Karnataka Learning Partnership (KLP) has created a web app using the data released by District Information System for Education (DISE) that will allow you to explore data on all primary schools, public and private, in Karnataka. The data can be filtered on the basis of Education districts, blocks and clusters as well as by MP and MLA aggregations and by PIN codes.
It shows the number of schools, classrooms, students, teachers, libraries and toilets apart from also listing breakup of private and public schools and teachers and students on the basis of gender, apart from listing the number of schools on the basis of language of instruction. This information is available for the district and cluster level and it also gives you an option to search for a specific school to view its demographic information.
The service uses data from DISE’s annual report to display demographic information, funding offered and infrastructure available for public schools in the state, district or cluster.
KLP’s app is built on top of OpenStreetMap and has a simple interface with the map occupying three-fourth of the screen. On the right hand side it has a panel where it lists all the information depending on your selection. It also provides some basic filtering tools apart from letting you compare data from previous years.
To create the app, KLP has filtered out schools that may not be primary schools, done geo-processing to find latitude and longitude points for many of the schools in the DISE database and then assigned views such as elected representatives and PIN Codes to these schools. Finally the group was left with 30 schools from 2010-11, 46 from 2011-12, 20 from 2012-13 that did not have enough location data and were hence excluded from the app. The number of schools excluded from the project was not more than 1% according to it.
The organisation announced via a blog post that this is a beta release and that in the future it would like to provide the option to analyse data at every level of aggregation over time, apart from letting one export data from selected views.
Why is this important The data can help people understand the place they live in or want to live in. Politicians only care about the number of schools in an area, but the breakdown of these numbers tell a more compelling story. How much does that government school in your area get? How many children does that public library in your locality cater to? It’s all there for you to see and analyse.
Like all data oriented projects this is just step one to making an actual change in the educational system in the country. You can use the data available here and then may be approach politicians in the area and convince them to make an actual change. It is also worth noting the group has released the sourcecode for the project on Github.
Also read: The Case For Open Data In India