April 19, 2004
The Move from Client-based to Server-based Platforms
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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In the end, what GIS user isn't destined to grow into the realm of power user?


DigitalGlobe® and GlobeXplorer® LLC, a subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), have joined forces to make QuickBird high-resolution satellite imagery available to customers through GlobeXplorer's Internet server technology. The addition of QuickBird imagery to GlobeXplorer's existing database of aerial and satellite products gives customers instant, online access to the world's highest resolution commercial satellite imagery, and takes advantage of standards-based Web Mapping Services technology.

NovaLIS Technologies partnering with Satori Software, a Washington-based company specializing in address quality and mailing applications.

Tadpole-Cartesia, Inc. announced a business partner agreement with Trimble enabling it to integrate its GO! Sync for ArcPad software with Trimble's Mapping and GIS products, including the GeoExplorer® series of rugged GPS handheld receivers, the Trimble® Recon™ rugged handheld data collectors and GPS Pathfinder® systems. The result is an automated GIS/GPS data management system for mobile workers using Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 2003 software for Pocket PCs and ESRI's ArcPad® mobile GIS software within the ArcGIS environment in government, municipalities, utilities, telecommunications and other geocentric enterprises.


MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq:
MAPS), a global software company, will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss second quarter results on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 10:00AM (EDT). The conference call will be Webcast live at

An audio replay of the call will be available starting at 12:00N (EDT) on April 21, 2004 through 5:30 PM (EDT) on April 28, 2004. To access the recording, domestic callers may dial into 800-642-1687 and international callers into 706-645-9291 (Code: 6817196).

ESRI announced several additions to services and data included in ArcWeb Services. Subscribers can now do batch geocoding, obtain demographic reports for specified regions, and access new data that includes weather forecasts, world administrative boundaries, and maps of New Zealand. ArcWeb Services give subscribers access to both GIS content and GIS capabilities-on demand. ESRI and SAS will offer Integrating SAS® Software with ArcGIS on May 6, 2004, at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. This free live training seminar teaches managers, analysts, technicians, and others
familiar with either ArcGIS or SAS software how SAS software can be integrated with the ArcGIS platform.

Space Imaging completed a comprehensive asset management system (AMS) for the Marion County, Florida Engineering department valued at $2.8 million. Space Imaging's Solutions group developed the AMS for the county as a tool to manage a rapidly developing infrastructure to support rising population influxes and to help Marion County comply with the federal Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 34 (GASB 34) requirements.

Webraska Mobile Technologies and Psion Teklogix, (LSE: PON) , unveiled PsiNav Pro - a transport management system that provides in-cab audio-visual navigation information for the home delivery, courier and field service markets. Based on Psion Teklogix' netpad and powered by Webraska's SmartZone Navigation software, PsiNav Pro extracts delivery addresses from their daily delivery schedule and generates GPS-enabled turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Galdos Systems Inc., creator of the Geography Markup Language (GML), the "XML for geospatial," announced Preetha Pulusani, President of Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, will present a keynote address at the upcoming GML Days 2004, in Vancouver, BC, July 25 - 29. This is the third annual conference on the OGC Geography Markup Language (GML) and Web Services for geographic information systems (GIS). Intergraph is also a sponsor of the event.

A worthy cause for Earth Day (April 22) is the
WWF's “Pennies for the Planet” campaign, whereby kids participate and raise money. In the past five months, kids have raised $15,000, while learning about wildlife and wild places.

World Communications Center (WCC), a provider of global satellite voice and data communications, has announced the launch of MariTrack (
www.ssassolutions.com). This maritime security and communications solution leverages the global coverage and advanced encryption of Iridium technology to meet and exceed the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements for Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) and Vessel Monitoring Services (VMS).

GeoSpatial Experts is now an authorized reseller of the new Ricoh digital camera with automatic image geo-coding: the Caplio Pro G3. When bundled with GPS-Photo Link's new Ricoh Edition software they provide a unique and simple way to map photos. It's the perfect combination for photo mapping.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions' online education course, "Introduction to Geographic Information Science (GIS)," has been updated for the next version of GeoMedia(R) Professional and the new class begins May 24. With an extended deadline of May 7 for registration, this online education program provides a theoretical and hands-on understanding of GIS. The course is suitable for both existing users of GeoMedia Professional or other GIS technology, as well as those new to GIS within the academic or commercial community. Upon completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to take an examination in order to gain GeoMedia Professional Certified User status
an Intergraph Certificate in GIS Integrated Geospatial Theory. In addition to gaining these certifications, participants earn points toward GIS Professional (GISP) recognition by the GIS Certification Institute. For more information or to register, visit .

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced HP's support for the Autodesk® Design Web Format™(DWF™), the optimum file format for the distribution, communication and printing of engineering and design documents. The two companies will combine HP's leadership in large-format printers with Autodesk's expertise in design and engineering software to offer a highly efficient method of exchanging and printing design documents throughout the engineering project lifecycle. Together, HP and Autodesk will leverage their knowledge to address the requirements of building, manufacturing and infrastructure design professionals who need to continually improve productivity and simplify the
process of printing engineering documents.

PCI Geomatics will host two major events later this month- the 49th Open GIS Consortium (OGC) Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings (April 19-22) and Canadian Interoperability Day (April 23) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Tellers Committee reported that Kari J. Craun won the election over Alan W. Voss to become ASPRS Vice President for 2004. Once she is sworn in as President in 2006, Craun will be the fifth woman to hold that office since the Society was founded in 1934. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in May, Russell Congalton moves into the position of president; Karen Schuckman becomes president-elect, and Donald Lauer becomes past president. Craun is Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Mid-Continent Mapping Center in Rolla, Missouri.

In the three races for Assistant Division Director, Clifford J. Mugnier was elected assistant director for the Photogrammetric Applications Division, Thomas R. Loveland was chosen as assistant director for the Remote Sensing Applications Division, and Daniel J. Paulsen was elected assistant director for the Professional Practice Division. Each will serve a two-year term as assistant director then rise to a two-year term as division director. Mugnier is a member of the faculty at Louisiana State University (LSU), Department of Civil and Environment Engineering and is chief
of Geodesy at the LSU Center of GeoInformatics, New Orleans, Louisiana. Loveland is a research geographer for the U.S. Geological Survey EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Paulsen serves as a Geospatial project manager for Pacific Western Technologies, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Going on at GITA

Geospatial Information & Technology Association (
GITA) announced that it is anticipating attendance at its upcoming Annual Conference 27 in Seattle to break last year's attendance record. This year's event is slated for April 25-28, 2004 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. GITA's 2003 event drew 2,256 geospatial professionals. The following are some of the highlights to look forward to at that conference:

Hitachi Software Global Technology (HSGT) announcing its latest release of its open spatial data integration solution, Any*GIS, that now implements the Web Mapping Service (WMS) interface of the Open GIS Consortium (OGC). HSGT is participating in the Live Interoperability Demonstration of the Open GIS Consortium at GITA. This interactive demonstration will illustrate Any*GIS' ability to integrate and web-enable data and applications across distributed networks, multiple processing platforms, and vendor formats.

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