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 Microsoft to Digitize Indian Maps

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Date posted: 13/01/2005

(Press Release) The Indian government on Wednesday asked software giant Microsoft Corp. to put its vast collection of satellite images, remote sensing data and other information about the country's terrain in digital form.

"As the project progresses, citizens of India can actually get a bird's eye view of the country," said P. Anandan, head of Microsoft Research India, the company's research center opened at the southern city of Bangalore, also on Wednesday.

The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding for research collaboration. The first project under the memorandum will be a geographic information system to make high technology information available to the public in an easily understandable form, Anandan said in a statement.

"Comprehensive digitization of India's terrain can support relief planning and monitoring in the wake of natural disasters," he said.

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