[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G-India 2015 summary

Ravi Kumar manarajahmundry2015 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 03:41:33 PDT 2015

Pl see, FOSS4G India 2015 at IIRS Dehradun.


On Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 6:03 PM, K S Rajan <rajan at iiit.ac.in> 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/
> ------------------------------
> *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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