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Ravi Gupta

After deliberating upon the jargon of ‘e-Readiness’ and perhaps finding that we are largely ‘e-unready’; now it is the turn of ‘g-Readiness’. But have we comprehended ‘g-Readiness’ before assessing ourselves? How do we define g-Readiness? What purpose? What do we achieve?

At the very basics, g-Readiness may mean individuals’ / organisations’ / government’s ability to use the geographic information available and add value to all concurrent activities. Hence it is perceivable that g-Readiness depends to a great degree upon ‘g’ information. Readiness is a function of both the supply and demand side of such information. The individual / organisation / user can only be ready to the extent of the supply. Demand may give shape to the potential, but supply can actually form his/her readiness. It is just like where one cannot estimate how much he is e-Ready unless he has seen an Internet connection. g-Readiness is also a context sensitive aspect. While g-Readiness in the USA is currently seen more in the context of homeland security, risk assessment, etc., many parts of Asia see it as something related to infrastructure, flood, natural resource management, health etc. This issue is showcased in a manner that first attempts to set that crucial context in the Asian perspective. The developmental and growth parameters relevant for spatial implications are touched upon.

The national mapping agencies are seemingly the key players in any country, whose vision, mission, mandate and functioning play a crucial role in deciding the g-Readiness of a country. This g-Readiness supply percolates down and plays a crucial role in defining the level of g-demand down the line. In that respect, this issue brings you the case of India, with perhaps the oldest National Mapping Organisation in the world, discussed by eminent stalwarts of the ‘g-Field’. Even though it is one of the largest surveying organisations, it is not necessarily doing the best. Attempts at unfolding the challenges and opportunities faced by these organisations vis-à-vis similar organisations in UK and the Netherlands is put forth. The case of Survey of India gives a bird’s eye view of National Mapping Organisations in the region and the pertinent implications attached with such agents in the supply chain of g-Information. Readiness in anything is also about change. To be g-Ready, a change is necessary and inevitable. The question is, start the change with whom and wait till when?

Let us make it simpler – leaving aside g-Ready, are we just ready ?

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