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  1. New Pincodes? A 2008 Times of India article about 8 digit PIN codes -  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/From-next-year-8-digit-PIN-code/articleshow/2951546.cms
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  1.  PINPlus - Postal Department's proposal to extend PIN codes to identify upto household level - ftp://cept.gov.in/PTCTRG/PACOROinduction/.../10...Mails/3.Mails.ppt
 
 
 Moving towards a zipcode system
 1. Split responsibility of managing zip codes.
 2. Do some research on how it works in the UK/USA.
 
RTI
1. What is the process around creating and deprecating a PIN code.
2. Is there a boundary relationship?
3. Is there a concept of validity? Is there a process for validation?
4. What's the status of PINPlus which was announced in 2012.
 
 
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Sajjad A Savethemap, Delhi Meetup June 4, 2016.
Things to do next:
 
  1. Find someone at PRS - http://www.prsindia.org/
  1. Ministry of Mining - National Mine Exploration Policy - http://www.mines.nic.in/writereaddata/UploadFile/NMEPBasepaper.pdf - page 11
  1. Invite people to email their MPs
  1. Drones - what does the drone policy say?
  1. The Map Restriction Policy August 25, 1967 -  find the document.
  1. Should we make a map/diagram of all the departments involved and their policies that touch geospatial data? - Praachi + Souvik
  1. Collect all the recommendations made so far by different organisations and stakeholders.  - Sajjad
  1. Twitter handle and names of MPs - http://surendran.info/twitter-handles-politicians-india - Sajjad 
  1. Examples of laws/policy other countries. - Praachi
  1. Update the writing section on the website with all the new stuff - Sajjad
  1. More about geospatial policies - Harsha
  1. Check the contributors list - Sajjad + Souvik
 
354 days ago
Sajjad A The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016
 
 
 
Sajjad A The draft of the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill was published on May 4, 2016. This bill controls acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution in and outside India. The bill is inviting response until June 4, 2016.
 
Here's the note:
 
Request for comments / suggestions on draft “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016” To regulate the acquisition, dissemination, publication and distribution of geospatial information of India which is likely to affect the security, sovereignty and integrity of India, a draft “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016” has been prepared. Copy of the draft “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016” is attached herewith for comments/suggestions. The comments/suggestions on the draft Bill may be forwarded to the Joint Secretary (Internal Security-I), Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi at email id: jsis@nic.in within 30 days. 
Date: 04th May, 2016 
 
This bill affects individuals and businesses who use geospatial data for service delivery in India. 
 
ThejeshGN
  • Potential Partners
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  • Business entities using geospatial data
ThejeshGN
  • JustDial
  • Onze (latlong.in)
  • Fourthlion
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  • Mapbox
  • Ola
  • Uber
  • Swiggy
ThejeshGN
  • Gramener
  • Zomato
  • NextDrop
Devdatta T
  • Housing.com
Arun G
  • Zippr
srinivas k
  • Flipkart
Devdatta T
  • Reliance Industries Ltd
  • Reliance Jio Ltd
  • Reliance Infrastructure Ltd
Arun T
  • Oyo Rooms
  • Google Maps
  • Makemytrip
ThejeshGN
  • ClearTrip
  • Gubbi Labs
Srikanth L
  • MoveInSync
 
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  • Media entities using geospatial data
  • The Times of India
  • The Hindu
ThejeshGN
  • Citizen Matters
  • Economic and Political Weekly
  • Hindustan Times
  • FactorDaily
 
 
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  • Nonprofit entities
  • Akshara Foundation
  • Janaagraha
Satyarupa S
  • Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG)
  • Transparent Chennai
ThejeshGN
  • Azim Premji University and Foundation
srinivas k
  • Hyderabad Urban Lab
  • Indian Institute of Human Settlements
 
Nisha T
  • Reasons this policy is bad for Indian interests
srinivas k Universities/Research Institutions
ThejeshGN Types of use
  • If your research output is a map
  • If your research output is a map based visualization
  • If you are collecting map/GIS based information for research
Examples
  • Mapping trees to study the effect on environment
  • Mapping the garbage bins to study routing of garbage trucks
  • Mapping biodiversity
Srikanth L
  • Mapping public toilets
ThejeshGN
  • Study traffic based on routes
  • Study spreading of diseases
 
 
Media, Print or Online
Types of use
  • Publishing maps as part of reporting
  • Publishing locations as part of reporting
  • Collecting or mapping for reporting
  • Providing information to citizen using maps
  • Map based visualization
Example
  • Reporting on natural disasters using maps
  • Reporting on public transport effectiveness
  • Map based visualizations for elections, spread of diseases etc
 
App Based business
Types of use
  • If your app has any map
  • If you are app does directions/navigation using maps
...
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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:
 
  • I will not be able to geotag photos that I take, and share them with my friends.
  • I will not be able to geotag my social media posts.
  • I will not be able to record my daily running, cycling, walking or driving activity with smartphone apps.
  • I will not be able to share my location with my friends and others via smartphone apps like Whatsapp, food delivery apps, transport apps etc.
  • I will not be able to use safety apps to share my location, which is a dangerous thing, given the issue of child & women’s safety.
  • I will not be able to have a simple diagram showing the location on my sister's wedding card.
 
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.
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
 
Under this bill, you are also including the acquisition of GeoSpatial Data, as well dissemination of the data itself, as well as any Visualization based on that Data.
 
