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Why India’s open standards policy is a historic development

InformationWeek - Due to the enormous size and scope of e-governance in India, open standards are critical to the flow of information among various e-governance applications. For example, if a Central Government Ministry requests a certain set of information from state governments in India, and each state government submits the data in a different format, enormous amounts of time will be wasted in converting the data into a common format. There is also risk that data could be lost in the process of converting data from one format to another. If the government stores its data in a closed format, it could permanently lose access to that data if the owner of that format goes out of business or refuses to provide access to that format.