Pushing the Envelope with the Pushpin Collections


The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that it has been informed by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), Gaithersburg, Md., that due a conflict with a major construction industry trade show, ACSM will be unable to co-locate its annual conference with GITA’s annual conference and exposition in 2008. The two organizations have agreed to postpone the co-location of their respective conferences to an as yet undetermined date.

Canadian agencies, organizations, and companies are invited to attend the Canadian Interoperability Day on Friday, April 20, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. The event is being hosted by ESRI Canada and GeoConnections—a national program led by Natural Resources Canada. GeoConnections collaborates with partners to expand and evolve the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI)—a resource that enables Canadians to share, access, use, and combine location-based ("geospatial") information over the Internet.

SeaZone Solutions Ltd, the UK’s leading supplier of marine data, has announced the completion of the first pilot area as part of its ongoing Coastline Mapping Improvement Programme (CMIP).

This is set to revolutionize our understanding of the relationship between land and sea. Using CMIP will resolve the serious inconsistencies arising from coastline data that is generated in different ways by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and Ordnance Survey (OS) Great Britain.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has recently completed a trial phase of the newly conceived ‘ONE’ – Online Notification and Editing System, an Internet based mapping solution designed in partnership with Geomatic Technologies (GT).

Over the last quarter of 2006 GT has designed and produced ONE to become an extension of the Victorian Mapping and Address Service (VMAS). The new features consist of services that provide spatial data editing capabilities (mark-up), user notification and application workflow management. These features complement the existing VMAS services of address searching, matching, map creation etc.

Maps of hospital locations in the United States are now available online through American Hospital Directory The site's free mapping service pinpoints all hospital locations according to user-selected criteria such as ZIP code, city or state. Links from maps also provide access to comprehensive profiles of each hospital.

DigitalGlobe(R) announced that it will provide to Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. the high-resolution imagery for Garmin's BlueChart(R) g2 -- its new line of highly detailed cartography. BlueChart g2 with DigitalGlobe imagery is one of the first electronic charting devices to give boaters unparalleled access to the world's highest-resolution commercial imaging system.

The Geospatial One-Stop (GOS) project encourages local governments to register and publish metadata for web mapping services on the GOS portal..

Increased availability of data and web mapping services through the GOS portal significantly supports local, state, tribal, and federal governments, and improves homeland security and disaster relief efforts across the country. It is widely recognized local governments make a tremendous contribution towards building the National Spatial Data infrastructure (NSDI).


Avineon, Inc., a provider of IT, geospatial, engineering and program management services, announced the appointment of Ramkumar Valliyur as director of engineering services. With more than 30 years experience in engineering operations, project management and strategic planning, Valliyur will lead business development efforts and serve as a liaison between Avineon's North American customers and the company's offshore engineering services facility located in Hyderabad, India.

New Products

Telvent Miner & Miner announces the availability of the ArcFM™ Solution version 9.2. The ArcFM Solution is an enterprise GIS solution for editing, modeling, maintaining, and managing facility information for electric, gas, and water/wastewater utilities. This release is also certified with ESRI’s ArcGIS® 9.2.

The ArcFM Solution 9.2 introduces many new features including:

  • Underground Facility Management
  • Design Optimization
  • Inspector
  • ArcFM Viewer
  • Geodatabase Replication
  • Database Connections
  • Responder 9.2

Following the first anniversary of its launch, MapGuide Open Source has achieved a new status within the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) as a fully endorsed project. Originally developed as Autodesk MapGuide software by Autodesk, Inc. and released to the open source community in 2006, MapGuide Open Source is a Web-based platform that enables users to develop and publish online mapping applications and geospatial web services.

During its incubation process, the project's community of more than 600 members actively engaged in development and application efforts to validate the software's functionality, viability and support. As part of the project's graduation, Robert Bray, platform software manager and architect of geospatial solutions at Autodesk, has assumed the role of OSGeo vice-president -- MapGuide Open Source.

The First American Corporation, America's largest provider of business information, announced the release of ParcelPoint(TM), the next generation in geographic location technology that offers the most advanced solution for superior positional accuracy.

Multimap, one of the world’s providers of online mapping and location-based services, showcases the latest version of its leading-edge API service (version 1.2) at the Location Intelligence Conference 2007, San Francisco. The Multimap API v.1.2 brings together searching, routing, mapping, geocoding, and POI data and imagery, into a single one-stop service, for the first time. The API offers major new areas of functionality, including overview maps, smooth zooming and automatic de-cluttering of icons, and also takes Multimap’s mapping interface to a new level.

