The Fifth Elephant 2017

On data engineering and application of ML in diverse domains


Transforming India's Budgets into Open Linked Data

Submitted by Gaurav Godhwani (@gggodhwani) on Sunday, 30 April 2017

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Section: Full talk for Data in Government track Technical level: Intermediate

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Indian Budget documents across various tiers of government, consist of detailed information on allocations made and resources raised in a financial year. Unfortunately these documents are published in unstrtuctured PDFs which makes it difficult for researchers, economists and general public to analyse and use this crucial data. This session will delve into our journey of developing OpenBudgetsIndia - a collective initiative to make India’s budgets open, usable and easy to comprehend.

What’s in for you?

Building data pipelines for civic-engagement is still in its embryonic stage in India, this talk will give an opportunity to data enthusiasts to learn, produce and contribute to open data in their geographies. People will also explore how we can employ simple scripts and open-source tools to deal with complex multifarious data formats.


The session will be organized as:

  • Setting the scene
  • Major issues with Indian Budget Documents
  • Role of Open Source + Communities
  • Key components of our Open Data Pipeline: Scrape, Parse, Transform, Publish, Analyse
  • Open Linked Data: Benefits and Usage
  • Various Analysis Tools
  • How you can contribute
  • Future
  • Questions

Speaker bio

Building | Doing data-for-good at DataKind Bangalore



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  • Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Reviewer 2 years ago

    Share draft slides, detailing the content you will cover + two-min preview video explaining what this talk is about and why participants should attend.

    • Gaurav Godhwani (@gggodhwani) Proposer 2 years ago

      Thanks Zainab, I have added link to the draft slides. Will add a preview video in a day.

  • Oliver Jacob 3 months ago

    Well, Linked Data need a lot of managment and you also need to make a backup for your data. As per guide of you can’t manage it alone so you should hire a team for your original data.

  • Neon (@neon290) 2 months ago

    I did not have much info about data managment but your video help me a lot.

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