[Exclusive] India Demystifies Laws on Maps and Geospatial Data

In revising its current fragmented regime in relation to geospatial and mapping data, the Government of India has opted for a more liberal framework. Until recently, the use of mapping and geospatial data was regulated under the National Map Policy and the Remote Sensing Data Policy. On February 15, 2021, the Government (Department of Science and Technology) issued the 2021 Guidelines for acquiring and producing Geospatial Data and Geospatial Data Services, including Maps, in order to simplify the applicable restrictive regime.

What is Geospatial Data?

Geospatial data, which includes location information, is data about natural and man-made features that are both above the ground and below such as boundaries, points of interest, mobility data, weather patterns, and other statistical facts. Under the 2021 Guidelines, ‘Geospatial data’ is defined to mean ‘positional data with or without attribute data tagged, whether in the form of images, videos, vector, voxel and/or raster datasets or any other type of geospatial dataset in digitized or non-digitized form or web-services’. ‘Map’ is defined as symbolic representation of real-world objects, regions, or themes on paper or as a web-map-service.

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