November 24, 2003
Operating in the Dark
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Fast and Furious: The Race to Wire America, by Matt Richtel, NY Times (registration required), November 16, 2003-- Like the building of the railroads in the 19th century and the development of the highway system in the 20th century, the wiring of America represents huge opportunities - and risks - for companies large and small. To the winners will go monthly access fees from tens of millions of households and businesses.

In Utah, Public Works Project in Digital by Matt Richtel, NY Times, November 17, 2003--Salt Lake City and 17 other cities in Utah are planning to construct the largest ultrahigh-speed data network in the country, using fiber optic cables, at a cost of $470 million.

COMDEX Goes Business Class, News (registration required), Sunday November 16, 2003 - In recent years, Comdex has served as a showcase for consumer items. This year, however, it will focus on technology for the working world, such as mobile computing and utility computing.

Going on in November...

Date: November 5 - 7, 2003

Place: Toronto, Canada

Integrating the Enterprise. Meet with and learn from your peers and find out about new features in CityView.

Date: November 6, 2003

Place: Hadley's Hotel Hobart, Australia

DataVision GIS, in conjunction with ESRI Australia, Ultimate Positioning and RIA Mobile GIS, will host a Mobile GIS Seminar on the 6 November 2003. The seminar will be held at Hadley's Hotel in Hobart, Australia, at 2pm. This is a great opportunity for Tasmanians to learn about the latest in mobile geographic information systems technology. Please note that although the seminar is free you will need to register, by 31 October 2003, in order to reserve your place. The Registration Form can be downloaded from:

Date: November 10 - 14, 2003

Place: Honolulu, HI USA

The symposium will bring together the knowledge and experience of experts from around the world in remote sensing of environment, and you are invited to be a part of it. In our commitment to sustaining development into the new millennium, specific perspectives will be featured in the technical program of this international assembly of the remote sensing community, the themes of Hazards & Disasters, Global Change, Natural Resources, and Technology and Infrastructure.

Date: November 12 - 14, 2003

Place: Sheraton Reston Hotel, Reston, VA USA

The ESRI Mid-Atlantic User Group (ESRI-MUG) announces its annual GIS conference November 12-14, 2003, at the Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA, 20191. November 12th will be devoted to three all-day training seminars. On November 13-14, 2003, the conference will feature keynote speakers, vendor exhibits, poster displays, user presentations, and ESRI technical sessions. For more information on the conference or to register, visit the ESRI-MUG web site ( ) or contact Jeff Poplin, Conference Chair, at or (703) 849-0614. For exhibitor information, contact Delaney Meeting and
Event Management at (802) 655-7769.

Date: November 17 - 21, 2003

Place: Tallahassee - Leon County Civic Center Tallahassee, FL USA

2nd Annual GIS Workshop - "Expanding Our Boundaries" Training Sessions : November 17-18, 2003 GIS Workshop: November 19-21, 2003 Building on the success of the 2002 SHRUG GIS Workshop, we are extending the 2003 Workshop another full day. The first day of the Workshop coincides with GIS Day (November 19th)! Pre-Workshop training sessions will also be available for purchase. These professionally-instructed, two-day sessions will take place on November 17-18. The sessions will cover a variety of popular GIS topics, ranging from Beginner to Advanced. The Seven Hills Regional Usergroup for GIS webpage will provide additional information like costs, directions, registration, hotels,
and training availability. Inquiries:

Date: November 18 - 21, 2003

Place: Adam's Mark St. Hotel St. Louis, MO USA

Hosted in St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, the CARIS 2003 conference theme, "Gateways in Geomatics," reflects the exciting results of recent advances in geospatial technology. Join us to learn how CARIS software is are opening doors for improved data quality, data sharing, facilitating the introduction of Geomatics to new audiences and is turning data into information...learn how CARIS is creating Gateways in Geomatics!

Date: November 20, 2003

Place: USA

November 20 every year GIS Day serves to make people aware of mapping technology and the vital contributions it is making in the fields of science, technology, information, and the humanities. It is a day for GIS enthusiasts to show individuals and organizations how to apply geographic information in their own communities, businesses, and environments and experience the amazing benefits of GIS technology. Principal sponsors of the event are the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the United States Geological Survey, the Library of Congress, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, Sun Microsystems, and ESRI. Users of GIS
are invited to be a part of this worldwide educational mission and register to host an event. Participating organizations will receive support in promoting their event to local schools, newspapers, and other organizations.

Date: November 20 - 21, 2003

Place: (Safe Headoffice) BC, Canada

Learn from the source how to use the core components of the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) through hands-on training. During our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) training course, attendees learn to unlock the powerful features and functionalities of FME to more effectively manage their data translation and data transformation problems. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.

Date: November 24 - 27, 2003

Place: Havana, Cuba

"Informatics & Geosciences" GEOINFO'2003 will gather a wide group of specialists involved in urban and territorial planning, integral environmental studies, the exploration and rational exploitation of the natural resources, the integrated handling of water resources and the residuals, precision in agriculture, the protection of ecosystems of high fragility, the studies of environmental impact, electrification and telecommunications network systems and the environmental education. They should have as a main scope the sustainability of the socioeconomic activity and the mitigation and/or attenuation of impacts caused by the natural and anthropic disasters.

Date: November 25, 2003

Place: St. Johns, NL, Canada

Date: November 26 - 28, 2003

Place: Toluca, Mexico

Territorial zoning is an instrument, process, strategy and/or policy of technical and political planning whose main purpose is to arrange the long-term organization of the use and occupation of territory according to its own potential and limitations, the expectations and needs of the people and the objectives of sustainable human development. The policies of territorial zoning are developed through programs which are carried out within a spatial organization or the existing territorial order of use and occupation adapted to a socially coordinated objective image.

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