Navigating the Geospatial Maze: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Future of Spatial Data in India

Data Dialogues Session 3

Navigating the Geospatial Maze: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Future of Spatial Data in India


We invite you to an informative lecture about India’s complex challenges and promising opportunities surrounding geospatial data utilisation. The speaker will deliberate on the often-overlooked grey areas faced by academics and researchers as they work to leverage the vast quantities of geospatial data being produced in our country.

While the advances in satellite-based technologies promise an upsurge in upstream and downstream geospatial data capabilities, despite significant strides towards a visionary national geospatial policy, significant constraints still need to be added in deploying this data for academic and private commercial use. This talk will cover geospatial data challenges in a wide range of applications from experience, including national security, environment, urban, and ocean studies.

Whether you’re a geospatial enthusiast, a budding researcher looking to tap into extensive data resources for strategic and security purposes, or simply curious about the implications of geospatial trends for national security and the sustainable development of cities, this lecture is designed to engage and inform. Take advantage of this chance to participate in an interactive session outlining the challenges and the transformative experiences of researchers navigating this critical field.

Monday, 27th May 2024

@ 3:00pm - 4:00pm IST

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Prof Nithiyanandam

Professor & Head, Geospatial Research Programme, Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru, India.

Professor Nithiyanandam leads the Geospatial Research at Takshashila Institution. He holds a PhD in Geospatial Technology from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and has nearly 15 years of research and teaching experience at leading educational institutions worldwide. A regular contributor to reputed journals and media, Professor Nithiyanandam offers his expertise on geospatial applications through various podcasts and publications, focusing on geospatial intelligence, urban and ocean informatics, and related policy. He is an esteemed member of the international geospatial research community and editorial board of journals, and he has played a crucial role in launching geospatial courses at premier institutes in India. Currently, he authors the Takshashila Geospatial Bulletin, a popular monthly bulletin that explores strategic national issues from the geospatial lens. His profound knowledge of geospatial intelligence and thorough application of geospatial data in academia and research underline his status as a leading expert in the field.