Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka is taking measures to set up a national agency to coordinate geospatial data and information acquired by different agencies.
The government says that use of reliable geospatial information, which could exactly indicate the geographic location of a natural or constructed feature on earth such as a road, river, building, and allotment of land or a boundary of land, has become an integral part in socio-economic activities, disaster management, physical planning and in any type of development activities.
However there is no effective mechanism for coordinating the efforts by various agencies and effectively sharing information within agencies and individuals on a commercial or noncommercial basis.
The lack of a coordinating mechanism has resulted in duplication of data at various institutions and also not been able to share information which is available.
Minister of Lands and Land Development Janaka Bandara Tennakoon has proposed to set up a national program through a separate unit to be established in the Survey Department under the directives of his Ministry.
The Cabinet has given approval to set up the program and appoint a Monitoring Committee consisting of representatives of the relevant Ministries and Departments, to monitor the program.
The Survey Department currently provides information about spatial data available with data producers though its National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).