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Posted by: Totomaster
Updated: 2006-12-05 22:14:40
Category: PANTOTO > Communities
Description: Pan Asia ICT R&D Grant
Project : GIS/Mapping solution for the Tsunami Information Resource Center

The Pan Asia R & D Grants Programme was established by Canada's International Development Research Center IDRC in 1997 to support research projects that offer innovative approaches to Internet networking in developing countries of Asia.

Janastu, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Open Source information solutions for community development, was awarded the PAN Asia ICT R&D grant for March 2005. Janastu is using Pantoto for integrating GIS/Mapping solution system in the Tsunami Knowledge Center portal. The project aims to:

  1. Create an Open Source GIS/Mapping solution into the existing Indian Tsunami Knowledge Center.
  2. Interface with the agencies collecting tsunami data, teaching them how to collect GIS data, how to enter their data into the system, and how to use the system to visualize the data that has been collected.
  3. Release the Open Source GIS/Mapping solution as independent software that can be used by any organization to GIS-enable their data.
Current Status: To be able to use the ICT grant money Janastu has to seek registration with the Central Government under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 for the acceptance of foreign contribution.

Janastu submitted the FCRA papers on June 23rd 2005 to the Office of Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore District which would give a certificate recommending Janastu to receive the FCRA registration number. The certificate was given to Janastu on Nov 20th 2005.

The FCRA papers were sent to New Delhi on Nov 21st 2005, and on Dec 12th 2005 Ministry of home affairs asked Janastu to apply for Prior Permission, which will give a one time permission to Janastu to use the foreign contribution.

Janastu will be sending on the FC-1A prior permission papers as soon as the offical letter from Delhi arrives.

Meanwhile, inspite of Janastu not being able to use the grant money,? the project is going ahead. We have a GIS personnel travelling in the Tsunami affected areas meeting the volunteers and organizations and collecting their data. Our developers are working on displaying the who is doing what where on the Indian Map.

Link to the project proposal:

Indian Council For Promotion Of Energy Efficiency Business, Hyderabad
Project: Knowledge Portal for Energy Efficiency Business

Indian Council For Promotion Of Energy Efficiency Business (ICPEEB) is a non governmental, not-for-profit association of energy efficiency professionals. ICPEEB aims to link business purpose with a larger national purpose of enhancing energy security through energy conservation.

The Knowledge Portal for Energy Efficiency Business (KPEEB) is designed to build and manage Efficient Energy knowledge through Participatory Approach rather than the commonly used Top-Down Approach.

Link to the project:

Project Home, Bangalore
Project: Home On Mother Earth

H.O.M.E. was created by individuals who were involved in various social projects and who felt pulling their resources together would help create and manage their interests better.
A community has been designed for Project Home to showcase their activities and interests.

Link to the project:
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