The science that deals with the study of how location in space and
time characterize or influence an object, event or phenomena is referred
to as Spatial or Geospatial Sciences. Thus, it is a multi-disciplinary
field that encompasses a wide range of disciplines ranging from
geography to agricultural sciences, natural resource management to
global environmental change. A set of technologies ranging from field
survey to remote sensing has helped the growth of this science. The
suite of technologies that encompass this rapidly growing discipline of
knowledge include data collection (field surveys, satellite imagery,
etc), data storage and management (GeoDB, spatial data mining),
processing and manipulation (image processing), mapping and
visualization, data analysis (GIS), simulation and modelling.
GIS/Spatial Informatics Centre was setup with an aim to provide for a platform for combining the strengths and progress in the Computer Science and IT fields related to the spatio-temporal domains and build domain expertise and applications in the various disciplines related to it, ranging from the natural to social sciences. Also, this centre is proposed to be developed as a nodal point for networking and joint research works in inter-disciplinary areas (related to resource use and management), by building on the data generation, handling and monitoring capability to analysis and modelling. This is the ONLY centre/group of its kind in India promoting GeoSpatial Research efforts at both system and applied levels.