Thejesh GN

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For a project at Janaagraha we need to collect location data. The process needs to be as simple and cost effective as possible. General GPS data collectors are expensive and doesn’t make sense for us to own those single purpose devices. Hence we started looking at mobile phones. We wanted something that can collect the data offline with maps support. Of course Android turned out to be the best bet.

Here are the two mapping applications which we will be using:

The Locus

  • Supports GPX, KML (include styles) and LOC files.
  • Works with multiple mapping platforms (needs to be online for certain maps like Google Maps, Bing Maps)
  • Works with offline maps. The app itself can download the maps for a defined area. The downloaded maps can be shared with other devices. Also supports MBT maps.
  • If you are running a map server, you can add your own custom online maps
  • Can work completely in offline mode for data collection
  • Can’t add custom forms for data collection. The std one can collect Name, Description, Picture, Location, Altitude, Street Address, Category
  • Can do standard GPS logging for trips
  • Add ons are available
  • Both free and paid versions can be used. Available in the market


Maverick

  • Can collect GPS data in KML and GPX format.
  • Works with multiple mapping platforms (needs to be online for certain maps like Google Maps, Bing Maps)
  • Works with offline maps. Use Mobile Atlas Creator to download maps or MAPC2MAPC to convert maps from other formats
  • Can work completely in offline mode for data collection
  • Can’t add custom forms for data collection. The std one can collect Title, Description, Picture, Location
  • UI is clean and easy
  • Can do standard GPS logging for trips
  • Both free and paid versions can be used. Available in the market

We plan to use OSM as the mapping platform for collecting data since it is free and legally allows us to download maps.

There are many Android mobile applications available for extensive data collection like OpenDataKit and UNICEF’s Rapid Android. But since the above applications worked well in my POC studies, I didn’t dig deep into others. Let me know if you have tried anything like this.

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Sorry if its broken

Posted by Thejesh GN On April - 30 - 20118 COMMENTS

Theme updating is in progress :)
The amount of green has reduced, i have tried my best to keep it as much as possible. There are new colors like blue and dark red now. Let me know what do you think.

Still need to be worked on
1. Formatting pages
2. Wiki and wiki breadcrumb
3. Sidebar
4. Need to check all plugins for compatibility
5. Placement of share buttons

Please do let me know if you find anything broken or if you have any suggestions.

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Thank you Infosys

Posted by Thejesh GN On April - 21 - 201120 COMMENTS

I entered Infosys, almost eight years back on Jan/13/2003 to be exact. I dont have to say I was young, I was also energetic and eager to work. Mysore campus is a great place to begin career, three months later returned to Bangalore. Ever since its been a great roller coaster. I worked at Mysore, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Milwaukee. Never realized how I finished seven years. Learnt a lot in those seven years. I enjoyed every bit of it.

Infosys

Last year I took a break from work. It was an year well spent volunteering, traveling and meeting outfoscions & entrepreneurs. Some where inside me I knew I couldn’t go back to my nine to six job. I wanted something which offered me flexibility in terms time, technology and thinking. Hence the move.

Ever since I entered Infosys back after my sabbatical. I was dreading this day. How will it be? Cliched but true, I am full of unknown emotions that cant be described. I am going to miss it.

Thank you Infosys. Its been a pleasure. Ciao.

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Meeting Kris

Posted by Thejesh GN On April - 19 - 20114 COMMENTS

Yes, it needs a post. This was my first ever meet with CXO level official at Infosys. Today some of us who took Community Empathy Sabbatical last year met Kris to share our experiences. He was patient, friendly and generally very nice. Some pictures from that meet.

Community Empathy

Kris
team of Infoscions
Number of Infoscions taking community Empathy Sabbatical has increased this year, which is a good news. From my side thanks to Infosys it was a great year for me.

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Stage 4: From mountains to hot Ambala

Posted by Thejesh GN On April - 17 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

This wasn’t the most beautiful but this was the most tiring one :) I (we) never expected riding on regular highways would be so tiring, Well our assumptions were wrong. The roads weren’t exactly like highways we had assumed. It was two way and there was heavy truck traffic. We were also riding in ghat section which means it needed high concentration. I had also not recovered from tiredness of mountain rides. So I was getting tired very often and was affecting our mileage.
 on the way
Except for first few hundred kilometers the rest was very dry too. We weren’t enjoying the ride. We cut short our ride and ended the ride in Ambala. We were out of mountains and now in hot and humid North India.
 on the way
Actually I didn’t even click much pictures that day. All we did was riding and riding. We didn’t do much but felt like we didn a thousand kilometer.
tunnel
Next few days we roamed across Rajasthan. Wait for those stories.

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