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India surges ahead…

The section has a series of interviews from the government, academia and industry. An opinion is coming out strongly on the need of indigenous GIS, not only for the Indian market but also for the global market. Academicians insist on more compatible interface between industry and academia and tend to do away the present scenario where industry retrains the professionals to suit their needs. However, there is a concern not to end up in producing technicians rather than experts. If there is a realization that the line between IT and GIS is getting blurred, the introduction of GIS course as a major field still has to go a long way in most of the institutions.

There are certain issues which have assumed a sense of permanency figured again such as unreasonable restrictions on the maps and digital data, availability of accurate and up-to-date spatial data in standard format, affordability of technology, lack of trained and skilled manpower, capacity building, etc. However, issues pertaining to data ownership and need of adequate regulations to check data pilferage and piracy have also come into focus.

Despite all, there is a change and that is a significant one. The Government of India starts speaking a language that is digital: the Survey of India claims to digitize all the 1:50,000 scale maps and enters in partnerships with private sector; the Department of Space wants to touch the moon; the Geological Survey of India initiates the process to build up an organizational network infrastructure and enterprise cum information portal; the Forest Survey of India says that it uses state of the art techniques in forest cover assessment; the National Informatic Center moves from developing standalone systems to providing web based GIS solutions…

And it is said that an Indian NSDI is on the anvil!

Sounds like a surge?

Bal Krishna
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  • The NSDI is transforming itself from paper to reality
    Prof V S Ramamurthy
  • Spatial data of sensitive areas cannot be allowed to fall in wrong hands
    Lt Gen Davinder kumar
  • SOI takes up projects of national priorities
    Dr Prithvish nag
  • ISRO has provided high-quality leadership to NSDI
    V Sundararamaiah
  • GI organisations should upgrade their data and business processes to better address user concerns
    P C Mandal
  • NRSA has matured into a fully operational remote sensing service provider
    Dr R R Navalgund
  • With availability of digital data on forest cover, there are immense opportunities for value addition
    Dr J K Rawat
  • NIC has moved on from developing standalone systems to providing web based GIS solutions
    Dr Vandana Sharma
  • The border between GIS and information technology is becoming blurred
    Prof Murali krishna V Iyyanki
  • IIRS plays an important role in disseminating knowledge and building professional excellence in geoinformatics
    Dr P S Roy
  • Introduction of GIS as a major field of study in Indian educational institutes is still a dream
    Dr Madhav N Kulkarni
  • Institutions may be generating only technicians and not experts
    Dr SM Ramasamy
  • Users’ profile has changed considerably
    Rajesh Mathur
  • The main issues are the quality and accuracy of data supplied by the agencies
    S Rajagopalan
  • Adequate regulations should be adopted to check on data pilferage and piracy
    Rakesh Verma
  • GIS can be used for better access health care for poor
    J P Mishra
  • Lack of resource personnel is a hurdle for applying the technology in Government departments
    A S Dhingra