OSGeo Philippines (OSGeo-PH), the University of Philippines Department of Geodetic Engineering (UPD-GE) FOSSLab, OpenStreetMap-Philippines (OSM-PH) and the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) with support from the World Bank has organized a series of workshops and technical presentations showcasing free and open source software for geospatial (FOSS4G) as part of the Philippine Geomatics Symposium or PhilGEOS.
This symposium was envisioned to be the yearly national symposium for Geomatics educators, researchers, practitioners and all users of geospatial technology. It was first staged in November 2012 (PhilGEOS 2012) with the theme “Philippine Geomatics: pratice, application and accomplishments”. As for the PhilGEOS 2013, the focus was on the role of Geomatics in Agriculture and Forestry with the theme “Geomatics for a Resilient Agriculture and Forestry”.
On its 3rd year, PhilGEOS 2014 once again gathered the members of the Philippine Geomatics community to meet and discuss, to meet up and exchange knowledge and gain insights into the importance of Geomatics in public service. It was held on November 27-28, 2014, and was organized as one of the major activities to commemorate and celebrate the 50 years of the UP TCAGP ( University of Philippines Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry) in public service.
Revolved around the theme “Enhancing Public Service with Geomatics”, PhilGEOS 2014 was held to establish a powerful academe-government-industry connection, facilitate idea exchange and encourage research and development on how and what will make Geomatics an important element that will enhance the creation, supply, delivery and sustainability of public service.
Dianne Bencito presents InaSAFE in PhilGEOS 2014
In PhilGEOS 2013, InaSAFE was introduced by Dianne Bencito and Maning Sambale as a free software that produces realistic natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities. They also highlighted the InaSAFE’s simple, yet rigorous way to combine data from scientists, local governments and communities to provide insights into the likely impacts of future disaster events. They were also showcased the new generic IF (Impact Function) including and the latest features for the upcoming InaSAFE 2.2 release. The idea for running the to-be-released-version was done to test (and to fix) any bugs. However, no show stopping bugs were encountered during this event.