Suchith Anand

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Dr Suchith Anand

Professional Title: Researcher

Primary domain: Geospatial Science

Organization name: Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition

Organization type: Academia/Research

City / Country: Nottingham - United Kingdom


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Suchith Anand is the founding chair of the ICA Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies and chair of Geospatial IG of Research Data Alliance. He is leading open geospatial science through the establishment of Open Source Geospatial Labs/Research Centres in key universities worldwide as part of the Geo for All initiative. He is also member of Working Groups on Open Education and Open Science of the Open Knowledge Foundation. He established the Open Source Geospatial Lab at the University of Nottingham under MoU with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. He is one of the founders of the Open Source GIS Summer School initiative and the Geospatial Open Source, Open Standards, Open Data e-learning initiative. He is reviewer for various funding councils (EU, RCUK etc) and number of leading GIS journals (such as the International Journal for Geographical Information Science, Computers and Geosciences etc). He is also in the scientific committees of many international conferences and serves on the Editorial Board of GIS Professional. He is also invited speaker for many conferences and universities. He is involved in many EC funded research (GIS4EU, ISSUE , GI-N2K, GEOTHNK etc) , involved in supervising PhD students and also external examiner for PhD (both UK universities and other EU universities) etc . His research interests and publications are in automated generalization, metaheuristic optimization techniques (simulated annealing, genetic algorithms, hill climbing, tabu search etc), location based services, linked data, HealthGIS, AgriGIS, open source, open standards, open data and data harmonization research. His mission is to build up open source, open standards, open data research for bridging the digital divide.