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Location Intelligence for the Enterprise

By Susan Smith

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The recent release of SpatialKey On-Demand, from the SpatialKey business unit of Universal Mind, is a location intelligence software geared toward offering located-based data to those who are not GIS users. As a software as a service (SaaS), cloud approach to providing easy access and analysis of location-based data, SpatialKey On-Demand automatically recognizes geographic information and displays it as an accurate map form, allowing multiple data sets to be aggregated and viewed in a single view. Users can analyze data by specific attributes by click-and-drag as well.

Tom Link, managing director, SpatialKey business unit of Universal Mind
and Mike Connor, VP of product management, SpatialKey business unit of Universal Mind, spoke about the company’s goal to bring location intelligence to those who haven’t been able to access it in the past.

Universal Mind has been in existence since 2003, with approximately 90 employees. The company designs and builds rich internet applications (RIAs), of which SpatialKey is an example. “That often means taking apps that used to exist as desktop apps and bringing them to the web where you can take advantage of the deployability of the web – go to the URL and start working with the app, but it is richer than traditional html apps," explained Connor. “Our company has been combining these kinds of Web 2.0 architectures which are part of RIAs with a larger focus on user experience and user centric design, making it easier to use for our target audience who are really enterprise and decision makers in general, working in Fortune 500 and 1000 companies.”

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Enterprise customers have requested that Universal Mind bring their clunky workflows in legacy systems to the web, but also at the same time improve their usability, a core competency that the company has developed since its inception. “Lots of that work has tended to focus on data visualization and executive dashboards,” said Link. “Just the technology we’re working with and ideas we’ve presented really work very well with those sorts of apps.”

Two years ago users wanted to include location intelligence in their projects as part of the dashboards. From there, Universal Mind began to explore traditional GIS applications to see how to bring those applications into the work they were doing with decision makers, and make the information more useful to a larger set of users inside an organization. Many times decision makers would receive a map from the GIS department and want some other aspect reflected on the map, so would have to hand it back, and then the GIS department would have to generate a new map with the new information.

“We were really excited by the potential of LI as part of decision support and as part of data visualization, but we found the existing tools were really difficult to get deployed into these richer apps,” said Connor. “We needed to make it easy for decision makers to get access to information in a way that was understandable to them.”

In talking to decision makers, Universal Mind learned that the solution they wanted needed to be instantly deployable and collaborative. What this meant was that a lot of software had to work together, and data would have to come from a number of feeds into one system. Many organizations had purchased GIS but it wasn’t used across the company because some users were exempted from it by its difficulty to learn. Next, the solution would have to be easy and intuitive to use. Users wanted to be able to get useful data within 15 minutes, including loading their own data in that time.

Universal Mind works well both with organizations that understand GIS and want others within the organization to be able to access GIS data, and also organizations where GIS is too complicated because it exposes them to more information than they need.

Some customers such as police departments who were initially concerned about the cloud now prefer it because they think it is more secure than their own networks. “SpatialKey makes us much smarter cops,” said Police Chief John H. Greiner, Ogden Police Department. “It is the cutting edge of where law enforcement will go in the next 10 years.”

Nonetheless, Universal Mind offers both on premise hosting for organizations, as well as hosting on the cloud. Universal Mind has a relationship with Amazon to use their cloud services.

SpatialKey can work with any dataset, but Link said the geocoder included in the package is only for North America. They do work with organizations who have international data that is already geocoded, and with some organizations they help secure licensing as part of a custom add on.

“We can collect, combine, and map data collaboratively in minutes,” said Dr. Clionadh Raleigh, director of Armed Conflict and Location Event Data Project (ACLED).

Connor said a lot of decision makers start their work in Microsoft Excel. An example given was some foreclosure data belonging to someone who manages or owns properties in the Sacramento area. They may be interested in trends and other data that may impact their properties. They may have purchased the foreclosure data with the goal of understanding how it is relevant to their other data, which is a list of properties they manage in Sacramento. The list of properties in Sacramento is obviously much shorter, of about 38 records, compared with the foreclosure list which holds approximately 9,000 records. Other information such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms, foreclosure date, is included in that.

“While SpatialKey does work with data from Excel and data we can manually import, we can also automatically feed data into SpatialKey through APIs,” said Connor. “But as a starting point, for a user working right away, they’re expecting that they’ll be manually loading data in.”

