One-day Workshop on Karnataka-GIS

A one-day workshop on Karnataka GIS was organized by the Karnataka State Remote Sensing Applications Centre and Karnataka Jnana Aayoga (KJA) at Bengaluru on January 23, 2013 to consider the draft Vision and User Needs for K-GIS prepared in consultation with key GoK departments and key experts in the state/nation. The objective of the workshop was to provide a wide forum for a broad-based consultation amongst government, enterprises, academia and NGOs for the new initiative. Over 220 participants from diverse groups representing, stakeholders of the government, technology providers, industry, research community, thought leaders, policy makers and other GIS users participated in the workshop. The workshop’s programme included an inaugural session followed by two sessions dedicated for K-GIS Vision and K-GIS implementation and culminated by a high level panel discussion on the way forward.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI and Chairman of the Interim Core Group set up by the Planning Commission on National GIS. He elaborated the expanding roles of modern GIS technologies in various spheres of economic and social development.

Shri. S V Ranganath, Chief Secretary to the Govt. of Karnataka released the Draft Vision and User Needs documents and addressed the participants. He emphasized the commitment of the Government of Karnataka to support K-GIS initiative to serve as an important tool to support governance and particularly to empower people of the state.

The following points were introduced by the Panel Members for discussion:

  • K-GIS is the need of the hour and an innovative knowledge oriented activity. K-GIS is a collaborative effort and requires the participation of government, industries, academia and NGOs with a focus on citizens access to GIS data and services.
  • The data asset will be GIS ready, updated, standardized and seamless for the entire state.
  • KGIS should be organized along platform concept. Providing service to the GoK departments to access and share data and some relevant applications.
  • Database generated on various resources from earlier projects should be made use of.Open Source GIS should be taken advantage of.
  • K-GIS should have both English and Kannada content as farming community could have better access.
  • High end research regarding object recognition and automated change detection from satellite image and other forms of data needs to be taken up by academic institution.
  • Regular updating of the dynamic information is of essence to KGIS.
  • Updating the data on parcels/survey number wise as and when changes take place and geo-tagging of each property (urban/rural) is a priority need. Feasibility for applications involving auto reading of images that can give alerts like incidence of pests and diseases etc. should be explored.