Using Free and Open Source Geospatial (FOSS4G) Tools
24th-28th Feb, 2014, Bengaluru
Venue: KSCST Lecture Hall, KSCST, IISc Campus, Bengaluru

Organised by
 Co-organised by

Jointly with
Sir M.Visvesvaraya. Geospatial Chair, IISc, DST
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The Western Ghats of Karnataka, along with the contiguous Sahyadri range in Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat in north and Tamil Nadu and Kerala, to the south, have of late been in focus of wide ranging public and government debates on nature and extent of potential ecological sensitive areas. The two committees of GOI ,viz.,WGEEP and HLWG, have strongly recommended a geospatial approach for inventorying, mapping, assessing and monitoring the biodiversity of Western Ghats. Among the five Western Ghat states, Karnataka is perhaps one of the most intensively studied, and researched area for more than three decades.Despite this advances,an acute lack of widespread effort to capture, analyse and disseminate location specific data and info is lacking>One of the major reasons for this failure is exclusive dependence on use of proprietary geospatial tools for both desktop and web GIS applications which will necessarily restrict the participation of most stakeholders. An enabling environment to fill the gap therefore, is by adopting open source geospatial (FOSS4G) tools and were shown to hold tremendous opportunity to multiple stakeholders. For example the Kerala Biodiversity Board has very extensively put to operational use for inland wetlands and most recently by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) among others. Therefore the present workshop aims to build such capacities by raising awareness to users.

Programme Committee


T.V. Ramachandra
Energy & Wetlands Research Group,
Centre for Ecological Sciences,
New Biological Sciences Building, Near D-Gate,3rd Floor, E-Wing, Lab: TE15
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru – 560 012, INDIA.
Tel: 91-080- 22933099 / 22933503(Ext:107) / 23600985
Fax: 91-080- 23601428 [CES-TVR]
E mail:

A. Perumal,
Sir M.V. Geospatial Chair Professor,
Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology,
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 560012, INDIA.
Tel: +91-080-2334 1652 / 2334 8848 / 2334 8849
Fax: +91-080-2334 8840