OGC India Forum to be held at India Geospatial Forum (IGF 2012)

Contributed by: 
Dr MK Munshi, Chair of OGC India Forum

Next week the OGC is supporting the India Geospatial Forum (IGF 2012) at the Epicentre in Gurgaon, India. During this important event, there will be an OGC India Forum meeting on Thursday 9 February, morning till lunch. As Chair of this forum, it is my pleasure to invite all geospatial professionals to attend this meeting.

At the OGC India Forum meeting we will be discussing the importance of geospatial interoperability in the context of agencies at national and state levels, in order to build seamless spatial data infrastructures. I will be joined by Steven Ramage, OGC’s Executive Director for marketing and Communications, and Professor Umesh Bellur from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (Mumbai). Steven will also join me in running a workshop on the “Business Value “ of open standards. (He has also been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Intergraph/ERDAS User Group Meeting on 6 February prior to IGF 2012.)

A number of organizations in India have been investing in open standards and the OGC process. For example, DST (Department of Science & Technology) is an OGC Principal Member and so is Rolta from the industry. On 20 October 2011 the Hon’ble Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, released two innovative products of Survey of India. The Hon’ble Minister also launched another service by Survey of India which enables users to access the already available map data of 1:50,000 scale as an OGC Web Map Service (WMS). This service in combination with Bhuvan WMS of Department of Space is in line with the objectives of the national Spatial Data Infrastructure in making geospatial data available and accessible.

Delegates registering for India Geospatial Forum 2012 who are exhibitors or complementary "Guest Delegates" invited by the organisers need not register separately for the OGC meeting. It is a part of the IGF programme and is open for participation for all registered delegates. For others who are only attending the OGC India Forum meeting there is a special one-day IGF registration fee of INR 2,000/-) being offered delegates who will attend the conference only on the 9 February. For any clarifications, Rajesh Kumar may be contacted at rajesh [at] geospatialmedia.net for the Registration. One may also contact Vaishali Dixit at: vaishali [at] geospatialmedia.net and Cell # +91-9313292284.

The OGC has been supporting open standards in India for many years now. Minutes from the last meeting can be found here: http://www.opengeospatial.org/ogc/regions/india/meetings.

I would like to thank the OGC for supporting this event with a blog post and I hope to see you at India Geospatial Forum.