There is no software to install with SpatialKey. “Our main offering is ‘on demand,’ meaning it’s hosted in our architecture and the whole thing runs off the Flash Player inside the browser,” said Link.


Link logs onto SpatialKey, and doesn’t have to import data feeds because they’ve already been imported in this particular case in the interest of time. “The usability of that import process was a big key for us, so loading this file would take somewhere between five and ten minutes depending upon whether or not we’re geocoding the data for you; it’s an easy to use user interface,” said Link.

The application is up and running just as fast as logging onto the internet. “When we update and add a new feature to the software it’s just immediately available,” said Link, and this takes place every six to eight weeks.

When the user first encounters the SpatialKey interface, they see the Start menu that then allows them to upload their own data or try sample data if they don’t have data they’re ready with, or watch some videos. There are also reports which have been published by users and shared, as well as raw datasets brought into the application.

The initial view shows about 9,000 records of foreclosure data that is now available on a map. “There was no programming or configuration for this to occur, we simply imported the data, asked a couple of questions about it, and now everything is a result of that. First we have this interactivity,” said Connor. “We’re showing by default a density map or heat map that shows the concentration of data, so I can see where foreclosures are in the northern area and other slight hotspots down south.”

The legend is interactive so that if the user is interested in seeing areas with only 100 foreclosures, he or she can filter and create a heat map with a click. All the columns from the Excel file can be visualized and used to filter the records.

Understanding the relationship between date and time can help to draw a timeline to see that the number of records occur in each week. The heat map can be reflective of just the records in an 8-week period of time, for example. “I can compare those different sections of time and look at their relationship geographically by simply selecting different pieces of the time line,” said Link.

“We automatically changed the rendering from that heat map to the circles – you can go from decades of data to minutes of data very easily,” said Connor. “And see a price breakdown for properties.”

In an investment property dataset, for example, the user may be only interested in one property, though he or she can see all the foreclosure activities around that property.

“Very often you could add a map layer but couldn’t get easy access to raw data,” said Connor. “We can also filter one dataset by another, that’s basically buffering but we can make that easy with a feature called ‘proximity filtering’ and that allows us to look at foreclosures that happened within half a mile of one of these investment properties. I can view just this half a mile of  properties that are managed by me.”

The sharing feature seems like those for other online products – users can share their screen or share as a file or put it in a blog, or email it directly from SpatialKey. Users can also export data from SpatialKey.


PostGRES is used to do some of the spatial filtering, but a lot of the density maps use a kernel density analysis, done in house.

By offering an enterprise cloud solution, SpatialKey can be made available via download by signing up and the user can use it right away. “We also have on premise an offering for organizations that want to keep data behind the firewall,” said Connor.

Users can sign up for a free 30-day trial at: http://spatialkey.com/signup. Pricing - $125 per user per month, roughly installations of 10 people. The company is looking into site licensing for SpatialKey, based on number of users as a subscription site license. This will also be made available for on premise implementations.

Top News of the Week

GeoEye, Inc. announced it has priced its private placement offering ("Notes Offering") of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 9 5/8% Senior Secured Notes due 2015 (the "Notes"). The Notes will be sold at a price equal to 97.262% of their face value, with an effective yield of 10 1/4%. The Notes Offering is expected to close on October 9, 2009, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.

The net proceeds of the Notes Offering will be used to fund a tender offer ("Tender Offer") to purchase any and all of GeoEye's outstanding $250 million in aggregate principal amount of Floating Rate Senior Secured Notes due 2012 (the "2012 Notes"), including the redemption of any 2012 Notes that remain outstanding after the expiration of the Tender Offer, and for general corporate purposes, which may include funding a portion of the costs of constructing a new high-resolution satellite.

To help real estate professionals during this recession, ESRI and CCIM Institute have created a $1 million U.S. grant program designed to give CCIM Institute members access to timely U.S. demographic information and analysis through geographic information system (GIS) technology.

The grant program was developed to help U.S.-based investors, brokers, and other real estate professionals think creatively with data and software they may not have access to otherwise. Learning about and using GIS through the grant program will help real estate professionals maximize the potential of their commercial investments by being able to manage and analyze data based on location.

