Training Program

Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in National Development

9th December 2021, 0930 – 1600 IST


Geospatial knowledge and related location-based services silently extend value and benefit to stakeholders across all domains including businesses, governments, academia and citizens by providing the digital connection between a place, its people, and their activities. It is the nation’s ‘digital currency’ for evidence-based decision making. The geospatial ecosystem must strive to attain its immense potential to contribute to the national growth and development objectives. While geospatial knowledge is uniquely positioned to play a pivotal role in several nation’s growth story, for the real benefits of productivity, efficiency, transparency, and monitoring to reach citizens and customers, Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI) holds the key. With the objective of understanding the concept of GKI, its elements and associated benefits, a virtual training program on ‘Advancing role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in World, Economy and Environment’ was organized in April 2021 for the officials of Survey of India, which touched upon the technology trends, and various other elements of GKI. Following up on that, the in-person training program which will be conducted as part of GeoSmart India 2021 in Hyderabad for the National Geospatial Agencies (NGAs), focusing on the value proposition and relevance of GKI in today’s context and it’s complementarity with other initiatives for national development. It will also highlight the data and analytics trend along with the various funding and monetization mechanism.


The objective of the training program is to help participants to understand:

  • Relevance and importance of a next-gen Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Role of Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure in achieving Vision for New India
  • Different funding sources for the infrastructure
  • The various models associated with monetization of data
  • Data and analytics trends and the opportunities they bring





Opening remarks and introduction to the training

Anamika Das

Vice President - GKI Partnership, Geospatial World


Lesson 1: Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure (GKI): Value proposition and Benefits for National Development

Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure leverages many new opportunities enabled by the 4th Industrial Revolution. It accelerates automation and knowledge-on-demand. It is as relevant for all nation. It supports the United Nations Vision 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. Integrated Geospatial Information Framework is the framework of choice to implement the Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure.


  • To understand the GKI concept and key elements
  • To understand the value proposition and relevance of GKI in today’s context
  • GKI complementing other initiatives for national development


John Kedar

Strategic Advisor, Geospatial Infrastructure, Geospatial World


Tea Break


Lesson 2: Funding Infrastructure and Monetization of Data

The ubiquitous nature of geospatial information in the 4th Industrial Revolution, necessitates the evolution of the geospatial infrastructure of nations. The evolution and transition to geospatial knowledge involves expansion of the stakeholder ecosystem, and raises the need for defined funding sources and financial models. The financial models suitable for the development of a national geospatial infrastructure needs to be identified considering the pros and cons associated with each funding source and its suitability in the local context. The session will touch upon several funding sources utilized for the development of geospatial infrastructure, and discuss the benefits and challenges associated with each of them.

Data monetization provides companies with the ability to perform competitive cost reductions, increase revenues, and in some cases, launch their data analysis as a service itself. With the many benefits associated with the use of data monetization, it’s clear to see why so many businesses are looking to pivot towards utilizing their data more effectively.


  • To identify different funding sources for the infrastructure.
  • To understand different types of partnership models associated.
  • To understand the economic benefits associated with data monetization.


Dr. Satarupa Bhattacharjee Kapoor

International Business Development, South Asia Region at Trimble Inc.

Anamika Das

Vice President - GKI Partnership, Geospatial World

Ruban Jacob

Project Manager, Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure, Geospatial World




Lesson 3: Leveraging Data and Analytics for Achieving National Goals

Data and analytics is likened to a revolution when drawn on existing and new sources of real-time information to fully integrate into decision making. The emerging concepts of “open data” could be leveraged as part of the broader development data revolution and be the engine of decision-making towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The chances of achieving the development goals lie in how this data are analysed and interpreted.


  • Technologies in accessing, using and benefiting from data
  • Overview of processing, structuring and data products
  • To understand how emerging technologies give opportunities for easy access and usability of data.


Sanjiv Kumar Jha

Principal Smart infra- SA, Amazon Web Services

Dr. Shivangi Somvanshi

Director, Geospatial Knowledge Infrastructure, Geospatial World


IGIF and GKI towards Sustainable Development Goals

Greg Scott

Inter-Regional Advisor, UN-GGIM, Environment Statistics and Geospatial Information Branch, United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Wrap up and Feedback on Training


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