New Delhi, India, 2 June 2006: The Union Cabinet gave its approval for creation of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and for creating the 10 posts to start the working of NSDI.
The creation of NSDI will lead to leveraging the existing data assets of various organizations to add value and create massive entrepreneurial opportunities in the growing knowledge industry. It will have a favourable impact on a wide range of activities like disaster preparedness planning, disaster management, management of natural resources, watershed management, land use planning & management, land security, agricultural planning, rural development, infrastructure development, and urban planning etc.
In India, availability of abundant and rich data assets notwithstanding, multiple factors like technological limitations, institutional constraints, informational inadequacies tend to impede making full use of these assets and add value to them. National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) is envisioned to remove these difficulties. NSDI is a kind of soft infrastructure to be built at the national level for coordinating acquisition, processing, storage, distribution and improved utilization of spatial data.