Week in Review
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Bluesoft, Inc. has rebranded itself as AeroScout, and announced its MobileView platform for developing and utilizing location-based solutions. As a fan of all things blue, I'm disappointed.
The Ordnance Survey announced that almost 220 departments and other government bodies are now signed up to the Pan-government agreement (PGA) for the supply of Ordnance Survey digital mapping and geographic data - a fourfold increase on the take-up only two years ago.
ASPRS presented the 2004 Fellow Awards at their recent Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. The winners are Amelia Marie Budge, Clive Fraser, Paul F. Hopkins (1955-2003), and Elias Johnson.
Avenza Systems Inc., the developer of MAPublisher map production software, announced the 2004 MAPublisher Map Awards.
The ISPRS Foundation invites donations to The ISPRS Foundation. Awards and grants will enable recipients to further their knowledge and skills in the fields of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and spatial information sciences.
The Association for Geographic Information announced the publication on CD of the 2004 AGI Sourcebook, the premier source of information about the Geographic Information industry in the UK. It's available from CALMap.
Mapsolute, Inc. announced the company's website was awarded both a Webby Award and a People's Voice Award by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. I gave the new U.S. part of their website a middling review.
Visual Learning Systems Feature Analyst State and Local Government Grant Program grantees will receive a 10% discount on LizardTech's GeoExpress 4.0 with MrSID geospatial image compression software.
AirIQ Inc. of Pickering, Ont., has acquired Irvine, Calif.-based Aircept.com LLC -- a developer and provider of GPS systems, including wireless vehicle monitoring and tracking services to rental vehicle fleets, heavy equipment, and commercial transport markets.
Intergraph Solutions Group has licensed technology from NASA that may be used in intelligence work. The software programs licensed include Fuzzy Reasoning Edge Detection (FRED), Fuzzy Reasoning Adaptive Threshold (FRAT), and Image Processing for Binarization Enhancement Via Fuzzy Reasoning.
• Contracts and Sales
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced it has been selected by the Geomatik + Vermessung Stadt Zurich (GeoZ) to provide land information management (LIM) solutions that manage the cadastral and mapping data of the City of Zurich's 90 square kilometer area.
SANZ Inc., a storage consulting and system integration company, announced that it has been awarded a contract for its EarthWhere Spatial Data Provisioning Application software with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Albuquerque District. The EarthWhere application will assist the Corps' Albuquerque District office with the management and dissemination of geospatial data used in the Bosque Wildfires Project.
Sanborn was chosen by the Florida Department of Revenue to provide digital color orthophotos for DeSoto and Hardee counties. This project marks the first time the Department of Revenue has required digital orthophotos.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced Photo Science Inc. has selected the company's Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC), the only large-format digital aerial camera system.
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. signed an agreement with MappointAsia (Thailand) Company Limited, which is a Thailand-based digital mapping and location-based service provider. NTT will own 18% of the company for a US$1.9 million investment.
Z/I Imaging Hellas S.A., Intergraph's Mapping and Geospatial Solutions division's exclusive distributor for Greece and Cyprus, was awarded a contract to supply Land Information Management solutions (LIM) for Filoxenia 2004. Appointed by the Athens 2004 Olympics Organizing Committee, Filoxenia is managing the Private Homes Rental Program during this year's Olympic Games.
The Cadcorp SIS product suite is now able to read ESRI ArcSDE Binary Geometry stored in Oracle, ESRI Personal Geodatabases, and Intergraph GeoMedia Access Warehouses.
LandVoyage.com has released the next generation of its award winning interactive mapping software. The new LandVoyage.com software is built on the latest in Java technology. (The press release does not explain that the company is basically a data vendor.)
MapInfo Corporation announced the release of MarketNetPlanner, a comprehensive Web-based network planning and demographic analysis solution for the telecommunications industry.
IcoMap for ArcGIS v3.0, is now available from UCLID Software. (The press release does not note which version of ArcGIS is supported. I asked: it's version 9.)
Spatially Aware's Map Suite allows developers to add mapping functionality to their applications using any .Net-compatible language. There are three flavors: for the desktop, the Web, and Web services. Evals are available. The product starts at about $4,000.
• Training and Education
Learning ArcGIS 9, a new course from ESRI Virtual Campus, introduces the fundamental concepts of geographic information system (GIS) technology and explores the major functionality of ArcGIS 9 software. This eight-module course is designed for those who are new to GIS and to ArcGIS 9 software. The first module of the course is free. Geoprocessing with ArcGIS 9 (for ArcInfo) is a new course designed for experienced GIS and ArcGIS users who want to employ geoprocessing tools and models in their GIS projects.
Titan will offer a GIS project management course. I will note that the Penn State online Masters in GIS also has a project management course. Why? The advisory board, from industry, said it was needed.
The Twenty-fourth Annual ESRI International User Conference will bring together more than 12,000 geographic information system (GIS) professionals from around the world August 9-13, 2004, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. More than 500 K-12 teachers, college and university instructors, school administrators, librarians, and museum professionals from more than 20 countries will convene in San Diego, California, at the 2004 ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC) August 7-10, 2004.
GIS Technology, TUDelft, NL is organizing a symposium on Geo-information for Disaster Management. The call for papers is online. The Symposium will be held at the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. The duration of the workshop is 2.5 days: March 21-23, 2005.
The 2004 Conference on Race/Ethnicity and Place will be held September 16-18 in Washington, D.C., on the campus of Howard University.
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