India Emerging As Major Data Conversion Centre For GIS

New Delhi: | Updated: Jan 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
India is emerging as a big time data conversion centre for Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Major importers from the US, Europe, Japan and Australia have either started operating directly or subletting work to Indian IT companies, according to National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) president Kiran Karnik.

The present export size of the Indian GIS industry is around $100 million, out of which around 60 per cent is exported to North America alone, he said, while inaugurating a three day conference on mapping technologies Map India 2004 here today. The conference is being jointly organised by Survey of India, Centre for Spatial Database Management and Solutions (CSDMS) and GIS Development.

According to Mr Karnik, the GIS export industry in India alone employs more than ten thousand people. As per industry estimates, 15-20 per cent growth in GIS services exports to US alone is expected in next couple of years, Mr Karnik said. The global market for GIS is more than $7 billion, with US alone accounting for $2.5 billion, he added.

Commenting on the proposed US law barring outsourcing of government contracts to India and other countries, Mr Karnik said that Indias software services and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies need not worry as Nasscom is meeting politicians, think tanks and academics to explain to them the synergies of working together. The Indian software industry will continue with its efforts to impress upon the American administration not to impose any such ban with the help of US industry bodies, he said.

He said that Nasscom will provide data to US industrial bodies to back up claim that outsourcing is in the mutual interest of both the US and India.