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Orissa state working on spatial data sharing policy

Orissa: The Orissa Government is working on a Data Sharing Policy to bring all geospatial information generated by Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC), administrative departments and State-run agencies to a common pool.

ORSAC along with a group comprising representatives of Revenue and Disaster Management, IT Departments and National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) will develop the policy which will include protocols on sourcing, sharing, pricing, uploading and alteration of the spatial data.

The government is in the process of setting up a State Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) as mandated by NSDI. States like Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal have already done it and ORSAC is working out the details but before that, the policy has to be devised. The policy is expected to be ready within a month and will be sent for approval to the State Government.

In addition, ORSAC recently requested the Government to declare it as State SDI so that it can have authorised access to formulate the whole exercise and maintain the data infrastructure. According to media reports, ORSAC has already submitted a Rs 16 crore proposal to NSDI for the State SDI project as it would require procurement of hardware as well as software while developing a technology for common access.

Source: The New Indian Express