Need to adopt open data standards

The need for the Government to adopt open data standards for storing data and allowing open access was stressed by speakers at the ongoing National Convention of Academics and Research (NCAR-2010) here. Speaking at a session titled ‘Open Data Policy' Knowledge Commons Chairman, Prabir Purkayastha said the Right to Information Act would be incomplete without the data being in open standards. He explained the negative impact of proprietary data formats for the customers. Professor Rajan from IIIT Hyderabad pointed out that opening up data could actually help people. When an early warning system for tsunami or a cyclone had to be developed, the researchers need to know in advance the geographical and population date. The speakers emphasised the importance of open data as a base for knowledge.

The article as quoted in The Hindu