Map World Forum: A Global Confluence of Geospatial Thought

Largest congregation of geospatial professionals, experts and leaders to be held in Hyderabad from February 10 - 13, 2009 to discuss applications of geospatial technologies to create a Sustainable Planet Earth.

New Delhi, India—February 09, 2009—More than 2000 global experts and users of geospatial technologies will gather together at Hyderabad International Convention Centre from February 10 - 13, 2009 to discuss, deliberate and evolve ways to create a Sustainable Planet Earth for the conference, Map World Forum. The conference is being organized by GIS Development, which is a leading geospatial media company based in Noida. The Forum promises to be a Global Congregation for thought and discussion between experts from various fields like Environment, Finance, Management, Technology and Governance with Geospatial specialists striving to make our planet a sustainable one. It aims to bring the geospatial community into limelight with regards to mainstream development organizations at a global level. Planet Earth has become susceptible to disasters since the past few decades because of various infrastructure development activities, which has resulted in immense strain on available natural resources. Keeping in view this background, the theme chosen for the Forum is “Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Planet Earth”. The factors affecting the sustainability of Planet Earth are all interrelated and in order to combat them, we need to have a tool, which can associate and analyse them in a seamless manner. Geospatial technologies, because of their geospatial information dependent nature, provide the only way to look at these issues from a holistic viewpoint. Today, there exists a notable lack of geographic data and literature on observed changes, with marked scarcity in developing countries. The need of the hour is to build an exhaustive geospatial database that is going to serve as an enabling platform for the various stakeholders of this community. Map World Forum will strive to address this urgent need in order to safeguarded our beautiful planet for our future generations.

Founded in the year 2007, this is the second biennial conference, being organized under the patronage of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences is the Patron of the conference. The conference will be formally opened by the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Mohd Hamid Ansari on February 10, 2009. A host of other governmental agencies, like Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Department of Information Technology (DIT), which are providers of geospatial data as well as users of the data will be participating in the four-day event.

The Honorable Minister for Science and Technology & Earth Sciences, Government of India, Kapil Sibal states, “Government of India stands committed to create, update, manage and disseminate geospatial information and use it to the best possible manner to improve the quality of the life of its citizens and development of the nation. Keeping this in mind we organized 'Map World Forum' which brought the global leadership in geospatial sciences on one mega platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the geospatial science and technology growth and its role for human development in the next decade. Overwhelmed with the need and positive response of such a forum, Government of India is privileged to host the Second Map World Forum” Geospatial technologies have evolved tremendously since its genesis from simple 2D paper maps to 3D digital maps and web based tools that can now be used not only by experts for planning and decision making but by common man too for a variety of purposes. The applications of the technology has spread its wings right from disaster management and mitigation, defense and internal security to infrastructure management, planning and maintenance or locating your favourite restaurant in your locality. Now is the time when this core infrastructural tool can be used by more governmental agencies, planning authoritites and non-governmental bodies for analyzing the affect that developmental activities have on the environment. It is also the right time for the decision makers to use this essential guiding tool to evolve ways to save planet Earth from further damage.

During the Plenary Sessions of the conference, many experts from different backgrounds and focus areas will present their views and opinions on how geospatial technologies are being used or have the potential to solve the problems of the environment. In addition to the Plenary Sessions, the technical agenda of the conference will include a host of other activities from Panel Discussions, Symposiums, Seminars, Forums, Summit, and Technical Sessions. These sessions will cover the various aspects of map making like Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Cartography, 3D laser scanning to its application areas like Agriculture and Food Security, Infrastructure Development, Climate Change, Energy and many more. Map World Forum will also host a 3000 sq mtr exhibition area where 60 companies dealing with geospatial technologies will showcase the state-of-the-art equipments, software/hardware demos and the user segments will display the innovative usage they have put these latest maps to.

Sanjay Kumar, the Chief Executive Officer of GIS Development and Convenor of the Forum invites participation of delegates by stating, “Map World Forum will not just be a conference, it will be a Forum that will aim to Converge Ideas and Expand Horizons for Sustainable Planet Earth. It will aim beyond speeches and discussions to find practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. Its mission, therefore, will be to encourage the geospatial family and the society at large to function in ways that protect the Earth's natural environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of present and future generations. I welcome participation of all the individuals and organisations who would like to contribute to this goal for making our planet a better place to live in.”

About GIS Development

GIS Development promotes and propagates the usage of Geographic Information Science, Technology and Applications in various areas of development, worldwide and Asia in particular. It assists community and government in developing their productivity, policies and management capabilities by facilitating knowledge transfer in the domain of geographic information. It fosters the growing network of those interested in geo-informatics and encourages the exchange of scientific know-how through its key platforms: Magazines, Portal, Conferences and Training.


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