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National Geoscience Data Repository Portal

Context:

The Union Ministry of Mines is to launch the National Geoscience Data Repository (NGDR) Portal on 19th December 2023 in a ceremony in New Delhi.

Relevance:

GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. National Geoscience Data Repository Portal
  2. Geological Survey of India (GSI)

National Geoscience Data Repository Portal:

  • An extensive online platform designed for the retrieval, distribution, and analysis of geospatial information throughout India.
  • The initiation of the NGDR project was led by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG-N).
  • Marks a substantial advancement in the democratization of crucial geoscience data, providing stakeholders in various industries and academia with unparalleled access to invaluable resources.

Geological Survey of India (GSI):

  • Establishment:
    • Founded in 1851 with the primary objective of locating coal deposits for the Railways.
  • Evolution and Growth:
    • Has evolved into a repository of geo-science information with international repute.
  • Functions:
    • Primarily focused on creating and updating national geoscientific information.
    • Conducts mineral resource assessment.
  • Role:
    • Provides objective, impartial, and current geological expertise.
    • Offers geoscientific information crucial for policy-making decisions, commercial activities, and socio-economic needs.
  • Documentation and Surveys:
    • Emphasizes systematic documentation of geological processes, encompassing both surface and subsurface aspects in India and its offshore areas.
    • Conducts geological, geophysical, and geochemical surveys using advanced and cost-effective methodologies.
  • Ministry Affiliation:
    • An attached office of the Ministry of Mines.
  • Headquarters:
    • Located in Kolkata.
  • Regional Presence:
    • Six regional offices in Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Shillong, and Kolkata.
    • State unit offices established across the country.
  • National Importance:
    • Plays a vital role in the development and utilization of geological information for various sectors in the country.

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