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Open Data & Free Maps


My keynote address to Open DataCamp Bangalore in March 2012, video production courtesy of the awesome folks at HasGeek.  

ChaloBEST: Sustainable Urban Mobility for Mumbai


ChaloBEST began in January 2011 as a studio-based learning experiment at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) to make public transportation data available over the web, SMS, smartphones, and print media using free and open source software, geospatial web databases, and community crowd-sourcing. Check out our web, SMS, and multi-modal routing demos: [...]



The people at SARAI to have been an inspiration and example in India for many years, and the discourse which they have sponsored in the varied fields of free software, media culture, film studies and urban research have been deeply influential on my thinking for nearly six years now. Indeed my visits to Delhi and [...]

Freemap Workshops


Schuyler and I just submitted our applications to Asia Source II, which will be held in Sukabumi in West Java, from 22-30 January 2007, organised by the International Open Source Network (IOSN). Schuyler and I first met at Asia Source I, organised by the Tactical Technology Collective outside Bangalore in January 2005. It was as [...]

Quiet Pleasures of Geo-Rectification


I finally gave the new OpenLayers Map Rectifier a serious crash test today, and a few hours later I was still in the same quiet groove, with rosy visions of what it might make possible for historical geography. The rectifier has enormous potential to give users an easy point-and-click interface for geo-referencing and then warping [...]

Cartographers and Bibliographers in Chicago


Days before leaving Boston to attend the Digital Humanities Colloquium at the University of Chicago, I received the fruits of my brief visit to Chicago two weeks earlier, two DVDs in the mail containing extremely high-resolution scans of the 1919 City Survey of Bombay sheets, 12 in total, which were made for me by Chris [...]

Scan to PDF


For years now, I have been searching for an open source utility to create PDF files from image files, without having to use Adobe Acrobat. I have been using Acrobat in my department, in conjunction with a scanner with an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), to digitally archive thousands of documents, essays, articles and books. And [...]

Chicago to Madison


I arrived in Chicago last night to spend a day at the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, and await the arrival of other friends and colleagues in the windy city on their way to the Madison South Asia Conference this weekend. I am appearing on a panel on Digital Humanities in South Asia [...]

The Crisis of the Database


My friend Manan Ahmed at the University of Chicago is co-organising a panel on digital archiving in South Asia at the Annual Conference on South Asia hosted at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. I haven’t been to the conference in three years, and Manan was kind enough to ask me to present something about [...]

Future Academies


Lecture at the Future Academy Symposium at the Edinburgh College Art School of Architecture, March 2005, later published in Geetha Narayanan, ed., Tana Bana: Srishti School of Art Design & Technology Bangalore at Ars Electronica 2005 in Linz, Austria, August 2005