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Open GIS initiative in India

A One Day Seminar on Open GIS was held with the aim of bringing together different stakeholders and players in Geo-informatics sector with lectures, presentations, discussions and knowledge sharing on aspects of Interoperable Specification, Policy, Technology, Applications and Case Studies. This Seminar on Open GIS organized jointly by CSDMS and Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) and sponsored by Cadcorp was held at Taj Palace, New Delhi, India on 19th May 2003. The seminar was attended by around 95 top personalities of GIS community from various parts of India as well as overseas. The Seminar started with a welcome address by Ravi Gupta, Director CSDMS and was followed by a presentation of R Siva Kumar, Head NRDMS, DST on OGC and its programmes. Robert (Bob) Green field, Director Asia Pacific, Cadcorp talked about the importance of Open GIS and the reasons why he chose initially India for conducting seminar on the concept of Open GIS. Martin Mc Garry, Director Marketing and Sales, UK, explained the role of Cadcorp as a member of Open GIS Consortium (OGC). The Seminar was inaugurated by Maj Gen K K Naithani, MOGS GS who emphasised the importance of geodata interoperability among the users.

This seminar on Open GIS was held in India to promote the use of GIS irrespective of the formats and coordinate systems of the data being used. This type of availability of interoperable data through web and specific software facilitate the use of GIS technology even to the non-GIS community. Some of the member organizations of OGC presented papers on the relevance and need of Open GIS: Initiatives and Standards. Hrishikesh Samant of St. Xavier’s College presented the view of academic institutions. On the industry user perspective, Kapil Chhabra, RMSI and Bharti Sinha, Infotech, presented a paper. On the other side Martin Mc Garry, Cadcorp; Alok Sharma, Bentley and R S Rathi, Rolta presented papers on the Developers’ view. This session was chaired by P Venketram, Advisor, CSDMS.

Various Government and Private firms attended this semina:. including (NRDMS), Department of Science & Technology; National Institute of Science and Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), CSIR; Defense Imagery Processing and Analysis Center (DIPAC), Ministry of Defense; ML Infomap Private Ltd; Department of Information and Technology, Ministry of Communication and Technology, National Informatic Centre; INCA Informatics Pvt. Ltd; Bentley; Rolta; Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, NRSA; Kaizer Spatial Solutions; St. Xavier’s College; Infotech; Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee; PAN India Consultants Ltd; RITES Ltd; Hope Technologies; RMSI and others. The prime sponsor of the Seminar, Cadcorp demonstrated their new product, Spatial Information System (SIS), to the participants. SIS provides GIS and digital mapping solutions for government, emergency services, utilities, insurance, local authorities, mapping agencies and many others.

Cadcorp SIS software supports a vast range of formats without translation and uses the same software engine to power a series of core GIS applications designed to meet user specific requirements. SIS software runs on Windows and is available as ‘out-of-the-box’ modules, ActiveX Developer Kits and Internet based GIS solutions.

Sarika Crystal