April 30, 2007
MapGuide Open Source now a Fully Endorsed Project
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Top News of the Week

Pitney Bowes Inc. announced the successful completion of the tender offer by its direct wholly-owned subsidiary, Magellan Acquisition Corp., at $20.25 net per share in cash for all the outstanding shares of common stock of MapInfo Corporation. The offer expired at 12:00 Midnight, New York City time, on April 18, 2007.

The depositary for the offer has advised Pitney Bowes and Magellan Acquisition Corp., that, as of the expiration of the offering period, approximately 20.1 million shares (which includes approximately 1.0 million shares that were tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures) were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer. Those shares represent approximately 92.1 percent of MapInfo's outstanding shares (including approximately 4.7 percent of outstanding shares that were tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures). All validly tendered shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer.

Trimble introduced the latest addition to its Mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) product line-the Juno ST handheld. The Juno ST handheld is a portable, low-cost data collection solution supported by Trimble's range of field and office software. It comes standard with a built-in high-sensitivity Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, Microsoft Windows Mobile version 5.0 software, and has Wi-Fi(R)/Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to office networks, cameras and mobile phones.


CAE announced the company has signed an agreement with Parallax Capital Partners, LLC and others to acquire MultiGen Paradigm Inc., for US$16 million (C$18 million) in cash. The acquisition is expected to be concluded in May 2007, subject to US government approvals. MultiGen-Paradigm is a leading supplier of real-time, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software for creating and visualizing simulation solutions.


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has issued a Call for Participation (CFP) in the "Architecture Implementation Pilot," which is a coordinated interoperability initiative of GEOSS, FedEO and Tri-Lateral initiatives. Responses are due by 11 May 2007 and the "Pilot Kickoff Meeting" will be held 5-6 June 2007 in ESRIN the European Space Agency's establishment in Italy.

This CFP seeks participants in a coordinated Architecture Implementation Pilot. A Pilot is a collaborative effort that applies open standards for interoperability to achieve user objectives in an environment representative of operational use. Outcomes include best-practices and interoperability arrangements suitable for an operational capability. The Architecture Implementation Pilot CFP documents can be downloaded from

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has issued a Request For Quotations and Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) to solicit proposals in response to requirements for the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) Interoperability Pilot.

The CGDI Interoperability Pilot is sponsored by GeoConnections, a Canadian partnership program whose primary objective is to evolve and expand the CGDI. GeoConnections is providing cost-sharing funds to offset expenses associated with the initiative. GeoConnections and the OGC intend to involve as many participants in the initiative as possible and thus are soliciting proposals that will enhance and/or make use of the initiative outcomes. Responses are due by 2 May 2007and the Pilot Kickoff Meeting will be held the week of 25 June 2007. Technology deployments will be complete by October 2007, followed by a 6 month pre-operational phase.

CGDI Interoperability Pilot RFQ/CFP documents can be downloaded from

ArcGIS Image Server, a server-based solution that provides fast access and visualization of large quantities of file-based imagery processed on the fly and on demand, has been added to the suite of software provided to ESRI Developer Network (EDN) subscribers. Both ArcGIS Image Server extensions, Orthorectification and Seamline, are also included.

1Spatial has successfully deployed an online Quality Control service as part of the Open Geospatial Consortium project OWS-4, their fourth web services testbed activity.

The OWS-4 project is based on a hypothetical major disaster scenario; a toxic bomb is discovered as a container is unloaded from a ship in the New York City area. The project incorporates elements of a multi-faceted operation that requires setup of a temporary medical response facility within an existing military installation. The scenario includes the discovery and deployment of remote imaging and point in-situ sensors, the acquisition and processing of data obtained with them, and the integration of these data with other geospatial data assets.

Tele Atlas , a leading global provider of digital map data and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, and ESRI, the market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), announced the next generation of ESRI ArcGIS Business Analyst desktop software will include Tele Atlas Address Points to provide enhanced geocoding accuracy for GIS application users.


Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce they will be offering Applied Geodesy Training for both their Geographic Calculator and Geographic Transformer products during the week of June 11th in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. These classes will take place in conjunction with the 2007 Gas & Oil Exposition. Call toll free 800-616-2725 or email
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John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, an industry leader in geospatial solutions, announced that Kent A. Dreier has been named chief financial officer for the company. Mr. Dreier will oversee all financial functions for the company's multiple locations in North America and abroad. As an executive member of the Sanborn team, he will be working closely with Sanborn's senior management team to assist with strategic planning, operating plans, and information technology.

New Products

Trimble announced the release of Trimble(R) Construction Manager version 1.9, a fully integrated solution for managing construction equipment and operations. Trimble Construction Manager version 1.9 introduces charts and a dashboard view that allows users to visualize critical operational information for their construction fleet.

The Trimble Construction Manager's new functionality enables simple identification of underutilized equipment or bottlenecks in construction operations. Some examples include: bar charts displaying equipment utilization (actual hours worked compared to expected hours), work time compared to idle time, and a timeline of equipment activity throughout the day.

