News from the FOSS4G Conference

Boeing Commercial Aviation Subsidiary, Jeppesen have selected eSpatial to help streamline online spatial Information Processing for Aviation Chart production. Jeppesen is the world’s leading producer of Aviation charts and is using eSpatial’s iSMART as a core component within its Data Driven Programme for the development of integrated, enterprise grade applications to streamline time consuming processes as part of Aviation chart production.


Trimble announced that it has acquired Ingenieurburo Breining GmbH of Kirchheim, Germany, a provider of customized field data collection and office software solutions for the cadastral survey market in Germany. Financial terms were not disclosed. The addition of Breining software resources, expertise and products enable Trimble to further address local application requirements and provide customized survey solutions for the German market.

geoVue, a provider of dynamic location optimization software, and Games Workshop announced that GamesWorkshop has licensed and is deploying geoVue's software solutions to optimize its real-estate decisions around the globe.

Games Workshop is the largest and the most successful tabletop fantasy and futuristic battle-games company in the world with 348 stores in 20 countries. The publicly held company sells directly in the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Japan.


MetaCarta®, Inc. announced that is using MetaCarta Local Alerts Service for Publishers to inform people about news stories and community events related to their favorite city, town, or neighborhood. Local Alerts is a personalized, registration-based service that delivers users up-to-date news about the neighborhoods in which they live, work or go to school.

Ingres Corporation, the leading open source information management company, announced at the FOSS4G 2007 (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) conference that it is supporting OSGeo (Open Source Geospatial Foundation). OSGeo is widely recognized for supporting collaborate development of open geospatial technologies and projects important to business, the environment, and society.

New Products

The Carbon Project announced the availability of CarbonArc PRO for ArcGIS 9.2, providing OGC® Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) 1.0 interoperability for ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.2 software. OGC SDI 1.0 is a selected suite of standards from the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.

NavCom Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company, announced the release of its first bundled land survey solution, the LAND-PAK All-in-One RTK Land Survey Solution. By pairing NavCom products with complementary technologies and solutions, the LAND-PAK is a complete NavCom-qualified end-user package designed to meet the needs of land survey - from field data collection to office processing.

Tackling the growing spatial information management market, earthmine will unveil its ground-breaking technology to collect, deliver and utilize accurate street-level three dimensional geospatial information for urban environments at the DEMOfall 07 Conference. earthmine co-founders, John Ristevski and Anthony Fassero, will lead the DEMO stage presentation on Tuesday, September 25, 2007. The company, founded in 2006, is focused on creating pre-collected geospatial stores of public urban environments worldwide and the tools to utilize them. Complete municipalities will be collected through high quality, 3D panoramic images -- including every road, alley and freeway -- to create a complete, consistent and publicly accessible geospatial 'inventory' of cities available for both government and commercial use. Additionally, unique tools for viewing, creating and extracting spatial data in context will make this data broadly accessible.

Citilabs, a leader in Transportation Planning software, is proud to announce the release of its next generation product-line, Cube 5.0. This new version of Cube has been developed using ESRI’s ArcGIS Engine, providing our software users significant advancements in productivity, analysis, and data-sharing. Cube users will now be able to store transportation networks as ESRI geodatabases, utilizing ESRI feature classes.

Upcoming Events

gbaMS Annual Conference & Training
Date: October 1 - 3, 2007
Place: Kansas City, MO USA
The 2007 GBA Master Series Annual Conference & Training (ACT) will take place October 1-3 in Kansas City, Missouri. We're headed back to our home town this year and we're excited to show it off.


23rd Annual New York State GIS Conference
Date: October 1 - 2, 2007
Place: 219 Bray Hall, SUNY-ESF
1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210 USA
The conference has a long standing tradition of providing attendees with an opportunity to meet fellow New Yorkers active in the GIS field, exchange information and real experiences, and seek solutions to your geographic data management needs. Professional networking opportunities help you develop a network of fellow GIS users which will continue through the years. In the exhibit area, GIS vendors and consultants display the latest in GIS hardware, software, analytical techniques, and services.


