Challenges before National Mapping Organisations
|Vanessa Lawrence CB, P Nag, Lam Joon Khoi
NMOs working in isolation are no longer a solution
For any institution challenges are all the time. In the history of institution building challenges are considered to be opportunities. These opportunities are to be encashed in time with right vigor. The institutions have to keep on shifting their focus within their mandates. Same is true for the national mapping organizations (NMOs) in India. If we see the growth patterns of the Indian NMOs, Survey of India and the National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), we will find that former got impetus during the 1961 Indo-China war; and latter after independence when the country required maps different from topographical maps for national reconstruction and planning. Both were challenges during those times.
The issue is whether NMOs can cope up with the everincreasing expectations of the Government and the people at large?
always appreciated by the industry. A new method of sharing responsibility is to be worked out. Some models are being practiced by the NMOs but they are not always foolproof.
The issue is whether NMOs can cope up with the ever-increasing workload and expectations of the Government and the people at large? What kind of control they should exercise? How the responsibility about the quality of the geographic data is to be shared? What should be the model of participating in this national task? How a revenue model is to be worked out? Examples from abroad are often quoted to answer these intricate questions. But the prevailing conditions are not similar.
A serious debate is required in this regard. Even several surveys of geospatial industry conducted recently are silent on this subject. NMOs working in isolation are no longer a solution for India.
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