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Geospatial data collected by government made publicly available via newly-launched online portals

Private companies can reportedly purchase and download the data online without visiting agency offices; meanwhile, a national policy involving geospatial data is also in the works.   Geospatial data like data on natural or man-made geographical features above and below the ground will now be publicly accessible to Indians, according to a government press release. The data will be made accessible through three online portals developed by the Survey of India (SOI) and the National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organization (NATMO). In May, the government had introduced a draft National Geospatial Policy which was geared towards making geospatial data easily available for all Indian citizens. The Department of Science and Technology had invited comments on the policy with a May 22 deadline. More details about the portals The three newly-inaugurated online portals mentioned in the press release are: GEO Spatial Data Dissemination Portal: The online portal has been developed by SOI. Geospatial data generated out of public funds will be available on this portal to government and private users. The press release said that the user will no longer have to visit the SOI office and can purchase and download products online at their doorstep through the Bharat Kosh payment gateway of the Government of India.  MANCHITRAN: Users can see, download, and give feedback about the maps and atlases and different geo-spatial data layers in “MANCHITRAN.” It showcases the data acquired by NATMO over 65 years and is intended for students, researchers, industry, decision-makers, policymakers, administrators, etc.  SARTHI: It's a web geographical information system (GIS) application that…

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