In 1997 Academy set up a 'Panel on scientific data of public interest' to examine all issues concerning scientific data available in the country. The following statement giving the terms of reference of the panel was released.
There has been widespread concern that the enormous storehouse of scientific data is not being put to sufficient use both in scientific research as well as economic and industrial activity. The main reason appears to be problems in gaining access to these data. A panel was constituted with suitable terms of reference to study this question. Geographical data was first taken up to be followed up data on others by areas like meteorology, oceanography, and public health.
The Indian Academy of Sciences is undertaking a detailed study of issues connected with Scientific Data of Public Interest . The objectives of the study are:
The panel invites comments, suggestions, accounts of personal experience and any other material relevant to the terms of reference of the Panel. The material may be sent to either of the addresses below:
A special section, 'Public access to Indian geographical data', was published in the 25 August 2000 issue of Current Science.
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