A1) A City Data Officer will act as custodian of his/her city data and will act as the driver of City Data plan. He/she will be a flag bearer of open data initiative in their respective city. The CDO‘s major responsibility will be to put their city’s data to right use. Examples for this would be - generating insights, using data for effective service delivery or infrastructure delivery, improving civic operations by making real time decision making etc. CDO will work with city leadership to assess and tap the potential of data and set up data culture across the organization and outside the organization. A CDO can also nominate Data Contributors.

A2) In order to cater to the contribution of the datasets from offices/organization under the Ministries/ Departments, the Chief Data Officer can nominate a number of Data Contributors who would be responsible in contributing the datasets along with their metadata. Data Contributor could be an officer of the Ministry/Department who would be responsible for his/her unit/division. The responsibilities of the Data Contributor are as follows:

  • Responsible for ensuring quality and correctness datasets of his/her unit/division.
  • Preparing and contributing the metadata in the predefined format for the datasets.

A3) India cities are complex ecosystems and the magnitude of challenges faced by them is huge and diverse. One of such challenges is data fetching and intercommunication between the different Government departments. In situation like these, we advise you to create awareness amongst the officials and key stakeholders about the importance of data. Please sensitize the concerned departments and the citizens about what wonders data collation can do. You can also showcase them some success stories around it. This will enable them to vision and work together towards success.

A4) You need to login into the Open Data Portal from a CDO or Data Contributor account and go to “Create Content”. Create a Catalogue and mention the correct Catalog title, keywords and description. Click save and then add the respective resource to this Catalog. Click on Save and once done, please send them to PMU for Publish.Please refer to the SoPs Documentation uploaded on the portal for more details.

Request you to refer to the Do’s and Don’ts and Nomenclature documents available under the Guidelines & Manuals section in Documents, before uploading the data sets.

A5) Please refer to the format of each data set available under Forms section in Documents on the Portal.

A6) Please refer to the Nomenclature document available under the Guidelines & Manuals section in Documents. This document will explain you which resources/data sets will fall under which particular Catalog.

A7) The frequency of updating your city’s data will depend upon the granularity of the data – whether it is daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. You can update your data anytime of the day and multiple number of times. Ideally, it should be updated if there is a change in the data or if something has been uploaded by mistake and that needs to be corrected.

A8) Below is the process to upload data through an API:

  • Create a Catalog.
  • Create a Dataset under the above created Catalog.
  • On the Dataset Creation Page, in the “Datafile URL” field directly enter the Web Service/API URL link.

A9) The ownership of quality, correctness, accuracy and cleanliness of the data, that has been published on the Portal, lies with the City Data Officer.

A12) No, uploading of empty Catalogs is strictly prohibited. A Catalog must have the correct resource associated with it.