Identifying “Geospatial” in the Economic Stimulus Bill

The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

The U.S. Geological Survey continues to make accessible a growing number of federal, state, and local government map services at the Geospatial One Stop . Map services can be used with a variety of desktop mapping and viewing clients such as Google Earth, ESRI ArcGIS Explorer, Microsoft Virtual Earth, NASA's World Wind and other Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant viewers such as GAIA. GOS search tools identify relevant map services based on either subject matter or geographic extent and can then be combined with local map services and data content. The wealth of geospatial resources registered with GOS is now available to be leveraged in Federal, State, and Local Government agencies.

New Products

NAVIGON, innovator in the navigation market, announced two new widescreen GPS devices, the NAVIGON 4300T max and 3300 max. These are the first intelligent GPS devices on the market to deliver personalized route recommendations based on individual driving habits.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced the nüvi 1200 and nüvi 1300 series – an innovative family of navigators with a new ultra-thin design that offer enhancements for navigation in and out of the car. This new series of products introduced at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, March 3-8, 2009, is ideal for the consumer who wants advanced features at a value price. The nüvi 1200 and 1300 series are the first nüvi devices to offer pedestrian navigation capability enabled through optional CityXplorer maps. CityXplorer maps are available for select tourist destinations in both North America and Europe, and can easily be downloaded directly to the nüvi.

Building on its commitment to provide innovative laser mapping solutions, Laser Atlanta, announced that it received a U.S. patent for its new, breakthrough wireless mapping product technology.

U.S. 7,493,086 covers the wireless transmission of data in laser mapping applications used by engineers, defense, law enforcement and other government agencies. The technology covered in the patent greatly increases the efficiency of the mapping process by combining the laser range finding and mapping operations with wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth.

Leica GNSS Spider V3.2 further enhances its unrivalled versatility and commitment to future-proof GNSS technology. It provides improved compatibility with GPS L2C and GLONASS satellite signals provided by third party receivers. In addition, by complying with the latest RTCM standards, Leica GNSS Spider enables any manufacturers’ rover systems, in compliance with the aforementioned standards, to seamlessly use both networked and single- base GPS & GLONASS correction data. Leica GNSS Spider is the first GNSS Network infrastructure solution currently providing text messaging from the network to rover users in the field.

SuperGeo Technologies will release the Beta version of its first enterprise application server software, SuperGIS Server, by the end of March. SuperGIS Server is a set of comprehensive and integrated enterprise GIS software. With features out-of-the-box and centrally managed, SuperGIS Server allows enterprises to integrate various GIS application functions such as different types of GIS data, visualization application and spatial analysis to server for distribution so that end users attain and manipulate the data or function services. SuperGIS Server can be installed with desktop software, mobile device application or browser. As a result, SuperGIS Server expands the use of GIS capabilities within the enterprise as well as saving the end user from installing specific software or requiring training.

DIMAC Systems, a global provider of digital aerial imagery solutions, announced that the company is launching its new range of ‘DiMAC+’ digital aerial cameras, upgraded with the Dalsa full-frame 60 million pixel area CCD color image sensor.

All DiMAC cameras from the highly regarded DiMAC (Digital Modular Aerial Camera) product family will now feature the latest 60 Mpix CCD sensor from Dalsa, new and higher quality lenses, and faster cycle rates leading to larger footprint configurations and improved efficiency.

PCI Geomatics, a developer of products and solutions for the geo-imaging market, announced the release of a new cost effective system for automated satellite image processing and job scheduling. The ProLines GeoImaging Server, is an off the shelf, hardware based, high performance image processing system.

Active Imaging Systems (AIS) announced that they have multiple Urban Reality (URY) systems on the shelf ready for immediate delivery. Recent economic news has made everyone extremely cautious of capital expenditure. However, the government’s stimulus package will help to kick-start the US economy by pouring billions into shovel-ready infrastructure projects. AIS has been trying to find a way to support their customers in winning the contracts that will result from the stimulus package. Other vendors require order entry-to-delivery cycle times of 8-12 weeks. Because the stimulus money must be spent quickly, these long cycle times do not support quick use and delivery of the survey work-products that will get infrastructure projects running immediately.

IDV Solutions released SpatialWiki, a product to create, store, and share geographic information using a Silverlight user interface inside of SharePoint. SpatialWiki is an important component of the Visual Fusion Suite of products that combine with SharePoint to create a powerful enterprise mashup platform. SpatialWiki empowers anyone in an organization to quickly and easily create, update, and leverage spatial drawings and content.

