The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that it has published a white paper, “What Is GIS: A Profession, Niche, or Tool?” that examines a long-running debate in the geospatial information industry: the very definition of a geographic information system (GIS). Whether it is defined as a separate profession, a niche technology included within the broader arena of information technology, or a tool used across a wide array of professional disciplines, the question has raised strong opinions from a number of varied perspectives. The GITA paper further develops an issue that arose during a lengthy thread on GITA's GEOXchange list server. That conversation thread led organizers of GITA's Annual Conference 28 to devote a panel discussion to the subject during the event, held in Denver in March 2005.
The white paper is available on GITA's Web site at http://www.gita.org/resources/what_is_gis.htm . A downloadable PDF version of the paper, suitable for printing, is available at the same location.
HP announced that the large-format HP Designjet 4000 Printer series is being integrated with GE Energy's Smallworld 4 Product Suite, enabling GIS professionals to quickly produce high quality full-color and black and white prints with minimal user intervention. Using the HP Designjet 4000 Embedded Web Server together with the Smallworld application further enhances the printing workflow processes and improves manageability of installed printers.
PCI Geomatics® is helping to create the next generation of automated coastal maps through its contributions to the COASTCHART project.
The COASTCHART project, led by LogicaCMG, is entirely funded through the Data User Element (DUE) of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP). Once completed, the project will allow for the delineation of 6,000 kilometers of western African coastline, and will also enable standard navigation charts to be updated from space-based observations.
ESRI announced that its 2005/2010 data is now available in demographic reports and maps on Business Analyst Online at http://www.esri.com/bao. These data updates reveal changes and trends in regional growth, household wealth, and employment and include
- 2005/2010 demographic data updates and forecasts from ESRI
- 2005 consumer expenditure data from ESRI
- 2005 data from ESRI's segmentation system, Community Tapestry
- 2005 Market Potential data from Mediamark Research Inc. and ESRI
- January 2005 business data from infoUSA
- 2005 TrafficMetrix data, version 4.1, from MPSI Systems Inc.
Interior Secretary Gale Norton named Dr. P. Patrick Leahy as acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey. Leahy will take over from Dr. Charles G. Groat, who has announced his resignation, effective on June 17, 2005, to accept an appointment at the University of Texas at Austin. A permanent replacement for USGS director must be nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Avineon, Inc. announced that Russell Pence has joined their business development team. Mr. Pence will pursue geospatial opportunities with the U.S. federal government. Mr. Pence joins Avineon with over twenty-six years of experience in geospatial intelligence, remote sensing, photogrammetry, and surveying. He has a strong operations management background and a successful history in business development.
MIR3, Intelligent Notification(TM) solutions company, announced that in(TM)GovAlert(TM) is now available. inGovAlert provides government organizations, such as Public Safety, First Responders, City, County, Homeland Security and Federal agencies, with a GSA-authorized solution for emergency communications via MIR3's Intelligent Notification technology. inGovAlert is designed for use by government entities and supports intra-agency communications and cooperation in the event of a disaster, emergency or severe weather crisis situation.
ESRI is currently shipping its new PLTS for ArcGIS 9.1-Aeronautical Solution. The application streamlines high-quality, high-quantity aeronautical chart production by combining cartographic editing tools, database models, aeronautical symbols, and styles. PLTS for ArcGIS leverages ArcGIS object-relational technology to create a consistent, unified process that allows mapping and charting agencies to do more with fewer resources.
IDEAL.Com, exclusive North American Distributor for Consistent Software, launched WiseImage 6.7 for AutoCAD 2006 and AutoCAD LT 2006. WiseImage 6.7, developed by Consistent Software, solves the problem of incorporating scanned raster data into the CAD environment. This is done by adding native CAD-style raster editing and raster to vector conversion inside AutoCAD to facilitate revision creation and new drawing production.
Mio Technology Ltd., worldwide supplier of mobile devices, introduced the Mio 269 GPS navigation system to North America as part of a worldwide launch. The new device is a straightforward, easy-to-use GPS navigation system combined with seamless, detailed maps of the Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and Canada in a sleek, palm-sized chassis. All software and maps are already included on the unit's 2.5 MB hard disk drive, so it's ready to go right out of the box.
LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a provider of software solutions that make it significantly easier to manage and distribute digital content such as aerial photography, satellite imagery and scanned color documents, announced the release of GeoExpress 5.0 SDK. This latest release of the SDK offers unlimited encoding capabilities to both MrSID and JPEG 2000 and exposes functionality contained in the GeoExpress 5.0 standalone product including JPEG 2000 encoding, NPJE/EPJE profiles, support for WKT-based spatial reference system metadata, and area of interest encoding of imagery to MrSID Generation 3 (MG3) as well as JPEG 2000.
Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced a new, easy-to-use and free solution for managing OS MasterMap data: the Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Database.
A Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Database is a relational database encapsulated in a single “ODB” file, that can handle anything from a single OS MasterMap chunk right up to national coverage. ODB files provide an extension to the Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Manager and are designed to appeal to users who want to use OS MasterMap data without having to invest in database server technology and management resources.
Telcontar, a supplier of software and related services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, announced that TeliaSonera, the Nordic and Baltic telecommunications leader, will be offering Appello's WISEPILOT® mobile navigation service to its customers. WISEPILOT from Appello incorporates the powerful functionality of Telcontar's geospatial software platform, the Drill Down Server® (DDS).
Searching for a Reason to Buy Google by Conrad de Aenlle, The New York Times, June 11, 2005 -- Five years after the tech bubble came and went, the search engine operator has bounded from about $180 a share in April to nearly $300.
Date: June 20 - 23, 2005
Place: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center , Orlando, FL USA
Focused on the needs of the expanding green building market, the unique event combines sustainable building techniques with the technology that supports the entire process from concept, through design, construction and long-term operation. For information about exhibiting, presenting at, or attending Ecobuild America, call 1-800-996-3863, fax 1-508-790-4750 or visit www.ecobuildamerica.com.
The Where 2.0 Conference
Date: June 29 - 30, 2005
Place: Westin St. Francis San Francisco, CA USA
Location-aware technologies and services--GPS, RFID, WLAN, cellular networks, and networked sensors--are driving a renaissance in business strategy and opportunity, paving the way for a growing array of capabilities around local search, mapping, mobile social applications, business analytics, asset tracking, and e-commerce. O'Neill Media, Inc. has launched Where 2.0, a forum for surveying the technological landscape surrounding location-determining technologies. Join us at Where 2.0 and learn how vendors, application developers, and consumer web companies are connecting customers, products, and enterprises in real time. Whether you're incorporating location into your business or blazing a new geospatial trail, Where 2.0 pinpoints the people and projects opening this new frontier.