NUDM is predicated on the belief that urban India’s opportunities can only be unlocked by a deep partnership between the actors of the quadruple helix, namely governments, civil society, industry, and academia. A key enabler of such collaboration is the creation of standards that will allow diverse stakeholders and their corresponding systems to interoperate seamlessly. In keeping with the three pillars, NUDM will facilitate the creation of standards for people, processes, and platforms, as also for APIs and data.

In the context of the NUDM, a standard is a collection of minimal requirements and definitions which helps solutions to:

  • Coexist and inter-operate correctly with each other
  • Speed up time to market
  • Meet the necessary regulations/policies
  • Help compare the applicability of competing solutions
  • Allow solution providers the choice of technology

Standards Development Principles

To achieve a balance between standardization for quality and leaving space for innovation, NUDM will follow the following principles to develop standards:

  • Standards respond to a need in the market
  • Standards are based on expert opinion
  • Standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder process
  • Standards are consensus-based

Types of  Standards

Knowledge and Process (Operational) Standards

These are usually definitional standards that encapsulate the relevant domain knowledge and processes in the domain. These mainly include:

  • list of terms or symbols
  • definitions and detailed specifications of terms, symbols, entities (Ontologies)
  • classification of terms, symbols, entities (Taxonomies)
  • dimensions and metrics for performance measurements
  • best practices and guidelines
  • standard operating procedures, certifications etc.

Technology Standards (Software/Hardware/Data)

These are technology standards that make the data machine readable and define common application interfaces that help diverse systems interoperate. These mainly include:

  • Data Models – usually derived from the ontologies and definitions from knowledge standards
  • API Specifications – definition of software interfaces available to perform operations on applications like creating, manipulating, counting, searching the digital entities
  • Message Protocols – protocols for encoding the messages e.g. json, xml
  • Data Privacy and Security standards (including requirements specified by law)

MoHUA has released an initial set of smart cities ICT standards for ensuring well harmonized, secure and sustainable digital infrastructure across smart cities.

View the ICT Standardisation Study Report on Smartnet or on the Bureau of Indian Standards website.

NUDM welcomes highly experienced practitioners and experts from across the urban sector to join the standardization effort.

Please write to with the copy of your resume and portfolio of work. We will revert to all candidates basis their experience and qualifications.