Indian Cabinet approves national policy on data sharing
The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister 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,” Min of I&B said. 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.
Press Trust of India
Pitney Bowes MapInfo Professional v10.5
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Delhi joins cities with utilities on digital format
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ESRI ArcGIS Server as a Cloud-Based Subscription, ArcGIS.com launched
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Great Britain’s “fraud landscape”
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WebGIS applied to Traffic Impact Assessment
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UKHO completes official ENC coverage of China
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SITECH technology dealers in India
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