Making justice data open and actionable for all.

Access to open and actionable justice data has the potential to revolutionize legal research, legal services, reporting, policymaking, advocacy efforts, and provision of services to a wide range of actors. It can literally help us build the Alexa for justice! Access to justice data, created by universities, civil society organizations, researchers, courts, prisons, tribunals, and other public authorities has the potential to empower various users to explore, leverage, and contextualize the same datasets differently.

This initiative was founded in June 2019 to catalyze a data-driven future in law and justice by (i) championing the Open Data Pledge, (ii) catalyzing data and technology Commons for justice, (iii) advocating for open data with government authorities, and (iv) unlocking resources of all types.

Data for Justice meetup
Data forjustice meetup

The Journey of Data For Justice

  • Challenge Announcement
  • Invited Inputs
  • Framed Challenge
  • Challenge Launched
  • Applications Close
  • Winners Announced
  • Launched Collaborative Development
  • Open Data Pledge
  • Launching Commons for NLP
  • - May 2019: Announced Challenge

    We launched the Data for Justice Challenge to curate a collaborative entrepreneurial effort that increases and evolves the use of publicly available judicial data.

    The Challenge was supported by several collaborators. Our Expert Partner was Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance, National Law University, Delhi. Our Thought Partners included Omidyar Network India, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Trilegal and Ashoka Innovators for the Public.

  • - June 2019: Invited Inputs

    To develop a shared understanding of the needs and opportunities of the sector and identify innovators with the will and ideas to create powerful collaborative solutions, we convened online and offline Agami Meetups. We hosted Agami Meetups in Bangalore, New Delhi & Mumbai through June 2019; the Delhi one was co-hosted with the great team at PROTO that brought together over 100 participants and enriched our perspectives to frame the Challenge.

  • - June 2019: Framing the Challenge

    To synthesize the wide range of perspectives and opportunities shared during the Agami Meetups, we anchored the framing process around a few critical questions:

    –How might we leverage all the work and efforts already at play? 
    –What might enable us to pool our collective strengths?
    –What might be the leanest way to create a multiplier effect?

    With these guiding questions, we framed the Challenge to enable each of us to share, build-upon and co-create datasets in law and justice. We saw the opportunity to collaborate on each other’s datasets and create a resource that can grow the community of data users and generate insights for impact. And to leverage technology to offer tools that enable the analysis and interoperability of diverse datasets.

  • - July 2019: Challenge Launch

    With a starting fund of INR 1 crore, we invited applicants under two tracks:

    1. Create a Hub: For entrepreneurs, technologists, universities, research centres and others to take on the challenge of creating a DataHub / GitHub equivalent for law and justice (“Hub”). Applicants had to combine technology with a design that encourages users to share and co-create datasets.
    2. Create Datasets: For researchers or journalists to propose compelling and strategic justice data-driven projects and commit to sharing these datasets on the Hub. 
  • - August 2019: Close Applications

    We received 50 applications for both the tracks: 15 for Track 1 to create a Hub, and 35 for Track 2 to create Datasets.

  • - October 2019: Announcement of Winners

    Seven finalists were selected after a rigorous and transparent two-stage selection process involving inputs through public comments, screening and interviews by the Agami team, and an expert jury. 

    The jury comprising of Achal Prabhala, Rahul Matthan, Anjali Bharadwaj and Sandeep Sinha selected Civic Data Lab to build the Hub under Track 1. Furthermore, four projects were selected under Track 2 to create datasets on the death penalty, POCSO cases, firm-level litigation and contract enforcement by Project 39A, HAQ, IGIDR and NIPFP respectively.

  • - November 2019: Launched Collaborative Development

    We kickstarted the collaborative development of the Justice Hub with a meeting on November 8, 2019, in Bangalore. Over 20 experts and leaders from technology, law, data sciences and open data contributed to informing the foundational principles and approach that will govern the direction and design of the Justice Hub. 

    An alpha version of the Justice Hub is expected to be ready by the end of May 2020.

  • - Open Data Pledge

    To catalyze more datasets to be open and accessible for all, we evangelised the open data pledge for researchers, civil society organisations, think tanks, philanthropies and others to take. Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Susan Thomas (IGIDR), Aparna Chandra (CLPG, NLU Delhi), Nick Robinson (independent researcher), Tata Trusts, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Studio Nilima and CHRI are today pioneering by committing to the Open Data Pledge.

  • - Launching a Collaborative Initiative to Accelerate NLP in Legal Data

    We are bringing together over 20 leading data scientists, universities, entrepreneurs and researchers to accelerate a collaborative effort that leverages cutting-edge technology to unlock legal data-driven solutions.

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.

Nick RobinsonIndependent researcher
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