[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G-India 2015 summary

K S Rajan rajan at iiit.ac.in
Fri Jun 12 05:33:25 PDT 2015

Thanks for sending in the note on the Conference. 

I am just back to Hyderabad after successfully holding the FOSS4G-India 2015 at IIRS Dehradun [1] with the help of all the co-organisers. We had a very enthusiastic group of about 110+ participants covering researchers, academicians, students, software developers, companies, and Govt functionaries (National and State bodies). 

There were 2 Workshops- one on Becoming QGIS Power User by Ujaval Gandhi; and the other on Geospatial Data Processing using R by Kamal Pandey and AK Jha. About 48 papers and 3 talks on - Use of OSM for Crisis Mapping; Use of Open Standards and Open Source in SDIs (and the National Roadmap); and on Geo for All initiative were presented. All the full papers, presentations and also Photos will be uploaded in a week's time onto the conference website [1]. 
The panel discussions towards the end had some wonderful ideas on building Synergy across various organizations by leveraging their strength, More focus on Capacity Building initiatives, Use and adoption of FOSS4G in GeoSpatial Curriculum, develop and implement focused solutions for Common users like Linemen (utilities management) to City Mayors, focused efforts on tweaking/improvisation/development of FOSS4G tools aimed at specific verticals like Social forestry, legacy data support, etc. 

Would like to mention here that IIRS has developed a tool called Trivim- A free and open source Software for 3D Street Model Generation [2], [3] and it was showcased during the event. GPS enabled Photos captured from mobile phones and consumer grade cameras can be used to generate the Street view. Pls do try it out and share your comments with poonam at iirs dot gov dot in. They will soon be choosing an appropriate OSLicence for this product. 


[1] http://foss4gindia.in/ 
[2] https://shivareddyiirs.github.io/Trivim1.0_precompiled/ 
[3] http://shivareddyiirs.github.io/Trivim1.0/ 

> From: "Doug Newcomb" <doug_newcomb at fws.gov>
> To: "Suchith Anand" <Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk>
> Cc: "discuss" <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>, ica-osgeo-labs at lists.osgeo.org
> Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 5:20:15 PM
> Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] “Open Source Geospatial Tools in Climate Change
> Research and Natural Resource Management” and ISPRS Summer Schools

> Will the presentations be available online?
> Doug

> On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 4:40 AM, Suchith Anand < Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
> > wrote:

>> Dear colleagues,

>> The Second National Conference on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
>> (FOSS4G-India 2015) with focus on “Open Source Geospatial Tools in Climate
>> Change Research and Natural Resource Management” was held earlier this week at
>> June 9-10, 2015 at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. Dr K.S. Rajan
>> (IIIT Hyderabad) gave the Plenary presentation on "Geo for All: an
>> international network towards open geospatial research and education" . It is
>> excellent to see the growth in number of universities in India who are now
>> doing research and teaching in GIS using FOSS4G. I understand from Rajan that
>> the conference was a great success with 12 sessions ranging from Climatic
>> Studies to Village GIS. Program details at
>> http://foss4gindia.in/Technical%20Program%20Schedule_June9-10_2015.pdf

>> Conference details at http://foss4gindia.in/

>> Next month, IIRS (July 6-10, 2015) will also host the ISPRS Summer School at
>> Dehradun on following 3 themes

>> i) Online Sharing of Geospatial Data, Algorithm and Model (offered by ISPRS WG
>> VI/1 ; Huayi Wu, State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying
>> Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, China);

>> ii) Open Source GIS (offered by ISPRS WG VI/2 ; Dr. Sameer Saran, Indian
>> Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Indian Space Research Orgamisation (ISRO),
>> Dept. of Space, Govt. of India, Dehradun ); and

>> iii) Research and Teaching methodologies for Master and PhD students (offered by
>> ISPRS WG VI/4 : Igor Musikhin, Siberian State Academy of Geodesy, Russia ).

>> I understand that there has been great response for all these courses which
>> shows the demand and need. Details of Summer School at
>> http://www.iirs.gov.in/isprs-summerschool/index.html

>> I remember when i was student in India, there was very few opportunities for
>> learning GIS as very few universities had GIS programs . So i am really pleased
>> that now more universities and academics are empowered and starting GIS courses
>> and more students are getting opportunities to learn geospatial science. My
>> thanks to Rajan and colleagues who have been working tirelessly for providing
>> more learning opportunities for students.

>> Best wishes,

>> Suchith

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