To demonstrate open source GIS and remote sensing software for conservation planning. This will enable interested institutes to adopt these technologies in their respective research programmes at little or no cost.
2. To use data that is already hosted on the Western Ghats portal as part of the courses so that the tutorials can be modified to other regions and there is a large user base for the portal and its facilities.
3. To design the courses on an on-line course management software - Moodle (http://www.moodle.org) and serve them off both the FERAL as well as the WGP server.
4. To make available the courses as backups under open source licensing so they can be used by institutions and adapted for their own purposes without concerns of patents or royalty.
1). Training to 60 to 80 persons on basic GIS using the Geographical Resource Analysis Support System (GRASS) and at least two different themes. These are tentatively hydrology, landscape ecology, connectivity and fire. The exact topics will be decided in consultation with participating agencies and scientists who may prefer other topics.
GRASS is the most popular open source GIS/RS package and is used extensively in academia and industry. It provides a sophisticated graphical user interface and and API for programming and module development.
2) Creation of training modules on Moodle under an open source license and packaged so they can be downloaded and locally installed. A minimum of three modules will be prepared. This output links with the ongoing project with IFP. A module on introduction to GRASS can be accessed here <http://www.feralindia.org/moodle/course/view.php?id=6>.
3) Building on the efforts of the IFP in enhancing the use of the WGP as a resource for researchers and planners by linking with the groups interface. Groups will be formed for all the topics covered and attendees will be asked to register.