The Space Between Maps, Search and Content

In summary, MetaCarta offers the following features for law enforcement and government:
  • Visualization for the analyst of trends and patterns
  • The single search of both structured and unstructured data
  • What the value is in finding surprises in data
  • The ability of fusing all data from all sources
Top News of the Week

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Ecotrust $50,000 for Open OceanMap, an open-source, Web-based ocean mapping technology. Open OceanMap addresses the general lack of data -– whether use or habitat data –- that inhibits successful marine area management. The technology engages fishermen by letting them create GIS maps that place value on specific areas of the ocean that are most important to them. The resulting data facilitates more informed conversations between fishermen, policy makers and others, and better management planning for the benefit of marine environments and communities. It is estimated that Open OceanMap could, for example, cut in half the local economic impacts stemming from the implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The technology is now in use on California coasts, it will soon be used in Oregon, and it could be used anywhere.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

PCI Geomatics announced the acquisition of Geospace Inc., a provider of geospatial information and solutions.

Geospace Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, is the developer of FeatureObjeX™, a user friendly stand alone software package combining interactive editing tools for sophisticated image analysis and feature extraction.

PCI Geomatics announced the acquisition of TGIS Technologies Inc., a company specializing in geospatial collaboration software.

TGIS Technologies Inc., based in Chelsea, Quebec, is the developer of GeoConference® Software – a unique enterprise solution that allows groups to share and view maps and imagery interactively over the web, in real-time. GeoConference contains tools for hosting interactive geospatial teleconferences, linking clients in remote locations, and facilitating connections to geospatial databases.

SPADAC has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) of Panama to develop and implement an enterprise solution for spatial data management in partnership with Google Earth through its Latin American reseller Gtt NetCorp Latin America.

NAVTEQ has established a reseller agreement with SANTIAGO & CINTRA CONSULTORIA (S&C CONSULTORIA), a Sao Paulo-based GIS consulting company.

S&C CONSULTORIA offers a complete solution of geo-IT consulting services for a broad range of industries, including government, oil and gas, forestry, agriculture, environment, telecommunication, utilities, mining, education and logistics. As an authorized distributor of NAVTEQ map data, S&C CONSULTORIA will provide project consulting as well as local sales and technical support.

Pictometry International Corp. has signed an international technology license agreement with CIVIS Information Technologies of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. CIVIS is an emerging aerial survey, geospatial and IT solutions company focused on Latin American and Caribbean markets as well as multiple subsidiaries across the region.

Trimble announced it has acquired the assets of privately-held Rawson Control Systems based in Oelwein, Iowa. Rawson manufactures hydraulic and electronic controls for the agriculture equipment industry, including variable rate planter drives and controllers, variable rate fertilizer controllers, mechanical remote electric control valves and speed reducers.


A program that will focus on the changing economic climate, proactive business strategies, new and changing technologies and networking sessions highlight the agenda for the MAPPS Winter Conference, to be held January 20-24, 2009 at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas, USVI, MAPPS announced.

The conference will start with a keynote address by Michael Jones, Chief Technology Advocate of Google. Jones, also a founder of Keyhole, Inc., will discuss Google Earth's vision for the future, its role in the geospatial community and business opportunities for other geospatial firms. This is a continuation of chief executives' perspectives presented at the 2008 MAPPS winter conference in Palm Springs, CA by Jack Dangermond, President, ESRI and the 2008 summer meeting in Sun Valley, ID by Alexander Wiechert, Managing Director, Microsoft Vexcel Imaging.

To view the entire program agenda with detailed information about the sessions, visit the conference website. MAPPS conferences are open to non-MAPPS member firms.

The ArcGIS Data Interoperability extension lets ArcGIS Desktop users easily use, share, and distribute data in different formats. To become more familiar with how to use the extension, tune in to the next ESRI live training seminar, Introduction to ArcGIS Data Interoperability.

The seminar will air December 11, 2008, at the ESRI LTS website. The times will be 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

A new class from ESRI will teach geographic information system (GIS) professionals the fundamentals of using computer-aided design (CAD) data in ArcGIS Desktop.

Working with CAD Data in ArcGIS Desktop will be offered January 21–23, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time). To register for the instructor-led Virtual Classroom course, visit the ESRI CAD Training website.

ERDAS announces 3D City Construction Workflows: From Collection to Presentation, a free webinar on Tuesday, December 9, 2008.

To register for 3D City Construction Workflows: From Collection to Presentation, or find out more about other upcoming webinars, please visit the website.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced that GeoVirtual, SL (Spain) has joined the OGC as a Strategic Member. Strategic Membership is the highest level of membership in the OGC. To advance OGC program objectives, Strategic Members provide significant resources in the form of funding and other in-kind resources.


Phil Lines joins the Board of Directors at Snowflake Software to drive the sales strategy and further develop international alliances and partnership programmes. Lines brings a wealth of experience to the company having held leading, commercial roles in the GIS and CAD industries.

Avineon, Inc. announced the appointment of Timothy Brewster as Environmental Account Manager within Avineon's Federal Systems Division. In his position, Brewster will be responsible initially for business development under the company's Software Engineering Specialized Scientific Support (SES3) contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

New Products

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop announced the release of MAPublisher 8.0 for Adobe Illustrator. MAPublisher 8.0 is the latest version of this powerful mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution.

MAPublisher 8.0 for Adobe Illustrator is a full product upgrade that is free of charge to all current MAPublisher Maintenance Program subscribers and replaces the current shipping version of MAPublisher, version 7.6.3, for all new customers using Adobe Illustrator CS2, CS3 or CS4.

ERDAS announces new releases of Image Analysis for ArcGIS and Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS, now available for ArcGIS 9.3. In early 2009, ERDAS will add to its offering and launch a suite of extensions that will operate with Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS. These extensions will form a production set of tools aimed at assisted feature collection and terrain editing.

The Carbon Project announced an expanded level of service now available to developers and users alike. The Gaia Support Package enables customers to engage Carbon Project engineering staff to address specific extensions, changes and enhancements to its Gaia and CarbonTools products. This new support package is in response to a worldwide surge of activity in developing Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. To help its growing user community address new and specific needs, The Carbon Project is providing a direct channel to the developers behind its products.

NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced the release of NAC Addin - a powerful complement for MapPoint 2009 and brings the ease and power of Universal Addresses/Natural Area Codes directly onto the desktop software. You can immediately get the detail maps, make local business search and turn-by-turn driving directions not only with lat/lon pairs, street addresses, street intersections, POIs and postcodes/ZIPs, but also with Universal Addresses/Natural Area Codes.

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