The Union Government is developing a National Data Registry (NDR) to compile and serve metadata of different agencies and re-engineer the feature data sets for improving their use. The registry will also serve as a source of authenticated information. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will be the nodal coordinating agency of the NDR. NDR will require all agencies state, private and academic, collecting and storing geospatial data to provide details of data they store.
The registry aims to create a catalogue that will prevent duplication of data sets and to help users locate the right agencies to source information. It will be a ‘meta-data’ repository to only inform about the nature of the data a service provider has. It is not actually be a source of geospatial data. It can operate across a wide range of formats and can source information automatically. Thus, Survey of India can vet it for accuracy and see whether it contains information that contravenes national security.