BUILDING AN OPENSOURCE GOVERNMENT OPERATING SYSTEM

Our vision is to create a layer of reusable OpenSource products for governments that will serve as a government operating system.

Our approach is to build sector specific technology product toolkits using OpenSource components that can be reused across governments.

Our journey has given us deep insights into the need and opportunity for this approach in India. Read about our journey here.

This section will help you understand how you can build reusable, scalable, extensible and deployable technology products using OpenSource components and what these products are all about. The intended audience are bureaucrats, engineers from the National Informatics Centre and engineers working within state department or with external agencies hired by governments.

PRODUCT TOOLKITS

ENABLING SCALABLE INNOVATION THROUGH REUSABLE PRODUCT TOOLKITS

We envision governments to pick products from sector toolkits to immediately deploy in their states. Each product in these toolkits has been carefully designed for governance use cases and the constraints and opportunities for transformation in that sector. Education toolkit is currently live. Toolkits for other sectors to be added soon.

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Education Toolkit

Education toolkit consists of three configurable products – Samiksha (for managing feedback from monitoring and mentoring visits), Samwad (for having templatized but decentralised SMS based communication between parents and teachers) and Pariksha (smart and convenient assessment data collection application for govt school teachers)

Samiksha
Samwad
Pariksha
Odisha

Agriculture

Education - Samwad

>300 active users

>2,500 active users

>20,000 active users

To be launched

Haryana
Uttar Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh

>11,000 active users

Education - Samiksha

Education - Pariksha

Education - Samiksa

TECHNOLOGY COMPONENTS

EACH PRODUCT IS WIRED TOGETHER USING OPEN SOURCE TECHNOLOGY COMPONENTS

Each product has been wired together using OpenSource tools. Our objective is to create reusable, scalable, extensible & deployable products. Each component can be mixed and matched with each other components to create products.

Mobile App (Android)

Configure your own governance mobile application

Application Control

Manage all your applications information and configurations

Database Management

Manage your databases for large scale deployments

Data Analytics

Configure your own visualizations for the application data

PDF Generator

Generate downloadable PDFs from different application data

Conversations & Alerts

Logic based multi-channel conversations and alerts (NEW)

Application Logging

Track application system performance (coming soon)

Security & Optimization

Manage external access to application services (coming soon)

WHY SHOULD GOVERNMENTS BET ON THIS STRATEGY?

Our approach is heavily influenced by the need to empower government engineering teams with technology products built using OpenSource tools that they could independently manage in the long term thereby reducing public expenditure, having confident deployments at scale, with any technology, infrastructure or vendor lock-ins.

The ease of configuring school visit forms, tracking progress and visualising visit feedback in Shiksha Saathi has provided the required flexibility in managing visits and enabled the department to act promptly based on the visit feedback.

Dr. Shikha Sharma, State Coordinator (Review & Monitoring), Samagra Shiksha, Himachal Pradesh

We have been building capability of our team members to use OpenSource tools to build mobile and web based data collections forms and to build dashboards to visualise this data. This is a great effort to empower our teams to use technology appropriately for their initiatives.

Yadvender Kumar, Asstt. Programmer, Samagra Shiksha, Himachal Pradesh

Samiksha is easy to use. The mentoring form is designed well as it is thorough. I also like how it allows us to capture discussions with teachers and HMs, along with any classroom best practices being followed in the school.

Vijay Kumar, Addl. Block Resource Coordinator, Sirsa, Haryana

The Samwad application has allowed the government school education ecosystem in Himachal Pradesh to experience the power of proactive personalised SMS based communication to parents. We hope this becomes a new normal for all government schools in India.

Angmo Katwal, Community Coordinator, Samagra Shiksha, Himachal Pradesh

The simplicity and clarity of the Samarth Assessment Dashboards, built using Metabase, has allowed systematic visualization of student assessment data at the state, district, block and school levels. We are excited to use this approach in other education department dashboards.

Anuradha Sharma, Research & Evaluation Coordinator, Samagra Shiksha, Himachal Pradesh

OpenSource GovOS

  • Reusable (saves public expenditure)
  • Scalable (confident deployments at scale)
  • Interoperable (add value to core systems)
  • Extensible (no technology lock-in)
  • Deployable (no proprietary infrastructure)
  • Sustainable (no vendor lock-ins)

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