GISCafe Weekly Review May 16th, 2013

AAM Pty Ltd. and Vekta Pty Ltd. merge
May 15, 2013  by Susan Smith

AAM Pty Ltd., a geospatial services and technology based in Australia, recently announced a merger with Vekta Pty Ltd., another industry leader in the geospatial industry. This merger takes Vekta out of the competition and positions AAM as one of the largest providers of geospatial services in Australasia and the Asia Pacific, as well as Africa.

HxGN Live2013: Geospatial Vision and Strategy for Making Smarter Decisions
May 13, 2013  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

While many of the sessions at HxGN Live 2013 will focus on training to help better maximize Intergraph Geospatial’s solutions, there will also be tremendous opportunities to learn about today’s most dynamic geospatial solutions and noteworthy customer implementations.

Since launching Intergraph Geospatial 2013, users have experienced how geospatial solutions can truly drive smarter decisions and support their configurable workflows.   We have held world tour events worldwide to communicate and showcase this story locally since January 2013.

On Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, we will be hosting our Geospatial Vision & Strategy session at HxGN Live, inspiring our users to think creatively about how they can use our solutions to solve the most challenging situations, as well as enhance business decisions and processes.

Article source: Bruce Joffe, GISP
Impressions of the Hearing before the California Supreme Court

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 14 months after all the written briefs were filed, and 20 months since the California Supreme Court agreed to hear this case, lawyers for both sides summarized their arguments and answered questions before the seven presiding Supreme Court Justices.  Attorney Sabrina Venskus represented the Sierra Club which is suing Orange County for access to its GIS-compatible digital parcel basemap database under terms of the California Public Records Act (CPRA) that include paying no more than the direct cost of duplication.  Attorney Mark Servino represented Orange County which has been requiring users of its “OC Landbase” to pay $475,000, plus sign a license that restricts sharing or redistribution of its database.
Although Orange County abruptly reduced its price late in December, 2011, the case stems from the Sierra Club’s public records act request for data made in March, 2009.  Orange County won SC’s lawsuit in Superior Court in April, 2010, affirming its right to exempt its GIS-compatible database from the CPRA.  Sierra Club appealed the decision, but Orange County again prevailed in the Court of Appeal in June, 2011.  The California Supreme Court hearing is the final appeal; its decision will be the final judicial determination of this issue.  At stake is whether the public has unfettered access to the GIS-compatible data that its government agencies use to conduct “the public’s business,” in the same geodatabase format that the agencies themselves use, or whether the government can license, restrict and charge high prices for such access.  As more and more governmental decisions and actions are based on GIS analysis, the issue is central to governmental transparency and accountability to us, the citizens of our democracy.

ILSC 2013
GIS For Government

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