4th Annual VLS Users Conference, 2007
Date: October 2 - 3, 2007
Place: Missoula, MT USA
Visual Learning Systems cordially invites you to take part in the VLS Users Conference to exchange ideas and experiences related to the VLS software: Feature Analyst®, LIDAR Analyst®, and Urban Analyst™. This fourth annual event will be held October 2-3, 2007 in scenic Missoula, Montana.


14th Annual South Florida GIS Expo
Date: October 4 - 5, 2007
Place: Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 USA
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a horizontal technology that intersects all industries. It blends the geographic sciences with information technology. This conference is for the novice to the analyst, the technologist to the executive. Disciplines of interest include:
  • Regional, municipal and county government agencies
  • Environmental resources
  • Engineering - Surveying
  • Land management
  • Information technology


2007 ESRI Health GIS Conference
Date: October 7 - 10, 2007
Place: Firesky Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ USA
The Health GIS Conference October 7-10, 2007, in Scottsdale, Arizona, brings health and human services professionals together to share and discuss successful approaches to using geography to improve research, management, policy decisions, public health and hospital preparedness, and health care delivery.
The ESRI Health GIS Conference provides a forum for you to examine specialized capabilities and opportunities for managing and sharing geospatial data and analysis in a GIS framework for community health programs, health care delivery, hospitals, epidemiology, disease surveillance, health research, and more.


2007 Electric & Gas User Group Meeting
Date: October 8 - 11, 2007
Place: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, TN USA
Be part of the 2007 EGUG annual meeting October 8–11, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee, to explore how GIS serves electric and gas utilities. Discussions will examine desktop usability, spatial data management, server-based GIS, mobile solutions, and Web services.


17th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference and Workshops
Date: October 10 - 12, 2007
Place: Mayo Civic Center
Rochester, MN USA
The event will feature structured workshops, technical sessions, panel discussions, technology demonstrations, project updates and local and national speakers. All are geared toward professionals interested in learning more about geographic information systems and land information systems technology in Minnesota and beyond.
The objective of the conference is to provide GIS/LIS related informational and educational opportunities for anyone in business, government, or education interested in spatial analysis technologies.


Rocket City Geospatial Conference
Date: October 15 - 17, 2007
Place: Huntsville Marriott ,5 Tranquility Base
Huntsville, Alabama 35805, USA
Huntsville, Alabama, "the Rocket City", is home to a diverse blend of technology from aerospace, defense, research and development, and private industry. This technology base provides the foundation for hosting the "Rocket City Geospatial Conference". The unique relationship between NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the Redstone Arsenal, the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and the many private firms in the region supports a variety of R&D projects affecting government, education and commerce.


Citilabs International User Conference
Date: October 21 - 24, 2007
Place: Palm Springs, CA USA
Citilabs is pleased to invite you to Futura 07, the annual Citilabs International User Conference, from October 21 to 24, 2007. This is a unique opportunity for you and your colleagues to meet other users and share your knowledge and the successes you have had with Cube and other Citilabs software. Citilabs will also hold optional pre-conference and post-conference software training which will extend the full activities of Futura 07 from October 20 to 26, 2007.


Date: October 21 - 24, 2007
Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX USA
The annual GEOINT Symposium, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), is the Nation’s Premier Intelligence Event. Each year, more than 2,500 attendees visit GEOINT to discover cutting-edge geospatial intelligence technologies, converse with top leaders in the intelligence community, learn from academia, and network with government, industry, academic, and military leaders.


Date: October 28 - November 1, 2007
Place: Ottawa, CA Canada
The American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS – a society member of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute) are organizing an exciting conference around the theme of Our Common Borders - Safety, Security and the Environment through Remote Sensing. This conference will showcase mapping, imaging techniques and associated remote sensing projects in both countries that are promoting and enhancing cross-border geospatial cooperation.


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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'David Sonnen'
    Many software companies like to say that FOSS4G apps are interesting toys or just a way to try out applications before you buy the "real" stuff. But, this year's FOSS4G conference clearly shows that some free or open source spatial software that is well suited for enterprise-grade applications. If our market research is on track, it looks like users are definitely taking note.

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