Winners of the grants will receive ESRI's ArcGIS software, data, and training. Information about winning applications will be shared with other commercial real estate and investment professionals to help educate them on the benefits of GIS.

The  grant program is open to any CCIM Institute designee or candidate member. The program began July 1, 2009, and runs to July 1, 2010. The second round of applications opens October 1, 2010. A total of 200 grants will be awarded in increments of 50 each quarter. Applicants need only apply once to be eligible.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

The United Nations Environment Programme‘s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) announced that they have invited Safe Software into their Proteus Partnership, a collaboration of progressive corporate business leaders and the UNEP-WCMC. The goal of Proteus is to provide industry decision makers with access to the best possible data on location and distribution of biodiversity to support risk management and safeguard the Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystems.

AeroGRID, the aerial imagery alliance is proud to announce their new Prime Partner Geodis Brno (CZ). Geodis will provide high resolution aerial imagery of all the Czech Republic, which will be accessible to all AeroGRID customers both on and off line.

Geospatial Holdings, Inc. and Infrastructure Technologies (I.T.) have entered into a strategic alliance to jointly market Geospatial Corporation’s three-dimensional (3D) digital pipeline mapping technologies and I.T.’s infrastructure inspection software and services.

3-GIS, an Alabama based software development and services company, has announced that ESRI Spain has signed on to be a distributor of the 3-GIS suite of products for the utility and telecommunications markets in Spain.

ESRI Spain will offer its clients access to the 3-GIS Express Solution, an ArcGIS Server-based suite of thin-client asset management products. The Express Solution includes Network Express, a web-based editing, querying and reporting tool; Field Express Chameleon, a light field-based conformal application; Buzz, a BlackBerry Smartphone application for data sharing and quick data collection; and Express Conductor, the back office server component enabling the full Express Solution.

Spot Infoterra, in the field of geo-information products and services, and a division of Astrium Services, announced the signing of a major agreement with MAG Group in China.

Through this agreement MAG Group and its subsidiary will promote a range of Spot Infoterra products and services:


The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a Federal Register Notice for the State Broadband Data and Development Program in July, 2009. The program provides grant funding to States for preparation and semi-annual updates of broadband mapping. This notice included requirements for data describing the availability and technical characteristics of broadband services that are inherently spatial. Deliverables are required to be provided in specific formats (ASCII records according to a defined schema or GIS file formats for certain data).

The ESRI 9.3.1 Geodatabase model includes metadata and table domains for all required deliverables. The file can be  downloaded as a zipfile from the  NSGIC Homepage.

DigitalGlobe announced that the launch date for WorldView-2, the company’s most recent high-resolution, remote-sensing satellite, has been delayed as a result of the delayed launch of the mission immediately preceding WorldView-2. WorldView-2 will not launch on October 6, 2009 and is currently subject to day-to-day rescheduling until the Delta II launch ahead of WorldView-2 is completed. The company does not believe at this point that any delays will be significant.

NAVTEQ announced at Expocomm Argentina that it has significantly increased the amount of visual content available for its map of Argentina. This content, including 3D Landmarks and 3D City Models in a twenty km square area of Buenos Aires, provides rich data to help navigation systems improve guidance in busy city environments.

The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) housed at The University of Mississippi is pleased to partner this year with the Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) to present the Tenth Annual Conference on High Technology which is taking place November 18-19, 2009, at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, MS. Being held in conjunction with GIS Day 2009, the Conference will feature special sessions on geospatial information science and technology. For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) joins Mississippi's Annual Technology Conference to celebrate world GIS day by showcasing the agency's cutting-edge technologies.

Registration for sponsors and exhibitors is now open at the website.


PCI Geomatics has announced that it has appointed Terry Moloney to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

deCarta announced the appointment of Brian MacDonald as Vice President, Mobile Business Development. MacDonald will head up deCarta's global mobile business development operations with a dedicated team focused on strategic partnerships with mobile operators.

New Products

The team of expert GIS developers from Belgium that have developed the Open Source, web-based editable GIS software framework Geomajas have now released the new and improved stable version 1.4.1.

Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. introduced the Nikon Nivo Series—a new range of compact, high-precision, Bluetooth-capable mechanical total stations. Each new model in the Nikon Nivo C and Nivo M Series offers superior Nikon quality optics, performance and reliability, making them ideal for a variety of surveying applications. In addition, Nikon-Trimble introduced the Nikon DTM-322, an economic, prism-based 5” total station that provides a strong value proposition in terms of price performance.

