March 13, 2006
What the World Needs Now
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (AMEX:
BKR), announced it has been awarded a contract from the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) to conduct outreach workshops across California and author the California Geospatial Framework Data Draft Plan (the Plan). In pursuing this initiative, CGIA is acting in its capacity as partner to and fiscal agent for the California GIS Council.


Autodesk, Inc. introduced the new version of MapGuide Open Source, its next generation web mapping software originally called MapServer Enterprise, and made it available on the new MapGuide Open Source site hosted by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (
http://mapguide.osgeo.org). MapGuide Open Source is free software licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). It enables users to quickly develop and distribute spatial and design data over the web, as well as reduces their total cost of ownership for a web mapping solution. The company plans to offer a commercial version called Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 later this year. Moving forward, MapGuide Open Source will be an Open Source Geospatial Foundation project.


The open source geospatial community announced the formation of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The foundation was formed in February to provide financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It will also serve as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.


MapQuest announced the initial release of mapping and routing technology available to Web developers for free. Called MapQuest OpenAPI, it will provide a core set of mapping, geocoding and routing tools for non-commercial use.


Using OpenAPI's routing capabilities, Web developers can now create a mashup that not only displays locations on a customized MapQuest map, but that also includes driving directions, all using a single, integrated platform. For example, a developer could create a mashup geared toward wine enthusiasts that displays all the vineyards in Napa Valley on a single map, and that provides driving directions to specific vineyards according to their wine preferences.




Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances


Tele Atlas, a global geographic content provider, announced at CeBIT an agreement with Mio Technology under which Tele Atlas becomes the preferred global digital map provider for Mio Technology's personal navigation (PNAV) devices, including the newly-introduced, next-generation Mio C310, Mio C710 and A701 products. The agreement further solidifies Tele Atlas' position as the digital map provider of choice among PNAV device manufacturers.


David Pratt, Managing Director of Encom Technology and Rob Healy, Managing Director of Perth-based Meridian GIS have announced their intention to merge the two companies. Completion of the merger is expected by the end of March with the merged company to be known as Encom, rather than Encom Technology.


Galdos Systems Inc. is pleased to announce the sales of Cartalinea WFS and FreeStyler to BAE Systems, a premier transatlantic defense and aerospace company. BAE Systems in Austin, Texas, purchased Galdos technology to enable the real-time distribution and visualization of sensor data from multiple databases.


LandMark Systems proudly announces a new partnership with MyTopo.com that will enable customers to have access to MapsMadeSimple(TM), a subscription-based service that provides up- to-date mapping information and tools via the Internet. LandMark Systems, a leading provider of technical products and services to the forestry and natural resource markets, offers their clients this inexpensive alternative to costly topographic software, aerial imagery, and paper maps.


The Carbon Project announced that The Carbon Portal, home of the Open-Geospatial .NET Community, has established a co-sponsorship agreement with GeoWeb 2006, the premier conference combining consumer location services and geographic information technologies.




Announcements


The USGS is releasing 28-minutes of new b-roll footage of Mount St. Helens, taken by staff at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. This b-roll is available by contacting Don Becker at USGS/EROS.


The b-roll footage shows recent Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imaging, animated time-lapse photography of Mount St. Helens dome growth, and CVO scientists at work inside the crater. The b-roll tape is available in most formats and is intended for use by all media including news, television programming, independent production and the web.


Global Marketing Insights Inc. has accepted a request from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite and Information Services Division to expand the recently completed International Remote Sensing Survey to focus on Asia.


ESRI announced that, coinciding with its acceptance into ESRI's International Distributor Program, GeoVision, the new geographic information system (GIS) division of Afghan IT company Liwal Limited, immediately committed itself to active participation in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Afghanistan.




Events


GeoSpatial Training & Consulting, LLC, a provider of virtual and instructor led GIS training courses, is pleased to announce the release of its latest virtual training course entitled "Geocoding and Address Matching with ArcGIS". For more information regarding this exciting new virtual training course, please visit the


AGI2006 Conference announces the Call for Papers for the 18th annual event. The theme for this year's event is 'Better Business by Design'.


Submit
abstract. Deadline for submissions is 19th April 2006. More information, including the conference structure, is available at the




Awards


BAE Systems received an industry award for its contributions to air traffic safety at the 16th annual ATC Maastricht Exhibition and Conference in February.


Six awards are presented each year at ATC Maastricht, an annual conference for the air traffic control and management industry, to recognize contributions to air traffic management safety and capacity. BAE Systems' ClearFlite software, a digital mapping tool developed for the aviation industry to help operators identify and collection vertical obstructions in and around airfields, was nominated for the award by David Rider of Jane's Airport Review.


The New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors (NJSPLS) presented Dawn Hunter-McCall, GISP, with the Paul Fenerty Technician of the Year Award. The award honors individuals based on their contributions to the profession in New Jersey and was presented at the Society's annual conference (SURVCON 2006) in Atlantic City, February 3. Hunter-McCall, a resident of Manchester, is the Director of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Van Note-Harvey Associates, a multi-discipline firm, with headquarters in Princeton.


The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions is pleased to announce the selection of Craig Harvey as the 2006 Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year. Craig is the CIO and Executive Vice President of NVision Solutions, Inc., a member of Mississippi's Geospatial Technology Industry Cluster.




People


Tele Atlas, a global provider of geographic content, announced the appointment of Mark Steele to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA). In this role, Steele will be responsible for all corporate, finance and business development operations throughout the region. He reports to President and COO George Fink.\


Chief Executive Officer Anne Hale Miglarese announced the appointment of Maxime Elbaz as chief operating officer of EarthData International. Elbaz will manage the mapping and GIS company's aviation, data processing, GIS, and research and development divisions, as well as lead worldwide corporate sales.


ER Mapper, provider of enterprise geospatial imagery solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of mapping industry veteran Walt Wiley to the position of Federal and Defense Business Development Manager. In this capacity, he will work closely with U.S. Federal agencies and Defense organizations and partners to introduce and expand the use of ER Mapper's advanced JPEG 2000, Image Web Server and integration technologies.


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