February 02, 2009
User Intent + Relevant Map Content = Intelligent MashUp
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CartoPac Field Solutions, powered by
Spatial Data Technologies, Inc. and
Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), announced they have joined forces to provide an integrated technology that allows CartoPac Mobile users to automatically download measurements collected using LTI’s TruPulse lasers. The new relationship streamlines field data collection for field workers in utilities, oil and gas, railroad, natural resources and other industries managing large amounts of geographically dispersed assets.

GeoEye, Inc. announced it is offering for sale a commemorative poster featuring a GeoEye-1 satellite image of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. The Company had more than 100 times the normal traffic on its Web site after the satellite image was published by the media.

Vizrt is offering high-resolution maps of Gaza and Washington, D.C. for free to television broadcasters to generate branded, animated map imagery for their newscasts. Through Vizrt’s partnership with Digital Globe, a leading provider of high-resolution world imagery solutions based in Longmont, Col., the Gaza and Washington, D.C. map packages are available for

EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. introduced the Discover GPS Speaker Microphone. The Discover GPS Speaker Microphone transmits location, text messages, and tracking information over the award-winning EFJohnson 5100 ES series P25 portable radios.

ThinkGeo has just released the final versions of its Map Suite Web Edition 3.1, Map Suite Services Edition 3.1 and Map Suite World Map Kit extension products. Formerly in beta testing, these three GIS software products will make mapping applications developed on Microsoft's .NET platform even easier, faster and more powerful.

The MapMart division of
IntraSearch Inc. unveiled a new interface on its MapMart online mapping portal where satellite imagery customers can search, preview and order high-resolution data from DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, SPOT and KOMPSAT.

Urban Mapping, provider of location-rich content for interactive applications, announced the company has completed a series of enhancements that further extend the capabilities of Graphserver, an open-source routing engine that permits trip planning via different modes of transportation. Urban Mapping invested in the project to improve the scalability and efficiency of Graphserver, bringing it to the level of an enterprise-class routing component for mass transit, walking and driving route planning. In addition, the company has integrated Graphserver with Urban Mapping's URBANWARE Mass Transit database to provide public transit trip planning for over 65 systems in the
United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Lowrance announced the introduction of its next-generation handheld GPS devices. The Lowrance Endura Series consists of three innovative touch-screen GPS handhelds for the outdoor market: the flagship Sierra -- the most powerful and complete out-of-box GPS experience available, the Safari -- the most versatile navigator for any outdoor experience, and the Outback -- setting a new standard in affordability and ease of use. Offering best-in-class pre-loaded and aftermarket map content, as well as compatibility with open community content, the Endura Series elevates GPS navigation to new heights.

The Carbon Project announced a new version of its free Gaia geospatial viewer. Gaia 3.3 will help support a worldwide surge of activity in developing Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. This Gaia update includes several new SDI tools and an enhanced API for software developers. You can visit
The Carbon Project to download Gaia 3.3.

Around the Web

Spatial Data Support In SQL Server 2008, Bob Beauchemin, MSDNMagazine

Week in review: Inauguration goes interactive CNET News.com, January 23, 2009 – Streaming, texting, and twittering the inauguration, while earnings bring mixed bag. Also: security concerns.

For a High-Tech President, a Hard-Fought E-Victory by Jeff Zeleny, January 22, 2009, The New York Times. - For more than two months, Mr. Obama has been waging a vigorous battle with his handlers to keep his BlackBerry, which like millions of other Americans he has relied upon for years to stay connected with friends and advisers. (And, of course, to get Chicago White Sox scores.)


Date: February 2 - 3, 2009
Place: Melbourne, Australia

GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.  The usage of industrial, agricultural and settlement areas causes various geological events.  Morphology, geology, land cover, slope inclination, elevation of any region is important area to be considered for the 21st century standard of preserving our land, culture, society and business growth.
Date: February 3 - 5, 2009
Place: Doubletree Hotel Sacramento

Sacramento, CA USA

Professionals from California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific

Islands are invited to the CA/HI/NV RUG Conference. Whatever your industry, position, or level of experience with GIS, you’re encouraged to attend and explore GIS in action with ESRI staff and your fellow professionals.
Date: February 4 - 6, 2009
Place: Uttarakhand, India

