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  • ARMIS: Using Data to Enhance Urban Mobility

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    Written in collaboration with Ankit Chatri In a significant move towards using information technology and data to enhance the operations of auto rickshaws in Chennai, the Transport Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu has conceptualised the Auto Rickshaw Monitoring Information System (ARMIS). The system will...

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  • Data Systems in India: The Case for an Audacious Overhaul

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    This blog is an outcome of a discussion on the current state of data systems in India and the case for an audacious overhaul in light of ‘Digital India’ initiative with Mr TCA Srinivasa Ragavan. Mr Raghavan is a Senior Associate Editor in the Hindu Business...

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  • International Literacy Day Over the Years

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    A need based evolution of the interpretation of the term ‘literacy’ Literacy by definition broadly means the cognitive skills of reading and writing. A person who could read and write in any language was considered literate. But, the impact and significance of literacy is ever-changing and...

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  • Data Analytics for the Kerala Harvest Festival of Onam

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    It was a customary Onam celebration at Athena with a colorfully arranged Onam pookalam (traditional flower arangement) adorning the entrance until Dr. Ram walked in. He took one look at the pookalam and claimed he could see a schematic expansion series of squares, circles and triangles...

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  • How Can Chennai Listen Better to Data? A Case for Putting Data to Work in Cities

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    During a recent brainstorming exercise on ‘designing interventions to improve the status of Solid Waste Management’ in a pilot ward in a city near Chennai, we came across an interesting array of data on a range of parameters starting from the type of vehicles available for...

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