A one-day Seminar on Open GIS jointly organized by CSDMS and NRDMS and sponsored by Cadcorp was held at New Delhi, India on 19th May 2003. The seminar was attended by around 90 to 95 top personalities of GIS community of various parts of India as well as overseas. The Seminar started with welcome address of Ravi Gupta, Director CSDMS 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 as well why he chose initially India for conducting seminar on the concept of Open GIS. Martin Mc Garry, Director Marketing and Sales, UK, talked about 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 stated a new definition of GIS with respect to Open GIS: – Geodata Interoperability Specification (GIS). 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 members of OGC presented papers on the relevance and need of Open GIS: initiatives and Standards. On the Government user perspective Hrishikesh Samant of St. Xavier’s College presented the view of Academic institution. On the industry user perspective, Kapil Chhabra, RMSI and Bharti Sinha, Infotech presented paper. On the other side Martin Mc Garry, Cadcorp; Alok Sharma, Bentley and R S Rathi, Rolta presented paper on the Developer’s view. This session was chaired by P Venketram, Advisor, CSDMS. Various Government and Private firms attended this seminar. This includes NRDMS, DST; National Institute of Science and Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), CSIR; 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.
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 Microsoft Windows and is available as ‘out-of-the-box’ modules, ActiveX Developer Kits and Internet based GIS solutions. Cadcorp is in the Technical Committee of the OpenGIS Consortium, (OGC) and is a leading player in ensuring that systems are ‘open’ in terms of design, interoperability and data processing. Cadcorp SIS has received conformance certification for ‘OpenGIS Simple Features’ and ‘Coordinate Transformation Services’.
As the leading regional centre committed to the promotion of GIS and its usage in various development activities, CSDMS assists Asian community in developing their capabilities and policies to maximize the benefits of GIS through advocacy, training, information and provision of expert advice and assistance. NRDMS – the Science and Technology programme of the Government of India has been launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to catalyze the evolution of methodologies and techniques for formulating development strategies. In a scenario of large diversity of data sets, data users and data generating agencies, the programme aims at developing and demonstrating the use of spatial decision support tools for integrated planning and management of resources at the local level. Cadcorp is a UK GIS software house, established in 1991. Its product suite is based around Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System® which was launched in 1995. Cadcorp SIS® is now at version 6.0. Cadcorp SIS® is sold worldwide via offices in Stevenage and London (UK), Boston (USA) and Sydney (Australia). Other global markets are served by an international network of partners and Value Added Resellers (VARs). Cadcorp is 100% focused on Geographic Information Systems and Digital Mapping software development.