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‘India can play leadership role in GIS’

India: The current available technology in GIS was meeting only 10 per cent of the citizens’ needs and the utilisation had to expand rapidly as India had the potential to play a leadership role rather than following other countries, said Rajeev Sangal, Director, IIIT Hyderabad.

Speaking at the first national conference on ‘Free and Open Source Geospatial Technology’, organised by OpenSourceGeo-India and IIIT Hyderabad, Dr. Sangal opined that open source technology should meet customer needs and it should be monitored and maintained on continuous basis.

Anoop Singh, Special Secretary for IT and Communications, said most of GIS application problems fail during implementation process forcing officials in the government sector to follow the success stories of other states rather than trying to a build a new design. He suggested the need for GIS applications to be implemented in sectors like municipality, agriculture (irrigation), law and order, healthcare, education, water and forest departments leading to good governance at the state level. He wanted IIIT-H and other private organisations to partner the government.

Venkatesh Raghavan received the prestigious ‘Sol Katz’ award at the conference. The award instituted in 2006, is given to an eminent researcher working in the area of OS GIS applications and this was the first time that an Asian received the award.

Source: The Hindu