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National Geo Data Regulatory Authority Bill

The 8th National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) meet was held at New Delhi during 22-23 Dec 2008. The meeting was organised by Ministry of Science and Technology in association with FICCI. The meeting was inaugurated by Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Mr Kapil Sibal. In his address, Mr Sibal told the gathering the government was preparing a legislation on sharing of geospatial data amongst different agencies – public and private. A bill in this regard, National Geospatial Data Regulatory Authority Bill, is to be introduced in the next session of Parliament and is likely to be cleared by the Cabinet by February 2009. The inaugural session was also addressed by Dr K Kasturirangan, Member of Parliament and Dr T Ramasamy, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology. During the meet, the Indian Geo-portal was also launched.

Ordnance Survey takes on Google

Ordnance Survey, UK marking out its copyright territory to keep its data out of the hands of Google. In a document titled Use of Google Maps For Display and Promotion Purposes and circulated to local government, OS prohibits the use of any OS-derived data for display on Google Maps. It states that OS data or data derived from OS data can only be supplied to a third party in ‘limited circumstances’ – which do not include display on Google Maps.

Digital land records to aid UP farmers

In an effort to prevent land disputes among farmers and to benefit them through welfare schemes, the Uttar Pradesh government, India has roped in the services of Remote Sensing Application Centre (RSAC) to prepare land maps and digitise records with the help of GIS. The centre would prepare satellite images of a particular area with the help of GIS technique and compare it with the existing land records. With the help of overlay method the exact geographical situation and land use will be known. www.timesofi

The SGTAT Award of Excellence for Professor G.S. Roonwal

The SGTAT Award of Excellence – 2008 was conferred on Professor G.S. Roonwal on 13 December, 2008 in Bhubneswar. Professor Roonwal, formally professor in Geology, University of Delhi, and currently visiting professor, Inter University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi in recognition of his academic achievements and scientific contributions in the fi eld of geosciences, mineral exploration, geochemistry and environmental studies.

3D Laser Mapping wins order for StreetMapper 360

Geomaat, has placed an order for the mobile laser mapping system, StreetMapper 360. It employs the laser scanning technology for improved fi eld performance and accuracy, precision navigation including a solution for reduced GPS coverage in urban areas, combined with a fl exible, modular confi guration and increased ease of use and deployment.

ERDAS TITAN 2009 now supports OpenStreetMap

ERDAS announced that OpenStreetMap has been added to ERDAS TITAN 2009 as the default basemap in the TITAN Viewer. OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the world.

AtlasCT Releases Version 3.2 of AtlasWeb™ SDK

AtlasCT, has released AtlasWeb™ SDK 3.2, an advanced package for Internet-based maps and GIS applications development. It is a JavaScript based set of functions which enables mapping capabilities for web applications.

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