Thursday, August 18, 2011

Workshop on "Data Extraction and Visualization Techniques" at NISCAIR, New Delhi on Sept 10-11

Data Extraction and Visualization Techniques: A Two Day Workshop

Dates: September 10-11, 2011

Venue: NISCAIR Conference Hall, Satsang Vihar, New Delhi

Organized by: Society for Information Science (SIS), New Delhi

A key aspect of a successful study/report is how data is presented with clarity and is able to convey the meaning in a succinct way. Graphical and/or tabular form is the most preferred way of representation. Increasingly, with advanced representation techniques, newer approaches are visible in representation. These representations allow for more informed assessment of the underlying data and are able to provide insights that is not possible to be deduced from standard tabular/graphical representation.

The representation of data is playing a key role in Scientometrics/Informetrics as huge data in matrix form showing various linkage relationships among others need to be properly extracted and represented. This type of representation have multi-fold usage; for articulation of their research, and for policy makers for decision making process. Decision makes are increasingly looking towards these representations as it becomes less time consuming for them to infer from the data and also makes the decision making more accurate and verifiable.

Many information scientists have participated at International Conferences outside the country. All of them have felt that Indian participants are handicapped because of the inefficiency to work with "Visualization Techniques". The Indian participants are having enough analytical skills but may not represent their ideas as successfully as participants from other countries. With this background, Society for Information Science (SIS), a dynamic organization has decided to tackle this issue. A group of reputed faculty have been identified by SIS to train interested professionals.

SIS in collaboration with NISCAIR proposes to organize a two day workshop on "Data Extraction and Visualization Techniques" at NISCAIR, Satsang Vihar New Delhi from 10-11 September 2011.

The present workshop is intended to address two important issues: (a) show the potentiality of various publication and patent databases, and (b) demonstrate advanced visualization techniques and provide hands on training that can help represent the extracted data from these databases. The participants will also learn the basics of data extraction and visulisation. The learning kit will help them to progress further.

Who Can Attend this Workshop?
Any professional / scientist / researcher who handle large amount of data can be participants to this workshop.
Number of Participants: We propose to have only 10-12 participants to this workshop.
All participants will be requested to carry with them their laptops as this will help them to practice and use their data in future on the software they are now familiar to operate.
Participants coming from outside shall have to make their own arrangements for stay. If informed in advance the organizers shall help them in finding suitable accommodation in CSIR guest house for which they have to pay.

1st Day Inauguration
Introductory Lectures on data sources and their applications and Basic Indicators
Demonstration of different databases and basic its search features (covering publication and patent data).
* Introduction to Visualization Software's
* Data transformation
* Map/Visualization building
2nd Day Practical presentation and practice of data sources and its access from science databases and patent databases: Groups shall be formed and provided with data. Each Group shall practice Science Mapping techniques assisted by faculty. At the final concluding session of the workshop each group shall present their work. During this session participants may clarify their doubts.

1. Dr Gangan Prathap Director, NISCAIR, (Keynote Speaker)
2. Dr. Naresh Kumar President, SIS. (Chair)
3. Dr. Ramesh Kundra , Vice President, SIS, (SIS Workshop Convener)
4. Dr. Sujit Bhattacharya, NISTADS (Faculty)
5. Dr. Divya Srivastava, ICMR (Faculty)
6. Shri. N.K.Wadhwa, NPL(Faculty)
7. Dr. G. Mahesh, NISCAIR (Member)
8. Ms. Shilpa, NISTADS Faculty

Thursday, August 11, 2011

CfP: PSBT Open Frame 2011 - Intensive Workshops on Filmmaking

PSBT Open Frame 2011 - Intensive Workshops on Filmmaking

14-17 September 2011

Organized by Public Service Broadcasting Trust, New Delhi

at IHC, New Delhi

The Workshops are open to all those who have some background in formal/ informal filmmaking or training in filmmaking. We especially encourage first time and starting our filmmakers to apply. The Workshops will also be extremely helpful to those who aim to research, write, shoot and edit their own films.

