New Delhi: The ‘Lok Dhaba’ dataset hosted by the Trivedi Centre for Political Data at Ashoka University has won the 2023 Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award given by the American Political Science Association.
Lok Dhaba, according to its website, is a repository of Indian election results, both assembly and Lok Sabha, beginning 1962. It has detailed studies of election metrics across demographs and is open and free for anyone to use.
The Trivedi Centre is a research effort led by faculty members in the political science and computer science departments at Ashoka University.
In a tweet, Trivedi Centre director Gilles Verniers has written that the award is being shared by him and Francesca R. Jensenius, political science professor at the University of Oslo, both of whom worked on the dataset.
Thrilled to announce that the Lok Dhaba dataset has received the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award by @APSAtweets Comparative Politics section. @fr_jensenius and I share this prize on behalf of all TCPD collaborators and friends who contributed to build this public good.
— Gilles Verniers (@GillesVerniers) June 4, 2023
The American Political Science Association notes that the Dataset Award recognises a publicly available data set that has made an important contribution to the field of comparative politics. It is one of six prizes that the Association gives in the ‘comparative politics’ section.
Verniers and Jensenius are co-winners of the award with Michael Denly, Michael Findley, Joelean Hall, Andrew Stravers and James Walsh, who made the Global Resources Dataset, the world’s largest time-varying, spatial natural resources dataset.