Science Communication through judicious use of geo-spatial technologies and mass media without following specific boundaries is an important concept for dissemination of scientific knowledge to the socio-economic wellbeing of society, although such concept is still an undeveloped field of study that requires a lot of further research and development.

In Indian conditions, where participatory democracy, plays a dominant role, such concept have high relevance. The sensible application of geospatial technologies and mass media in communication ofs cientific ideas and disseminating technological knowhow which shapes human life can go a long way in increasing human abilities to respond to technical issues and problems that pervade daily human lives. However, it would be desirable if, any national approach is compared with different other countries too, to understand, local, regional, national and global similarities and differences.

Geospatial technologies like mobile GIS and GPS, can trigger and sustain public interest in S&T, by playing important roles in situations such as disaster management that requires precise and reliable scientific information about the current situation on the tragedy mitigation of which needed urgent and sensitive spatial information i.e. location of the current state of calamity with in minimum waste of time and thereby allowing to manage it in a better way.

The present paper discusses various aspects of science communication through judicious use of geo-spatial technologies and mass media in Indian conditions. Since India is an emerging economy, its approaches indicate many new ways of thinking and putting ideas into practice, thus it is of much relevance to share such experiences and works with different cultures. The paper in hand also focuses on issues like scientific temper and review of studies covering public attitudes and cross-cultural mapping of public engagement of science.

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Science communication through geospatial technologies and mass media in India

Subhan Khan   National Institute of Science Technology & Development Studies (NISTADS)

Tariq Badar   Indian Science Writers’ Association (ISWA)

Science Communication through judicious use of geo-spatial technologies and mass media without following specific boundaries is an important concept for dissemination of scientific knowledge to the socio-economic wellbeing of society, although such concept is still an undeveloped field of study that requires a lot of further research and development.

In Indian conditions, where participatory democracy, plays a dominant role, such concept have high relevance. The sensible application of geospatial technologies and mass media in communication ofs cientific ideas and disseminating technological knowhow which shapes human life can go a long way in increasing human abilities to respond to technical issues and problems that pervade daily human lives. However, it would be desirable if, any national approach is compared with different other countries too, to understand, local, regional, national and global similarities and differences.

Geospatial technologies like mobile GIS and GPS, can trigger and sustain public interest in S&T, by playing important roles in situations such as disaster management that requires precise and reliable scientific information about the current situation on the tragedy mitigation of which needed urgent and sensitive spatial information i.e. location of the current state of calamity with in minimum waste of time and thereby allowing to manage it in a better way.

The present paper discusses various aspects of science communication through judicious use of geo-spatial technologies and mass media in Indian conditions. Since India is an emerging economy, its approaches indicate many new ways of thinking and putting ideas into practice, thus it is of much relevance to share such experiences and works with different cultures. The paper in hand also focuses on issues like scientific temper and review of studies covering public attitudes and cross-cultural mapping of public engagement of science.

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