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Following the second instruction would require publishing the data in an open geospatial data standards, such as KML or GML, as specified in the Implementation Guidelines for NDSAP, v.2.2.
sumandro c The recently launched Government Open Data License - India (https://data.gov.in/government-open-data-license-india), notified under the NDSAP 2012, has introduced a common official license for publishing open data by government agencies. Using this license for sharing Open Series Maps data will ensure that users do not have to suffer from uncertainties regarding permitted uses of the data, and will also meet the instruction given under NDSAP 2012.
514 days ago
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sumandro c BMTC Open Data Policy - Final Letter
[This is a letter drafted to be submitted to BMTC and to request for a public consultation process for their open data policy (currently being drafted). Please add your name at the bottom if you are interested to be a signatory.]
Dr. Ekroop Caur, IAS
Managing Director, BMTC
Friday, July 22, 2016
Subject: Requesting Public Consultation for Draft Open Data Policy
Dear Dr. Caur,
We the undersigned are very happy to learn that BMTC is in the process of drafting an open data policy, specifically addressing the new system of data generation and management that has been implemented as part of the Intelligent Transport System project, and also data collected through other systems and in other forms. We congratulate this most innovative and pioneering effort of BMTC.
This is to humbly request BMTC to kindly organise a public consultation process for the draft open data policy, so that the various researchers and open data experts (including those of us involved with DataMeet) can read and share constructive comments on the draft open data policy.
We look forward to a productive engagement with BMTC on the open data policy as well as its implementation. It will be our great pleasure to support the open data efforts of BMTC in all manners possible.
  1. Thejesh GN, DataMeet, thej@datameet.org
  1. Srinivas Kodal, DataMeet, iota.kodali@gmail.com
  1. Nisha Thompson, DataMeet, nisha@datameet.org
  1. Chinmayi SK
  1. Guneet Narula
  1. Shashank Srinivasan 
  1. Sajjad Anwar
  1. Vinay Baindur
  1. Sumandro Chattapadhyay
[Add names here]
1. Mr. Bishwajit Mishra, IFS, Director (IT), BMTC
2. Mr. Nagendra, Chief Systems Manager, BMTC
512 days ago
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ThejeshGN Dear Madam/Sir,
We are grateful for making draft Government Open Data Use License – India public and inviting  and for providing sufficient time for comments to be submitted.
This submission presents comments and recommendations by the DataMeet[1] community on the proposed Open Data Use License – India (draft)[2]
Comments and Recommendations
#Section 3: Permissible Use of Data 
We suggest to include the definition of "Access" in the license document. The access here is implicitly through a human clicking download link. Some data is provided through APIs. We suggest to include data, metadata, structure of API's under the license .  This is important to use the data provided by APIs and also Interoperability between the systems using these APIs.  
#Section 4.d: No Warranty:
A limited warranty on the quality and completeness of data is required for the data to be useful and trustworthy. If there is no minimum warranty from data provider then the data becomes useless and unreliable. We suggest removing the  section "Under any circumstances, the user may not hold the data provider(s) responsible for: i) any error, omission or loss of data" from the warranty clause.  In addition we suggest to digitally sign the data by providing the hash of files or detached digital signatures which can be used to verify dataset thus increasing the trustworthiness of data and usage in research and developement.  
#Section 6:  Exemptions
Exemptions should not be part of license. License should be concerned about the way a given dataset is shared or distributed rather than what kind of data it is. It shouldn't matter to the license to what type of data license is being applied. We suggest this section to be removed. 
Please do get in touch with us for any clarification. We are more than happy to collaborate. 
With Regards,
Thejesh GN
On Behalf of DataMeet community.
Email: thej@datameet.org
India, 25 July 2016
sumandro c
  • I argue in favour of exemptions in license. I agree that exemptions are supposed to be part of policy and not license. But adding exemption to the license is like a second layer of defence. It is aimed of course at licensor and not user/licensee. The idea is to state that the licensor cannot use this license when the data-to-be-published contains any such types of data mentioned in the list of exe
  • mptions.