Around the Web

Video of the First AutoCAD 2008 Shipping (Between the Lines Blog)

Google backs character-recognition research April 11, 2007, CNET News.com

Google to buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion , April 13, 2007, CNET News.com

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2007 ESRI Business GeoInfo Summit
 Date:  April 23 - 25, 2007
 Place:  Westin Park Central
 Dallas, TX USA
The Business GeoInfo Summit is recognized as the premier GIS forum for industry professionals and business executives. Come and share your experiences, discuss the latest trends with the GIS industry leaders and explore innovation in geo-enabled business processes.
Washington GIS Conference
 Date:  April 23 - 25, 2007
 Place:  Lynnwood Convention Center
 Lynnwood, WA USA
WAURISA announces the 2007 Washington GIS Conference, to be held April 23-25, 2007. The 2007 Washington GIS Conference will be held in Lynnwood’s new Conference Center, conveniently located between Seattle and Everett. Earn GISCI
Second Conference On Agricultural Policy Implementation And Geo-Information (CAPIGI)
 Date:  April 24 - 25, 2007
 Place:  World Trade Centre
 Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Conference on Agricultural Policy Implementation and Geo Information (CAPIGI) brings the science and technology community together with the policy community to look for new opportunities in the implementation of agricultural policy. CAPIGI presents a state-of-the-art overview on innovations and research in geo information sciences. These emerging technologies get illustrated with practice experiences in agricultural policy implementation.
Tenth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference and Exposition
 Date:  May 1 - 4, 2007
 Place:  Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing
 Philadelphia, PA USA
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this unique conference, the only one dedicated solely to the use of GIS in airports and aviation, the focus will be on how far the airport GIS community has come in the past ten years and where airport GIS may take the aviation world in the next ten years.
Delaware GIS 2007: Serving Communities
 Date:  May 2, 2007
 Place:  Dover Sheraton Inn
 Dover, DE USA
The Delaware Geographic Data Committee hosts an annual statewide GIS conference and is a cooperative effort among state agencies, the University of Delaware, county and municipal governments, and others to build a Delaware GIS Community and improve the coordination of the use of GIS and spatial data in Delaware.
ASPRS 2007
 Date:  May 7 - 11, 2007
 Place:  Marriott Waterside Hotel
 Tampa , FL USA
The theme of “Identifying Geospatial Solutions,” this Conference will have an outstanding set of technical presentations on all aspects of imaging and geospatial information. We will feature sessions on how to collect geospatial data, how to process and analyze data, and how to derive information from data that is useful in making local, national and global decisions, for resource management, business or other purposes.
IMAGIN 2007 Annual Conference
 Date:  May 7 - 9, 2007
 Place:  Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA
Take part in Michigan's premier GIS Conference! Share your expertise, gain visibility, and enhance your professional growth. IMAGIN's Annual Conference provides administrative, professional, and technical information to GIS.
MapWorld 07
 Date:  May 8 - 10, 2007
 Place:  Westin Seattle
 Seattle, WA USA
MapWorld 07 will make you a rockstar. Plug into the hottest Location Intelligence tools. Learn cutting edge strategies to help you work smarter. And take the lead with a serious competitive edge.
GeoTec 2007
 Date:  May 14 - 17, 2007
 Place:  Calgary Telus Convention Centre
 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The GeoTec Event provides a unique gathering place for geospatial technology professionals from all disciplines to interact and learn from each other's experience and knowledge. The program is designed to help you discover cutting-edge geospatial technology solutions from diverse application areas.
Fifteenth Annual Pennsylvania GIS Conference
 Date:  May 16 - 17, 2007
 Place:  Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Conference Center
 Camp Hill, PA USA
The 2007 Pennsylvania GIS Conference will bring the Pennsylvania geospatial community together for the fifteenth year to present, discuss, and debate critical topics affecting the development and use of geospatial information technology in the Commonwealth. The conference will be held on May 16 and 17 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill and will focus on the broad diversity of Pennsylvania geospatial data, applications, and people.
GIS in Public Health Conference
 Date:  May 20 - 23, 2007
 Place:  Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)
 New Orleans, USA
The abstract submission deadline has passed. More than 100 abstract submissions were received and the conference committee will review and organize the program, from the submissions, by the end of this year. Expect the conference program and registration information to be available by January 2007. Exhibit information will also soon be available.

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