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June 02, 2003
Embracing Geospatial Intelligence -- GIS Emphasizes How the World Works
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Welcome to GISWeekly! Roberta (Bobbie) Lenczowski, Technical Executive, NIMA, delivered a keynote at GeoSpatial World detailing NIMA's mission to provide timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence. Our industry news highlights that keynote and the interview that followed it.


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Embracing Geospatial Intelligence

GIS Emphasizes How the World Works

By Susan Smith


“GIS will increasingly emphasize 'how the world works' rather than simply 'how the world looks…'
Cf. “Down to Earth,” National Academy of Sciences, 2002


The above quote encapsulates a keynote address presented by NIMA Technical Executive, Roberta Lenczowski, at GeoSpatial World in New Orleans a week ago. Until very recently, global geospatial knowledge was regarded as land cells measured by longitude and latitude, said Lenczowski. “Customers could gauge our progress only by products.”


That limited view of “how the world looks” has been challenged by the constantly evolving development of tools to expand our GIS knowledge and use the technology to find out how the world works and to use more than a flat map to depict analysis.


This year, the U.S. celebrates the Treaty of the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States. Thomas Jefferson had purchased the land from Napoleon for $15 million, twice the federal budget. Jefferson had only wanted to buy New Orleans, and he had already appealed to Congress for funds to explore the Missouri River, with the goal of finding the Northwest Passage, that intercontinental waterway that was believed to link the east with the west.


The Louisiana Purchase meant that now the expedition would travel on American soil all the way to the Continental Divide. But it also added additional challenges: Jefferson had to assign someone who knew how to map the new land, to analyze its physical and cultural attributes, its indigenous people, and who would document its flora and fauna. A year later, he commissioned Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery to do just this.


Lewis and Clark filled hundreds of notebooks with intelligence reports. According to NIMA Technical Executive, Roberta Lenczowski, “Although technologies have changed and geographers' knowledge may be broader and deeper, the way people explore and use incomplete knowledge to reach objectives is not much different.”


Today we must meet the expectations of people who are dealing with natural phenomena, economy, and frightening world events, added Lenczowski, and we must collect and analyze relevant information “that helps reduce the cacophony of our times.”


NIMA (National Imagery and Mapping Agency, formerly known as the Defense Mapping Agency) at one time provided only imagery for national security. NIMA's mission today is to provide timely relevant and accurate “geospatial intelligence.”


What is geospatial intelligence? According to a recent NIMA press release, “geospatial intelligence is the exploitation and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth.”


NIMA's contribution is its geospatial base as well as an analytical expertise that includes meticulous descriptions of things found in our world and likely occurrences at those locations. NIMA offer expertise of service to providing a reliable context into which other disciplines can be fused, or integrated.


The geospatial base requires foundation data. Foundation data consists of: elevation, controlled imagery, feature data, hydrographic safety of navigation, aeronautical safety of navigation, high resolution stereo imagery, and associated geodesy and geophysics.


“Over the past twenty months we have evolved our concepts to deal with Operation Enduring Freedom. We were not adequately prepared with foundation data for Afghanistan,” concluded Lenczowski. “Our existing map sheets were from the mid 80s - 20 years of change made a difference particularly in urban populated areas. Our raster and vector data reflected that. We decided we should build a country database, exploiting all available database information and charging our client. As the database was populated, we could print map sheets, sufficient for planning purposes.”


The other issue was that the original contractor who built the database over Afghanistan was using ArcTools, and consequently the population of the database and the data model are in the Arc environment. NIMA went to neighboring countries and assigned responsibilities to other contractors, who used GeoMedia and other Intergraph tools. “What we needed to be able to do, because those countries that adjoin Afghanistan, was to ensure that we could have a seamless database and could effectively walk across the data collection that was done by different contractors, then present the final product to our customer without any distinction (in the data),” explained Lenczowski. The country
database could be distributed to users skilled in the use of GIS tools.


The next step was to seek the services of an integration contractor who would build a data architecture that would allow NIMA to interchangeably use contract data regardless of who had built it. The Geospatial Intelligence Database Integration, or GIDI, was the result of this effort - a larger integration concept that has embedded in it a database architecture in the geospatial intelligence feature database (GIFD); in addition, there are tools in GIDI that go back and forth from one application to the other, and tools that allow customers to come through the gateway. “The whole concept of GIDI is to move to an architecture that has a data model that's based upon our feature attribute
coding
conventions. So if you have a database that was populated by someone using GeoMedia tools and I stage it out to the GIFD and I want to use somebody who is using ArcTools, I can. The GIDI uses an Oracle database.”


GIFD -- Geospatial intelligence feature database contains:

* Digest feature attribute coding convention (FACC) based

* 3D based capable - including latitude, longitude, height

* feature level metadata (accuracy, currency, classification, source)


As a result of this initiative NIMA has returned to users to announce that it will not seek foundation feature data in and of itself. It will be provided to customers whose systems have been designed to accept that level of data.


Foundation vs. mission specific data

“Mission-specific” data will be used in the entire military intelligence customer community. “I continue to advocate a more stimulating, more resource intensive explanation,” said Lenczowski. “Data architecture highlights more features and attributes in mission-specific data. It is also likely emphasis will be put on improved accuracy, better currency, more attribution, increased density, higher resolution, selected elements. Someone said it is 'lumpy,' implying there is more data in some parts of the earth than others.”


