Workshop on geospatial data, NESDR portal begins

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: A two-day workshop on capacity building on utility of Geospatial data and North Eastern Spatial data repository (NESDR) portal began here on Thursday on dissemination of application of geo-spatial technology to the administrators, technology, planners and scholars.

The event is being conducted by the state remote sensing application centre (SRSAC), in collaboration with North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) under union department of space, Shillong,

State Science and Technology Director C D Mungyak, while highlighting a few insights of the programme encouraged the participants for their active participation in the workshop and acquiring as much knowledge.

Taking the example of Google Maps that uses Geospatial data, he said the data repository gathered as such is increasingly helping us in more ways than one.

Earlier, SRSAC scientist Dr Swapna Acharjee informed that the state’s remote sensing centre, which was established in the year 1996, is now functioning as an independent organisation under the state’s Science and Technology department and acts as the nodal centre for remote sensing application programmes in the state.

She further informed the SRSAC utilises the advanced state-of-art remote sensing and GIS technologies for inventory, mapping and monitoring of natural resources and planning for their sustainable development and also for effective rural and urban development planning in the state and taking up research/projects addressing various environmental problems and hazards in the state.

The mission of the SRSAC is to generate geospatial datasets and create user friendly applications (through web-enabled distribution tools) for government departments to serve as an effective tool for decision making, planning, implementation and monitoring purposes, to integrate state-of-the-art remote sensing (RS), geographic information system (GIS), and global positioning (GPS) technologies with on-the-ground knowledge of ecosystems and natural resource management to address relevant issues.

Its mission is also to transfer knowledge and skills to the community, academicians and government departments through education, outreach and training and to provide core geospatial dataset (administrative boundaries, road, railway, and major settlement etc) to all the departments in the state, Dr Acharjee added.

Around 17 departments from the state are participating in the workshop. (DIPR)

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