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New Delhi, the 10th February, 2017

Government Open Data License - India National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy

F.No. 8(2)/2013-EG-I.— 1. Preamble

Structured data available in open format and open license for public access and use, usually termed as "Open Data," is of prime importance in the contemporary world. Data also is one of the most valuable resources of modern governance, sharing of which enables various and non-exclusive usages for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. Licenses, however, are crucial to ensure that such data is not misused or misinterpreted (for example, by insisting on proper attribution), and that all users have the same and permanent right to use the data.

The open government data initiative started in India with the notification of the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP), submitted to the Union Cabinet by the Department of Science and Technology, on 17th March 2012.[1]

  1. Ministry of Science and Technology. 2012. National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) 2012. Gazette of India. March 17.