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Mapplet is an advanced GIS viewer that takes advantage of proven technology from ESRI and Microsoft to offer a framework for developing in-house GIS portals. Mapplet 5.0 is built on ESRI’s Application Development Framework (ADF) technology and supports both ArcGIS Server and ArcIMS simultaneously. Using Mapplet.NET any organization can build powerful GIS portals with ArcGIS Server and ArcIMS to view and analyze data within hours without the need for any programming. Mapplet.NET has many powerful features which make it an ideal platform for utility companies interested in developing GIS portals that allow them to view and query not only GIS data, but other related facilities databases
such as: Customer Maintenance; or Document Management Systems.

Lorienne released the new version of its LorikSoftware suite of cartographic programs. The redesign of LorikSoftware 2.0 is the result of more than one year of development to anticipate technologic and market changes. For this purpose LorikSoftware comes now in two ranges of programs to meet the current trends of cartography.

DBx GEOMATICS inc. announced the release of CartoVista 2.0 with new cartographic publishing tools and application extendibility through Adobe Flex.

The new CartoVista Publisher is a state-of-the-art desktop application designed to support every aspect of a CartoVista 2.0 deployment. The CartoVista Publisher features advanced management tools to create and maintain any maps or data used by the application. It centralizes the management of the users’ map files and style settings so that they can rapidly create maps without having to find map files each time, or reapply style settings. CartoVista Publisher provides tremendous cartographic freedom to create very high quality maps from existing GIS data.

Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. (GTG), a provider of geospatial solutions, announces the release of Geo Blade Route. Geo Blade Route is the latest breakthrough in routing software solutions, providing a state-of-the-art solution perfect for any local government organization. It is ESRI compliant and operates with ArcGIS Server.

ThinkGeo announced the availability of a Map Suite Desktop Edition 3.0 Release Candidate. The Release Candidate incorporates a combination of bug fixes, performance improvements, and new features as requested by ThinkGeo's active user base, providing a major enhancement to the company's leading GIS development software for the Windows desktop.

Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISi) announced the release of Data Download. Data Download, built on ESRI’s ArcGIS Server 9.3 Flex (API) technology, streamlines the entire GIS data request workflow by empowering users to download data based on layer, viewable extent, or selection. Data Download allows users to specify the file format (CAD & GIS formats) for downloaded data. Data Download also provides a framework to facilitate your organization’s digital submission requirements.

Around the Web

In-Flight Entertainment That Begins With Wi-Fi  by Joe Sharkey, May 25, 2009, The New York Times (registration required) - BY the end of this year, about 1,000 airplanes flying domestic routes will have Wi-Fi service, according to Aircell, the company that has done nearly all of the Wi-Fi installations so far.

Despite impending shutdown, Gitmo to receive new security systems by Jacob Goodwin, Editor-in-Chief, May 26, 2009, Government Security News (GSN) - Even though President Obama has ordered the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be closed in less than a year, the U.S. naval station's contracting office is planning the installation of an improved access control system – including additional surveillance cameras -- at Camp Six, a maximum security detention facility at Guantanamo, and two other
facilities which appear to be called "Camp Six Lite" and "Ultra Lite."

ArcGIS 9.3.1 Delivers Optimized Map Services

ArcGIS 9.3.1 presents a new option in the author-serve-use workflow; map documents can now be analyzed, then optimized to create faster, higher-quality, dynamic map services. As a result, map service and Web application end users will experience dramatically improved online performance, including much faster drawing speeds and better-looking maps.


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 Geoplace.com, 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


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 4 - 5, 2009
Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Discover 3D course makes use of the skills you gained in the MapInfo Professional and encom Discover courses to help you visualize your geological data in 3D.  This course is of most benefit to those geologists working on a drillhole program.

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 5, 2009
Place: USA

Because of the webinar's overlapping content, those employees with the following areas of expertise will benefit from this information:

GIS Directors

Smart Grid Personnel

Data Managers

Load Management Personnel

Demand Side Resources

Fleet Managers

Directors of Transportation

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 9 - 10, 2009
Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

The goal of the 2-day MapInfo Professional course is to familiarize new users in the geoscience field with the various functions of MapInfo, and the background geomatics/GIS concepts that all GIS users should have. Students will complete a regional-scale GIS compilation project with real mineral exploration data. Project planning issues and common pitfalls are discussed throughout the course.

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 www.fmeuc.com for more and to register today!

June 11, 2009
Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Our ENCOM Discover for Mineral Exploration Module 1 one-day course gives attendees an extensive introduction to working with Drillhole data in Encom Discover, a mineral exploration add-on program for MapInfo Professional. Attendees will complete a Drillhole data project, starting with the basics of database design, and finishing with scaled surface maps and cross-sections. By the end of this project, students will have gained the technical and project planning skills required for their own drillhole GIS projects. Many features of the software applicable to other types of projects will

be introduced in the context of a drillhole project.

June 12, 2009
Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Our ENCOM Discover for Mineral Exploration Module 2 one-day course is designed to give attendees an extensive introduction to surface-data compilation skills in Encom Discover, a mineral exploration add-on program for MapInfo Professional. Attendees will complete a property-scale GIS compilation project. By the end of this project, attendees will have gained the technical and project planning skills required for their own geological GIS projects. Many features of the software applicable to other types of projects will be introduced. This course builds on Module 1 lessons.

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.

June 15 - 16, 2009
Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Discover 3D course makes use of the skills you gained in the MapInfo Professional and encom Discover courses to help you visualize your geological data in 3D.  This course is of most benefit to those geologists working on a drillhole program.

June 22, 2009
Place: University of Nottingham

Nottingham, United Kingdom

The Centre for Geospatial Science of the University of Nottingham, Open Source Geospatial Foundation (UK Chapter), ICA Working Group on Open Source Geospatial Technologies, SOSoRNET and Open Knowledge Foundation are organizing the First Open Source GIS UK Conference on Monday 22nd June, 2009 at the University of Nottingham.
June 25 - 29, 2009
Place: Ocean Edge Resort & Club on Cape Cod

Brewster, MA USA

This will be the second time the association has held a summer conference on the Cape, the last time being 1992 in Hyannis, MA. The Summer Conference will focus on emerging technologies, education and networking. The MAPPS summer conference is open to private geospatial firm. The conference allows for unique networking opportunities for principals, owners and senior executives of private geospatial firms.

June 29 - July 2, 2009
Place: Kyung Hee University-Global Campus

Yongin , Korea (South)

The growth of Spatial Data Infrastructures, Geo-portals and private sector initiatives (e.g. Google Earth, Microsoft Virtual Earth, etc.) produced an increase of geographical data availability at any scale and worldwide. This growth has not been fully coupled by an increase of knowledge to support spatial decisions. Spatial analytical techniques and geographical analysis and modelling methods are therefore required in order to analyse data and to facilitate the decision process at all levels.

June 29 - July 10, 2009
Place: Salzburg, Austria

The ENERegion Summer School 2009 is dedicated to the theme of "Regional Potentials for Renewable Energy Generation" and is hosted by Salzburg University's Centre for Geoinformatics (Z_GIS).

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