GPS and Inertial Systems Technology: A Winning Combination from Trimble

SiRF Technology, Inc. announced that its location solutions are at the heart of the new LinksPoint GlobalPoint GPS(TM), a global positioning system (GPS) receiver for use with Symbol Technologies' ruggedized handheld computers. GlobalPoint GPS is a second-generation handheld technology with a number of new features and enhancements to its widely acclaimed initial version. That version has been used for high-profile, mission-critical applications such as recovery efforts by the New York Fire Department at "Ground Zero," by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for field bio-terrorism investigations, and by utilities and enterprises worldwide for data collection and field force tracking.

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Locator Application Demos Using SpatialFX and the company's new Web Application Framework they have constructed three fictional "customer web sites" that make use of location services. These demos are comprised of JSP's with HTML and image maps. And example: Pedal Path Tours A fictitious bike touring company in Colorado. The demo shows the store location and allows users to route themselves to the store.

Going on Around the Web

The Truth about XML The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is sometimes pitched as a better and less expensive way to trade e-commerce information than the stalwart electronic data interchange (EDI). But contrary to popular perceptions, XML can actually cost more than the systems many companies already have in place, and it isn't clear that most of them need the extra capabilities that XML offers. McKinsey Quarterly

Harry Potter and the Internet Pirates by Amy Harmon, NY Times, Monday, July 14, 2003

A growing number of Potter devotees around the world seem to be embracing the prospect of reading the voluminous new book (766 pages in the British edition; 870 in the American version) on the screen.

Teaching Computers to Work in Unison, by Steve Lohr NY Times, Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Going on in July

AGIT Symposium
Date: July 2 - 4, 2003
Place: Salzburg, Austria
15th Symposium and Exposition for Applied Geoinformatics for the German speaking GIS Community. Geo-government Conference on July 3

Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) Annual Conference
Date: July 3 - 5, 2003
Place: Asilomar, CA USA
6th Annual SCGIS Conference is designed for those who want to discuss and promote local and global conservation of natural and cultural resources through geospatial technologies. Technical sessions, field trip, scholarships available.

ESRI Education User Conference
Date: July 6 - 9, 2003
Place: San Diego, CA USA
Educators from all levels including college and university faculty, administrators, and librarians will have the opportunity to attend presentations and hands-on workshops that illustrate the benefits of geographic information system (GIS) technology. The conference consists of paper presentations, panel discussions, and a showcase that allow participants to learn about their peers applications of GIS in education. In addition, hands-on workshops in the computer labs will provide demonstrations of classroom activities and geographic analysis techniques.

2003 ESRI International User Conference
Date: July 7 - 11, 2003
Place: San Diego, CA USA
Wealth of information from ESRI staff, exhibitors, and business partners, and information about real-world applications of GIS software from the ESRI user community.

Avenza Systems Training
Date: July 10 - 11, 2003
Place: San Diego, CA USA MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.

Coastal Zone Management Through Time
Date: July 13 - 17, 2003
Place: Baltimore, MD USA
The Coastal Zone conference series is the premier international gathering of ocean and coastal management professionals.

SVG Open 2003 Conference & Exhibition
Date: July 13 - 18, 2003
Place: Vancouver, Canada
At the SVG Open 2003 Conference you will have the opportunity to learn about the SVG standard, how to use it to create effective and compelling Web content, techniques for developing SVG software solutions, and the latest developments from the Worldwide Web Consortium.

Smart Card Alliance July Conference
Date: July 15 - 17, 2003
Place: Arlington, VA USA
Smart Card Alliance will host "Smart Cards in Government 2003" bringing together leaders of the smart card movement within government.

MultiTemp-2003: Seconde International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images
Date: July 16 - 18, 2003
Place: European Commission Joint Research Centre Ispra (VA), Italy
The development of effective methodologies for the analysis of multitemporal data is one of the most important and challenging issues that the remote-sensing community should face in the next years. The importance and the timeliness of this issue are directly related to the ever increasing quantity of multi-temporal data provided by the numerous remote-sensing satellites that orbit around our planet. For this reason, the Second International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images (MultiTemp-2003) will be organized. Like MultiTemp-2001, it will be a high quality workshop, focusing on the methodological aspects of multi-temporal remote-sensing image analysis and on their applications.

Laser-Scan Partner and User Conference
Date: July 17 - 18, 2003
Place: Cambridge, United Kingdom

2nd Annual PPGIS Conference
Date: July 20 - 22, 2003
Place: Portland, OR USA
Public Participation GIS refers to a range of topics raised by the intersection of community interests and GIS technology. PPGIS Congress will bring together participants with a rich diversity of experience.

GML DEV DAYS 2003 Conference & Exhibition
Date: July 20 - 24, 2003
Place: Vancouver, Canada
Conference focuses on development, uses and features of Geography Markup Language (GML) and allied technologies to foster awareness and development of the Geo-Web.

Cambridge Conference Date: July 21 - 25, 2003
Place: St.John's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Share ideas on the use of geospatial data in the social and economic development of countries and regions. International gathering hosted by the Ordnance Survey .

SatNav 2003
Date: July 22 - 25, 2003
Place: Victoria, Australia
The Australian GPS Society invites you to SatNav 2003 - the 6th International Symposium on Satellite Navigation Technology Including Mobile Positioning and Location Services being held at Hyatt Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from 22-25 July 2003. For further information on the Symposium and FREE Membership to the Australian GPS Society please go to or email Email Contact

The Vespucci Initiative - Summer School on Geographic Information Science
Date: July 28 - August 8, 2003
Place: Pratolino (Florence), Italy Celebrating the fifth centenary of Vespucci's discoveries, the Vespucci Initiative recaptures his spirit of multi-disciplinary intellectual enquiry to explore new frontiers of knowledge. To that end it organizes and conducts a range of research and teaching activities, bringing together senior scientists and promising young researchers from around the world. What these researchers have in common is a special interest in the locational aspects of societal challenges. These aspects are being studied and exploited in the emerging field of Geographic Information Science and are being implemented within the GIS, Location Based Systems (LBS) and other industries.

FME Training Toronto
Date: July 28 - 29, 2003
Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Learn from the source how to use the core components of the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) through hands-on training. During our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) training course, attendees learn to unlock the powerful features and functionalities of FME to more effectively manage their data translation and data transformation problems. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.

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