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    Unshackle the Maps

  • We fully support your effort in liberating maps from government control. The Hindu of 16th July on page 14 has a news item titled “Newspaper fined for printing wrong map”. The news item says that Indian Express was fined Rs 1.5 lakhs for printing a tiny map showing Bhutan. The charge was that the map was not in conformity with the map of India. Would you be able to get more details of this case?

    This case has relevance to the GIS community. Should all of us who publish various maps both in digital and in print form should get our maps checked by some government agency? I see maps of India in [email protected] accompanying articles. What is the procedure to get a map checked?

    It would be good if you get a legal expert to look at these cases and write an article.

    S. Rajagopalan
    Director , TIDE , Bangalore
    email: [email protected]

  • I have just seen your new issue of May-June ‘99 and found it very interesting. In particular, I am impressed by the campaign “Unshackle the maps”. In fact, not only the maps but a lot more needs to be freed from the clutches of Government agencies. In long term, the restrictions imposed by the Government will harm our country instead of securing its interests. This I can say with conviction at least for geomatics area. I am an airborne-remote-sensing man and understand the tremendous potential it holds for economical, social and scientific development of India. Thisis a very vibrant area of remote sensing and unarguably considered a prime source of data for GIS all over the world. In most of the developed countries private companies are allowed to fly airborne sensors to collect a range of data without much clearances from the Government. However, in Indian scenario, as I understand at the moment, airborne remote sensing is almost an impossible task due to severe and lengthy clearances from several high-headed agencies. We can not progress in our GIS activities unless afair amount of freedom is allowed for collecting the data. After all, GISs, well known for their hunger of data, can not be left for starvation….

    I commend your efforts and hope the future issues will be able to initiate a more wider debate on the utility of unnecessary and useless Government policies in geomatics area.

    Bharat Lohani
    Environmental Systems Science Centre
    The University of Reading
    Harry Pitt Building, 3 Earley Gate
    Whiteknights, PO Box 238
    Reading RG6 6AL, U.K.
    email: [email protected]

  • Wonderful effort

  • Congratulations for bringing out such wonderful magazine. It is boon to GIS consultants like us because it gives the scenario at what rate Indian market is moving and gives us a platform to bridge the technological gap with world market. The magazine carries the punch in boosting the GIS market and exposing the new technology and area of application.

    It unravels the difficulties in getting the topo-sheets. In fact I am a GIS consultant working in the Kerala state capital Trivandrum. During the recent opening of Kerala NASSCOM opening I had an opportunity of meeting Mr. Dewang Mehta. I posed the difficulties of getting topo-sheets and enquired about the lobbying by NASSCOM for GIS industry. In fact he was positive on his reply and suggested to send forward the difficulties. We feel unless free accessibility to digital data of topo-sheets is available the market will remain latent.

    Venkata Krishna R, Executive-GIS
    Pentafour Communications Ltd.
    Email: [email protected]

  • Your latest issue on Disaster Management is an excellent collection of exhaustive information on this area. Congratulations on the very good work that is being done by you and your young team.

    Prof. N. Vinod Menon
    Head, Centre for Disaster Management
    Raj Bhawan Complex, Pune 411 007.
    Email: [email protected]

  • I am impressed with the quality of the Journal. You are doing an excellent service to our discipline and to India. I wish all the best for a very successful conference and continued good health of your lively journal.

    Sanjib Ghosh
    Email: [email protected]
    Fax: (614)870-8538

  • I have had a chance to look at some of the previous issues of [email protected] and found them most informative. Keep up the good work!

    David Rebertson, GSDI Secretariat
    Spatial Data Infrastructure Programme
    Australian Surveying & Land Information Group (AUSLIG)
    Tel:+62 2 6201 4382 Fax: +61 2 6201 4366
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: , https://www.gsdi.org

  • Oops!

  • We have read with interest your article about Genesys Technologies -Bangalore Mysore Express Corridor on page 13 of your May- June 1999 issue. Unfortunately the entire meaning of the article has been changed because one word in line 19 was left out as follows,”The use of photogrammetry has not reduced…….cost to an extent. There is a “ONLY” to be added between HAS and NOT.”

    Please issue a correction.

    Col J Jacob
    Genesys Technologies

    Error is regretted —Editor