[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G-India 2015 summary

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Jun 12 05:54:17 PDT 2015

Thanks for the summary Rajan, wow, it seems like a great event!  I must 
not miss the next one :)

Ravi has some pics online already here: 

Doug: Rajan wrote that "they will soon be choosing an appropriate 
OSLicence for this product"

Congratulations to the OSGeo-India chapter for another very successful 
FOSS4G event!!!!


On 2015-06-12 9:33 AM, K S Rajan wrote:
> Suchith,
> Thanks for sending in the note on the Conference.
> All,
> 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.
> -Rajan
> OSGeo-India
> [1] http://foss4gindia.in/
> [2] https://shivareddyiirs.github.io/Trivim1.0_precompiled/
> [3] http://shivareddyiirs.github.io/Trivim1.0/
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>     *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
>     <mailto: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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