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) new ScanMaster version 1.5 software is designed to simplify laser scanner point collection and manipulation. ScanMaster software is used with Topcon’s GLS-1000 scanner, a compact and cable-free laser scanner that can be operated by one person.

WhiteStar Corp. is adding a new layer of oil and gas pipeline data to its popular Unlimited Basemap Access (UBA) product. The new WhiteStar Oil & Gas Pipeline Layer will be a nationwide, georeferenced shapefile showing the locations of all lateral and transmission pipelines in the United States.

Trimble announced version 4.5 of its Trimble Trident-3D software suite. The software suite allows service providers and infrastructure managers to improve productivity by rapidly capturing roadway data and automating their workflow for information extraction.

The announcement was made at the Intergeo 2009 conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management.

Trimble Trident-3D version 4.5 software includes new functionality and enhancements:

In support of the ELA and SUELA programs, GeoNorth is pleased to announce the release of our CityMap 9 framework solution for ArcEngine. CityMap is a "database-driven" desktop/mobile product for querying and viewing GIS, tabular, and raster data from disparate sources in an integrated "dashboard-style" interface. Data sources, queries, map display properties, and user access can be configured without programming. Because of its flexibility and versatility, CityMap is often used as an Enterprise GIS application or to map-enable traditional database systems such as permitting, asset management, as well as police RMS and CAD systems. It can also be bundled with data products that are marketed to external customers.

Earthstar Geographics LLC announced the release of TerraColor PLUS, the next generation of its 15-meter global satellite imagery dataset. TerraColor PLUS includes many enhancements over the original version released in 2005, including the addition of 15-meter imagery for Antarctica to 82.6 degrees south. The product also removes clouds, ice and image edges from all ocean areas using Earthstar's 15-meter global ocean mask, and fills the oceans with a consistent blue color.

Infoterra Ltd, and part of Astrium Services, has launched VTracker a powerful visual resource tracking system.

VTracker, part of the Imass product suite, enables mobile resources to be tracked and locations viewed in real-time on aerial photography or maps. Target devices can also be tracked and their locations shown on the same screen as all mobile resources, so a full picture is delivered to the operation’s controller. The VTracker’s administration system allows the controller to assign each resource and device a unique name or call sign, so all resources are easily recognized on screen via the displayed icon.

SpatialKey, a business unit of Universal Mind, announced the release of its location intelligence software, SpatialKey On-Demand. SpatialKey On-Demand enables decision makers to create and share map-based, interactive analyses and reports. SpatialKey is an easy-to-use, software as a service (SaaS) enterprise solution that is priced for departmental-level budgets. It can be deployed and used in minutes by end users without training or IT support. SpatialKey On-Demand has successfully concluded a beta period, and is available today.

Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, released MultiNet 2009.09, which includes 1.25 million validated edits sourced from community input from more than 30 countries. With this significant volume of community input incorporated, Tele Atlas continues to set the standard for accurate maps, dynamic content and routing intelligence that power the world’s leading location-based applications.

Around the Web

In 2010 Azerbaijan to introduce GIS system in tourism, September 30, 2009, Trend

Layer by layer, website will reveal much about county, Cheryl Wade, September 29, 2009, Our Midland.com


Location Intelligence 2009
Date: October 5 - 7, 2009
Place: Westin Westminster

The premier event focused on how businesses deploy and capitalize on geospatial information. At the intersection of location technology and business intelligence, the Location Intelligence Conference will offer application-based presentations from industries including retail, banking, insurance, real estate, transportation, energy, telecommunications and more.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: October 6 - 7, 2009
Place: Toronto Congress Centre
650 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario, M9W 1J1 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 in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009
Date: October 7 - 9, 2009
Place: Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan

It is our pleasure to announce the inaugural GIS in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009 International Conference, to be held at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan from 7 to 9 October 2009. This significant international Geographical Information Science event aims to bring together an eclectic mix of humanists and social scientists who have used GIS in their work. With a view to the development of GIS as an effective tool and approach for disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, scholars considering using GIS and doctoral students are welcomed as well.

