April 13, 2009
Online Mapping Sites Extend the Reach of Geospatial Data
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The deal will enable ESRI (UK) to increase its existing work within the education sector and further support the teaching of Geography and other school subjects using its GIS technology. DWI will benefit from the depth of ESRI (UK)’s resources to develop and support products and applications for schools.

VUEWorks, Inc. announced that
Alsea Geospatial, Inc. (AGI) of Corvallis, Oregon, has joined its channel partner program. AGI will provide sales, implementation, and web hosting services for the VUEWorks GIS-integrated work order and asset management solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

NAVTEQ announced from the Geographic Information Systems for Transportation conference that it has been awarded a contract by the
New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC). The contract calls for NAVTEQ to provide ongoing maintenance of CSCIC's geographic information system (GIS) spatial street address databases while giving CSCIC and all other New York State agencies access to the NAVTEQ(R) map database and comprehensive Point Address data.

geoXMF LLC and
GIS Solutions, Inc. announced the signing of a strategic value-added reseller agreement. This agreement allows GIS Solutions customers to buy geoXMF products directly from GIS Solutions. In the agreement, the partnership allows geoXMF to broaden its reach into the federal, state and local GIS markets where GIS Solutions services and products are well known.

ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the workforce management business from Manchitra Services Private Limited.


During its Annual Meeting on April 1, 2009, the
GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) welcomed new Board members, elected new officers, and recognized the contributions of those who had completed their leadership terms.

Each of GISCI’s four member organizations appointed a new representative to serve on the Board of Directors:
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)

  • Matthew Koeppe, Association of American Geographers
  • National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)

  • Michael Vanhook, State of Alabama Geospatial Office
  • University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS)

  • Rakesh Malhotra, North Carolina Central University
  • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

  • Kim McDonough, GISP, Tennessee Department of Transportation

    New officers were also elected by the Board to lead GISCI for the next year:
  • President – Ed Arabas, GISP, State of Oregon Dept of Administrative Services
  • Vice President – Bruce Joffe, GISP, GIS Consultants
  • Secretary – Michael Vanhook, State of Alabama Geospatial Office
  • Treasurer – Kim McDonough, GISP, Tennessee Department of Transportation

  • Governments looking to stretch fleet-related resources and increase productivity should plan to participate in a webinar hosted by
    ESRI and
    NAVTEQ on ArcLogistics software and NAVTEQ map data. The online seminar takes place April 8, 2009, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CDT).

    The Efficient Government Fleets: Optimize Routing with ArcLogistics and NAVTEQ webinar is the first of a series hosted by ESRI and NAVTEQ. To register, visit the

    The deadline to participate in
    URISA’s Student Paper Competition is rapidly approaching (May 1, 2009). The competition is open to all eligible students but particularly those interested in careers using GIS, information technology, geospatial technology, planning and/or community development.

    Only papers meeting the evaluation criteria will be considered. Further information regarding eligibility, submission criteria, prizes, and policies are available on the

    American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) 2009 Annual Conference held March 9-13 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland marked the 75th anniversary of the Society with over 1500 attendees at the many and varied conference activities.


    Intelligent Addressing (IA) has appointed Roger Wong-Moon as an Associate Director of the company’s operational board of management. The appointment is in response to greater demand for IA consultancy services in the wake of continued and widespread adoption of the NLPG (National Land and Property Gazetteer) as a central source of addresses for UK national projects such as FiReControl and CORE (Co-ordinated On-line Record of Electors).

    Maponics LLC, a provider of highly-local geographic data, announced the promotion of two senior executives. Mark Friend has been named vice president of sales and marketing and will oversee the expansion of US and international spatial database licensing and partnerships. A key focus will be continuing to develop the Maponics reseller network, a group recently broadened to include MapInfo, Infusion and AWhere.

    Steve Zuckerman, who joined Maponics in 2003, has been named vice president of technical operations. In this role, Zuckerman will continue to lead the design, production, delivery and maintenance of all Maponics spatial datasets.

    Darrin Clement, founder and CEO of Maponics, will continue to set the strategic direction of Maponics and lead the corporate development initiatives focused on acquiring companies and data assets.

    Avineon announced that Linda B. Hall has been appointed as Business Development Executive for Defense and Homeland Security. Hall brings to her position more than 30 years of technology sales and marketing experience to generate new business and maintain customer relationships within Avineon's Federal Systems division.


    Autodesk and
    Citrix Systems, Inc. announced they were awarded the 2009 Emerging Alliance Excellence Award by the
    Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP). The Emerging Alliance Excellence Awards recognize and celebrate best practices between companies that have achieved success in alliance efforts in setting milestones and goals. ASAP recognized the depth of the partnership between Autodesk and Citrix in relation to a pilot program involving Autodesk's AutoCAD(R) Map 3D software and Citrix XenApp(TM) software across a variety of criteria, including product development, quality, services, support, and sales.

    Applications for the
    URISA ESIG Award must be submitted by May 11, 2009. Winners in each category will be recognized at URISA's 47th Annual Conference, September 29-October 2, 2009 in Anaheim, California.

    For more information or to review the winning submissions for the 2008 ESIG Awards, visit
    URISA ESIG application website or call (847) 824-6300.

    Nominations for URISA’s GIS Hall of Fame must be submitted by May 1, 2009. The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the best in GIS. Started in 2005, the URISA Hall of Fame documents the contributions made by key individuals. URISA welcomes nominations from any profession and is not restricted to those having a past or current relationship with URISA. This award is not given every year, and some years there may be multiple recipients.

    Nominations must be submitted to URISA by May 1. For details go to

    TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. announced that the company's next generation Short Message Service Center (SMSC) is ready to support carriers' upcoming migrations to 4G networks including Long Term Evolution (LTE). As operators roll out 4G access networks, the TCS SMSC will make sure that their growing volume of text messages will be delivered with the same reliability as before, regardless of where the subscribers' mobile devices are registered

    By tracking the number of hits to its website after an earthquake, the
    European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), based in Arpajon, France, can accurately measure the impact of the event, in near real time. EMSC is using Digital Element's IP Intelligence technology to accurately detect the areas affected by an earthquake based on the geographic location of each site visitor.

    A number of seismological centers have websites that collect real-time earthquake information, but EMSC has developed an original system to organize the data into "felt maps" that determine where earthquakes are felt, regardless of their magnitude. While traditional seismological procedures can take up to several hours to register the impact of an earthquake, felt maps can provide in-situation information on the impact of an occurrence in less than 10 minutes.

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