Centre to unveil data policy soon: Ramasami

The Centre would soon unveil a policy that would allow access to data, barring those of sensitive nature, to registered users.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2011, 20:15 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre would soon unveil a
policy that would allow access to data, barring those of
sensitive nature, to registered users for scientific, economic
and social developmental purposes.
Thirumalachari Ramasami, Secretary in the Department of
Science and Technology (DST), made this announcement at a
conference on `Geospatial Technologies for Good Governance`
organised by FICCI.

The National Policy on Data Sharing and Accessibility
(NPDSA) will increase the accessibility and easier sharing of
non-sensitive data among the registered users and their
availability for scientific, economic and social developmental
purposes, he said.

It would also allow cross flow of data, barring sensitive
data among different government organisations.

Ramasami said all the data holding organisations have
been asked by the DST to classify their data and prepare a
negative list of sensitive data.

Surveyor General of India S Subba Rao, while inaugurating
the conference, said that Survey of India has embarked on a
major initiative of mapping the entire country on 1:10,000
scale.
The project which will be completed in three years will
produce not just a digital map but a map with Geographical
Information System (GIS).

Rao said at a time when the government is planning to
connect all villages and panchayats with broadband,
availability of proper geospatial data would make the delivery
of all services efficient and speedy.

PTI