- Recently, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)and MapmyIndia have partnered to come up with an indigenious geospatial portal known as ‘Bhuvan’.
- This is in line with the above discussed new guidelines for the Geo-Spatial Sector in India.
Geospatial Portal (Bhuvan):
It is a type of web portal used to find and access geographic information (geospatial information) and associated geographic services (display, editing, analysis, etc.) via the Internet.
- MapmyIndia’s database will be connected with ISRO’s high-end satellite catalogue and earth observation data, which it generates through a constellation of its satellites.
- The collaboration will enable them to jointly identify and build a holistic geospatial portal utilising earth observation datasets, Navigation in Indian Constellation (NavIC), Web Services and APIs (application programming interface) available in MapmyIndia.
API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other.
- It is a computing interface that defines interactions between multiple software intermediaries
Significance of the Portal:
- Its services will reflect the true borders of the country as per the information available from Government of India.
- By using MapmyIndia maps and applications instead of the foreign map apps, users can better protect their privacy.
- As foreign search engines and companies claim to offer ‘free’ maps, but in reality, they make money by targeting the same users with advertising, by invading the user’s privacy and auctioning private location and movement data. However there is no such provision of advertisement in MapmyIndia.