2009 ESRI Latin American User Conference
Date: October 7 - 9, 2009
Place: Cosmos 100 Hotel
Bogotá , Colombia

Join ESRI for the LAUC, where GIS users in Latin America will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate, broaden their professional horizons, and explore GIS solutions for real-world problems. The 2009 LAUC will offer informative technical workshops that will help attendees better leverage their current GIS investments, and a number of user presentations on topics ranging from natural resources to utilities. Explore technology advances and new products in the GIS Solutions EXPO, where visitors will find exhibitors showcasing their hardware, software, solutions, and services. Be part of this exciting event.

Webinar - Oil and Gas Production
Date: October 8, 2009
Place: USA

This Webinar will explore the various applications for Intermap's precise 3D elevation data in the oil and gas industry. The elevation data and radar imagery can assist geologists in extracting local structure information that can be imported into analysis software, assisting in geological interpretation, well log analysis, production

When: Thursday, October 8, 8:00 a.m. PST; 9:00 a.m. MST; 10:00 a.m. CST; 11:00 a.m. EST; 15:00 GMT

16th Annual South Florida GIS Expo
Date: October 8 - 9, 2009
Place: Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL USA

The South Florida GIS Expo is helping to bridge that gap by providing an environment for networking with other GIS professionals and learning how they are doing more with less.

2009 Electric & Gas User Group (EGUG) Conference
Date: October 11 - 14, 2009
Place: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, GA USA

The 2009 EGUG conference is the premier event for GIS users in the electric and gas community. This gathering is your opportunity to learn how GIS innovation is helping utilities worldwide address today’s trends and challenges. Explore best practices, discover new applications, access valuable user support, and find out how you can transform knowledge into results in your utility. No matter your type of business, position, or GIS experience, this event helps you connect with your colleagues and ESRI staff in an environment dedicated to your most pressing needs.

2009 NW GIS User Group Conference
Date: October 12 - 16, 2009
Place: Sunriver

The 2008-2009 economic downturn is unprecedented and has affected every market sector including the Geospatial/GIS industry. Through comprehensive training sessions, open forum discussions, and networking the 24th annual NW GIS User Conference will focus on how to use your existing GIS to increase public access, improve decision support, and support highly effective business processes in today's challenging and changing business world.

2009 ESRI European User Conference (EUC)
Date: October 14 - 16, 2009
Place: Vilnius Concert Hall and Reval Hotel Lietuva
Vilnius, Lithuania

Join ESRI for the EUC, which is dedicated to GIS users throughout Europe and being held in Vilnius, Lithuania, the European Capital of Culture 2009.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: October 15 - 16, 2009
Place: Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown
288 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0B8 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.

Mapping Florida Communities: An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis - One Day Workshops
Date: October 16 - 17, 2009
Place: Kovens Conf Ctr/Florida Intl Univ - 3000
NE 151st, St North Miami, FL USA

*One Day Workshops. Participants choose which one day to attend.
Audience: Beginners, anyone interested in mapping their community
Focus: This workshop is customized for each location.

This hands-on workshop focuses on teaching the fundamentals of using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for community analysis. Participants will learn to create thematic maps with Census data, Geocoding (Address mapping) and Spatial Queries. Other features of the workshop are learning to extract Census data and good map layout and design.

Date: October 18 - 21, 2009
Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX USA

The GEOINT 2009 Symposium promises another agenda packed with important keynote speakers, insightful panel discussions and interesting breakout sessions. Building on the dialogue from the past five years, GEOINT 2009 will break new ground as it pulls threads throughout the week from its theme: “Build the Community. Accelerate Innovation. Advance the Tradecraft.”

ESRI Southwest User Group Conference 2009
Date: October 19 - 23, 2009
Place: Pueblo Convention Center
Pueblo, CO USA

One of the greatest assets to the SWUG community is the ability for GIS practitioners to come together and share their experiences and insight.  User presentations make SWUG the great conference that it is.  We would love to hear about your applications and projects.

UNGIWG tenth meeting
Date: October 19 - 21, 2009
Place: Langer Eugen Building
Bonn, Germany

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in their capacity of Co-chairs of UNGIWG for 2009-2010, cordially invite you to attend the Tenth Plenary Meeting of the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG) to be held at the UN Premises (Langer Eugen Building) in Bonn, Germany between 19 and 21 October 2009.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: October 20 - 21, 2009
Place: Hampton Inn Ottawa & Conference Centre
200 Coventry Road, Ottawa , Ontario, K1K 4S3 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.