Srikanth L Under this Bill, 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:
  • I will not be able to take GeoTagged Photos, and share them with my friends.
  • I will not be able to geo-tag my social media posts.
  • I will not be able to record my daily jogs with smartphone apps.
  • I will not be able to share my location with my friends and others via smartphone apps like Whatsapp, Food Delivery Apps, Transport Apps etc.
  • I will not be able to use Safety apps to share my location, which is a dangerous thing, given the issue of Child & Women’s Safety.
  • I will not be able to have a simple diagram showing the location on my Sister's wedding card.
 
Many of us are deeply concerned with the wording of the bill and the quantum of penalties which have been included in the bill for infractions. Due the wide scope of the bill, even a child drawing an incorrect map of India for school will be liable for a Rs 100 Crore fine.
 
The licensing scheme will take us back to the Licence Raj of yesteryear and is very troubling.This proposed Geospatial Bill will set a dangerous precedent in the sphere of policy making in the Internet era.
 
I humbly request you to withdraw this bill, and go back to the drawing board and have a consultation process with all stakeholders from the Government, Private players, GIS Experts, IT experts, Academics as well as Civil Society. I’m sure we can then come up with a Reasonable bill, which can utilize the power of GeoSpatial Data to drive India’s Development while maintaining India’s Security concerns at the same time.
 
349 days ago
Sajjad A Agenda + Minutes - May 11, 2016
OBJECTIVES
Tejas A
  • Define a clear objective: Seek a comprehensive amendment (i.e., restricting the bill to depictions of high-security areas, and, perhaps, of national boundaries), and not a complete withdrawal of the bill. Request for more a consultative process. 
Tejas A
  • Do we provide a reworked draft bill to the MHA? Or, a new draft altogether? 
 
  • What should the proposed scope of the bill be?
Nisha T
  • open data
Sajjad A
  • national security
Nisha T
  • national security and 
Sajjad A
  • border areas (approvals, as required)
 
CAMPAIGN TASKS 
  • Template emails
Tejas A
  • Outreach communications (Require teams to work with specific roles and outcomes)
  • savethemap.in (More published material on the consequences of the bill needed)
Sajjad A
  • datameet 
  • Inviting people to email responses
Karthik B
  • 1 page version of the bill + simplified and shareable, with a tinyurl
Tejas A
  • Gather testimonials 
Karthik B
  • FAQs for users + simplified and shareable url
  • FAQs for startups
Devdatta T
  • Datameet should do a Reddit India AMA (I had a convo with the reddit India Mods about this, and it should be easy to organize)
Karthik B
  • Mail your MP (savetheinternet.in type) site for people to mail their MPs
Raman C
  • Decide whether you want to do MPs now, or focus on the Govt and key MPs in leadership positions (say, committ
Karthik B
  • A team in Delhi to go and meet MPs to explain to them what is going on.
  • Meet Tarun Vijay, explaining to him how MHA has screwed it up
Raman C
  • Let's chat about this further. This Bill has actually come about because of Tarun Vijay's efforts and lobbying
Karthik B
  • Get MPs and govt officials to submit on our behalf
  • Get Startups to sign a joint letter asking the govt to change the bill
  • Get international NGOs to participate in the consultation
Pranesh P
  • I'm happy to help reaching out to international NGOs on this issue.
Nisha T
  • make sure this doesn't hurt us. This bill is aimed to restrict international organizations.
Pranesh P
  • These could possibly focus on the situation in other countries?
Srikanth L
  • Get letters from university professors 
Raman C
  • Industry associations
  • FICCI geospatial committee
Sajjad A
  • CII (?)
 
NEXT STEPS
### Responsibilities 
 
Tejas A #### communication 
 
Tejas A #### research 
Pranesh P
  • Nisha, Thejesh, Sumandro, Adhya
 
Tejas A #### policy 
Sajjad A
  • Sumandro, Pranesh, Raman, Nikhil 
 
Tejas A #### outreach 
Sajjad A
  • Nikhil Pahwa, Suvajit, Sajjad, Tejas,Srikanth
 
Tejas A #### technical 
Sajjad A
  • Thejesh, Karthik
 
TASKS
  • Email templates ready - Friday
  • Testimonials/Talking points - in voice, text, pictures etc - ongoing
  • Moving conversations to slack - savethemap.slack.com 
Nisha T
  • individuals will send responses and well as a collective issues 
 
  • individuals will send responses and well as a collective issues 
 
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Rajat K
  • Please correct me if i'm wrong in my intepretation. The term "value addition" also makes illegal any use of GIS data towards drawing inferences for policy making, mapping areas for social and technological projects by any organisation apart from government bodies.
 
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  • In this context, DataMeet Delhi in conjunction with Mapbox is holding a series of OSM mapping parties, with the common theme being Disaster Risk Reduction in the Indian Himalayas. DRR is a set of processes by which infrastructure to mitigate the impacts of future disasters are put in place in the present. 
 
  • On July 4th, we'll be mapping the state of Uttarakhand; in 2013, disastrous floods hit the state, and these may reoccur at any time in the future. In addition, Uttarakhand has a high probability of being hit by a severe earthquake in the next 50 years (media report?). Mapping the state thoroughly will thus help in the event of a disaster. In subsequent sessions, we'll map the states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, and the country of Bhutan.
 
  • With regards to the type of mapping, again, from the experience of mapping Nepal post-earthquake, what's required is to map roads and building in urban areas, and the roads to buildings in rural areas. That will be the focus of this series of mapping parties as well.
 
 

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