The Workshops will take participants through the fundamental elements of the filmmaking process – planning and structuring the documentary, its aesthetics and technical requirements, research, script, camera, sound and editing - processes they may undertake themselves or delegate to specialists. The Workshops will equip them with an understanding of these significant stages, conceptual and technical clarity and learning how to transform ideas into films. It will sensitise them on how to work with their team/ crew to deliver the film they conceptualise and imagine.

Participants will be required to attend all the four modules of the Workshops and cannot register for/ attend select Workshops.

There will be a registration fee of Rs 2,500/- to cover part of the expenses towards organising the event, to be paid via cheque, within a week of hearing about selection. We can accommodate a small number of participants only, so please register at the earliest.

If you wish to attend the Workshops, please fill in the REGISTRATION FORM available below and email it to

Participants from outside Delhi will need to make their own travel, board and lodging arrangements. Lunch will be served at the Workshops. Application Forms should reach us, latest by 20 August 2011. PSBT's selection of participants will be final and binding.


09:30 AM – 05:00 PM, 14 SEPTEMBER
In documentary films, a director also needs to be a writer – but someone who writes with film, not words. This Workshop will discuss approaches to structuring and planning a documentary with the idea of an evolving, rather than a fixed script, as suits the documentary purpose best; approaches to form in documentary; and share some possible ways in which to work so that the documentary does not end up being illustrated research but rather a composite, creative work exploring complex experiences and questions with clarity. We will touch on the different ways the script evolves through the stages of research, planning, production and post-production.

09:30 AM – 05:00 PM, 15 SEPTEMBER
The Workshop will focus on the aesthetics of documentary and how technical choices can affect and facilitate different languages of filmmaking. It will be profusely illustrated by short films and clips from various documentaries made in different genres, to highlight the various styles and approaches possible. Other than short films and clips from documentaries of different genres shot on different formats and a discussion on these, the sessions will include a discussion on the features of a camera, its analogy to the human eye and how its conscious use affects image making, illustrated by film clips; different camera formats and how one should choose one's kit for shooting a particular film; working with DSLRs and the protocols of tapeless media video production; screening of select rushes from a documentary, preferably a student film, and talk about the choices that can make the material more or less effective.

09:30 AM – 05:00 PM, 16 SEPTEMBER
The Workshop will address questions and concerns ranging from the need for a sound person on a documentary shoot, the need for communication between the filmmaker and the sound person and the importance of SFX, to specific issues such as the problems of microphones on camera set ups, the use of radio microphones, the range of microphones available, elements of a standard sound chain and role of each item in the chain. There will also be demonstrations for first-hand experience and responding to specific queries raised by the participants.

09:30 AM – 05:00 PM, 17 SEPTEMBER
The Workshop will discuss and attempt a better understanding on how time and space interact in cinema and create a completely unique experience. It will through illustrations and clips establish how the art of editing is actually the most central process of filmmaking.

Download Registration Form
Application Forms should reach PSBT latest by 20 August 2011.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Science Reporter announces Science Fiction & Science Cartoon Competitions!


Science Reporter announces Science Fiction & Science Cartoon Competitions!

Science Reporter once again announces its Science Fiction and Science Cartoon Competitions. We invite original contributions from our readers. You may take part in any of the two competitions or even both.
  • In the Science Cartoon category, not more than four original cartoons may be sent per entrant. And remember, the cartoons should relate to scientific topics only.
  • In the Science Fiction category, readers are requested to send only one entry per entrant. The entries must be restricted to about 2000-2500 words.
All entries – Fiction as well as Cartoon – should be original and should be accompanied with a self-declaration saying that the contribution is original.
The winning entries will be published in Science Reporter. There is no entry fee.

The last date for receiving the entries is 15 October 2011.

Rush your entries to:
Editor, Science Reporter
Science Fiction/Science Cartoon Competition
National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources
Dr K S Krishnan Marg
New Delhi-110 012

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