Authorities liberalises geospatial knowledge guidelines, points new pointers


Since location information is an integral part of the modern digital ecosystem and is critical to unlocking economic, social and environmental opportunities for sustainable growth and development in the country, the center has guidelines for the collection and creation of spatial data and spatial data services including maps published.

The Ministry of Science and Technology has announced changes to the Indian mapping policy, especially for Indian companies.

“What is available worldwide does not have to be restricted in India. Therefore, geospatial data that was previously restricted is now freely available in India. In addition, our companies and innovators are no longer restricted and no longer require prior authorization. They collect, generate, prepare ahead, disseminate, save, publish, update digital geospatial data and maps in India, “reads a press release from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

India currently relies heavily on foreign resources to map technology and services. The liberalization of the mapping industry and the democratization of existing data sets will fuel innovation at home and allow Indian companies to compete in the global mapping ecosystem through the use of modern spatial data technologies, the ministry said.

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Locally available and locally relevant maps and spatial data would also contribute to better planning and management of resources and better meet the specific needs of the Indian population.

“Sectors like agriculture, health care, finance and revenue, logistics, transportation, technology, commerce and many more – which account for 70% of India’s GDP – will have a positive impact and the country will see GDP growth of 4 to 5 due to the horizontals Record%. ” widespread and ubiquitous benefits of geospatial technologies, “said Rakesh Verma, Chairman and CEO of MapmyIndia.

The new guidelines apply to spatial data, maps, products, solutions and services offered by government agencies, autonomous bodies, academic and research institutions, private organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals.

No prior authorization, security clearance, license or other restriction is required for the collection, generation, preparation, distribution, storage, publication, updating and / or digitization of geospatial data and maps in India. Individuals, companies, organizations and government agencies are free to process the geospatial data collected, create applications and develop solutions in relation to this data and use these data products, applications, solutions etc. through sales, distribution, dissemination etc. Exchange, distribute, publish, discard and destroy.

Self-certification is used to convey compliance with these guidelines. There will also be a negative list of sensitive attributes that would require regulation before anyone can collect and / or use such attribute data.

“By facilitating the collection, generation, processing and distribution of geospatial data and maps within the country, the new directive will enable the exchange, collaboration and easy access to data without restrictions. This would create enormous possibilities for the application of GIS in sectors such as mining, water, public utilities, public safety and infrastructure, which are already heavily dependent on spatial infrastructure, “says Agendra Kumar, President of Esri India Technology Pvt Ltd.

“Even private sectors like insurance, manufacturing, retail and banking can now take advantage of a host of new opportunities associated with location research. This would drive innovation across the geospatial industry as Indian startups and software ISVs develop GIS applications and solutions spearheaded solving some of the country’s greatest challenges, “added Kumar.