GIS Workshop – Geoweek 2018

A two-day workshop on ‘Open Source GIS Applications for Monitoring, Evaluation & Research’ will be conducted on 11th & 12th of October 2018 as a part of the Geoweek-2018 celebrations.

This workshop will present an introduction to Open Source software for Geoinformatics (FOSS4G) and some of the recent tools of FOSS4G useful for Monitoring, Evaluation & Research needs. The course is unique in that it would not only provide an overview of technology but also make available the tools and techniques for data collection, visualisation and analysis.

Open Source Geoinformatics software is  free to use and encompasses various desktop applications such as QGIS, GRASS GIS, MARBLE, OSSIM and mobile based data  collection tools etc.  The workshop will cover Introduction to Remote sensing, Fundamentals of GIS, Open Source GIS, DEM, Map Making & the ODK Suite of tools like ODK Collect, Field data aggregation, visualization, and analysis.

Who can attend ?

Any individual who is in the field of research and uses data for further study will benefit from this workshop. It is well suited for anyone who wants to collect location based or geo-tagged data. Techniques taught in this workshop can be used in any field – Geology, Geography, Archaeology, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences marketing, field surveys, management of natural resources, disaster mitigation, public health, asset/facility management and environmental monitoring.

Workshop Outline

Day 1   ( 9:30 am to 5:30 pm)
• Introduction of GIS 
• Introduction to Remote Sensing 
• Introduction to Open Source GIS 
• Map Making

Day 2     ( 9:30 am to 4:00 pm) 
• ODK Tools and Aggregate
• ODK Collect – Field data collection 
• Deploying ODK for Field data aggregation, visualization, and analysis.

Nominal charges of Rs. 950/- will be charged to cover the costs.   Registration includes tea and lunch for the two days.

11th & 12th of October 2018

Venue – International Institute of Information Technology, (I2IT ),

Phase 1, Hinjewadi, Pune


Prof. Venkatesh Raghavan

Venkatesh Raghavan (aka Venka) is Professor of Geoinformatics at the Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City University, Japan. He coined the FOSS4G acronym in 2004 to denote Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics and has been promoting FOSS4G ever since. He is also one of the founders of OSGeo and currently serves as President and also plays active role in OSGeo Local Chapters in Asia.

Research interest includes Geospatial Services, Sensor Web and Remote Sensing for change detection. Recently, involved in ZOO WPS Platform Project. Team leader and member in several Geoinformatics projects and vast experience in conducting national and international training programs and development of learning materials for RS/GIS using FOSS4G.

Dr V. Rajesh Chowdhary

Dr V. Rajesh Chowdhary has more than 7 years of experience in the field of Remote Sensing & GIS. He has obtained his doctorate in Remote Sensing & GIS from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and worked for three years as Research Associate. Currently, he is serving as Associate Professor at International Institute of Information Technology, Pune. He has obtained his Master and Bachelor degree from International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Pune, India and JNTU, Kakinada, India respectively. His research interest includes RS & GIS application in Urban Planning & Management, Urban Disaster Risk Reduction & Management, Forest Carbon Stock, Ionospheric Modelling, Space Weather, GNSS, Web GIS, and Open GIS. His key research projects include research on Ionospheric Scintillations in Asia (RISA) using GNSS, He has conducted various workshops and trainings on Geo-informatics across India and Thailand for academic & professional bodies.

Natraj Vaddadi

Natraj Vaddadi has over 30 years of professional experience spanning diverse portfolios for large multinationals across petroleum, automobile and the IT enabled industries.

A certified trainer with several multinationals, he has run over 350 courses and trained around 9000 participants on a wide gamut of topics.  He has also been teaching post graduate courses in Drilling engineering and Production Operations at University of Pune for over 30 years.  More recently, he has been in working in the field of societal geosciences and Societal GIS and has conducted workshops in Open Source data collection tools in India, Thailand and Vietnam.

General Information

  1. Registration for workshop is mandatory.
  2. There is a registration fee of Rs. 950/- which will have to be paid during registration but before the workshop.
  3. Workshop is open to all, but senior Graduate & Post graduate students will be preferred
  4. Further details on the workshop will be mailed to applicants after successful payment.
  5. All participants will need to bring their own laptop.
  6. Number of participants restricted to 25
  7. Certificate of completion will be provided on satisfactory completion.
  8. Last date for registration is 5th October 2018.

The workshop is being conducted in association with  the Centre for Excellence in Geoinformatics of  the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Pune.

Registration for the workshop is  now closed . Thank you for your interest.  Watch this space for future announcements