There will be an exhibition from the vendors/manufacturers of software and hardware related to remote sensing, GIS, Photogrammetry, cartography etc. The NGOs and agencies working in Geomatics related fields can display their products and services and use the opportunity to provide on the spot consultancy to potential users. Exhibition will be open to both the delegates and the general public for creating wider awareness.
Date: February 5, 2009
Place: USA

RFP Mapping LLC and NCDC Imaging have partnered together to deliver a powerful new tool that allows municipalities, arborists, engineers, academics and researchers to make better decisions about projects impacting their local communities and the environment.
Date: February 8 - 11, 2009
Place: Charleston, SC USA

The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 13th GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference, to be held February 8-11, 2009 in Charleston. This conference is designed to foster collaboration and integration of data, technology, and functionality.

Date: February 10 - 13, 2009
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Map World Forum will not just be a conference. It will be a forum that will simply aim to “Converge Ideas and Expand Horizons for Sustainable Planet Earth”. It will aim beyond speeches and discussions to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives.
Date: February 12 - 13, 2009
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Hyderabad, India

Location Summit 2.0, the first Global Summit on Positioning and Navigation with the theme "Towards Collaborative Model", brings together the pioneers, industry leaders and developers who are setting the direction for the future of location technologies and markets, guiding the development of new applications and shaping the way to meet the challenge of making location enabled services ubiquitous.
Date: February 16 - 19, 2009
Place: Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to the The 3GSMA Mobile World Congress is the world’s leading mobile communications conference, Fira and exhibition. Held annually since 1994, the event has attracted over 70,000 visitors from 175 countries, more than 1500 exhibitors and 2000 media and press representatives.
Date: February 17 - 18, 2009
Place: Bloomingtown Monroe County Convention Center

Downtown Bloomingtown, IN USA

Have you been working hard all year on a really great project? Have you found a technical solution to a difficult question? Have you learned something from your community of users? Come share your experience at the Indiana 2009 Annual GIS Conference!!!
Date: February 18 - 20, 2009
Place: Walter E. Washington Convention Center


Take the geographic approach. The FedUC is the ultimate resource when it comes to using geospatial technology in government. The conference offers presentations from technical and industry experts, valuable insight from your colleagues, and the latest solutions that fit your agency. Professionals across organizations are invited to discover effective and efficient ways to meet goals, overcome challenges, and address issues.
Date: February 19 - 20, 2009
Place: Raleigh Convention Center

Raleigh, NC USA

The 2009 NC GIS Conference will be at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, NC on Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20. The theme, Capitalizing on Spatial Data, is a perfect fit for bringing the practitioners and users of GIS data together at this Eleventh biennial conference.
Date: February 20 - 21, 2009
Place: The Waterfront

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

The International Map Trade Association (IMTA) represents the commercial interests of the global mapping and spatial information industry.
Date: February 23 - 25, 2009
Place: Houston Marriott Westchase

Houston, TX USA

From senior executives to GIS professionals, you will take away from the PUG Conference ideas and tools you can put to work immediately. See how to widen the scope of your GIS investment and invite your colleagues who work in IT and HSSE to learn how they can use GIS.
Date: February 25, 2009
Place: Best Western Gateway Grand

Gainesville, FL USA

The Florida Region of ASPRS will be hosting the 2nd Annual Florida ASPRS Geospatial Symposium Feb 25th 2009. We are also hosting an ASPRS Certification Preparation Course taught by Bob Burtch the day before, for anyone interested in pursuing their Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), or Certified Mapping Scientist (CMS) certifications (or their respective Technologist Certifications).
Date: February 25 - 27, 2009
Place: Tampa, FL USA

Caliper Corporation, a worldwide leader in GIS, transportation and mapping software, invites you to express interest in Maptitude training classes. Please contact Caliper as soon as possible to express interest in these training dates.
Date: February 28 - March 2, 2009
Place: Bombay Exhibition Centre

Goregaon, Mumbai, India

FESPA is a federation of trade associations and an organiser of exhibitions and conferences for the screen and digital printing industry. FESPA has 28 member associations in Europe and 6 associate members in Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. FESPA’s objective is to promote imaging and to encourage positive business growth through the sharing of knowledge, know-how and expertise.

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