July 21, 2003
GPS and Inertial Systems Technology: A Winning Combination from Trimble
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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SiRF Technology, Inc. announced that its location solutions are at the heart of the new LinksPoint GlobalPoint GPS(TM), a global positioning system (GPS) receiver for use with Symbol Technologies' ruggedized handheld computers. GlobalPoint GPS is a second-generation handheld technology with a number of new features and enhancements to its widely acclaimed initial version. That version has been used for high-profile, mission-critical applications such as recovery efforts by the New York Fire Department at "Ground Zero," by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for field bio-terrorism investigations, and by utilities and enterprises worldwide for data collection and field
force tracking.

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Demo Software

Locator Application Demos Using SpatialFX and the company's new Web Application Framework they have constructed three fictional "customer web sites" that make use of location services. These demos are comprised of JSP's with HTML and image maps. And example:
Pedal Path Tours A fictitious bike touring company in Colorado. The demo shows the store location and allows users to route themselves to the store.

Going on Around the Web

The Truth about XML The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is sometimes pitched as a better and less expensive way to trade e-commerce information than the stalwart electronic data interchange (EDI). But contrary to popular perceptions, XML can actually cost more than the systems many companies already have in place, and it isn't clear that most of them need the extra capabilities that XML offers. McKinsey Quarterly

Harry Potter and the Internet Pirates by Amy Harmon, NY Times, Monday, July 14, 2003

A growing number of Potter devotees around the world seem to be embracing the prospect of reading the voluminous new book (766 pages in the British edition; 870 in the American version) on the screen.

Teaching Computers to Work in Unison, by Steve Lohr NY Times, Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Going on in July

Date: July 2 - 4, 2003

Place: Salzburg, Austria

15th Symposium and Exposition for Applied Geoinformatics for the German speaking GIS Community. Geo-government Conference on July 3

Date: July 3 - 5, 2003

Place: Asilomar, CA USA

6th Annual SCGIS Conference is designed for those who want to discuss and promote local and global conservation of natural and cultural resources through geospatial technologies. Technical sessions, field trip, scholarships available.

Date: July 6 - 9, 2003

Place: San Diego, CA USA

Educators from all levels including college and university faculty, administrators, and librarians will have the opportunity to attend presentations and hands-on workshops that illustrate the benefits of geographic information system (GIS) technology. The conference consists of paper presentations, panel discussions, and a showcase that allow participants to learn about their peers applications of GIS in education. In addition, hands-on workshops in the computer labs will provide demonstrations of classroom activities and geographic analysis techniques.

Date: July 7 - 11, 2003

Place: San Diego, CA USA

Wealth of information from ESRI staff, exhibitors, and business partners, and information about real-world applications of GIS software from the ESRI user community.

Date: July 10 - 11, 2003

Place: San Diego, CA USA
MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.

Date: July 13 - 17, 2003

Place: Baltimore, MD USA

The Coastal Zone conference series is the premier international gathering of ocean and coastal management professionals.

Date: July 13 - 18, 2003

Place: Vancouver, Canada

At the SVG Open 2003 Conference you will have the opportunity to learn about the SVG standard, how to use it to create effective and compelling Web content, techniques for developing SVG software solutions, and the latest developments from the Worldwide Web Consortium.

Date: July 15 - 17, 2003

Place: Arlington, VA USA

Smart Card Alliance will host "Smart Cards in Government 2003" bringing together leaders of the smart card movement within government.

Date: July 16 - 18, 2003

Place: European Commission Joint Research Centre Ispra (VA), Italy

The development of effective methodologies for the analysis of multitemporal data is one of the most important and challenging issues that the remote-sensing community should face in the next years. The importance and the timeliness of this issue are directly related to the ever increasing quantity of multi-temporal data provided by the numerous remote-sensing satellites that orbit around our planet. For this reason, the Second International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images (MultiTemp-2003) will be organized. Like MultiTemp-2001, it will be a high quality workshop, focusing on the methodological aspects of multi-temporal remote-sensing image analysis and on
their applications.

Date: July 17 - 18, 2003

Place: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Date: July 20 - 22, 2003

Place: Portland, OR USA

Public Participation GIS refers to a range of topics raised by the intersection of community interests and GIS technology. PPGIS Congress will bring together participants with a rich diversity of experience.

Date: July 20 - 24, 2003

Place: Vancouver, Canada

Conference focuses on development, uses and features of Geography Markup Language (GML) and allied technologies to foster awareness and development of the Geo-Web.

Date: July 21 - 25, 2003

Place: St.John's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Share ideas on the use of geospatial data in the social and economic development of countries and regions. International gathering hosted by the Ordnance Survey .

Date: July 22 - 25, 2003

Place: Victoria, Australia

The Australian GPS Society invites you to SatNav 2003 - the 6th International Symposium on Satellite Navigation Technology Including Mobile Positioning and Location Services being held at Hyatt Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from 22-25 July 2003. For further information on the Symposium and FREE Membership to the Australian GPS Society please go to

Date: July 28 - August 8, 2003

Place: Pratolino (Florence), Italy
Celebrating the fifth centenary of Vespucci's discoveries, the Vespucci Initiative recaptures his spirit of multi-disciplinary intellectual enquiry to explore new frontiers of knowledge. To that end it organizes and conducts a range of research and teaching activities, bringing together senior scientists and promising young researchers from around the world. What these researchers have in common is a special interest in the locational aspects of societal challenges. These aspects are being studied and exploited in the emerging field of Geographic Information Science and are being implemented within the GIS, Location Based Systems (LBS) and other industries.

Date: July 28 - 29, 2003

Place: Toronto, Ontario, 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.

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