National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organization (NATMO) is a pioneer organization specialized in atlas cartography and thematic mapping. Since 1978 it is functioning as a subordinate department under the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, with its headquarters at Kolkata. Since its inception, it is the sole national agency bearing the responsibility of depicting national framework data in the form of thematic maps and atlases to cater the various needs of different sectors. NATMO being a specialized institution of its kind also engaged cartographic and geographical researches at national level. It has a distinguished position among the scientific communities and organizations at national and international level.
In its history of persistent contribution towards nation building, NATMO has conceived and published more than eight hundred themes under the broad category of physical, social, economic, environmental disciplines. It has the largest repository of spatial and non-spatial data processed with greater accuracy for delivering good quality products. To ensure precision and value addition NATMO keeps pace with the most modern technologies viz. GIS , GPS and Remote sensing.
NATMO played a lead role in establishing National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) aimed to build national spatial data and to provide a common window to access the geospatial data generated by various organizations. NATMO not only initiated metadata generation for the first time but also made online publication with ‘preview option’ of all its products. “Metadata Server” is accessible from its portal www.natmomap.in.
NATMO is the first organization to publish online GIS service on public domain in the year 2006. The successful launch of this service brought international reputation and bagged several awards. Online GIS application and services propelled NATMO to take up more projects to cover all the cities of the country.
NATMO also provides training in remote sensing, GIS application, digital cartography, GPS reading and use and also allied issues. A large number of professionals, technocrats, professors/ associate professors, research scholars, teachers have been benefited from these training programs.
Braille mapping is another unique service initiated by NATMO to provide map/ geographic education to the visually impaired. This type of specialised mapping introduced for the first time by NATMO and the products are made available to the users at free of cost.
It employs a large number of highly qualified professional geographers, perhaps largest, under one roof anywhere in the world. The Organization has a total sanctioned strength of 322.