April 10, 2006
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The new high-resolution imagery is part of an annual update for California. AirPhotoUSA, now in its ninth consecutive year, offers more than 92,000 square miles of current, seamless, GIS-ready coverage representing 98 percent of the state's population. All markets are available in full color with a high degree of spatial accuracy.

Miner & Miner, a Telvent company, announced the release of the ArcFM™ Solution version 9.1.2. The ArcFM Solution is an enterprise solution for editing, modeling, maintenance, and management of facility information for electric, gas, and water/wastewater utilities.


MapQuest announced two new products, MapQuest Navigator and Web based mobile
services, making it easier for consumers to find their destinations. MapQuest(r) Navigator, in partnership with Telmap, will soon enable consumers to access Global Positioning Service (GPS), turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions on mobile phones. The MapQuest Navigator service represents leading-edge technology in online navigation and gives consumers a powerful new level of convenience that's available when they need it most.

NAVTEQ, provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, and Fodor's Travel, provider of global travel guides, announced an exclusive arrangement to make Fodor's travel guide information available to NAVTEQ customers licensing NAVTEQ digital map data for countries in North America, Europe and Asia.


The Carbon Project, provider of Open-Geospatial .NET technology, announced that it has been selected for a grant from the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) to develop an easy-to-use application that accesses online geographic data services and allows users to seamlessly share event-specific location content. The application will be freely available and tailored to the needs of the incident response and recovery community.

The new application, Gaia 3 for Incident Response (Gaia 3/IR), will combine NSDI Framework data access with new capabilities to share user-generated, event-specific information between all levels of response, providing enhanced overall situational awareness. Gaia 3/IR will be developed with CarbonTools PRO, a new software toolkit that provides extensible APIs for bringing location-based content into .NET and sharing this content within social networks.

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) has developed Annual Conference 29 programming for GITA Cheetahs, a group of young geospatial professionals in the 20 to 35 age range. The conference is slated for April 23-26, 2006, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

Programs will include a special Cheetah session titled 10 Things I Wish I had Known, an exclusive evening social event, and two Birds of a Feather breakfast sessions.

An exhibition opening April 4 at The New York Public Library focuses on innovative methods of using maps and globes to convey and explain complex scientific developments. Geographic maps of physical places have guided mankind's exploration for centuries, drawing a line between the known and unknown. The maps in Places & Spaces: Mapping Science chart abstract concepts in and across a variety of scientific disciplines using information and metadata (data about data) from journals, publications, and public dialogue as landmarks and guideposts. In a manner similar to the maps that explorers used, these new kinds of maps track the emergence, evolution, and disappearance of
topics to help identify the most promising areas of research. Places & Spaces: Mapping Science features twenty maps, a series of globes by Ingo Günther, and interactive illuminated diagrams by W. Bradford Paley. The exhibit is on view at The New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library at 34th Street at Madison through August 31, 2006. Admission is free.

IDELIX Software Inc. announced the launch of its Small Independent Software Vendor (ISV) program at CANSEC 2006 in Ottawa, ON. Mission Critical Unmanned Services of Vancouver was the first of IDELIX's partners to take advantage of the new program, which makes the company's Pliable Display Technology (PDT) more accessible to all software vendors. PDT is a compelling user-interface technology that allows users to find, organize, layer, and interact with on-screen information more effectively. PDT has widespread application on devices from PCs to smart phones.

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) invites public comment on several candidate standards developed in the OGC's Sensor Web Enablement initiative. The OGC membership anticipates that these specifications will be adopted as OpenGIS(R) Specifications and that they will become widely used as open, international standards for Web-based registration, discovery, use and control of sensors, sensor systems, and sensor data stores.

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The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC(R)) also requests public comment on a candidate specification, the
OpenGIS(R) GeoDRM Reference Model. The specification provides a standard system of operating agreements and associated open specifications for Web services that will enable broader use of geodata while protecting the rights of producers and users. The reference model will be valuable not only for commercial sellers and distributors of data, for also those who lend data in the way that libraries lend books.


GeoFields, Inc., announced that the company has been awarded the 2006 Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Foundation Partner of the Year Award for the Charlotte region. GeoFields received the honor from ESRI, the world-leader in GIS software, for its hard work and dedication in maintaining a strong, dependable relationship with ESRI and its consistent effort in building GIS-based applications for the pipeline industry. The award was presented at ESRI's March 2006 Worldwide Business Partner Conference.

Deadline Extended

GeoWeb 2006 announced that due to the volume of requests, the Call for Papers for its 2006 event has been extended to Monday, April 17, 2006. The conference will be held from July 24-28, 2006, at the Morris J. Wosk Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Intermap Technologies Corp., a leader in remapping entire countries and building highly accurate digital elevation datasets, has hired Kevin Thomas as vice president of marketing.

Mr. Thomas brings over 19 years of marketing and sales operations experience from high-growth companies in the telecommunications and information technology services industry to Intermap.

Intelligent Spatial Technologies, LLC (iST™), a provider of location-based services for mobile users, announced the addition of Jerry King to its management team as president and chief operating officer. Mr. King will supervise the company's sales, marketing and business operations, as well direct efforts to raise capital to meet accelerating marketing and product engineering efforts fueled by market demand. iST Founder and CEO Chris Frank said, “We are excited by the energy and experience Jerry brings to our management team. Jerry's successful track record of growing start-up ventures into revenue generating businesses and in taking technology companies into the
financial markets is important to the continued success of our company.”

Digital Map Products, next generation of mapping solutions provider, announced the appointments of three new members to the executive management team. Mark Campbell has joined Digital Map as vice president of sales; Thomas Peng has joined the company as vice president of engineering; and Scott Lawhead has joined as vice president of finance and administration. Together, the three bring the collective experience of over 45 years of executive management and industry expertise to Digital Map.

MapInfo Corporation, provider of location intelligence solutions, announced the appointment of Reid Hislop as vice president of corporate marketing. In this capacity, Mr. Hislop will lead the company's corporate marketing team and direct the company's branding efforts. Mr. Hislop will work directly with MapInfo's executive team to grow and strengthen the company's overall marketing strategy.

New Products

LeadDog Consulting, LLC announced the release of geographic databases of city streets for the Chilean cities: Santiago, Arica, Iquique, Valparaiso, and Vina-del-Mar to support asset-tracking, government, and commercial GIS applications. Designed to help companies track their assets and provide accurate base level mapping, LeadDog's product provides numerous vector layers and attributes such as:

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