The Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) was inaugurated by Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi on September 28, 2018. The centre has been set up by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in a joint initiative with National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI).
Speaking on the occasion, the IT Minister said that this is the age of data and data is power and information highway is equally important as national highways. Unveiling the potential that data analytics has in transforming the way the government schemes are run, the Minister also released a white paper on ‘Data Analytics in Government’ that brings to the front the need for a data-driven decision making and policy formulation in government across the entire spectrum of its activities.
The Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) has been created to support government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as a part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance.
The centre will help in fast-tracking the adoption of advanced world-class data analytics services in government.
It aims to strengthen citizen service delivery through data-driven governance.
It proposes to establish strong partnerships with academia and industry to ensure that the cutting edge technologies and quality expertise are brought in to help the government take advantage of the booming analytic wave.
CEDA: Key Objectives
• To be a focal point and centre of expertise in data analytics for government and public sector.
• To help ministries in assessing the impact from the analytics solutions and help in understanding changes to organisational roles and responsibilities.
• To facilitate faster and cost-effective technology adoption.
• To promote capacity building and enable the departments to self-service analytics with minimum technical support.
• To implement a knowledge repository to collect learnings from across projects and share best practices across initiatives to ensure the adoption of best practices.
The CEDA will provide the following services to the Government:
Data Quality Assurance Services: The centre will provide data profiling tools and techniques and the necessary expertise to analyse the data for quality issues. While data cleaning shall be done for making the data ready for analytical use, recommendations shall also be given in order to help the department take necessary actions to further improve their data collection process.
Custom-built Data Analytics Solutions: The centre will build analytic solutions that are specific to a particular problem which may relate to a single or a combination of departments.
Develop reusable assets: The CEDA will build Data Analytic solutions that address a generic data analytics problem that is prevalent across departments or states. Such a solution will then be made available to other departments/states as a pre-built analytic solution that can be operationalized for the new states at a cost-effective and a much faster rate.
Knowledge Management: The centre will implement knowledge repository to collect learnings from across projects and share best practices across initiatives and will ensure usage of best practices in across the government.
Capacity Building and Self Service Analytics: Besides creating the analytics solutions for the government departments, the centre’s focus would also be to train and enable the departments to do self-service analytics by simplifying the data in a manner in which an administrator can use it with minimum technical support.
Change Management: The centre will help ministries in assessing the impact from the analytics solutions and help in understanding changes to organizational roles and responsibilities
The shift towards the digital age, propelled by Digital India Program, has led to tremendous growth in data related to various aspects of Government functions and services.
As the next logical step, government departments are now looking to exploit this mount of a gold mine by investing in analytical solutions that can turn this data into insights.
Besides CEDA, DigiVaarta App, which aims to spread awareness on DigiDhan, was launched in Delhi. The app also aims to spread the popularity of BHIM’s barcode-based merchant payment mode with merchants and traders at large.
The initiative aims to enable citizen government dialogue and engage citizens in educational and outreach programmes. The app can perform many more functions beyond chat and offers audio-video tutorials.
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