UPSC Prelims 2020 Model 05

NITI Aayog Launches National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP)

General Studies Contemporary Issues 05: NITI Aayog released its vision for the National Data and Analytics Platform (NDAP) on January 23, 2020.

The platform aims to democratize access to publicly available government data. It will host the latest datasets from various government websites, present them coherently, and provide tools for analytics and visualization. NDAP will follow a user-centric approach and will enable data access in a simple and intuitive portal tailored to the needs of a variety of stakeholders.


Standardize data across multiple Government sources, provide flexible analytics and make it easily accessible in formats conducive for research, innovation, policy making and public consumption.

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  • User-centric: Data access is user-friendly and engaging, tailored to the needs of policymakers, bureaucrats, researchers, innovators, data scientists, journalists and citizens alike.
  • Coherent: Multiple data sets are presented using a standardized schema, by using common geographical and temporal identifiers.
  • Up-to-date: Standard Operating Procedures are set to ensure data is updated regularly.
Data Sources
  • Websites of over 50 Ministries and Departments of the Central Government and data.
  • Websites of all Departments and Ministries of the State Government, not exceeding 250

India has rich publicly available data. Government departments have digitised various processes and reporting requirements, which in turn are feeding into management information systems and interactive dashboards. This data is being used to track and visualise progress and make iterative improvements on the ground.

However, the data landscape can improve. All public government data should be easily accessible to all stakeholders in a user-friendly manner. Further, data across sectors should be coherent to support analysis and dissemination. In addition, there should be easy access to the most recent data, published reliably.

NDAP will take a user-centric approach to providing access to data.

The platform will be powered by a user friendly search engine, backed by seamless navigation, with a worldclass user interface. Data will be provided in a machine-readable format with customisable analytics. Dynamic visualisations will be generated based on user search terms. The platform will be designed and optimised to the needs of policymakers, bureaucrats, researchers, innovators, data scientists, journalists, and citizens.

NDAP will provide access to data from multiple sectors in one place.

Data will be sourced from different Central and State Ministries and Departments. This will be presented using a common schema, with clear definitions and narratives to help the user navigate the differences between similar data from different sources.