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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc. announced that Vega Prime v1.2 is now available and shipping to customers. Vega Prime is an extendible, cross-platform, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) C++ development environment that includes MultiGen-Paradigm's advanced low-level scene graph VSG (Vega Scene Graph), as well as a high level abstraction API and many other features for different types of simulation.

Starting July 2, 2003 ISC will release an enhanced SaskGIS Cadastral data set. The new product, which will be their standard cadastral product, has more information and has been designed to be simpler to use.

Letters from Readers

(in response to a letter posted last week on GISWeekly)

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Around the Web

New Frontiers: The Geography of Change by AMO Wired, Issue 11.06 June 2003

The world's population booms and busts every 60 minutes. Here's a look at the net population change per hour - from migrations, births, and deaths - for the fastest-growing and fastest-declining cities.

Has Technology Lost Its 'Special' Status? By Steve Lohr, NY Times, May 16, 2003

Shares of many technology companies have rebounded this year, but some wonder if the industry is still a growth industry.

Iraq Foe Print, Voice, Eye Info Indexed , May 12, 2003 U.S. interrogators in Iraq are building a digital catalog of prisoners of war and loyalists of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, scanning and saving their fingerprints and other body characteristics in databases.

Going on in May

Date: May 5 - 6, 2003

Place: USA

Attendees can interact with some of the foremost experts in water systems management via the internet.

Date: May 7 - 9, 2003

Place: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

GeoAlberta is the premier geomatics conference in Alberta, this year taking place at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary. You will have an opportunity to join over 500 professionals in three days of workshops, educational sessions, exhibits from state-of-the-art product and service providers, and engage in networking opportunities.

Date: May 12 - 16, 2003

Place: Frei Caneca Shopping & Convention Center S©o Paulo City, S©o Paulo State, Brazil

GIS BRASIL is Latin America's largest event geared to the geotechnology market. Every year, since 1994, the companies of this industry and potential users get together to participate in the many activities that take place simultaneously: Conference, courses, the Geotechnology Fair, and the Scientific Talent Show. Specific activities for different audiences such as agriculture, electric power, telecommunications, geomarketing, the environment, city management, and others, are programmed, activities that demonstrate, in practice, how geotechnology accounts for an important competitive advantage in each one of these industries. The activities developed for the Conference are geared mainly to
meet users'
needs, with a special focus on cases, with the purpose of fostering information exchange.

Date: May 12 - 14, 2003

Place: Chicago, IL USA

Focus on voice-enabled applications that increase employee productivity, operational efficiency and customer service quality for organizations.

Date: May 15 - 16, 2003

Place: Denver, CO USA

MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.

Date: May 18 - 22, 2003

Place: Baltimore, MD USA

Bentley's premier annual technology event. Pre-register before Dec. 31, 2002 to be eligible to win a Panasonic portable DVD player. Winner announced January 6, 2003.

Date: May 19 - 21, 2003

Place: New Orleans, LA USA

Sponsored by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, GeoSpatial World is the annual international training and management conference of the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community. GeoSpatial World 2003 will be held May 19-21, 2003, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Preconference training seminars and the Opening Reception will be held on Sunday, May 18. The conference concludes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21.

Date: May 26 - 29, 2003

Place: Ljubljana, Slovenia

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the use of modern computer based methods in geology and related sciences. The conference is focused mostly on the preparation of digital geological and other maps, decision support and prediction systems for spatial planning, (e.g. searching for municipal, chemical and radioactive waste disposal sites, acquisition and analysis of data from satellite imagery).

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