Joe Francica conducted an interview with Mr. Kapil Sibal, the Honerable Minister of Science, Technology and Earlth Sciences for the Government of India at the Map World Forum. Mr. Sibal's position would be equivalent to a cabinent secretary of the U.S. Government. He is the visionary driving GIS technology adoption within India and his remarks are quite candid with respect to the lack of trained GIS professionals in his country as well as to the issue of the democratization of data, especially remotely sensed data. Included is a discusion of the situation that developed about one year ago with some sensitive data on Google Earth.
The 11 minute (11 Mb) interview was recorded on January 22, 2007.
Building information models (BIM) for infrastructure development and urban planning are now considered to be the essential for designing, constructing and managing the built environment. Here, Directions Magazine presents a listing of articles published over the last few months that recap the latest developments in BIM.