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Blog Entry Protecting the Territory, Killing the Map
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published May 17, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
The politics of making and using maps in India has taken a sudden and complex turn with the publication of the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016. Contrary to the expectations arising out of several government schemes that are promoting the development of the new digital economy in India – from start-ups to the ongoing expansion of connectivity network – the Bill seems to be undoing various economic and humanitarian efforts, and other opportunities involving maps. This article by Sumandro Chattapadhyay and Adya Garg was published by The Wire on May 16, 2016.
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Blog Entry Legal Challenges to Mapping in India #1 - Laws, Policies, and Cases
by Adya Garg published May 11, 2016 last modified May 11, 2016 01:43 PM — filed under: , , , ,
Responding to the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill and the draft National Geospatial Policy made public recently, this post provides an overview of the present configuration of laws, policies, and guidelines that provides the legal framework in India for governance of creation and sharing of geospatial data in India. The post also studies these policies in action by describing the key legal cases around the creation and use of geospatial data. The next post of this series will document the reflections and opinions of the key geospatial industry actors in India, as well as the free and open source mapping community.
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Google, Apple and Microsoft may need licence for satellite mapping in India
by Prasad Krishna published May 10, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
Cold response from MNCs like Google to India's security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call "return of the Licence Raj" and "digital nationalism".
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Blog Entry Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in India: Availability and Openness of Data (Part II)
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Apr 12, 2016 — filed under: , , , , ,
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an internationally agreed upon set of developmental targets to be achieved by 2030. There are 17 SDGs with 169 targets, and each target is mapped to one or more indicators as a measure of evaluation. In this and the next blog post, Kiran AB is documenting the availability and openness of data sets in India that are relevant for monitoring the targets under the SDGs. This post offers the findings for the last 10 Goals. The first 7 has already been discussed in the earlier post.
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Blog Entry Consultation on 'National Geospatial Policy' - Notes and Submission
by Anubha Sinha published Mar 29, 2016 last modified Mar 29, 2016 05:03 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has constituted a National Expert Committee for developing a draft National Geospatial Policy (NGP) to provide appropriate guidelines for collection, analysis, use, and distribution of geospatial information across India, and to assure data availability, accessibility and quality. A pre-drafting consultation meeting for the NGP was organised in Delhi on February 03, 2016. Ms. Anubha Sinha represented CIS at the meeting, and shares her notes.
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Blog Entry Adoption of Standards in Smart Cities - Way Forward for India
by Vanya Rakesh published Mar 19, 2016 last modified Apr 11, 2016 03:04 AM — filed under: , , , ,
With a paradigm shift towards the concept of “Smart Cities’ globally, as well as India, such cities have been defined by several international standardization bodies and countries, however, there is no uniform definition adopted globally. The glue that allows infrastructures to link and operate efficiently is standards as they make technologies interoperable and efficient.
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Blog Entry Sean McDonald - Ebola: A Big Data Disaster
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Mar 01, 2016 last modified Apr 21, 2016 09:57 AM — filed under: , , , , , ,
We are proud to initiate the CIS Papers series with a fascinating exploration of humanitarian use of big data and its discontents by Sean McDonald, FrontlineSMS, in the context of utilisation of Call Detail Records for public health response during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. The paper highlights the absence of a dialogue around the significant legal risks posed by the collection, use, and international transfer of personally identifiable data and humanitarian information, and the grey areas around assumptions of public good. The paper calls for a critical discussion around the experimental nature of data modeling in emergency response due to mismanagement of information has been largely emphasized to protect the contours of human rights.
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Blog Entry Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in India: Availability and Openness of Data (Part I)
by Kiran AB published Feb 22, 2016 last modified Jan 02, 2017 02:12 PM — filed under: , , , ,
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an internationally agreed upon set of developmental targets to be achieved by 2030. There are 17 SDGs with 169 targets, and each target is mapped to one or more indicators as a measure of evaluation. In this and the next blog post, Kiran AB is documenting the availability and openness of data sets in India that are relevant for monitoring the targets under the SDGs. This post offers the findings for the first 7 Goals, while the next post will cover the last 10.
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Blog Entry Open Data Hackathons are Great, but Address Privacy and License Concerns
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Feb 05, 2016 last modified Feb 05, 2016 08:37 PM — filed under: , , , , ,
This is to cross-publish a blog post from DataMeet website regarding a letter shared with the organisers of Urban Hack 2015, Bangalore, in response to a set of privacy and license concerns identified and voiced during the hackathon by DataMeet members. Sumandro Chattapadhyay co-authored and co-signed the letter. The blog post is written by Nisha Thompson.
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Blog Entry Approaching Open Research via Open Data - Presentation at TERI, December 22, 2015
by Sumandro Chattapadhyay published Jan 12, 2016 last modified Jan 12, 2016 02:37 PM — filed under: , , ,
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi, organised a seminar on 'Open Access in Research Area: A Strategic Approach' on December 22, 2015. We supported the seminar as a knowledge partner. Sumandro Chattapadhyay was invited to deliver a special address. Here are the notes and slides from the presentation.
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