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Sep 2006 | Comments Off on NEWSBRIEFS – GIS

China ‘tightens’ control over foreign surveying, mapping…

China will step up supervision of foreigners who conduct surveys and map areas of the country. Foreign organizations and individuals, who engage in surveying and mapping in scientific research and teaching programs, travel or exploration, must obtain approval from the government and accept supervision, the State Bureau of Survey and Mapping said.

The bureau notice said that foreigners who illegally survey, gather and publish geographical information on China will be severely punished. Chinese partners or translators will be fined if they fail to stop illegal mapping activities as soon as they find out about them.

…and Britain’s maps no longer ‘censored’

The Ordnance Survey has finally stopped falsifying Britain’s maps, almost 80 years after the government first ordered cartographers to delete sensitive sites in the hope of thwarting German bombers.

The popular Landranger series will now show the nuclear warhead plant at Burghfield, near Reading, hitherto shown as a mysteriously empty field although well known to anti-nuclear demonstrators. Other previously hidden installations include the signal interception aerials at RAF Digby in Lincolnshire and the vast underground munitions dump at Glen Douglas in Scotland.

The access road appears for the socalled Corsham Computer Centre in Wiltshire, thought by conspiracy buffs to be Tony Blair’s nuclear shelter. The Internet and high-resolution satellite photography have made attempts at hiding sensitive information obsolete and the Cabinet Office security policy division in Whitehall finally agreed this March to scrap the censorship. The maps are being revised in a rolling programme.


In India

The City Corporation of Tiruchy in the state of Tamil Nadu is hopeful of reviving its ambitious project to map the entire city, for its satellite-based GIS, which was put in cold storage for over a year.

• LeadDog Consulting announces the release of geographic databases of city streets for Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad to support asset-tracking, government, military, and commercial GIS applications.

• The Bharathidasan and Madurai Kamaraj universities have undertaken `SCHOOLGIS,’ the country’s first school mapping project, using GIS and GPS. With a Rs. 93-lakh grant from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, channelled through Tamil Nadu State Mission for Education- to- All (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan), the project entails mapping of 56,000 primary schools and 65,000 hamlets.

• The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has become the first organisation in the Indian port sector to adopt the GIS for management of its 11,000 acre estate spread around Kolkata, Howrah, Budge Budge and Haldia. The GIS software, which has been launched at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh, would enable the port to increase revenue realisation from its landed roperty that has been long suffering.

• The Urban Development Ministry recently launched National Urban Information Scheme (NUIS) aimed at achieving better planning and management of urban settlements. The Rs. 68.28-crore Urban Development Ministry initiative will in its first phase cover 137 cities and towns across the country.


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