October 11, 2004
Integrating Geographic and Non-Geographic Data
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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MuskokaTech; a provider of handheld GPS Navigation and Mapping Software, announced the release of PathAway GPS 3 on the Windows Mobile (formerly Pocket PC) Handheld platform. This version offers all of the same power and functionality of the current version on the Palm OS platform.

TM Property Service Ltd in partnership with Laser-Scan, Attenda, Intergraph, Ordnance Survey GB (O.S) and Oracle, are set to launch 'YourMap', the first commercial service using OS MasterMap® topographic layer in Oracle 9i.

ESRI announced version 2.1 of Job Tracking for ArcGIS (JTX) is now shipping. JTX improves job tracking and work flow management in ArcGIS 9. JTX is a solution-based extension that provides an integration framework for ArcGIS multiuser geodatabase environments.

Around the Web...

In a New York Times (October 1, 2004) article by Ian Urbina entitled
Area Codes, Now Divorced from their Areas, the fact that phone calls now connect people, not places is discussed. Someone with a 212 area code could be calling from Baghdad, rather than New York. “Cellular phones, changing governmental regulations and new Internet technology have torn area codes from geography, allowing people to have phone numbers with area codes distant from where they live.” Interestingly there are those who debate the topic, among them technological pundits, telephone historians and Web preachers.

"For many people this will come as a deeply confusing development," said James E. Katz, a sociologist and director of mobile communication studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. "You delocalize area codes, and it's one less North Star and one less compass point that people have to help orient themselves in an increasingly complicated world."

In “
Tinker with your Computer and Reap the Rewards” (New York Times, October 3, 2004, by James Fallows), the author brings to light some alternative web browsers such as Opera, and Firefox, from Mozilla, and iRider, from Wymea Bay, a small start-up in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Where's the Simplicity in Web Services?, by Martin LaMonica, October 5, 2004, CNET News.com -- A debate is raging over whether the number of specifications based on Extensible Markup Language (XML), defining everything from how to add security to where to send data, has mushroomed out of control. Defenders of advanced Web services specifications say they are needed to ensure that new computing architectures are flexible enough to accommodate both sophisticated and smaller-scale applications. Detractors say that simpler application development methods are good enough.

Upcoming Events

Date: October 12 - 14, 2004

Place: Chelsea Village London, United Kingdom

agi2004 marks the 16th running of the Annual Conference; AGI will also lead the management and organization of the exhibition in the same location. This creates a unique opportunity for cross-over and interaction between exhibitors, delegates, conference speakers and session chairs. With 42 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology and 80 world leading speakers at the conference can you afford not to attend?

Date: October 12 - 14, 2004

Place: Sheraton New Orleans New Orleans, LA USA

GEOINT 2004 is the premier event for the Geospatial intelligence community-bringing government, industry, and military leaders together with leading suppliers and industry experts.

Date: October 14, 2004

Place: RICS Westminster Centre London, United Kingdom

GeoBusiness 2004, sponsored by Ordnance Survey, promises to be a landmark event for anyone with an interest in Store Location Planning, Marketing, Customer Insight, Market Analysis or geographical Information Systems (GIS). Hear leading Industry experts cover the breaking news and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of these disciplines.

Date: October 17 - 19, 2004

Place: Ottawa, Canada

David Wood, Sr. VP Marketing for Telcontar will be delivering the following presentation: Trends in Navigation and Implementing Wireless Navigation Services Find out how different companies have created applications targeted at specific wireless carriers, vehicle OEMs or corporate enterprise market segments. See from demonstrations how each has arrived at very different feature sets, architectures, user interfaces and business models. Learn how integration of disparate voice, mapping, real time data feeds, wireless networks and client software and hardware products can be achieved and what key factors to consider as you examine your company's positioning and opportunity in the
location-based services market. Examine how the strengths and weaknesses of each approach will impact the evolution of the navigation market, and explore the business opportunities that could develop as a result.

Date: October 18 - 22, 2004

Place: Fremantle Western Australia, Australia

The 12th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference (ARSPC) will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia from Monday 18 October to Friday 22 October 2004. ARSPC is Australia's biennial event for practitioners and allied industries.

Date: October 20 - 23, 2004

Place: The Inn and Conference Center University of Maryland , MD USA

GIScience 2004 is the follow-up meeting to the highly successful GIScience 2000 and 2002 conferences with over 300 researchers attending each time. GIScience 2004 will again bring together scientists from academia, industry, and government to analyze progress and to explore new research directions.

Date: October 20 - 22, 2004

Place: Telluride Conf. Center Telluride, CO USA

The Southwest Users Group (SWUG)conference brings together GIS users from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to exchange knowledge, discuss new ideas, explore resources, and support the development of diverse GIS interests and education.

Date: October 21, 2004

Place: USA

GO! Sync (Replicate), a turnkey solution to replicate ArcSDE, is designed to by ArcGIS developers for ArcGIS departments. By fully adopting the ArcGIS environment, including versioning, it enables organizations to seamlessly replicate data to other departments, regions or third parties. Using the configuration tool in ArcCatalog, replication criteria can be assigned using both spatial and feature restrictions.

Date: October 27 - 29, 2004

Place: Prescott, AZ USA

Experience GIS at its best this fall in the mile-high city of Prescott, Arizona. 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. Explore vendor exhibits and network with GIS professionals from across the State. Learn about current developments and challenges in a quickly changing industry and share your own insights into the world of GIS. Whether you enter the poster contest to show off your latest project, attend the workshops to fine tune your GIS skills, or are looking to keep up to date with old friends, Prescott is the place to be in October.

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