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 Editorial

The Internet Model

The Internet is a wonderful place for information publishing, storage and exchange. It runs on a set of technical standards only. Countries may apply restrictions but these are limited to those countries only; besides, there are ways of ‘working around’ them. Strangely, while this model, which has worked so well for information including some geospatial information all these years, there are still those who look for ‘centralisation’ of geospatial information. All the centralisation that is needed is a set of technical standards and a legal mandate. Any agency that wishes to publish, store and exchange geospatial information could easily follow these standards and laws and set up their own information node. It needs to be understood that while a set of base data may be needed universally, every institution needs its own unique information and applications. This is perhaps exemplified by the NDMA’s guidelines for disaster management. One wonders how these very specific requirements could be met with a monolithic National GIS. The Malaysian example of making use of geospatial data for decision making a legal necessity may be a better solution. Lay down standards and the law and leave the rest to the executive agencies and end users.

Prof Arup Dasgupta

arup@geospatialmedia.net
 
 

 Top Stories

NDMA India releases guidelines for disaster management
National Disaster Management authority (NDMA), India, prepared and released the National Disaster Management Guidelines for Information and Communication System (NDMICS). Speaking at the occasion, M. Shashidhar Reddy...
India's National GIS soon to be tabled
A consolidated National GIS, which will help the Government of India (GoI) deliver various public services efficiently, is ready and “we plan to take it to the Cabinet shortly,” stated Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Indian Prime Minister on Infrastructure...
Malaysia soon to table National Geospatial Bill
With an aim to make geospatial technology an essential decision making tool by 2020, for all public and private bodies in Malaysia, the National Geospatial Bill is being formulated, announced Natural Resources and Environment...
 

 Global Headlines

Asia

SOB to complete topo map of Bangladesh by 2016
EPA Taiwan uses g-tech to combat illegal dumping
GoI to keep track of mobile users’ whereabouts
Haryana state in India to curb traffic mishaps using GIS
Archaeological Survey of India seeks SGI’s assistance
Makkah govt to track criminals using GIS
GIS for Makkah and Madinah mosques to be developed

Africa

Online maps to attract investors to Southern Africa
Nigeria issues 200000 land titles, reforms AGIS
EC maps Africa's renewable energies potential
Geospatial tech aiding Swaziland in Malaria eradication

Australia

SeqSLAM algorithm to make navigation simpler
Scientist maps Australian Coral Sea region

Europe

DLR to develop tool to track space debris accurately
ESA launches nine sats, encourages young scientists
Swiss 'janitor satellite' to clean space junk
Geo-Wiki to enhance accuracy of global land cover maps
Bulgarian archaeologists find 130 ancient sites

North America

Thermal Infrared Sensor ready to be integrated with Landsat
Denmark govt launches online tool to map flood risk
Lasers, GPS technology improve snow measurements
Fuel cell industry eyes opportunities in RS market
3D model shows changes made to landscape by quake
BSEE, NOAA to enhance environment response management
Researchers use Google Earth for fish farming
Scientists develop tool to map water use and drought

South America

Bolivia to develop virtual Geospatial Centre for Biodiversity
Cadastral map makes property certification easier

Business, Appointments and Acquisitions

US to spend USD 50 mn on aerial photography
TomTom teams up with insurance broker

New Products, Updates and Releases

Elbit Systems introduces hyperspectral sensor for UAVs
Z/I Software version 6.4 enhances image processing
 

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 Article

Dynamics of land cover change in Kathmandu, Nepal
Dr. Bhagawat Rimal
Everest Geo-science and Information Service Center, Kathmandu, Nepal
Land-use and land-cover (LULC) change, as one of the main driving forces of global environmental change, is central to the sustainable development debate. It affects a wide range of environmental and landscape attributes including the quality of water, land and air resources, ecosystem processes and function, and the climate system. On the other hand, history of urban growth indicates that urban areas are one of most dynamic places on the earth‘s surface. Despite its regional economic importance...
 

 Blog Buster

Smart grid initative ramping up rapidly in India
India is projected to become the world's 5th largest economy by 2020. To achieve that will require a lot more power generation. Electric power demand in India has been growing at an average....
Mapping India, history & culture of India is revealed through its maps
It began five hundred years ago when the very first modern maps of India were drafted. Travellers, wanderers, explorers and traders came overland from the West and carried hack tales about the India of their perception...
To Build a Better Interior Tunisia May Need Better Maps, Experts Say
Hear the term – geospatial information technology – and at first blush you’ll think of it as an obscure field. However, if you’ve ever used Bing Maps, Google Earth or any other navigation...

 Events

Geomatrix '12
Mumbai, India
26 - 29 February 2012


Inspire 2012
Denver, USA
27 - 29 February 2012


GeoNext Conference 2012
Sydney, Australia
29 February 2012


Geo Horizon 2012
India
1 - 3 March 2012

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