• GIS market data?

    In the first place let me congratulate Ravi for his relentless effort and dedication in spreading the awareness of GIS and also bringing the small GIS community together.

    The knowledgeable community which is very small in number do appreciate the power behind GIS and the benefits it can bring in to the community. We also appreciate the need for good GIS professionals in large numbers to realise this. This limited knowledge base will have to be transformed into augmenting our facilities into larger infrastructure base and global approach/reach for providing solutions. Needless to mention that large investments are required to achieving this objective. This will call for very high level of clarity about the market potential as much as the technology focus. At present we do not have a quantified and authentic market data for the discerning investors to look at and feel satisfied.

    Similarly, we also need data about GIS manpower projections for the growth of GIS training institutions. Would you please try to access and publish data of the global and Indian GIS market and a quantified need for GIS professionals both current and projected growth as in the case of other software market.

    K. Pushparaj
    Email: [email protected]

  • IT for socially excluded

    The April 2001 issue of [email protected] was good to read but sad to grasp the fact that the long lasting honeymoon of the IT sector is over…. At last (editorial).

    “Dot com? –Dot Gone!” as one friend of mine, who’d have felt befuddled by it all from the start, announced gleefully, we all marched into yet another castle in the sky.

    Beyond the boom-and-bust of the dot com startups, a more profound transformation is taking place, as traditional sectors embed digital technologies in all aspects of their operations. The defining characteristic of the new economy is not technology, but innovation. Therefore, we must not be depressed by recent pal of gloom, cast over IT sector. Instead, we have to be innovative in securing Internet access for the socially excluded. GIS may be transforming the way the rich world communicates and pleasures itself, but we have to think innovatively (and act at last). Can satellite information technology and GIS put food on the plates of the hungry third world or reverse global inequalities? Yes, it can but this prospect requires fresh ways of visualising and operating through partnership and acting across geographical space and time.

    Venkatesh Dutta
    Emai: [email protected]