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OpenDataCamp Delhi 2015 - November 22

Please note the change of date!


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What is OpenDataCamp Delhi?

OpenDataCamp Delhi will be a one day un-conference in New Delhi on Sunday, November 22, 2015. DataMeet organised the first OpenDataCamp in Delhi last year to create a discussion and sharing space for people involved in opening up and working with government and non-government data. This year's Camp will focus on advancing these conversations, especially towards discussing and articulating how the open data agenda should be integrated into the Digital India initiative, the flagship programme of the Government of India to harness the possibilities of information technologies for accountable governance, effective citizenship, and a productive and job-creating digital economy. Recent international processes towards better global availability of interoperable and comparable data, such as the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development initiative of UN and the International Open Data Charter introduced by the Open Data Working Group of Open Government Partnership, will provide the wider context for our discussions.

The first half (before lunch) of the OpenDataCamp will feature keynote address and panel discussions exploring what roles should open (government) data play in the Digital India initiative, and vice versa. We must note here that the open data agenda has already been integrated into the Digital India programme by rechristening the Open Government Data Platform of India as 'a digital India initiative'.

The second half (after lunch) of the Camp will begin with a Show and Tell session for participants to briefly share their thoughts and ongoing/finished engagements with open data. This will be followed by a collaborative writing sprint to develop a community statement on an open data agenda for the Digital India initiative.

We invite you to participate in and support the OpenDataCamp Delhi. For details, read the agenda section below.

Organising the Camp is made possible by generous support from the Sarai programme at CSDS, International Center for Journalists, Akvo, NASSCOM - Global Entrepreneurship Week, Random Hacks of Kindness - India, and unpaid labour of various volunteers and well-wishers.


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The Sarai Programme
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
29 Rajpur Road, Civil Lines
New Delhi 110054


08:30-09:30 Registration

09:30-10:30 Keynote Address - Open Data in Digital India (Speaker: Honourable P.D. Rai)

10:30-11:00 Introductions

11:00-11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion - Open Data and Digital Governance (Discussants: Anoop Aravind, Konatham Dileep, and Nikhil Pahwa)

12:30-13:30 Panel Discussion - Open Data and Digital Citizenship (Discussants: Bhanupriya Rao, Dr. Biplav Srivastava, Nic Dawes, and Shashank Srinivasan)

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Show and Tell (Open House)

15:30-17:00 Drafting a Statement on Open Data for Digital India

16:30-17:00 Tea and Coffee

17:00:17:15 Closing Remarks

17:15-18:00 Planning Session for DataMeet Delhi (Open and Optional)

Speakers' Notes

Anoop Aravind

Mr. Anoop Aravind is a GIS cum e-Governance Consultant in KPMG India and is based out of New Delhi. He is a geographer and has a Masters in Technology in Remote Sensing with an overall Industry experience (e-Governance) of 7 years. Since last 4 years he has been associated with the 'e-Panchayat' Mission Mode Project of Government of India.

His specific expertise lies in envisaging technological solutions (using space technology) for the rural India and thereby simplifying the governance process. His objective is to use the knowledge gained over the years for the benefit of the community through current actions. He is associated directly with various kinds of e-Governance activities (both with Central and State Government/s).

Anoop will be speaking about the recent e-Governance initiatives of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj with specific focus on data related to Space technology, its usage, constrains, and mitigation strategy.

Bhanupriya Rao

Bhanupriya Rao is currently an RTI fellow at the Department of Personnel and Training, Govt of India reseraching on the state of proactive disclosures. Previously she has worked with the Worldwide Web Foundation on coordiating research on open data impact as part of the Open Data in Developing Countries Project and Open Data Barometer. She has been working on issues on transparency and Accountability in governance with several non-profits such as ActionAid, Oxfam, the Right to Food and Right to Information Movement. She is also the co-creator of the web-based project Gender in Politics: a project that tracks women in politics and governance.

Bhanupriya will talk about the role of open data and strategies for integration within e-governance programs for monitoring governance accountability and use by citizens to hold their governments to account and build data driven campaigns.

Dr. Biplav Srivastava

Dr. Biplav Srivastava, a Senior Researcher and Master Inventor, IBM Research and an ACM Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Speaker, is based out of New Delhi, India. His research deals with enabling people to make rational decisions despite real world complexities of poor data, changing goals and limited resources.

