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Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Kazuo Inaba, Director General, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan talked about the current status of open data policy of Japan, at the GWF-2013 pre-conference programme on ‘Monetising Geospatial Value and Practices for National Development Goals’. Kazuo Inaba said that E-gov Open Data Officials Council was established last year with an aim to enhance transparency and reliability in administrative measures, promote citizen participation and cooperation and activate the economy and increase administrative efficiency.

He also informed that the basic Act on the advancement of utilising geospatial information was enacted in 2007. The Act lays down the responsibilities and cooperation between central, local governments and private sector and research institutions.

Actuary Rolando Ocampo-Alcántar, Vice-President of National Geographic and Environment Information updated the gathering at the pre-conference programme on the activities of the national mapping organisation of Mexico. He talked about the Digital Map of Mexico, a technology platform that allows for the visualisation and analysis of geographic and geo-referenced statistical information. The Digital Map offers 158 vector data layers with more than 66 million geographic objects and 4 raster layers.

Matias Fortuno S, Executive Secretary-NSDI, Chile shared the perspectives of Chilean SDI in delivering integrated geospatial information. He informed that in Chile, apart from the national mapping organisations, 20 ministries, 15 regions and 346 municipalities produce large amounts of geoinformation. So, it is very essential to have the spatial data infrastructure for the country. He said the national geoportal for Chilean SDI would be launched in June adding that they are also working on the legal framework for the Chilean SDI. He also presented the future challenges which include – every state institution with its SDI; NSDI needs more power to mandate all state institutional SDIs; easier access to basic cartography and imagery.

Source: Our Correspondent

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