Research project: Open government data for regulation of energy resource industries in India

India is endowed with a huge mineral resource base. However, the mining sector faces many regulatory challenges, with significant lawlessness and weak enforcement of existing laws. It is hypothesised that a lack of available data in the public domain, and poor use of data, has contributed to the status quo. This project has examined the availability, accessibility and use of open data in the extractive energy industries sector in India. It looked at the impact of existing instruments and initiatives relating to coal, petroleum and natural gas, and explored opportunities to enhance the openness of government data for the extractive resource sector.


Report Open government data for regulation of energy resources in India (2014) N. Srivastava; V. Agarwal; S. Bhattacharjya; T. Gopalakrishnan; H. Meenawat; B.Prasad Nayak; A. Soni (Download)

Project updates

Data landscape

TERI’s project on OGD in energy resources approaches open government data in India through the following conceptual framework. All the data that is relevant for governance may or may not exist. Therefore, focusing on just ‘opening’ up of government data may not be a comprehensive approach to the larger issue of access and availability of information. The attached figure clarifies how the government data can be classified in the Indian context.

Workshop on "Energy resources: Towards increased availability and improved access to government data"

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), with support from the World Wide Web Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) organized a consultative workshop on ‘Open Government Data and Resources’ on 17th July 2013 at TERI, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

ODDC Network Meeting, London, April 24-26 2013

The first network meeting of researchers across the globe associated with the 'Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries' project was held in London at the Open Data Institute in April 2013. All project partners presented the scope and progress on their respective studies. The TERI presentation focussed on the emerging institutional framework for Open Data in India.

Open Government Data in India

After years of widespread movement across the country to recognize citizen’s right to information, the RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT was legislated in 2005. While a watershed in citizen’s access to public information, the Act is still reactive in nature, working on a model where information is provided as and when demanded by citizens.