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The last decade in India has been an important and eventful decade for access to information and data. The Right to Information Act, 2005 is a landmark movement in the history of access to information in India. The last few years have also witnessed some initiatives to open and share data such as the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy of 2012 and the Open Data Portal of Government of India. TERI, with support from IDRC and the World Wide Web Foundation, has undertaken a study to examine the availability and accessibility of Open Government Data (OGD) for improved governance of extractive energy industries in India. The study focussed on upstream coal and oil & gas sectors and examined issues faced by users in accessing data and government
agencies in providing data. The study also explored how governance deficits can be managed with improved data availability.