New Delhi, India, October 19, 2007: Brig. (Dr) R Siva Kumar, Head of NRDMS, has been recently appointed as the CEO of NSDI (India). In an exclusive interview with GIS Development, when asked about the priorities of NSDI that he would like to address in the initial months, Dr. Siva Kumar said “the immediate priority is to operationalise NSDI. Towards that aim, the India Geoportal will have to become functional. Secondly, the stakeholders have to operationalise their nodes to realise the objectives of NSDI.”
He added that the ultimate aim of NSDI is to provide the solutions to common man based on scientific data to resolve their day to day issues.
NSDI, National Spatial Data Infrastructure, is an initiative by the Govt. of India to encapsulate different kinds of Geospatial data from various Government and non-government organizations for use by the community. The India NSDI Portal will be at front end to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) initiatives of the government of India. It will make it easier, faster, and less expensive for all levels of government and the public to access geospatial information.
Dr. Siva Kumar urged the industry/academia/professionals to come forward to develop applications, solutions and services on-line using the Spatial Information Processing Models. This will enable the users to derive solutions on-line without actually acquiring data or software. There is also the need to create awareness to empower the citizens through geospatial data.