MetaCarta, Inc., provider of geographic search solutions, announced that it is showcasing solutions that help online news portals monetize news., Fox Interactive, Reuters, and The New York Post are using MetaCarta's solutions to increase advertising revenue, develop new content distribution channels, provide context to make older content newly relevant, and increase portal traffic.

Useful Networks, a leading developer of location-based products and services for mobile and Web, announces the availability of mapNinja, a fully touch-enabled map viewer, which enables rapid development of location-relevant applications for iPhone and iTouch.

The Carbon Project announced support for Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) GML 3.2 in CarbonTools PRO, a geospatial software developer kit for the .NET framework. This update allows programmers to build rich spatial data infrastructure (SDI) applications to support tomorrow's transportation, infrastructure and environmental challenges.

Around the Web

White House Names First Chief Information Officer by Brian Knowlton, March 5, 2009, The New York Times (registration required)

Have Smartphones, Will Travel Sunday, March 8, 2009, The New York Times (registration required)



12th Annual AAAE GIS Conference & Exhibition
Date: March 15 - 18, 2009
Place: Hotel Allegro Chicago
171 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 USA

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is pleased to welcome you to the 12th Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference & Exhibition, March 15-18, 2009 in beautiful Chicago, Illinois! In addition to a wide variety of presentations, panels and open discussions with Airport GIS managers, government officials, consultants and vendors, the conference provides: an educational Introduction to Airport GIS roundtable for those new to airport GIS, an Exhibit Room, and opportunities for sharing lessons learned with airports from across the U.S. and around the world.

MAPPS Federal Programs Conference
Date: March 17 - 18, 2009
Place: Westin Washington, DC City Center
Washington, DC USA

MAPPS will return to Washington, DC to meet with agency representatives and walk the halls of the U.S. Capitol, to visit with members of Congress, March 17 and 18 during the annual Federal Programs Conference. The meeting will focus on the partnerships MAPPS has with federal agencies engaged in geospatial work. The highlight of the conference is the time MAPPS members spend on Capitol Hill with their members of Congress advocating legislation and policies impacting the geospatial marketplace. Open to MAPPS Members Only.

Seiler Technology Conference
Date: March 19, 2009
Place: Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202 USA

Seiler invites you to jump ahead of your competition and experience a jam packed day filled with various educational seminars where we will address your workflows and business challenges and their “Solutions” for your Industry.

Developing with Virtual Earth
Date: March 19, 2009
Place: Thames Valley Park, Microsoft Campus
Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

If you are a developer and want to take working with Virtual Earth to the next level then this event is for you. The first session will comprise of a platform update to bring you up to speed on the latest version of Virtual Earth. Later, Johannes Kebeck, Tim Warr and Alexis Harakis will show how Virtual Earth interacts with other Microsoft technologies to create a powerful tool that can be used for much more than placing pins on maps.

iGEOMAP 2009 - Urban Infrastructure and Geoinformatics
Date: March 20 - 21, 2009
Place: JN Tata Auditorium
Bangalore , India

With almost 300 million Indians living in urban areas (in 3700 towns and cities), the country has the second largest urban population in the world and it is growing at a rapid pace of over 31 percent over the last decade due to higher employment rates in urban areas. It comprises of about 30 per cent of the total population in urban areas and contributes to over 60 per cent of the country's GDP.

Learning Map 3D Utilities Workflow
Date: March 20, 2009
Place: Indianapolis, IN USA

Join us for an AutoCAD® Map 3D event specifically for Municipals and Electric Cooperatives and learn how to improve your electric utilities workflow.

2009 ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference (BPC)
Date: March 22 - 24, 2009
Place: Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA USA

As an ESRI business partner , you are invaluable to the advancement of GIS. The BPC Conference is designed for you, planned to give you the best opportunities to network with ESRI staff and other partners as well as learn about the most recent developments in geospatial technology and how to leverage them in your business. Stay current and competitive and attend this premier event that fuels the strength and reach of GIS.

Association of American Geographers 2009 Annual Meeting
Date: March 22 - 27, 2009
Place: Las Vegas, NV USA

Join 8,000 geographers, GIS specialists, and environmental scientists from around the world in Las Vegas for the very latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience, during the annual conference of  the Association of American Geographers, to be held  March 22–27, 2009 . The program will feature 4,000 presentations by leading scholars and researchers from more than 60 countries, an international networking reception, and exhibitions showcasing recent scholarly publications, advanced geographic technologies, and expanding employment opportunities.

