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‘Economic value of geospatial data lies in its utility’

Hyderabad, February, 5: The critical importance of geospatial information and how both government and private sector are fostering innovation in application was brought out at the plenary session on the first day of India Geospatial Forum 2014 here today.

BN Satpathy @PlanComIndiaPlanning Commission India gives importance to #GIS data at #IGF2014 in major plans pic.twitter.com/r1b0HT4yDp

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Describing the early initiatives of the Government of India in fostering application development, BN Satpathy, Senior Advisor – Environment & Forest and Science & Technology, Planning Commission, informed the audience about the National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) started way back in 1983. He said NNRMS is a unique system integrating state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS with conventional methods for the optimal utilisation and development of natural resources.

He also informed that in order to enhance the usage of geospatial information by different central and state departments, Planning Commission is seeking inputs and suggestions from geospatial enthusiasts, private industry and general public. He assured that these suggestions would be quite useful for policy making in the country in the years to come.

Barbara Ryan from #GEOSS on the importance of sensor based earth observations #IGF2014 pic.twitter.com/TpGDbvGEBH

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Barbara Ryan, Secretariat Director, (GEO) gave a brief about the intergovernmental initiative in creating a global, coordinated, comprehensive and sustained system of systems and informed that GEO is working on nine areas of societal benefit including agriculture, climate change, disasters, ecosystem and water.

Stressing the need for opening/creating avenues for developing applications, Barbara said the value of earth observation data is not in data itself but in its utility. Substantiating her view, Barbara cited how the US government’s decision to make Landsat data freely available in 2008 has dramatically increased data access from 53 scenes per day in 2001 to 5700 scenes per day in 2013.

Underscoring that the economic value of earth observation data is in the downstream use, Barbara said regional, national and international collaboration is required to take the benefits of EO closer to the general public.

#Location #Analytics is the need – Agendra Kumar, CEO @EsriIndia #IGF2014 pic.twitter.com/OEFBpfwlWD

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Agendra Kumar, President, Esri India explained how location analytics and location enablement are adding new dimension to applications spanning all major economic activities. He said location data is pervasive and it has become a compelling component of late for businesses because it improves communication, increases efficiency and enables better and faster decision making.

Technology is evolving and the way we engage with technology is also evolving. And with easy availability of location information, a number of questions get answered for small and large businesses. This, he said, is true for all industries including agriculture, mining, retail, insurance, government, finance, forestry and real estate. GIS also brings together information existing in silos within an enterprise and analyses the same for better decisions for various departments and for the organisation as a whole.

Source: Our correspondent