Geospatial Self-certification Portal: Key Points

The Geospatial Self-Certification Portal has been launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) with the aim of conveying adherence to the provisions of Geospatial Guidelines by organisations, individuals, government agencies, and companies. The launch of this portal is a significant step toward liberalising the country’s geospatial industry.

What is the aim of the Geospatial Self-Certification portal?

This portal has been launched with the aim of making data more accessible and removing such restrictions. The portal aims to make geospatial data available to all. The organisations, corporations, and individuals will be getting free access to the acquired data so that they can use it to develop various required solutions and applications.

Which organization has developed this portal?

This portal has been developed in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC). This portal will reduce the time taken for Geospatial enterprises, researchers, universities, and innovators to receive approvals and permissions to carry out operations that are related to the geospatial field.

What do the new Geospatial Data Guidelines say?

On 15th February 2021, the government issued new Geospatial Data Guidelines with the aim of bringing about much-needed improvements to India’s geospatial industry. This was done to promote entrepreneurship and ease of doing business, focusing on technology and data-driven growth. The guidelines that were etched by the government replaced the prior processes of security clearances, licenses, approvals, and other restrictions for generating, collecting, disseminating, preparing, storing, updating, publication, and digitizing geospatial maps and data within the Indian territory. All these must be done while adhering to the provisions of the Geospatial Guidelines.

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