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Executive Summary

The last decade in India has been an important and eventful decade for access to information in India. Right to Information Act in 2005 can be seen as a landmark in the history of access to information in India. The last yew years also witnessed the emergence of Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy and OGD portal in India.

TERI, with its previous work on energy governance and resource extraction has undertaken this study to examine how better availability and access to data can help in governance of resource development, especially energy sources. With support from IDRC and the World Wide Web Foundation, this study was initiated to examine the availability and accessibility of Open Government Data (OGD) for improved governance of extractive energy industries in India and understand the issues therein. The study focussed on coal and oil & gas sectors.