India’s Planning Commission has proposed a national GIS that coordinates data between federal departments and states into one national framework. The proposal includes establishing an Indian National GIS Organisation to coordinate and implement the combined system. The vision includes natural and physical assets as well as services for the “man on the street,” including the location of businesses and the airing of complaints in real-time with location to fight corruption.
The Planning Commission is already at work setting up the database structure, the user interface, and the technological requirements, as well as scoping the cost, although no federal funding is yet available. One of the primary goals of the scheme is for standards and interoperability between existing systems.
Read more in this feature in the Economic Times.