May 18, 2009
Open Geospatial Consortium Update
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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GeoAuthor is designed to provide the user with an easy-to-use set of tools with which to create a project for a county or county equivalent using TIGER/Line Shapefiles provided by the US Bureau of the Census.

NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced that NACMaps - a NAC enhancement for Blackberry Maps has been released and available on the Blackberry App World of Research In Motion (RIM), to make Blackberry Maps work everywhere in all its covered geographic areas no matter whether there are no street addresses such as in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and no matter whether there are no standard street addresses in English as in many Asian countries thanks to the power of Natural Area Code (NAC) which is able to efficiently and language independently specify any location and area in the world.

Around the Web

Map It Out will release its low-cost tools free of cost starting with ArcGIS Server 9.3. Users are encouraged to offer input to develop other no cost tools. On the basis of this input, Map It Out looks forward to offering other ease-of-use and multi-functional tools at no cost based on input/demand from the GIS community. The free tool set to date includes: Area & Buffer Selection Tool, Bookmark Tool, Hyperlink Tool, Export Tool and Custom Query Tool. See

flashNavigator is a next generation Web GIS solution based on Adobe Flash platform with advanced capability of collecting, processing, analyzing and publishing geospatial and database data. The wide range of supported formats allows you to use flashNavigator with other popular GIS products and to extend their capabilities. More details and video presentation

More States Use GPS to Track Abusers , by May 8, 2009, by Ariana Green, The New York Times - In Massachusetts, where about one-quarter of restraining orders are violated each year, according to the state’s probation office, a recent law has expanded the use of global positioning devices to include domestic abusers and stalkers who have violated orders of protection.


May 19 - 21, 2009
Place: Burlingame

San Jose, CA USA

Where 2.0 2009 delves into the emerging technologies surrounding the geospatial industry, particularly the way our lives are organized, from finding a restaurant to finding the source of a new millennium plague. Maps are everywhere now, from your desktop to your iPhone to your car to your oil rig, and presented as realistically or as representationally as suits your needs. Thanks to the launch of Geo-Eye and other projects, location information makes devices more useful, and is therefore becoming a given

May 19 - 20, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Grantville, PA USA

This year’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference will explore the essential connection between geospatial technology and the development and sustainability of our critical infrastructure. Presenters from industry, academia, and government will showcase applications that support critical infrastructures in water resources, energy and the environment, public safety and health, and economic development. In addition, the latest hardware, software, and database trends will be demonstrated by the geospatial industry. This year it’s all technology and applications – no policy, no politics! Just pure GIS.

May 20 - 21, 2009
Place: Victoria Conference Centre

720 Douglas Street Victoria , Victoria, BC, V8W 3M7 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

May 21, 2009
Place: USA

Land cover classification is a very valuable tool to professionals in a diverse range of fields, each with numerous applications. Ranging anywhere from environmental and ecosystem management to land use planning and fire management, these applications play an important role in both the public and private sectors. This Webinar will examine how this radar data has provided a highly accurate, cloud-free source of imagery for the potential creation of a nationwide 5-meter land cover dataset.

When: May 21, 8:00 a.m. PDT; 9:00 a.m. MDT; 10:00 a.m. CDT; 11:00 a.m. EDT; 16:00 GMT

May 28, 2009
Place: USA

Presented by Ian Fitzgerald, Truckee Donner PUD

9:15am Pacific/11:15am Central/12:15pm Eastern

June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GeoTec 2009 is proud to be back in Vancouver, the founding home of the conference in 1985. The GeoTec Event offers its attendees high caliber and timely presentations from knowledgeable industry leaders, geospatial technologists and users from Canada and the world.

Sponsored by GeoTec Media, publisher of GeoWorld magazine and developer of the Web portal, the 23rd annual event GeoTec Event is a world-leading technical event, and the largest geospatial technology event n Canada.

June 1 - 2, 2009
Place: Houston, TX USA

Today's competitive business environment has required organizations to become more diligent about their Information Technology (IT) investments. Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) are no different.

This has meant that business units advocating or using GIS must now compete for their share of a limited, and often shrinking, capital IT budget

June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: 725 Blue Harbor Drive

Sheboygan, WI 53081 USA

Focus of event will be Civil 3D and the WisDOT workflows of Civil 3D, GIS, GPS, LiDar, Map, Mapguide, Virtualizations, BIM, Navisworks, Utilities. See Invitation and Class List attachments.
June 2 - 3, 2009
Place: University of Northern British Columbia, Conference Centre

3333 University Way , Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

June 3, 2009
Place: USA

Radar remote sensing is a technique that has matured substantially over the past two decades. The focus of this Webinar is the processing, interpretation, and application of radar imagery. It will begin with basics and physics of radar remote sensing and continue with current and future prospects, followed by a discussion on applications using radar imagery. These applications include topographic, base, geological, and land cover mapping; image orthorectification; burn scar detection; glaciology; pan sharpening optical data; and radargrammetry covering several radar sensors (airborne,

such as STAR Technologies and Fugro, and spaceborne, including TerraSAR-X, RADARSAT-2, and ALOS PALSAR).

When: June 3, 8:00 a.m. PDT; 9:00 a.m. MDT; 10:00 a.m. CDT; 11:00 a.m. EDT; 16:00 GMT

June 5 - 8, 2009
Place: Westin Providence

Providence, RI USA

To provide an open and participatory forum for advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information system technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.

June 8 - 9, 2009
Place: Estes Park Conference Center

Estes Park, CO USA

GeoGathering Located in the heart of Colorado ’s Rocky Mountains ,
GeoGathering 2009 is a conference dedicated to providing pipeline
operators in the production and gathering sectors with a venue to share
their experiences and best practices with geospatial information while
learning about current industry regulations and GIS solutions.
June 8 - 12, 2009
Place: Sheraton Dallas Hotel

400 North Olive St., Dallas, TX 75201 USA

The theme of this conference is "Back to Basics: Establishing Consistent, Repeatable IGI&S Processes." The focus will be the "nuts and bolts" of GIS and how it supports installation management, including implementation, common problems and their solutions, and successes.

June 11 - 12, 2009
Place: Westin Resort & Spa

Whistler, BC, Canada

Join fellow FME users for this annual opportunity to build your spatial ETL expertise. Gain new insights on how to solve complex spatial data challenges by attending workshops, breakout sessions and more. Early bird rates end April 3rd – registration closes June 3rd. Visit for more and to register today!

June 13 - 16, 2009
Place: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313 USA

Native American / Indigenous / tribal attendees and supporters of mapping efforts on aboriginal territories, let's learn, share, and grow together - find new ways of using mapping tools to solve sovereignty, environmental, and cultural issues. Previous ideas resulting from this conference include supporting and training indigenous people who may have little experience with modern mapping technologies.

June 15 - 18, 2009
Place: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Washington, DC USA

The Gaylord National serves as the anchor tenant for Washington D.C.’s newest premier destination – 

National Harbor – a one-of-a-kind waterfront development on the banks of the Potomac River. This destination will provide you with a prime location to network with Intergraph customers from around the world while enjoying D.C. and all its attractions.

June 15 - 19, 2009
Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands

The theme for this conference is Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence: Building SDI Bridges to Address Global Challenges. Geographic information technologies and spatial data infrastructure play critical roles in allowing governments, local communities, non-government organizations, the commercial sector, the academic community and common people to make progress in addressing many of the worlds most pressing problems.

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