Moscow: Russia is planning to reduce secrecy of geographic data. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will soon order the ministries and the Moscow government to draw up a document for reducing the degree of secrecy.
Moscow’s acting mayor Sergei Sobyanin raised the issue of excessive secrecy of geographical data in the Modernisation Council Presidium meeting. “Our geographical data is spread all over Yandex (the Russian search engine). These maps cannot be published on our portals or atlas in their current format. We need to improve them and publish them online,” said Sobyanin. “I will send orders to the Defence Ministry, the Federal Security Service, the Foreign Ministry, the Trade and Economic Development Ministry, and the Moscow government to come up with a plan for reducing the degree of secrecy of geographical data. We will also explore the possibility of publishing digital maps on the Internet,” responded Medvedev.