FOSS lovers who also love environment

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Urban Tree Preservation is Challenged Today.
Only people with compassion for the nature and in turn for humans have undertaken the challenge.

FOSS lovers who also love environment  should help bring together all the passion and inform the treemapindia technology perspective as it is evolving.

As they say,”If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It” (http://www.terrystarbucker.com/2012/10/21/the-truth-about-if-you-cant-measure-it-you-cant-manage-it/ )

So we, as a committee , with some forest experts and municipal corporation,  felt that  mandate of tree census lying in the archives of indian laws since 1975 , with some paper based, non-retrievable data could be an opportunity  to bring newer technologies to play the role of good samaritan.

Prompted  by the Hon Hiigh court, ( under PIL 93/2009 in Bombay High Court) using  GIS, GPS,  Mobile etc,  we  have tried to architect a system that should act as a platform to enable tree preservation.

While partaking the benefits (?) of urbanised development, with an occasional oblique remark on environmental deterioration, as if somebody else only is responsible for it,  many like me have done our bit in attacking the ecology . We believe we need to do our bit to preserve the same too.

Trees are the important components of our urban ecology . Wonder if their slow and silent growth is the reason why attention is less than water or air which they purify. That they are the hiosts of all kind of biodiversity also goes unregistered. The biodiversity people are found more concerned with keeping secret the biodiversity info and hence less interested in devising way of involving the community.
Even the Forest department talks of non-Forest trees but has no terminology and hence focus on urban trees

Be that as it may
We have initiated a community owned asset in technology: Free and open source software for server and mobile.

Now we have a website based on www.opentreemap.org a US based free software used also in www.sandiegotreemap.org (US) and www.treezilla.org (UK)
www.treemapindia.in and a vision to cover the whole country. ) see www.treezilla.org a monstrous  mapping initiave to map 3 billion trees of UK. we are using the same technology) Guided by GISE Lab at IIT ( www.gise.cse.iitb.ac.in )

Also we have a software ( still work in progress, you can contribute !! ) that will integrate with the above site: (It is as of now , regrettably , restricted to andoid and 7″ at that) This is an opensource software and enthusiasts are invited to clone and modify as they wish . it is currently available on google app store
as
treemapindia

and discussion is on

 www.github.com/pune-lug/treecensus

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Happy SFD! 2013

Happy SFD! 2013

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What is Software Freedom Month ? Software Freedom month is a worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Our goal in this celebration is to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business — in short, everywhere! What is Free Software and why is it relevant to you?Free Software gives users the freedom to use, study, modify and redistribute the software without worrying about licensing and copyrights.This means there is no per-seat licensing unlike proprietary software and you are free to install it on as many systems as you like.

The workshop will cover the following topics ON SFD 21-09-2013 , General sessions :

Introduction to FOSS A]How to install a Linux based operating system B]How to navigate the Linux desktop,using applications and installation. C]How to get help and support How to compute and communicate. D]General office and internet applications E]Linux installation (hands-on) F]Audio/Video editing tools (hands-on) G]Desktop publishing tools (hands-on) H]New-age licensing concepts (Creative Commons etc) I]Migration to FOSS with minimal hassles J]Compatibility of FOSS software with proprietary ones K]Distribution and exchange of FOSS software CD/DVDs

Venue: SFD AT : Not decided yet.

Venue Locator Link:

Date: 21st September, 2013, 12pm to 4pm.

Regards, Team fossyatra AHMEDABAD http ://fossyatra.wordpress.com. email : netwebsteps@gmail.com , fossyatra@gmail.com . mob: 9099932744.

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http://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/2013/India/Ahmedabad/PGDOST

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