PC Quest, on its 25th anniversary has organised Best IT Implementation Awards, 2012. Out of 175 nominations from over 30 cities and 25 different types of industries, SPIDER and eMANCHITRA of Department of Planning, GoUP and NIC, Uttar Pradesh have cleared the second and third stage to be amongst the top 25 semi-finalist. Both the articles have been printed in the June and July 2012 issues of PC Quest Magazine.
SPIDER is an internet based data entry and retrieval system that facilitates decentralized, online data entry and updating on more than 4000 parameters thereby providing local level information in digital form for decision making. This project is meant to identify the inter village panchayat, inter block and inter district disparities so that gaps can be found in developed and under developed areas. After implementation of SPIDER, state government is saving about 1.5 crore rupees per year by savings in paper, manpower, data entry and typing work, tabulation, travelling and meetings costs etc.
The eMANCHITRA (Map Based Analytical Charting and Reporting Application) aims at eliminating inter regional disparities that persist as a problem in decentralisation process, by generating grass root level thematic atlases based on SPIDER indicators. Generation of online thematic maps on a 24x7 basis helps in identifying various regional level disparities in the state. It reduces time lag, increases consistency and accuracy of the data cost efficiency and transparency, thus facilitating the super imposition of different layers on the same administration unit.