2009 ESRI Developer Summit
Date: March 23 - 26, 2009
Place: Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs
Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA USA

Be part of the 2009 ESRI Developer Summit—the ideal resource for professionals developing on an ESRI platform. Connect with ESRI staff and software developers from around the world to explore trends, tips, and best practices for effective GIS development. Attend the 2009 Summit to access the best in spatial developer resources.

Webcast: What's New in AutoCAD 2010
Date: March 24 - April 8, 2009
Place: USA

See the latest features of AutoCAD with this one-hour complimentary webcast. Live Q&A will be offered at the end of the presentation.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009     10:00 AM ET
Tuesday, March 24, 2009     2:00 PM ET
Wednesday, April 08, 2009  10:00 AM ET
Wednesday, April 08, 2009  12:00 PM ET
Friday, March 27, 2009         10:00 AM ET
Monday, March 30, 2009      2:00 PM ET
Thursday, April 02, 2009      2:00 PM ET
Friday, April 03, 2009           10:00 AM ET

Full Service Facility Inspections Using Mobile GIS
Date: March 25, 2009
Place: USA

Presented by Brad Mayo, Henkels & McCoy
9:15am Pacific/11:15am Central/12:15pm Eastern

Date: March 28 - April 1, 2009
Place: Crowne Hotel Plaza
Manama, Bahrain

GIS is "an institutional entity, reflecting an organisational structure that integrates technology with a database, expertise and continuing financial support over time."  This five day conference offers an intensive and dynamic opportunity to refine your knowledge, catch up with key industry players and share best practice lessons with your peers on the latest technologies within GIS.

Mapping Our Pipeline Future
Date: March 31 - April 1, 2009
Place: Sugar Land, TX USA

The PODS Association ( announced today they are hosting a conference for the pipeline GIS industry on March 31 & April 1, 2009. This conference will be held at Fluor Enterprises in Sugar Land, Texas. Registration is free and open to anyone in the pipeline industry including energy, chemicals, water, etc.  Attendees may register for one day or both days.

GEO-9 the complete geospatial event
Date: April 1 - 2, 2009
Place: Ricoh Arena
Coventry, United Kingdom

GEO-9 is the UK's only dedicated geospatial trade exhibition. GEO-9 will be showcasing leading players from every aspect of the geographic information industry. From measurement and data collection through to advanced geospatial analysis, GEO-9 brings them all together at the same event.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: April 2 - 3, 2009
Place: Telus Convention Centre
120 9 Avenue SE Calgary, Calgary, AB, T2G 0P3 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

GIS-T 2009
Date: April 5 - 8, 2009
Place: oklahoma city , OK USA

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sponsors the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field.

15th Annual CalGIS Conference
Date: April 6 - 9, 2009
Place: Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 USA

The CalGIS team is currently planning for the 15th annual CalGIS conference, April 6 – 8th 2009 in Sacramento California.  This conference is intended for those who use spatial information or are in the spatial information field. It is a great conference to network with others in California and learn new techniques and skills, as well as, what innovative products are available to get the job done.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: April 7 - 8, 2009
Place: BW Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
591 Wellington Road , London, Ontario, N6C 4R3 United Kingdom

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

DMTI Spatial's Annual Customer and Partner Conference
Date: April 8 - 9, 2009
Place: Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As much as 85% of the enterprise data that companies already possess has a reference to location that is considered when making critical decisions.  Location Intelligence leverages this location content to help companies unlock potential and improve business performance.

Map Middle East 2009
Date: April 14 - 16, 2009
Place: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Middle East region is increasingly navigating a path for development and economic growth. The region being quite receptive to developmental setup provides adequate infrastructure and investments that holds a promising future for geospatial technologies and their applications.

III International conference Remote Sensing - the Synergy of High Technologies
Date: April 15 - 17, 2009
Place: Altas Park-Hotel
Moscow , Russia

The International Conference Remote Sensing - the Synergy of High Technologies annually held by Sovzond becomes more and more popular in the geoinformational community. The conference is by right positioned in the calendar of the most high-profile events in this industry since this event allows summarizing the year work and shaping further prospects of ERS market development.

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