Cabinet approves national policy on data sharing

Citizens may soon get access to good quality geographical maps and terrestrial datasets.

New Delhi: Citizens may soon get access to
good quality geographical maps and terrestrial datasets.

The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, today approved the National Policy on Data
Sharing which enables making such information available in the
public domain.
However, the general public may not get access to any
spatial data of choice.

Union Ministries will be asked to identify data that can
be made available in the public domain through the Right to
Information Act.

"Lists will be prepared of items that could be shared and
such lists will be reviewed periodically," Information and
Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters here.
Department of Science and Technology has been appointed as
the nodal agency for coordination with ministries. It will
also work on a pricing policy to decide on the charges to be
levied on information accessed by the public.

PTI