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The Internet Model

The Internet is a wonderful place for information publishing, storage and exchange. It runs on a set of technical standards only. Countries may apply restrictions but these are limited to those countries only; besides, there are ways of ‘working around’ them. Strangely, while this model, which has worked so well for information including some geospatial information all these years, there are still those who look for ‘centralisation’ of geospatial information. All the centralisation that is needed is a set of technical standards and a legal mandate. Any agency that wishes to publish, store and exchange geospatial information could easily follow these standards and laws and set up their own information node. It needs to be understood that while a set of base data may be needed universally, every institution needs its own unique information and applications. This is perhaps exemplified by the NDMA’s guidelines for disaster management. One wonders how these very specific requirements could be met with a monolithic National GIS. The Malaysian example of making use of geospatial data for decision making a legal necessity may be a better solution. Lay down standards and the law and leave the rest to the executive agencies and end users.

Prof Arup Dasgupta

 Top Stories

NDMA India releases guidelines for disaster management
National Disaster Management authority (NDMA), India, prepared and released the National Disaster Management Guidelines for Information and Communication System (NDMICS). Speaking at the occasion, M. Shashidhar Reddy...
India's National GIS soon to be tabled
A consolidated National GIS, which will help the Government of India (GoI) deliver various public services efficiently, is ready and “we plan to take it to the Cabinet shortly,” stated Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Indian Prime Minister on Infrastructure...
Malaysia soon to table National Geospatial Bill
With an aim to make geospatial technology an essential decision making tool by 2020, for all public and private bodies in Malaysia, the National Geospatial Bill is being formulated, announced Natural Resources and Environment...

 Global Headlines


SOB to complete topo map of Bangladesh by 2016
EPA Taiwan uses g-tech to combat illegal dumping
GoI to keep track of mobile users’ whereabouts
Haryana state in India to curb traffic mishaps using GIS
Archaeological Survey of India seeks SGI’s assistance
Makkah govt to track criminals using GIS
GIS for Makkah and Madinah mosques to be developed


Online maps to attract investors to Southern Africa
Nigeria issues 200000 land titles, reforms AGIS
EC maps Africa's renewable energies potential
Geospatial tech aiding Swaziland in Malaria eradication


SeqSLAM algorithm to make navigation simpler
Scientist maps Australian Coral Sea region


DLR to develop tool to track space debris accurately
ESA launches nine sats, encourages young scientists
Swiss 'janitor satellite' to clean space junk
Geo-Wiki to enhance accuracy of global land cover maps
Bulgarian archaeologists find 130 ancient sites

North America

Thermal Infrared Sensor ready to be integrated with Landsat
Denmark govt launches online tool to map flood risk
Lasers, GPS technology improve snow measurements
Fuel cell industry eyes opportunities in RS market
3D model shows changes made to landscape by quake
BSEE, NOAA to enhance environment response management
Researchers use Google Earth for fish farming
Scientists develop tool to map water use and drought

South America

Bolivia to develop virtual Geospatial Centre for Biodiversity
Cadastral map makes property certification easier

Business, Appointments and Acquisitions

US to spend USD 50 mn on aerial photography
TomTom teams up with insurance broker

New Products, Updates and Releases

Elbit Systems introduces hyperspectral sensor for UAVs
Z/I Software version 6.4 enhances image processing


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