514 days ago
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chinmayi s
  • A collective letter is a good way to go about but including Data Meet logo can be done with it I dont think it has be either or 
sumandro c
  • Done. Collective letter.
Praachi M
  • datameet logo on it will give them context, and someone to reach out to into the officer
sumandro c
  • Srinivas: agreed. 
  • Praachi: We can give Thej, Nisha, and Srinivas' affiliation and contacts at the beginning of list of signatures.
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What is STM's stance on the draft Bill?
STM believes this draft Bill defines "geospatial information" too widely, and is applicable on various uses of such information (including maps) all of which cannot be and should not be regulated in the same manner. STM is deeply worried that enactment of this Bill in present form can seriously effect economic opportunities in India and the ability of citizens to use maps for recreation, transactions, and information.  
Who is running STM?
The STM team consists of a group of volunteers. We all are concerned map users who want to see a improved, open, streamlined, and time-bound regulation of maps in India. 
How do I join STM?
Join the STM Slack channel, or engage with STM on Twitter.
sumandro c
  • Sure :-)
Nisha T The government has provisions for geospatial data. You can see a background on the issue here. http://thewire.in/2016/05/16/before-geospatial-bill-a-long-history-of-killing-the-map-in-order-to-protect-the-territory-36453/  The MHA is not in charge of geospatial data in India but the Department of Science and Technology is. who have been working on various policies. You can see a full list here. Geodata law policy etc dump: INDIA
We need a strong and enabling geospatial policy? What other options are there?
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sumandro c Revised Final Basic Template
Devdatta T To the Joint Secretary (Internal Security-I), Ministry of Home Affairs,
sumandro c I am grateful to the Ministry of Home Affairs for making public the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016, and for providing sufficient time for comments to be submitted.
The Bill proposes definitive measures to ensure 1) standardised depiction of national boundary of India, and 2) complete removal of depiction of intelligence, military, and other security establishments from publicly available maps. 
Both of these are important concerns, and I highly appreciate the government's move to create a streamlined and time-bound security vetting process. However, several parts of the Bill have negative implications for the users and creators of maps in India.
This draft covers all "geo-referenced information," and requires prior permission and security vetting for geo-information that is part of everyday communication such as:
  • geo-tagged photos, 
  • geo-tagged social media posts, 
  • geo-tagged recording of my daily movements (running, cycling, walking or driving), 
  • sharing of my location with my friends, 
  • sharing of my location with food delivery and transport companies, and
  • crowd-sourced mapping of my neighborhood and so on.
sumandro c The implications on natural disaster responses is also concerning. Geospatial information that is being crowdsourced to support disaster response efforts, or someone shares her/his location to request emergency services would be blocked because of the permission and security vetting process.
I understand that the Bill may not have been written to be applied to such situations described above. But the scope of the Bill is very wide, and may strongly discourage innovation and everyday usages of maps in India.
ThejeshGN Please limit the applicability of the Bill to only standardised depiction of national boundary of India, and depiction of intelligence, military, and other security establishments. 
Nisha T Please draft a Bill in line with progammes like Digital India and Startup India, which would encourage Indian citizens and startups to use geospatial data in everyday lives and create businesses that serve India.
sumandro c Thank you,
Sajjad A Final Basic Template
I do not support the current draft of the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016 for the following reasons:
Under this current draft, without a license and vetting of data, I will not be able to do many things, which I do in my day to day life, such as:
This current draft will dissuade a strong ecosystem of innovation. Please reconsider this current draft in favour of a regulation policy that will encourage all Indians who need and use geospatial data in everyday lives and who work every day to create businesses that serve India.
Devdatta T Email from End User pov
A more detailed response from a Policy & Legal point of view
  1. This Bill gives the Enforcement Authority the right to "access to any computer resource, any apparatus, data", which is ripe for misuse <Need better wording here> 
Recommendations for an Improved Bill
Nisha T Generic General email
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