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It is expected that during the first phase, there would be requirements for orientation / awareness / workshops on data preparation (spatial and non spatial) for the departments, awareness among user departments (who are not using Geographical Information System currently), capacity building on open source tools, etc., and to impart 'Train the Trainers' Programs during end phase I and beginning of Phase II in districts, so that the trained personnel could impart further training to more number of officials from their respective departments Training Programme could be conducted at Chennai as well as in some of the District Headquarters depending on the requirement.
The Geographical Information System (GIS) is a tool for managing, analyzing, decision making by seamlessly combining both spatial and non-spatial data.
In Tamil Nadu, a vast spatial data have been generated through GIS Projects undertaken by several Departments.The project covered entire State of Tamil Nadu in which 30 districts, 385 blocks, 4441 Municipal wards, 139 Corporations, 8736 town panchayats and 70978 habitations were brought under GIS Environment. The basic spatial layers prepared under the project are as follows: Village boundary Taluk boundary District Boundary Waterbody Major River Major Road Railway track Hamlets Urban ward location Schools Education Office major location Major Stream Further these shape files were updated under SSA in 2012-13." "i. Generating thematic maps on infrastructure facilities and resources available in schools and developing Decision Support System to obtain/drilled down reports from State/districts upto individual school level. Ensuring status of schooling access in all the habitations in the State at primary and upper primary levels in the context of RTE ACT 2009 spatially and developing necessary Decision Support System to obtain/drilled down reports from State/districts upto individual school level." In PCCF Office, Chennai Arc GIS - 9Nos. The basic issue in these projects are to utilize huge volume of existing data sets for decision making process.Different agencies are developing GIS on different platform leading to inability to scale up and is also not cost effective.
Sharing of the base layers proc used from Survey of India to collate and consolidate layers from various Departments at appropriate scales and to study the requirements and appropriate integration, etc., through enabling Government Orders.