As members of open data communities, policy and academic research institutes, technical and development sector organisations, and as citizens in general, we want to express our great appreciation for the recently launched Nakshe portal. This initiative by the Survey of India to make the Open Series Map publicly available for access and use is long awaited and welcomed. We are certain that these maps would be of great use for researchers, programmers, and practitioners alike.
Nisha TWe are invested in making this initiative a great success and would like to make suggestions for how to make the portal more accessible and useful for the large and growing geospatial consuming community in India.
We would like to ask the Survey of India to adhere closer to the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) 2012 and its Implementation Guidelines.
Assuming that the geospatial data contained in Open Series Map files is already identified by the Survey of India as shareable and non-sensitive, the NDSAP instructs that the data files should be published
1) on the Open Government Data Platform India,
2) using open standards for file formats, and
3) under the recently notified Government Open Data License - India.