We are delighted to receive the inaugural issue of June’05 of Coordinates and have gone through the same with interest. It is excellent and very informative.
One suggestion: In the front cover last three lines should have been in a more brighter colour for eye catching.
Jayanta Chatterjee Managing Director DVP Geomatic Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India
It looks great! I am glad to see “Munee” Kumar is active with you. A walking geodetic legend ! I like your publication – as you get going – we’ll see a more international mix of authors. I’d like to see an Editorial column – I am always interested in reading what people like yourself have to say about what is going on in our community. Excellent beginning !
Congrats on your new venture. hope your new magazine will do extremely well and get that much required freshness in the Indian GIS media scene.
Lt Col Rajat Baijal
I found Coordinates very interesting and informative. Certainly, it is good news that this initiative is taken up, as most part of our country is still ignorant regarding GNSS activties.
I am sure this initiative will not only promote the awareness but also the business opportunities and also an overall growth for the Indian community.
Congratulations on your first edition of Coordinates and thank you for the opportunity to read this first edition.
As a foundation member of the Spatial Information Industry Initiative in South Australia (and its development manager), I understand some of the issues you are seeking to address.
Our Spatial Information Industry Initiative had the backing of our Premier (most senior politician in our state) and sought to bring together the private spatial information industry, public sector developers and the local academics.
One of our major learnings from the experience was the difficulties between technical language and every day language in communicating what the industry was and had the potential to achieve. This difficulty included the word “spatial” which continually got mixed up with the space industry and as a geographer I was very resistant to accepting a name change for the initiative – however we now talk about locational technologies.
The other major difficulty was between those how produced the information (mainly the public sector) and those that wanted to use the information (the private sector). This revolved around 2 issues the cost of the information to the users (as the public sector was grossly under funded and expected to make up its shortfall from revenues) and that spatial accuracy prized by the produces was greater than that required for commercial applications and/or the information required by the private sector was not available (privacy restrictions) or was not collected (as it is not information required by the public sector).
I make these observations as I suspect that you will also have institutional (or policy) issues in India restricting the spread of the technology and information, which unless resolved will prevent the realisation of your goals
Allan K Barnes
Change Matters, Australia