GIS technology’s potential in spatial data explored

Various aspects of GIS technology was highlighted at the three-day workshop on ‘Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing’

The Centre for Geoinformatics Technology, DoS in Geography, University of Mysore (UoM), has organised a three-day workshop on ‘Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing’ for undergraduates, science and arts lecturers to create awareness among them about the latest advancement in geospatial technology.

Speaking at the workshop, on Monday, Assistant Registrar General, Office of the Registrar General of India, Dr R Joseph underlined the importance and scope of GIS technology and stressed on its use in various fields.

“GIS has turned out to be an effective tool designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of spatial data. The technology is also being used to attach non-geospatial data to geospatial data during mapping of the Indian census,” Dr Joseph said.

He said that the government had used GIS technology in mapping of 33 capital cities in India and looking forward to extending it to other major cities as it had potential to speed up the process and enhance the quality of the maps.

Underlining the importance of GIS in mapping, Dr Joseph said, “Satellite imagery incorporated with GIS can give perfect geographical picture form 0.5 meters which further enables people to more easily see, analyse, and understand patterns and relationships,” he said, adding, “Data that are already in digital form, such as images taken by satellites and most tables, can simply be uploaded into GIS. Maps must be scanned, or converted into digital information.”

UoM Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa expressed his concern over the lack of awareness among people about the GIS technology.

“The usage of GIS technology in last 15-20 years is unprecedented but most of the people are not aware of its vast potential,” he said.

A series of lectures on GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Mapping and Visualisation, Applications of GIS in Demographic studies, etc are part of the three-day workshop.

Retd Professor and Head, Department of Geography, University of Madras, Chennai, Chairman, DOS in Geography, UoM were present on the occasion.  

 UoM Vice Chancellor Prof K S Rangappa flanked by others at the inauguration of the workshop on ‘Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing,’ on Monday.

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