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|October 5, 1998||
GIS conference Map India '98 begins from WednesdayOver 500 academicians, information technology and management experts, and scientists from various parts of the country will attended a three-day 'geographic information technology' conference called Map India '98.
It is being organised by the Centre for Spatial Database Management and Solutions, a non-government organisation in the capital from October 7 to 9.
At present mapping is not limited to traditional flat representation of the earth surface, it is related to technologies like geographic information system, global positioning systems and remote sensing, which are new subjects for the business and technology schools in India.
They have immense potential and their application is not limited to environment and forests as in the earlier days.
It is being used for various utility management applications in telecom, business, infrastructure management, defence, natural resource and disaster management, forestry conservation, power and financial services.
These new technologies are also being currently used for mapping areas for selection of putting up hazardous industries and wastes, for locating mining areas, for monitoring epidemic areas and vector borne diseases including malaria.
The other applications include leprosy control, family planning, marketing of new products, ambulance service management, creating of health atlas and road construction.
Chief Vigilance Commissioner N Vittal, Union Minister for Environment and Forest Suresh P Prabhu and Union Coal Minister Dilip Ray attend the conference.
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