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Mobiles come to the aid of farmers in Maharashtra, and help give locale-specific agro-advisories

WOTR

Farmers in Maharashtra now receive automatic SMSes giving them weather information and advice about irrigation, pest control, fertiliser dosage etc, thanks to some amazing software developed by WOTR (Watershed Organisation Trust). This information is not only locale-specific and useful for farmers to obtain timely weather information but also helps them plan their future agricultural activities.

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How it works - The WOTR Agrimate (Image Courtesy: WOTR)

The functioning behind this practical solution is slightly more complex - the data from automated weather stations in field is transferred to the central database server. From here it moves to the IMD super computer for simulation, where it runs mathematical models and provides the prediction for 3 next days. This information is sent to the agricultural university based on which it provides advisory to the farmer, depending on the crop he is cultivating, soil type and location of his farm.

Farmers using mobiles for updates

Mobiles can play a key role in improving agricultural productivity (Image courtesy:M Srinath)

And at the end of this information dissemination chain, is the farmer who benefits the most !

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Takeaways from NEERI brainstorming workshop - Water technology developers and other stakeholders

Guest Post by Vijay Krishna (Director, R&D and India Water Portal - Arghyam)

The National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) is a premier CSIR laboratory. On September 7th, NEERI held a brainstorming workshop entitled "Interface between water technology developers and other stakeholders”.  The purpose of the workshop was to engage better with other players involved with bringing scientific innovation in the water sector to reach large numbers of people who need the innovations.  Attendees included scientists from many CSIR laboratories involved with water research, senior central government officials from the Rural Water Supply Department and the Dept of Science and Technology, State government officials, representatives from leading corporate houses including Eureka Forbes and Unilever and NGOs.  Read More

Visualizing Bangalore Temperature

Guest Posty by Thejesh GN

Article and Image Courtesy: Thejesh GN

I Love Bangalore

I was going through weather data exposed by India Water Portal and I was thinking about an interesting application which would show my love to Bangalore. The best part of Bangalore is its temperature, rains and clouds. So I wrote this small app which uses the data provided by India Water Portal (which in turn is by CRU). IWP has data for all the districts in India, for every month and for multiple parameters. They have data for 100 years. It quite an amount of data to play with if you are interested. They have an easy way of filtering and downloading.Read More

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Parsing and Visualizing Indian Flood Forecast

Guest Posty by Thejesh GN

Article and Image Courtesy: Thejesh GN

Flood forecast alerts are provided by Central Water Commission. They have boring maps and tables. Also they don’t provide data in program accessible format. Members of ICTD for asia are working on parsing and storing that data. In the meantime I wanted something to play. I found ScraperWiki (hacker news discussion) which can be used to scrape data from any page and schedule it for running. It allows php, python and ruby languages. Its easy and gives lot more flexibility than Y! pipes to scrape that data. Here is my scraper to get the flood data. You will have to register to get an API to use the data. Data is available in JSON, XML, PHP etc.Read More

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Notes on Rainfall data visualization of Karnataka

Guest Posty by Thejesh GN

Article and Image Courtesy: Thejesh GN

After watching “developing world” video on TED, I was eager to try out Google visualization API. When I found the rain fall information, I thought its the best suited data to play around. Go check out the Visualization of Rain Fall in Karnataka.Read More

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Water Conflict Chronology - Application developed by Pacific Institute

Water Conflict Chronology - Application developed by Pacific InstituteIn an ongoing effort to understand the connections between water resources, water systems, and international security and conflict, the Pacific Institute initiated a project in the late 1980s to track and categorize global events related to water and conflict, which has been updated till November 2009. The application presents information in three ways - as a List, a Timeline and a Map, to better illustrate how conflicts over water, impact history.

For more info, view the Water Conflict Chronology (updated 11/09).Read More

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Channel network delineation and catchment area demarcation of ponds: A GIS-based application

Content Courtesy: GIS Development

Forwarded to the portal by: Sangeeta Deogawanka

Ponds are important sources of fresh water in the world as they store surface runoff produced by the storms. In this research paper, demarcation of the portion of land contributing runoff to ponds in village Nandgaon (Uttar Pradesh) has been done using topographical information of the surrounding area of the ponds, in a GIS interface.Read More

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INET: Towards an Enabling Internet Access Environment

Image & Content Courtesy:INET, ISOC, DEF

“Towards an Enabling Internet Access Environment” The Internet Society (ISOC), in collaboration with Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) is organizing the ISOC’s South Asia focused event ‘INET Delhi 2009’, a special conference on September 17, 2009. at Hotel Intercontinental, Nehru Place, New Delhi

The conference, will be focused on “ An Enabling Internet Access Environment in South Asia with a critical focus on Inclusive Development through the Internet”.Read More

'Gram Panchayat QGIS software' - Training Course

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become a tool with widespread use in development applications. The power of a GIS can have positive influence in community based planning and scientific decision-making for developmental activities.
Commercial GIS softwares are not always an economical and easy-to-use option. As an alternative, the open-source community has developed Quantum GIS (QGIS) which is a low-cost high quality GIS software.

IIT Madras has developed a Gram Panchayat QGIS software that is intended to be used for village-level GIS mapping.Read More

Participate! - Survey on Floods Vulnerability Index


Guest Post by: Stefania Balica, PhD student, Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Stefania Balica who is doing PhD research at UNESCO-IHE, regarding Flood Vulnerability Index writes in with a request to contribute towards a related survey.

"At this point of my research, I am trying to find out which are the most important indicators of the flood vulnerability for each spatial scale by creating a poll, and I would like to request your help in order to find out these indicators.

The questionnaire will be applied to more than 200 persons with different backgrounds and cultures. It consists in merely filling up the questionnaire. The questionnaire contains three scales and will take around 10 minutes and you can find it on: http://www.unesco-ihe-fvi.org -> Poll/Questionnaire -> The three scales at the bottom of the page.Read More

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