India: A web-enabled ground water information system was dedicated to the nation on the World Water Day by Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Water Resources, Government of India. It was jointly developed by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and National Information Centre (NIC). The system provides ground water related spatial and non spatial data in seamless manner to the users through Internet. Now even a farmer can access ground water information for the village through the e-kiosks being set up all over the country.
The minister said that it would provide all the stakeholders access to various thematic layers as well as the nationwide database generated by CGWB on ground water level and water quality. This initiative would help more effective sharing of information relating to ground water resource availability and water level trend with user groups, planners and administrators. He asked all other Central and State Government Departments which are repositories of ground water data to come forward to pool it on the web based knowledge platform for the benefit of all stakeholders.
The ground water information system provides access to various thematic layers as well as the nationwide database on ground water levels and water quality being monitored by CGWB. Efforts are being made to integrate the ground water related data from state agencies as well as various central agencies. The stakeholders involved in ground water development and management can have access and visualise the ground water condition in the country through Framework Service Oriented Architecture over Enterprise Spatial Data Infrastructure around Multi-layer GIS. The system is currently available in government-to-government (G2G) domain for planning and decision-making for management of ground water resource.
Some of the salient features of the system include-
– Framework spatial data service oriented architecture,
– State-of-the-art solutions using latest GIS technology developed in web enabled environment around SOI reference system in 1 :2,50,000 scale,
– Data mirroring and data update with staging server at CGWB,
– Rich spatial and non-spatial data content on ground water resources,
– Easy navigation based on administrative/hydrological boundary,
– Derived Information on ground water,
– Ground water potential.