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Monday, February 19, 2007

India moving toward OA for govt geospatial data

Rajeev Deshpande and Nitin Sethi, GIS loosens govt hold on useful info, Times of India, February 18, 2007. 

Getting information out of government is a bit like getting blood from a stone. For more than two years, the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) project has struggled to ensure that departments open their trove of information maps and data on forests, minerals, town planning, rainfall, archaeology for being placed on a proposed Geospatial Information System (GIS) backbone.

Slowly, official curmudgeonness gave way to curiosity and then an awareness of the power of GIS. As turf-zealous babus began to understand that GIS has immense benefits for every department which will be part of NSDI, and that they would be at the frontiers of science and technology, that data began to be shared....

The NSDI web-user interface will provide open access of the information processed by the project....