4th NSDI WORKSHOP, Lucknow, India
Geo-spatail data is a key for national development especially in the areas of environmental planning, disaster management, infrastructure development, natural resource management, urban planning and many more. In this context, initiative like National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is important as it enables not only a national data inventory but also has the mechanisms for its accessibility and availability to the users who need these data, said Dr K N Mathur, Director General, Geological Survey of India (GSI) while inaugurating the 4rth NSDI conference titles as NSDI for National Development. While addressing a gathering of around 150 delegates from the different spectrums of geomatics community especially from government, industry and academia at Hotel Taj Residency on November 17, 2004 Dr Mathur highlighted the role of GSI in NSDI initiative. The NSDI workshop is organized by Department of Science and Technology, Survey of India and Geological Survey of India. Dr Mathur also released the map of Lucknow prepared by Survey of India on this occasion. The workshop is co-sponsored by Department of Information Technology, Department of Space, Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Environment and Forests.
On the occasion, Dr P Nag, Surveyor General of India appealed to the GIS industry to help in defining standards and also play an active role in the building of NSDI. He also mentioned a major initiative of Department of Science and Technology on Village Information System. Dr Nag mentioned how the entire world is watching the development of NSDI in India. In the keynote address, Dr Joseph Greenwood, Ordnance Survey, United Kingdom emphasized on the importance of a timely decision-making in cost effective manner and in this context the role of geographic information. He explained the role of Ordnance Survey and its contribution to the GDP of Great Britain. Mr R K Bhargava, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines opined that NSDI has a long way to go given the fact the scientific innovations are undergoing to paradigm shift due the pressures of several problems like population explosion and moreover with the advent of IT. Dr R Sivakumar Head, NRDMS & NSDI, Department of Science and Technology presented a report on NSDI activities and progress made since Agra workshop that was held last year. He said that NSDI is the threshold of becoming a reality and it is high time to rededicate us for the NSDI realizing the fact NSDI is only a framework and is built on the consensus achieved in the past three years.
The Plenary Session on NSDI in India and Asia was chaired by Dr P Nag, Surveyor General of India. There were several interesting presentations especially by Dr P C Chaturvedi, Chairman, Central Ground Water Board; Dr Mukund Rao, Dy Director, EOS, Indian Space research Organisation; Brig Girish Kumar, Deputy Surveyor General, Survey of India; Mr Bal Krishna, Associate Editor, GIS Development; Mr Ajith Kumar, Deputy Director General, Geological Survey of India and Mr R P Singh, Deputy Registrar General-Map, Office of Registrar General of India. The session was thought provoking in a way that it discussed the initiatives and preparedness of NSDI by several key government organizations and also had an overview of the NSDI Asian scenario.
The second day had some significant sessions on covering topics like – interoperability and standards, Disaster Management and Environment, NSDI for Land and Environment Management, Industry Preparedness and research agendas for NSDI. Presentations from the civil society sector, private sector, government and academicians thronged the day highlighting the dedication and potential of each sector in making the NSDI a reality. The three-day meet ended with a valedictory session and communiqué that was discussed and adopted by all present in the meet.