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GIS News from around the country

Telecom News:
The National Informatics Centre (NIC) will carry out the GIS mapping of the existing Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) network of the telecom operators such BSNL, Rail Tel, Power Grid, etc. The mapping of the existing OFC will enable to calculate the incremental length of the cable required for connecting all the 2.5 lakh panchayats with OFC. The cost of initial phase of the NOFN scheme is likely to be in the region of Rs 20,000 crore.
            The government of India has approved the creation of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) for providing broadband connectivity of all panchayats. The plan is to extend the existing optical fibre network initially upto panchayats by utilizing the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) and creating an institutional mechanism for management and operation of the NOFN for ensuring non discriminatory access to all service providers.
Common Service Centers (CSCs):
Information kiosks set up in the rural areas of Ranchi, Jharkhand, also known a…

Memories for the future

Memories for the future – A project undertaken by Google in the hope that it will help the people of Japan rediscover their lost memories of their homes and towns.
            On March 11, 2011 a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan, causing unimaginable damage. Google has created a site called “Mirai e no kioku”, which means “Memories for the Future” in Japanese. This site showcases the pre- and post-disaster imagery in Google Street View.
            Check out the link http://www.miraikioku.com/streetview/en/about to know more about the project and also see the drastic changes in the before- and after-tsunami street view images.

First Google Enterprise Geospatial Summit 2011 India

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December 7, 2011 - I attended the first ever Google Enterprise Geospatial Summit 2011 held in New Delhi, India. I was so excited to attend this seminar as I work on the Google Maps API.

            Reached the venue - The Sheraton, New Delhi along with a colleague of mine from my work place.

The Venue - Sheraton, New Delhi
            The registration for the event took a long time though we had registered online. Pretty lousy work by the organizers, but the seminar that followed was worth the effort.

           Enjoying Snacks and Coffee before the start of the exciting evening...



            The participants were pouring in and the stage was set for a wonderful Mapping evening. The speakers had a lot in store for us.

            Mr. Pankaj - The Google Geospatial Head Asia, started of the proceedings with describing the Google's geospatial services and showed couple of exciting videos. Mr. Pankaj spoke for around 15-20 mins and then the mike was transferred to Mr. Sean Maday who ha…