The OGC and the World Wide Web Consortium Step Up Collaboration

Collaboration between standards activities is important to both the geospatial and IT communities. In the last decade, open consensus-based standards have made great strides in replacing more restrictive and problematic proprietary standards. But the information and communications technology industry is in rapid flux, and the era of open standards will not continue without active and widespread participation in the key consensus processes.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the Geospatial XG public mailing list. OGC's members are also invited to provide input on W3C issues to the OGC W3C Liaison, Raj Singh ( Email Contact ).

Top News of the Week

The City and County of San Francisco announced the development and launch of a city-wide, dynamic online map of the city's growing number of trees. Autodesk, Inc. through the Mayor's Office of City Greening, worked together with the City's Bureau of Urban Forestry (BUF) and Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), a local San Francisco non-profit organization, to develop this Urban Forest Mapping System, which will serve as a central dynamic resource where San Francisco residents, community groups and city employees can update and share information about new or existing street trees that form part of the city's urban forest.

The Brooks Act litigation and other issues affecting Federal procurement of surveying and mapping services will be the subject of a special presentation by John Palatiello at the ACSM Convention on Monday, March 12, in St. Louis.

Palatiello, who serves as the Executive Director for MAPPS and Administrator of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES), is scheduled to speak at 8 am on March 12, 2007. For more information, visit the ACSM website


DigitalGlobe(R announced several strategic initiatives for its commercial business unit. The upgraded roadmap includes a new Boston, Mass. commercial office, along with plans to integrate assets from the recent acquisition of GlobeXplorer and provide non-government technology sectors, such as real estate, internet portals, and location-based services quicker, easier access to the company's digital imagery products.


The 2007 Location Intelligence Conference, the premiere industry event focused on the use of location technology, announced that Kanwar Chadha, founder of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc., will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday, April 18 at 9:15 AM PDT. Chadha will discuss the ways in which enterprises can benefit by deploying location technology across a range of applications to improve their business operations and profitability.

The 2007 Location Intelligence Conference will take place April 16-18, 2007 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco. For more information, visit the Location Intelligence website.

GITA, the Open Geospatial Consortium, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and the Web 3D Consortium present Emerging Technology Summit IV. This event is set to take place in Washington, D.C., March 21-23, 2007. See the full preliminary program, and register for the conference now!

PCI Geomatics® is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the Web Coverage Service test suite from the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.® (OGC) for their product Geomatica® WebServer Suite – Web Coverage Server (WCS), Version 10.0.3.

A world leading developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, PCI’s Web Coverage Server is compliant with the OpenGIS® Web Coverage Service Implementation Specification 1.0.0.

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is developing a unique and versatile map of Antarctica using satellite imagery. The Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica or LIMA combines nearly 1100 hand-selected Landsat satellite scenes that are being digitally woven together to create a single, seamless, cloud-free image of the Antarctic continent—the most detailed color representation of this vast and frozen landmass ever produced. The National Science Foundation is funding the LIMA project.

ESRI (UK) has announced dates for GIS Tech 2007 which this year will include a new awards ceremony for excellence in GIS.

The two day conference will take place on 24-25 April 2007 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham.

New Products

P2 Energy Solutions announces the release of Tobin GIS Studio - Spatial Data Creation version 1.1 (TGS-SDC); an intuitive tool that enables the user to create and display spatial representations of land assets and facilitate spatial analysis of these assets. TGS-SDC is the spatial data creation component of the Tobin GIS Studio suite of products. The TGS-SDC application, an extension of ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop products (ArcGIS Desktop), integrates with P2 Energy Solutions' land asset management products, other OLE-compliant databases and ASCII files to provide a scalable, compatible GIS solution with land asset management systems.

deCarta announced the launch of a turn-key navigation application for use in personal navigation devices (PNDs). The new navigation application allows manufacturers of PNDs and smartphones to bring a custom-branded navigation application to market quickly and with minimal development time.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfield Industries, RFTrax is a breakthrough provider of remote asset management telemetry to freight transportation companies. Its first product, the Asset Management Platiform™ (AMP) for locomotives, gives railroads the opportunity to “see” exactly what is happening to any locomotive equipped with a special RFTrax transceiver known as an Asset Command Unit (ACU).

SkyPilot Networks, provider of carrier-class broadband wireless mesh networks, introduced version 1.5 of the SkyControl(TM) mesh management system, which integrates seamlessly with the Google Earth(TM) mapping service. Using the GPS positioning capabilities of SkyPilot's mesh infrastructure products, the new functionality provides automatic and dynamic mesh network visualization within the Google Earth Pro application, the commercial version of the free Google Earth application. Combining these two powerful tools provides service providers and municipalities with more flexibility in designing, building and operating wireless mesh networks.

LeadDog Consulting, an international provider of street and road maps announced the release of detailed city street geographic databases for the Algerian cities: Algiers, Oran, Annaba, Setif, Bordj Bou Arereridj, Mascara, Mostagenem, Tebessa, and Tlemcen. LeadDog maps are in use in a wide range of applications from military and government emergency and defense support to commercial fleet management and location based services. LeadDog products provide accurate base level mapping and numerous vector layers and attributes such as:

- Streets at 1:10,000 scale
- Street names
- Street classifications
- Extensive Points of Interest (airports, hospitals, government offices, etc…)
- Water and Landmark polygons
- Political division and borders

Compass Scout is the latest addition to the Compass data management suite of products and is designed to manage personal MapInfo Professional datasets.

Effective data management is important to all organizations and up until now data management tools have been limited to large enterprises. The introduction of Compass Scout breaks down this barrier by offering users a free, easy to use tool to manage MapInfo Professional spatial data. Compass Scout increases productivity by ensuring local datasets are catalogued, readily accessible and effortlessly located. Costly data duplication is eliminated.

Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced a new, easy-to-use free application for viewing Pictometry® oblique view imagery within Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System. The new Cadcorp SIS Pictometry Viewer, developed by Cadcorp using Pictometry’s software development kit is available for use with Cadcorp SIS desktop products, including Map Modeller, Map Editor and Map Manager.

Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Editor!!!'
    "The Brooks Act litigation and other issues affecting Federal procurement of surveying and mapping services will be the subject of a special presentation by John Palatiello at the ACSM Convention on Monday, March 12, in St. Louis. "
    LAST WEEK!!!!

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Vikram'
    Atlast GML is getting due recognition ! It seems new, Web 2.0 applications will benefit from more concrete representation with GML schma.

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