Indonesia Creates a Map More Sophisticated Than Google Maps

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From Republika:

Ina Geoportal More Advanced than Google Maps

BANDUNG – Ina-Geoportal, a geospatial information portal for our archipelago built by the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) and can be opened at, is designed to be more sophisticated than Google Maps, said the head of BIG, Dr. Asep Karsidi.

Google Maps is based on JPEG satellite images while Ina-Geoportal is an interactive map for sharing, drag-and drop, and other things such as GIS application,” said Asep during the “Ina-Geoportal: One Map, One Solution” talk show to commemorate the 17th Rise of National Technology Day in Sabuga Building, ITB Bandung, on Saturday.

Therefore, he called on all parties to make a thematic map based on the base map supplied by BIG (formerly known as Bakosurtanal), which, in addition to being free, easily accessible, and can also be accounted for, to not take [the data] from any party other than from BIG or Google.

“The law No. 4/2011 on Geospatial Information authorizes BIG as the only agency to make base maps. That was because BIG makes maps based on geodetic control nets system using a contour or three-dimensional layer,” he said.

He also affirmed that the law No. 4/2011 protects Indonesia from the possibility of geospatial data misuse that will harm the nation. Therefore, although the national spatial data is open, it remains constrained by security code for a number of specific data.

“Google also has visited me asking about the new law, as under the law Indonesia must authorize the geospatial information. The data built by Google on Indonesia must have the permission from the Indonesian government,” he said.

According to him, as long as it does not violate the law, [Google] can continue making the geospatial data because the maps built by Google is a positive thing and beneficial to the community. He also allows Google to use Ina-Geoportal’s spatial data should Google choose to do so.

“But don’t let it be a case where the international community gets unjustified info about us or if there is a third party using Google Maps and abusing it,” he said.

By the end of 2012, said Asep, he will have finished updating the archipelago’s base map with an accuracy of 1:250,000, which will be improved upon to 1:50,000, 1:25,000, and up to 1:1,000 as mandated by the Act where people’s yards will be clearly visible, but this is a hard task to do.

Meanwhile, Dodi Sukmayadi, the BIG Head of Network Systems and Data Spatial Systems, showed off how to operate Ina Geoportal in a live talk show where a number of agencies such as the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Rural Development and others have already started to be nodes of BIG’s Ina-Geoportal.

He hoped that all ministries, agencies and local governments are willing to integrate their data and share it with Ina-Geoportal on the condition that they have data center, metadata and clearing unit that would validate the data.

Comments from Kaskus:


Aaaahh ….. it is really slow to open the maps, boss.
I still couldn’t get the maps even with an internet speed of 1.5 mbps


Yep .. still slow .. Maybe this is the side effect of being too sophisticated …


Google Earth is still smoother and more pleasant


Soooooooooooooooo sloooooooooooooooowwwwwww….
He said [Ina-Geoportal is] more sophisticated. Does Indonesia already have its own geographic satellite???


Opening the site is like opening a 3gp porn video site
So slooow


There is still something lacking..
If I zoom in to its maximum,
the map doesn’t even show up
It’s different from Google Maps,
even though it’s using images, I can still show the map ..


It’s good only in theory since I still can’t enjoy it due to its slowness


I’ll still keep using Google Maps.
Made from abroad is definitely better than Made in Indonesia.

Zilia: [responding to sapibuntinx]

Don’t be like that, boss.. There’s no harm in giving it a try…


Went surfing at the crime scene just now. It’s really really cool, boss


Awesome… Indonesia is getting more advanced [technologically] and not just in terms of KKN….


Google Maps has more complete basic maps.
As I am only a regular person, I only use the basic maps.
How come it looks a lot like this:


How come it looks the same as this address:


Better than Google? Of course it is… Their application is still new but they really sounded so arrogant …


It’s really slow to open, boss,
whereas I have no problems browsing other sites

blastt: [responding to Zilia]

I’ve really tried, boss, and I’ve had enough

Have you checked out Ina-Geoportal yet? What do you think of it? Is it more advanced than Google Maps?

Ina-Geoportal claimed to be more advanced than Google Map

Ina-Geoportal claimed to be more advanced than Google Maps

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  • Majumundur

    Better to fix the internet connection first in Indonesia than updating the stupid map!

  • elizabeth

    Another case of misplaced priorities perhaps, or the Indonesian government is trying to generate publicity to attract international investments, what with the most advanced MRT, Geoportal, one Time Zone, renovating government buildings, etc. But this would just be cosmetic if the essential basic foundation isn’t quite there.

    Other than more layers of information, the Geoportal still does not match Google in terms of magnification and functionality. Google allows users to stroll along the streets and practically go sightseeing around the world for free. That’ll be a tough act to follow. It’ll be more beneficial for the government to work with Google instead of trying to outdo them.

  • Erick

    Really, only in Indonesia a map that’s derived from various third-party sources (Bing, Citra, Open Street Map) and lacking various features like Street View and Driving Directions (not to mention it’s slow) can be marketed as “more sophisticated” than Google Maps.

    Har har.

  • Paulos

    “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

    This project was doomed from the start.

  • markus peg

    The only thing better than Google maps would be live maps where you can see everyone walking around. some of these extra [useless] features that most people wont use can also be used in Google earth if you install add-nos

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