• Hindu has a timeline of Indian Financial Ministers as part of budget article. Its been done using KnightLab’s timeline framework. Here is the direct link and source of the published Google Doc used for generating.
  • Controlled Vocabulary Services by Government of India. Useful if you want to standardize names in your project.
  • Devdatta Tengse presents SouthSideUp – Maps to Show A web mercator map with south Up and North at the Bottom.
  • Stories from a Database | Despair and Hope At Chhota Gubbara, which caters to tiny newborns, we had 101 babies. 55 were boys. 46 were girls. Not bad! Especially considering that the sex ratio at birth in Uttarakhand is an alarming 886 girls to 1000 boys, our figures seem to indicate that parents are almost as likely to seek help for their newborn girls as for their newborn boys. Statistically, in fact, the difference was insignificant.
  • Accessing Open Data Portal (India) using APIs by R-Bloggers – Most of the data-sets on the portal are available for manual download. Some of the data-sets though are also available to be accessed using APIs. In this post, I’ll go over how to access that data using APIs (specifically JSON API) in R.Again, the variety of R packages available makes this a not so difficult task. I’ve made use of mainly these packages – XML, RCurl, RJSONIO, plyr.
  • A look at how income affects consumption habits By Rukmini S and Sriram Sivaraman. Last week, the National Sample Survey Office, India’s official source of regular large-sample survey statistics on consumption, employment and other core socio-economic issues, put out its 558th report. The report is based on a nationally representative sample of over 1 lakh households in every state and UT, and measures the levels of consumption of various goods and services. As we’ve noted in the paper, the data points to a big revival in the functioning of India’s Public Distribution System. We also looked at how income circumscribes India’s food choices. That second story is the one we wanted to look at a little more closely today.
  • National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) has defined standards for GeoSpatial Data for India and its called NNRMS STANDARDS – A National Standard For EO Images, Thematic & Cartographic Maps, GIS Databases And Spatial Outputs (PDF).
  • Here’s why Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, UP roads are death traps By Rukmini S and Sriram Sivaraman. The National Crime Records Bureau – India’s official source of police statistics – released its numbers for the last year earlier this week. One major part of the findings are, of course the crime statistics, particularly to do with crimes against women. But another fascinating part is what the police terms as ‘accidental deaths’, a catch-all phrase that covers everything from being bitten by a dog to a bomb explosion and suicides.
  • Data.Gov.In has a new visualization Engine to explore and visualize data. You can also add your data to enhance the visualization.


  • Young Lives: School Survey, India, 2010-2011 – A school survey was introduced into Young Lives in 2010, following the third round of the household survey, in order to capture detailed information about children’s experiences of schooling. It addressed two main research questions:1. how do the relationships between poverty and child development manifest themselves and impact upon children’s educational experiences and outcomes? 2. to what extent does children’s experience of school reinforce or compensate for disadvantage in terms of child development and poverty?


  • No open data? No problem. 5 ways entrepreneurs are fueling open data in the developing world – On the entrepreneurial side, the World Bank’s Open Finances team has been exploring the commercial value of open data, and looking for opportunities to support entrepreneurs. These goals are achievable thanks to governments who have fostered innovation around public data by taking the step to open it. What happens when governments haven’t yet opened public data? Is it possible for entrepreneurs to take advantage of open data where it does not exist?
  • Alberto Cairo: Data journalism needs to up its own standards– The data visualization expert argues that FiveThirtyEight and Vox have overpromised and underdelivered — and that they need to treat their data with more scientific rigor.

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