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Web GIS application for India

MapInfo Corporation, the global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced that Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) has selected and successfully developed a webGIS application using MapInfo technology as part of India’s first Eco-informatics Centre. Based out of Bangalore, the Eco-informatics Centre brings together knowledge in the fields of information technology and ecology to further the conservation and management of India’s natural resources.

Built on MapInfo’s leading edge MapXtreme technology, the Eco-informatics Centre’s website hosts a web-enabled Geographic Information Systems (GIS) facility. This solution permits interactive querying and mapping of spatially referenced information and its main purpose is to deliver- free of cost-geographic information on conservation and the environment, allowing users to visualize, analyze, and integrate various types of data. For instance, a policy-maker with the Forest Department could map all the districts with a population density of more than 200 people/km2 and a minimum specified level of forest cover, or a student of wildlife management could map the probable distribution of an endangered species.

ATREE evaluated several Internet mapping servers and MapInfo MapXtreme Java emerged as a choice because of its flexibility, ease of deployment and open platform. In support of ATREE’s biodiversity conservation efforts, MapInfo has also awarded a grant to ATREE to establish an internship programme, which will allow a select group of national and international students to work on the development of Web GIS related tools and applications using JAVA technology.

The Centre has been developed in collaboration with the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) and is supported by the United Nations Foundation and the Indo-US Science &Technology Forum.