 2005.   
    • This list will be periodically reviewed to see whether the data should remain in the restricted category or not.   
    • Efforts will also be made to convert the analogue data into digital domain within the set time frame.
  • Department of Science & Technology (DST) would be the Nodal Department for all matters connected with overall co-ordination, formulation, implementation and monitoring of the policy.

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