IT enabled services company Datanet India, has launched a new election-oriented data portal at ElectionsinIndia.com. This site will join Datanet India’s existing socio-economic data portals like Indiastat.com, DistrictsofIndia.com, and HindiBelt.com among others. The company claims to operate over 720 websites which offer data on India, its sectors, regions, states and districts level websites.
Content: Datanet states that ElectionsinIndia will offer latest election results of rural and urban local bodies; constituency-wise election data for all the parliamentary and assembly constituencies in India since Independence. Dr R.K. Thukral, Director, Datanet India, claimed that the portal will offer constituency–wise election data for all the 543 parliamentary and 4120 state legislative assembly constituencies in India.
He stated that the portal will also offer district-wise social-economic statistical data across various categories like Agriculture, Bank & Finance, Crime & Law, Demographics, Economy, Education, Environment & Forest, Health & Family Welfare, Industries & Mining, Infrastructure, Labour & Workforce, Media, Social & Welfare Schemes, Travel & Tourism and Housing among others.
When we checked, we noticed that the site aggregates all the latest election related updates from various media outlets like Times Of India, Zee News, IBNLive, and OneIndia among others on the homepage. It also has a dedicated Highlights section which offers state-wise election related updates published by different media outlets.
The homepage also features a drop down menu, allowing users to head over to any specific parliamentary constituency and a right sidebar providing quick access to state and union territory specific pages.
Subscription Plan: While the site offers sample data tables to preview the data available on the portal, we noticed that one needs to subscribe to the service before accessing any kind of raw data available on the portal. At the time of writing this article, the site only offered an yearly subscription plan of Rs 21,500 (Rs 24,157 with taxes) per constituency, which provides unlimited access for data from that specific parliamentary constituency. It also offers a 10% discount for customers signing up for 2-5 parliamentary constituencies and 15% discount for customers signing up 5-10 parliamentary constituencies.
While we believe the pricing is expensive for users, it’s worth noting that the site has a comprehensive list of data sets across various categories for each constituency, albeit a bit dated. Here are some of the sample data sets.
Payment Modes: The site currently offers various payment modes including Credit & Debit card, National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) or Wire Transfer, Banker Cheques and Demand Drafts.
Authenticity of Data? It’s not clear on how the company is sourcing the data for this portal, since there is no such mention on the website, which also raises the issue of the authenticity and credibility of the data being offered on the portal. For its sister site IndiaStat.com, Datanet has stated that the company sources its data from various reports, statistical publications, and policies as well as other releases of various ministries and departments of the Indian government and its states, semi-government departments, autonomous and trade bodies, and parliament question-answers among others.
Data.gov.in: In September 2012, Indian Government had finally launched its open data initiative data.gov.in after more than an year of its announcement. The government had stated that this portal will allows the Government of India Ministries/ Departments and their organizations to publish data-sets, documents, services, tools and applications collected by them for public use. However the site is still at a nascent stage and offered only 19 datasets from five departments at the time of writing this article. We believe that the Government should share more data sets in the future and seek participation from more government departments, and more data should be available, publicly, free of charge.
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