India gives highest attention to sharing of scientific data

• Department of Science and Technology secretary Ashutosh Sharma has underlined the increasing attention given by India on sharing scientific data with its global partners, the DST said on Sunday.

• He underlined the increasing attention given by India to sharing of scientific data as was evident from India’s National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (INDSAP).

About:

• INDSAP aims to increase the accessibility and easier sharing of non-sensitive data amongst the registered users and their availability for scientific, economic and social developmental purposes.

• It helps in maximizing use of government owned data, avoid duplication of data collection, better integration of data sets, identification of ownership, better
decision-making etc.

• He also highlighted India’s active Science and Technology collaboration, with over 40 countries, for development and for addressing challenges of health, water, energy, environment, climate change, communication, and natural disasters.

• India is part of major multilateral and regional Science and Technology platforms and groupings such as EU, BRICS, ASEAN, G20, UN etc as well as international mega-science projects such as International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) etc.

• Coalitions for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, International Solar Alliance and Mission Innovation are India’s global initiatives in the management of disasters and clean energy.

About Science and Technology is society (STS) forum:

• It aims to provide a mechanism for open discussions on an informal basis, and to build a human network that would resolve the new types of problems stemming from the application of science and technology.

• Science and Technology Ministers’ Roundtable is held along with the STS forum every year.

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