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“Data is power. Open data is public power. When government and researchers allow their data to be made public, it improves our understanding of the world and makes for better policy.”
"The use of large data sets will, in the next few years, completely change the way government and civil society looks at the judicial system in India. It has the potential to completely transform our understanding of how the judiciary works and continuing our efforts to help bring about judicial reforms in India, Vidhi is thrilled to take the open data pledge."
“Why do I believe that we should have open data? At the heart of the scientific process in any domain or on any question, is that there should be multiple, rival analyses based on the identical data. And the starting point for this is the public goods of high quality, standardised, accessible data.”
Economist, Finance Research Group
"The potential of a platform like Jusitice Hub, is that it moves the conversation on very difficult questions in our society towards a more evidence based understanding. Many of the questions require moving away from intuition and passion and that kind of analysis. And we really need to see what is happening on the ground and unless we bring all of these things together, collaboratively, understanding all problems in all its complexity becomes difficult."
Dr. Anup Surendranath
Executive Director, Project 39A
"We chose to share our data openly on the Justice Hub, as a matter of scientific research principle i.e. allow verification of the quantitative analysis. But the other motivation to do it was the availability of data itself for research. Original research in judicial studies is so low, that there is value in publishing it because somebody else might come and do some research on it that we hadn't thought of."
Research fellow, NIPFP
“Sharing the data set on an open access platform fosters research. We want our data set to be used by as many people as possible and let a thousand ideas bloom with what can be done with this data and how it can feed into a meaningful feedback loop for policymakers, litigants and court administration.”
Executive Director, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights
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