Thailand will get its first nationwide GIS by the end of the year, which will provide a detailed digital map of the country’s resources and allow for better management across government agencies. Previously various government departments had their own GIS systems that were largely incompatible. The national project was initiated by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as part of plans for e-government and for better management of natural resources.
The Agricultural Ministry, which oversees the digital map project, awarded an 832-million baht contract to ESRI (Thailand). GIS Data general manager Surasak Theanvanichpant said the map would create a single standard at a scale of 1:4,000. GIS Data works with the Royal Thai Survey Department, which already has an orthophoto map of the Northeastern region, and another consortium that will take orthophotos of other parts of the country.