datameet logo on it will give them context, and someone to reach out to into the officer
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.
General comment: I am wondering if this response is becoming too technical. One possibility is to write up a template response that is largely from the POV of the user, and not someone who actually produces and shares geospatial data in a commercial basis. I guess the tragedy for the map users is that this bill also regulates them since the act of using digital maps already involve acquiring of data and production of data (like dropping a pin when calling a taxi). Does it make sense to focus on that?
The text however is super good, and will easily be the basis of DataMeet's submission.
"The Bill does not take into account the needs of general public which relies on maps on a day to day basis to fulfill needs as ordering a cab, locating routes or identifying the closest public toilet'
The term 'geospatial information' has been defined so broadly by the Bill that it will be regulating mundane daily tasks, and require users to seek licences. Further, while it appears that 'general ' exceptions have been contemplated by the Bill, the text does not indicate what the scope or extent of the same will be'.
The Bill also does not indicate what will be the process followed in identifying severity of offences, and the basis on which penalties will be levied. This is specially relevant as the Bill contemplates substantial fines and also a jail term.
Further, while internationally Governments have been proactive in making maps freely available (add LINK, eg. of sites) , and have reaped benefits from the same (add LINK, eg. cost cutting- Ordinance Survey, UK), the Bill does not take that into accounts. The Bill singularly places on any user the burden of correctly identifying international boundaries, while makes no provision wherein the Government of India would be required to provide the correct boundaries.
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The Bill does not inspire confidence in its current form, it is not transparent about the manner of regulation, and does nothing to ensure that that benefits from using maps are not curtailed [Better line needed]'
Tech people should be sending out the 'tech response' and 'lay people the more general one.
One would need one of both, right? One which is a section-by-section (technical) comment, and one which is a general comment.
I thank you for giving me the opportunity to respond to the draft of “The Geospatial Information RegulationBill, 2016”. This bill deals with a very important topic, i.e. Geospatial Information and its acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution.
The term "geospatial information" is very broadly defined, and includes any form of geospatial and cartographic imagery and data as well as anything that is created using them. This, for instance, includes the maps drawn by 6th class students in geography class.
"Geospatial information" is defined rather extensively, and includes imagery and data. The problem with this is the extensiveness of the definition, and not inexactitude/narrowness. I do agree that 'acquisition' and 'dissemination' need to be defined.
The Bill is its current state has a unreasonable Wide Scope.
This bill will take India back to the era of Permit Raj, and will have far reaching impacts everywhere.
The Vetting process is not scallable
The powers granted to various Authorities under this bill are excessive