[OSGeo-Discuss] OSGeo Board nomination
ravivundavalli at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 13 06:44:14 PDT 2008
Its a pleasure to nominate this dedicated environmentalist on OSGeo board who is also probably one of the first to use GRASS GIS in India.
Name : S. NARENDRA PRASAD, Ph.D
Secretory , OSGeo India chapter
Designation : Senior Principal Scientist & Head
Address : Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Deccan Regional station,
12-13-588/B, Nagarjuna Nagar Colony Tarnaka, Hyderabad 500017
Email: narendra_prasad at yahoo.com
Date of Birth : 14.08.1951
Nationality : Indian
His involvement in use and institution wide adoption of Open source geospatial tools began in 1991. He was responsible to introduce GRASS on Sun workstation for the GIS cell of wild life Institute of India, Dehra Dun, India. Infact, using Grass, Environmental Impacts of major River valley project was analyzed by a group of researchers between 1992-94 and several other research projects of wild life institute of India. Subsequently, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, (IISc) Bangalore, an interface was developed in Grass to read the raster files of the Indian Remote Sensing satellite data .This experience has resulted in an ongoing work at IISc wherein one of the GRASS mirror site is up and functioning.
The most recent and extensive involvement began with the use of ILWIS, Open Jump and GRASS. In an extensively collaborated project namely 'Rajahmundry City (A.P), GIS', on showcasing potential applications of using Osseo tools was successfully completed. The stakeholders of this project included law makers, administrators spanning a wide range of disciplines.
The use of open source web GIS tools for wetland conservation has been initiated by him, and is the first and perhaps the only Environmental Information System of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
A number of capacity building, awareness and other educational and outreach activities were conducted with the colleagues of the Osseo India chapter for a number of users
His future plans include a much wider introduction of the osgeotools in a large geographical area focusing on environmental applications.
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