How to control freely available data

Print edition : July 22, 2016

Google Earth provides extremely detailed maps that are far more accurate than the SOI's largest scale topographic maps. Here, an April 2006 IRS satellite image of 5.8 m resolution (top) of the Dalmia mines showing a verdant expanse. In the March 2010 Google Earth image of 60 cm resolution (below), the area is seen ravaged by mining. Photo: The Hindu Archives

App-based taxi services make use of the GPS. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill defies logic at a time when digital technology is ubiquitous and geospatial information about any part of the world is freely available to anyone with an Internet connection.
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