This platform was developed as part of a larger project on Information and Communication infrastructure by UDRI, supported by Ford Foundation. The campaign for ICI calls for universal access to broadband connectivity. For more information, log on to: sabkeliyebroadband.com
WHY OPEN DATA MATTERS
‘Open’ Data means that which is unrestricted in its access to people. In India, it is a challenge to acquire data on cities, coming as it does with a high cost that is unaffordable to many. This platform aims to provide access to data for those organisations and people who would not otherwise be able to, and can be used to engage with the city actively. Data can be a powerful tool of empowerment for citizens to take the democratic process into their hands. It is also a tool that can initiate dialogue with local authorities, making them accountable to citizens for providing infrastructure and services.
HOW TO USE THIS PLATFORM
People can use the platform to view existing spatial data or the mobile app to report deficiencies in their neighbourhoods, voice their demands for better infrastructure and amenities and collaborate with government in planning, implementation and monitoring.
The site comprises of two main interactive platforms: MAPS and CITY LOG.
MAPS is a spatial database on Mumbai city that can be used through three options. The first, Layers, comprises various maps generated under 9 thematic heads of Demography, Land use & Development Plan, Housing, Transport, Physical Infrastructure, Social Amenities, Environment, Livelihood and Governance. The second, Queries, allows users to view and generate data with graphs and tables alongside spatial data. The third, Tools allows users to carry out area calculations, buffer, zoom and print relevant maps for their purpose.
CITY LOG is a mobile application (still under development) that will enable users to report issues in their neighbourhood and pinpoint corrections to be made to existing maps. The app will require users to set up a user account through Facebook or Gmail. The app is currently functional for iOS and Android users.