Around the Web

Cell phone becomes new town crier by Margaret Reardon, April 20, 2007, CNET News.com

Panel: CIOs Wary of Open-Source Enterprise Apps by Peter Galli, April 24, 2007, Baseline


Upcoming Events

Date: April 29 – May 3, 2007
Place Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
BE Conference offers unrivaled value to individuals and organizations looking for better ways to work and better ways to achieve optimal performance
Date: May 1 - 4, 2007
Place: Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing

Philadelphia, PA USA
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this unique conference, the only one dedicated solely to the use of GIS in airports and aviation, the focus will be on how far the airport GIS community has come in the past ten years and where airport GIS may take the aviation world in the next ten years.
Date: May 2 - 4, 2007
Place: Jacksonville, FL USA
Date: May 2, 2007
Place:  Dover Sheraton Inn

Dover, DE USA
The Delaware Geographic Data Committee hosts an annual statewide GIS conference and is a cooperative effort among state agencies, the University of Delaware, county and municipal governments, and others to build a Delaware GIS Community and improve the coordination of the use of GIS and spatial data in Delaware. 
Date: May 7 - 11, 2007
Place: Marriott Waterside Hotel

Tampa , FL USA
The theme of “Identifying Geospatial Solutions,” this Conference will have an outstanding set of technical presentations on all aspects of imaging and geospatial information. We will feature sessions on how to collect geospatial data, how to process and analyze data, and how to derive information from data that is useful in making local, national and global decisions, for resource management, business or other purposes.
Date: May 7 - 9, 2007
Place: Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites

100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA
Take part in Michigan's premier GIS Conference! Share your expertise, gain visibility, and enhance your professional growth. IMAGIN's Annual Conference provides administrative, professional, and technical information to GIS.
Date: May 8 - 10, 2007
Place: Westin Seattle

Seattle, WA USA
MapWorld 07 will make you a rockstar. Plug into the hottest Location Intelligence tools. Learn cutting edge strategies to help you work smarter. And take the lead with a serious competitive edge.
Date: May 12 - 14, 2007
Place: AlMurjan Hall, Crown Plaza Hotel

A key feature of the MEOSC – 2007 is the focus that it provides for the exchange of knowledge and expertise. This unique 3-day event will bring together practitioners, scientists and vendors to discuss the current uses and future aspirations of the oil industry, environment and related activities community in the Region.

Date: May 14 - 17, 2007 
Place: Calgary Telus Convention Centre

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The GeoTec Event provides a unique gathering place for geospatial technology professionals from all disciplines to interact and learn from each other's experience and knowledge. The program is designed to help you discover cutting-edge geospatial technology solutions from diverse application areas.
Date: May 14 - 17, 2007 

Ecobuild America and AEC-ST is THE annual gathering place for the building industry professionals and AEC professionals who design, construct, manage facilities, and specify building products, materials and services. This event is strategically located in Southern California, where you'll gain direct networking access to the most powerful and important people who are focused on building sustainable facilities.

Date: May 15 - 17, 2007
Place: Expo 2007 Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL USA
The GSA International Products and Services Expo is GSA's largest customer outreach event. The primary purpose of the expo is to offer CLP certified training for federal customers. GSA Expo offers over 200 different classes, all with federal experts as instructors: feds training feds.
Date: May 15 - 29, 2007
Place: Allen Instruments, 7114 E Earll, Dr, Scottsdale

AZ 85215 USA
Allen Instruments is pleased to offer a series of in-house training seminars. The training seminars are designed to provide geospatial professionals focused training on GIS and GPS topics. Whether you are new to the technology or just want to refresh your skills, our short seminars will introduce you to what’s new and shed new light on familiar topics.
Date: May 16, 2007
Place: Sheraton Premier Hotel at Tysons Corner

Vienna, VA USA
Come see how NGA’s products and services are uniting the intelligence, defense, and homeland security communities through an integrated GIS architecture for web-based dissemination, analysis, and visualization
Date: May 16 - 17, 2007
Place: Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Conference Center

Camp Hill, PA USA
The 2007 Pennsylvania GIS Conference will bring the Pennsylvania geospatial community together for the fifteenth year to present, discuss, and debate critical topics affecting the development and use of geospatial information technology in the Commonwealth. The conference will be held on May 16 and 17 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill and will focus on the broad diversity of Pennsylvania geospatial data, applications, and people.
Date: May 17, 2007
Place: 1520 Queen Street East

Sault Ste, Marie, Ontario, P6A 2G4 Canada
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, in partnership with ESRI Canada, INVITES YOU to attend the 2nd Annual GIS in Healthcare Day to learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and new applications that are being applied to healthcare and medicine. Participants will experience how GIS is supporting and improving work in health and human services.
Date: May 20 - 23, 2007
Place: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

New Orleans, USA
The abstract submission deadline has passed. More than 100 abstract submissions were received and the conference committee will review and organize the program, from the submissions, by the end of this year. Expect the conference program and registration information to be available by January 2007. Exhibit information will also soon be available.
Date: May 21 - 24, 2007
Place:  Nashville

Date:  May 28 - 31, 2007
Place: Mobile Mapping Summer SchoolPADUA, Italy
We are glad to announce that the 5th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology will be held in Padua, Italy. The core objective of the conference will be to discuss most recent technologies, exchange experiences and promote future research, development and production in fields related to mobile mapping. We look forward to see you in Padua!

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