November 14, 2005
Spatial Data Provisioning - Supporting the Role of Data Steward
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DayStar Technologies, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of high value Photovoltaic Foil(TM) products, announced that it has retained the services of Capstone, Inc., a professional executive recruiting agency, to conduct a nationwide search to fill two new senior level positions at DayStar -- Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Manufacturing.

DigitalGlobe has appointed Jill Smith to the position of president and CEO. Smith comes to DigitalGlobe with a wealth of experience leading commercial technology companies in the Internet, software and electronic publishing markets. Herb Satterlee will continue in his role as chairman of DigitalGlobe.


Avineon, Inc. (Avineon), a provider of IT, engineering, geospatial, and program management services, was awarded a Treasury Information Processing Support Services-3 (TIPSS-3) contract to provide information systems support to the Department of the Treasury and all of its bureaus. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will administer this five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract, which has an estimated value of more than $495 million.

GeoDecisions was awarded a sensitive compartmented information (SCI) contract to build an enterprise geospatial technology data architecture for the Intelligence Systems Division of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).

Two corrected URLS mentioned in last week's review of the book, Spatial Portals: Gateways to Geographic Information, for the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC):
Map Viewer and the


Recently, Brian Kazmerik, national manager of Ducks Unlimited Canada's (DUC) Geographic Information Systems, and Dr. Henry Murkin, DUC's director of conservation programs, presented ESRI Canada's president Alex Miller, with the prestigious Diamond Teal Award at the annual ESRI Canada Regional User Conference being held this week in Winnipeg.

A consortium of universities and other organizations has been awarded a major grant for emergency preparedness training for the states of Hawaii and California as well as the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The grant, approved for approximately $4.14 million over three years, will foster the development of the Pacific Emergency Management, Preparedness and Response Information Network and Training Systems (Pacific EMPRINTS).

Office Opening

Digital Map Products, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) collaborative mapping service, announced it has opened several offices in Texas to deliver its map-enabled software applications to Texas-based organizations that rely on geographic information to make better business decisions. The company is cultivating clients among Texas-based realtors, builders, land developers, title companies, utility companies and local government agencies such as school districts and public safety departments.

New Products

Telcontar, supplier of software and related services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, announced the availability of Drill Down Server (R) (DDS) 4.0 platform and Traffic Manager 4.0, the latest version of its geospatial engine that powers leading Internet portal mapping services such as Google Local, Yahoo! Maps and Ask Jeeves. The new DDS 4.0 platform represents a breakthrough in real-time location services by enabling proactive notification of relevant, real time data to users for routes that they use everyday. The Traffic Manager 4.0 extension allows users to integrate the most accurate traffic feeds available with dynamic detour routing from DDS 4.0 to take drivers
to their destination as fast as possible.

Matrox Graphics Inc. introduces DualHead2Go, a multi-display upgrade. This easy-to-setup external device connects to the monitor connector of a computer and adds support for an extra monitor. The operating system treats DualHead2Go like a monitor supporting resolutions twice as wide as standard resolutions and DualHead2Go uses Matrox patent-pending technology to divide the monitor output from the computer into 2 separate displays, one showing the left half of this "monitor" and the other showing the right half.

Rand McNally announced the launch of Rand McNally MapEngine, a new Web service that features the company's proprietary, high quality mapping database. The service allows businesses to integrate high-quality maps, directions and location search functionality into their Web sites. MapEngine is the only digital mapping product on the market that features Rand McNally's Integrated Dataset for North America (iDNA), the foundation for the company's venerated Street Guides, Thomas Guides(R) and professional wall maps.

Safe Software Inc., provider of spatial data translation and data transformation solutions, is pleased to announce updates to its flagship data translation product, FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) that enable FME to import and export data from PostGIS 1.0.3 and 1.0.4, and PostgreSQL 8.0.4.

Upcoming Events

Date: November 21 - 25, 2005

Place: Brunei, Brunei Darussalam

The Brunei Institution of Geomatics will present the 2005 South East Asian Survey Congress in Brunei Darussalam, The theme is Geomatics and the Community. Enquiries to Sariawati on +673-238-2005 or via email.

Date: November 28 - December 1, 2005

Place: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel , Orlando, FL USA

Autodesk University®, an annual user's conference, is the premier educational and networking conference. The conference features over 250 classes, labs and great networking opportunities with Autodesk representatives and industry experts.

Date: November 29 - 30, 2005

Place: Mexico City, Mexico

Geospatial semantics is an emerging research theme in the domain of geographic information systems and spatial databases. GeoS 2005 will provide a timely forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art research results related to the many facets of modeling and processing geospatial semantics.

Date: November 29 - December 1, 2005

Place: USA

Annual Conference on Location-based Intelligence Solutions

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