Follow the Sheep

Speaker(s) : T B Dinesh

  • Language : Anglais
  • Level : Newbie
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Tuesday 9 July 2013
  • Schedule : 10h20
  • Duration : 20 minutes
  • Place : K.3.601
Fils rouges : Au quotidienEnjeux sociétauxOpen Data
Public cible : DécideursGeeksGrand publicProfessionnels


Follow the Sheep project involves following shepherds and their (mostly black) sheep, in the Deccan areas of Karnataka and Andra Pradesh of India. Shepherds are non-literate in general. And the nomadic shepherds travel about 400 kms over a range of 6 to 8 months with their herds. They are in small groups of 3-8 family members. Every few days they migrate to another location that can help feed their sheep. When in a location, they are often in a farmer’s land after having negotiated a trade for feed in return to the sheep manure (night droppings). During the day they can graze part of the farm (as per negotiation) and take the sheep to other grazing areas which are often common property reserves, and to areas where there is a water body. This talk discusses how we use OSM in developing smart-phone applications can be useful for them, their negotiations and their nomadic rights.


Dinesh has Computer Science background and is a founder of Janastu ( in Bangalore, India. Janastu has been providing free and open source (FOSS) solutions and support to small not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations (NPOs/NGOs) since 2002. This includes one-on-one consulting regarding the information management needs of the NPOs/NGOs, building their online and offline knowledge bases and providing support to their projects: designing web-sites, configuring news-filters, helping them migrate to open source solutions, localisation and Indian language issues support, geographic information collection, and necessary R&D.

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