His expertise is in Artificial Intelligence, Services and Sustainability, and has over 20 years of experience, primarily in research, working with collaborators, customers, governments and universities around the world, resulting in many science firsts and commercial innovations, 100+ papers and 35+ US patents issued.

Biplav will talk about building community capacity in analytics to deal with open data globally, and engaging academics and industries in government efforts for timely action.

Konatham Dileep

Mr. Konatham Dileep is the Director of Digital Media at the Information Technology, Electronics and Communication Department, Government of Telangana.

Nic Dawes

Nic Dawes is Chief Editorial & Content Officer at Hindustan Times, one of India’s largest news organisations. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Johannesburg-based Mail & Guardian. Educated in South African and the United States he has covered economics and public policy as well as major investigative stories, for print and digital outlets for 16 years.

Nikhil Pahwa

Nikhil Pahwa is the founder of MediaNama, India's leading digital industry publication. he has the business of digital media in India for over 8 years. MediaNama uses data provide perspective via its reports and as a part of its research business MediaNama Insights. Nikhil is also the co-founder of the, a campaign for Net Neutrality in India, and has worked on issues related to digital rights for the past five years.

Nikhil will talk about the government data sets that are closed, and why we need them to be open.

P.D. Rai

Shri P.D. Rai is the Honourable Member of Parliament (LS) from Sikkim. He is a member of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party. In the 2009 and 2014 elections, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Sikkim constituency of Sikkim, India. He has the distinction of being the first Member of Parliament with degrees from both Indian Institutes of Technology (Kanpur) and Indian Institutes of Management (Ahemdabad). He is also an Eisenhower Fellow (2000) from India. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission, Govt. of Sikkim, and has also chaired the Sikkim Industrial Development and Investment Corporation. He has been Member of the Parliamentary standing Committee on Finance and Subordinate Legislation. He is also the convener of the Integrated Mountain Initiative. He also initiated the first GLOBE (Global Legislators’ Organisation for Balanced Environment) State Chapter of India in Sikkim which provides legislators and parliamentarians of the state a platform to deliberate on major global environmental challenges. He is the Secretary General of the North East MPs forum.

Shashank Srinivasan

Shashank Srinivasan is a conservation scientist currently working with World Wildlife Fund India in Delhi as a spatial analyst and cartographer. He uses FOSS and open data, especially of the spatial sort, extensively in his work. He has an MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of York, and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, and has worked extensively in the Indian Himalaya.


Who is Organizing?

The OpenDataCamp Delhi is being organised by Delhi Chapter of DataMeet. Primary contacts are Guneet Narula, Isha Parihar, Nisha Thompson and Thejesh GN. The organising team includes Amitangshu Acharya, Guneet Narula, Isha Parihar, Namrata Mehta, Nasr ul Hadi, Nisha Thompson, Rohith Jyothish, Satyaakam Goswami, Shobha S.V., Souvik Das Gupta, Sumandro Chattapadhyay, and Thejesh G.N.

What is DataMeet?

What started as a Google group and small meetups in Bangalore has now grown to encompass people across the country, discussing ideas, projects, solutions, and challenges that using government and non-government data in India presents. DataMeet at present comprises of a group of 1000 people from across the country who use this group to share data, experiences, projects, and tools to improve access, understanding and use of data.

It is primarily a civic minded group that believe data and technology can be harnessed to better the living conditions of citizens. This includes looking at how to make data open so as to realise its potential to ensure accountability and transparency, and improve policies and implementation of projects across private and civic organisations, and government.

What is an Unconference?

An unconference is an event that is not as structured or curated like a regular conference. This is to allow people who are there to make time and space to speak about what they are interested in and also create informal groups to come together and take ownership of the space.

What is Open Data?

“Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike” - Read more on Open Data Handbook:

Can I Speak?

Unfortunately the scheduled talks at the event are all by invitation. However, the post-lunch sessions at the Camp will provide sufficient space for flash talks and informal discussions for you to share your data works and questions with the participants.

Can I Volunteer?

Yes! Please contact the organisers!

Can I Watch a Webcast or Participate Remotely?

There is no provision for Webcast as of now. However, you can join the discussion remotely over IRC (Freenode, #datameet) or on Twitter (#ODCDEL15).


The Delhi DataMeet community is the organizer of this event. Primary contacts are Guneet Narula ( and Nisha Thompson (


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