Date: October 20 - 23, 2009
Place: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sydney, NSW, Australia

The spatial industry is undergoing rapid innovations and the open source spatial community is one of the forces driving the change. The FOSS4G conference is more than a melting pot of great ideas it is a catalyst and opportunity to unite behind the many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols. The 2007 conference was held in Victoria, BC, Canada and was a huge success. The 2008 conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa and proved to be a fantastic event.

19th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Conference and Workshops
Date: October 21 - 23, 2009
Place: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC
Duluth, MN USA

Planning has begun for the 19th Annual MN GIS/LIS fall conference and workshops. This year’s event is scheduled for October 21-23, 2009 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minnesota. We haven't been in Duluth since 2002.

Mapping Florida Communities: An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis - One Day Workshops
Date: October 23 - 24, 2009
Place: Tallahassee Comm College 444 Appleyard Drive
Main Campus, EWD Building #38, Computer Lab 217 , Tallahassee, FL USA

*One Day Workshops. Participants choose which one day to attend.
Audience: Beginners, anyone interested in mapping their community
Focus: This workshop is customized for each location.

This hands-on workshop focuses on teaching the fundamentals of using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for community analysis. Participants will learn to create thematic maps with Census data, Geocoding (Address mapping) and Spatial Queries. Other features of the workshop are learning to extract Census data and good map layout and design.

25th Annual New York State GIS Conference
Date: October 25 - 27, 2009
Place: Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club
101 Olympic Drive, Lake Placid, NY USA

The NYS GIS 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.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: October 28 - 29, 2009
Place: World Trade and Convention Centre
1800 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 2V9 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.

eCognition User Summit Munich 2009
Date: November 2 - 5, 2009
Place: Munich , Germany

I would like to submit the eCognition User Summit 2009 taking place from November 2-5 in Munich, Germany. I would like to go to the event myelf and would like to use this resource to see if anyone else is going as well as if people have been before.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: November 3 - 4, 2009
Place: 120 New Gower Street, St. John's
St. John's, NL, A1C 6K4 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.

AGIC 2009
Date: November 4 - 6, 2009
Place: Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park
Tucson, AZ USA

Three days of workshops, technical demonstrations, and activities presented by national and local professionals will keep you and your staff current on the latest GIS technologies.

17th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2009)
Date: November 4 - 6, 2009
Place: Seattle, WA USA

The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2009 (ACM GIS 2009) is the seventeenth event of a series of symposia and workshops that began in 1993 with the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners carrying out research and development in novel systems based on geo-spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems. The conference provides a forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of GIS ranging from applications, user interface considerations, and visualization down to storage management and indexing issues. This year's conference builds on last year's conference great success and on being the premier annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). Researchers, students, and practitioners are invited to submit their contributions to this year's ACM GIS.

The use of mapping software and systems in health and academic research
Date: November 4, 2009
Place: Royal Geographical Society
central London , United Kingdom

We are delighted to announce our next workshop, taking place in central London, on Wed 4 November 2009. This event will highlight the uses of mapping software, web-based platforms and geographical information systems, in relation to all forms of research. The main talks are themed around infectious disease, including the mapping of the current 'swine flu' pandemic, and we also invite abstracts from individuals who may be involved in other forms of health or academic activity.

Mapping Florida Communities: An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis - One Day Workshops
Date: November 5, 2009
Place: New Horizons - 1221 Lee Road
Orlando, FL 32810 USA

Audience: Beginners, anyone interested in mapping their community
Focus: This workshop is customized for each location.

This hands-on workshop focuses on teaching the fundamentals of using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for community analysis. Participants will learn to create thematic maps with Census data, Geocoding (Address mapping) and Spatial Queries. Other features of the workshop are learning to extract Census data and good map layout and design.

Geographical Information Systems for Health Research and Public Health
Date: November 5 - 6, 2009
Place: Department of Social Medicine
University of Bristol, United Kingdom

This 2 day short course provides a basic introduction to GIS, mapping and spatial analysis, and their use in health research and public health practice. Participants will gain understanding of relevant theoretical aspects of health geography and mapping, along with practical experience of using GIS software (the open source package MapWindow).