In the foundation data there is data every hundred feet or so about how you model the surface of the earth. There may be customers in localized areas who need higher resolution and that would be considered mission specific. That data would be made readily available to the customer, and perhaps, a month or year later, another customer might request that information, which would be made available to them also.


Mission-specific as a concept does not mean simply adding more attributes to the baseline foundation, however. The real world encompasses infinite detail and variability which needs to be documented adequately to make its influence on a customer's mission.
Geospatial users will want to examine trends, requiring that robustly usable data be time tagged and historically recoverable.


Today, most users are still doing mapspeak, said Lenczowski. “You take an image of land which has a lot of good and inherent value that you as an interpreter can gather from it. You can look at a picture and you can say there are roads or buildings because it's clear to you. Or you can take a map sheet and because you understand the symbology that's associated with the map sheet, you, the human interpreter, can draw some conclusions from that data. But what you can't deduce from simply looking at it, is what are necessarily the relationships of things that the land may set on top of. So if you are in a cityscape of Washington D.C. you may see the road network but you certainly don't
see the metro subway. Yet that's inherent information in the data about the city.”


Given that, if you want to do flythroughs, you take a matrix of elevation information, and that matrix has elevation points that are evenly distributed. “So I put out a grid with various heights. I have this model of what the earth's surface looks like at that density with that distribution and if I can take that model and align my image on my mapsheet, because I have some common reference points, I know what this grid represents and what its position is, I can lay this image over it - I can drape it - I can create heights, peaks and valleys. Once I have created that, I then have an apparent 3D model and can use tools to allow me to do flythroughs, and negotiate around a building.
But that's
not good enough for the sophisticated analytical thinking of the future. I may want to understand the relationship between what I'm doing above the ground and what is happening below the ground. Unless you have a way of being able to distinguish those things that sit on top of each other in the flat world, by being able to have two features that set at the same latitude and longitude but they're different because they have different heights, you'll never be able to capture that information {without making that distinction.}.”


Recently, some of the sophisticated applications for homeland security and first responders incorporate CAD/CAM drawings of buildings so that you know where staircases and elevators are for evacuation. Incorporating this information from a geospatial standpoint is a challenge. “Past approaches have assigned things as different layers in relational databases yet they don't worry about how the layers in the database interact.” Lenczowski explained, “Overlaying doesn't embed the topological - it inhibits dependencies and relationships.”


Where geospatial intelligence has been very successful was during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when professionals fused data into an overwhelming coalition advantage. A Baghdad gridded panoramic view enabled coalition users to provide common reference points about certain events and provide a way to unambiguously identify location.


The Bolivian crater expedition used Landsat and SPOT imagery to analyze the possibility that this impact was the result of cosmic collision. They discovered there might be a way to provide better information by sharing the third dimension essential for analyzing an impact related feature. Multispectral imagery does not allow you do this.


Lenczowski spoke out about the new
U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy announced May 13.


NIMA Technical Executive, Roberta (Bobbie) Lenczowski and David H. Burpee, Director, Public Affairs, NIMA
“I think first of all it is a very strong statement from this Administration that they believe a strong commercial imagery industry is vital to national security. I think it's a stronger statement than the previous directive {Presidential Decision Directive 23 signed by President Clinton in March 1994} in that it makes some very aggressive statements with respect to understanding that the industry is to be encouraged to improve the technology and that licensing and approval. But the process by which that approval is granted to the government is a collaborative process and we put in place procedures that move through the approvals or disapprovals very very rapidly. Let's talk then
about the
encouragement for more funding; when we're asked how much difference will a policy make in terms of how we do business. What we point out is that we helped with the development of the policy and the policy reflects what we have been able to accomplish this last year with respect to our ClearView Contract with the private sector. We were able to put that contract in place and it is as effective as it is because, in fact, we had the budget to allow us to make long term agreements so it's a five year contract with a certain guarantee of funding to the industry. It's easy to implement policies that require commercial involvement in the event that we have the budget. So from our perspective,
policy
is endorsement of what we have been doing and what we will continue to do with the private sector.”




Additional Information:


White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Web Site


Geospatial intelligence in action enables:

Wisdom

Knowledge

Info

Data and sources of data


Transforming NIMA,

NOW

Increasing softcopy exploitation

More information tailoring

Discipline specific databases


NEXT

Multiple sources at the desktop

Well tooled desktop softcopy exploitation

Near real time exploitation

Information management across disciplines


AFTER NEXT

Innovision office

Global real time connectivity

Enterprise wise, community extensive interoperability of tools and information


GeoScout is a contract that was awarded about a month ago to a team led by Lockheed Martin, who has the responsibility of helping NIMA design and deliver the entire enterprise architecture of the future. What GeoScout will offer:


* Strategic transformation

* All digital, data-centric, e business environment

* A one-stop shop of geospatial intelligence for all users


Features of data- centric architecture

* Data integrity

* Design reuse

* View-generation

* Process flexibility

* Data interaction

* Scalability

* Options management

* Service centric


Data-centric e-business environment

*NIMA gateway is a portable suite of different networks, geospatial data navigator will make access to our data somewhat more intuitive for some of our users.

*Improved first look at this site.

*Geomedia Web Map has been successfully incorporated. The ease of data access made this a useful website for the joint warfighter interoperability demonstration 2002 (JWID).

NIMA will also use this for an exercise called Horizontal Fusion 2003.


Moving up the data pyramid - full comprehension

*More web applications take novice and professional users across a connected network.

*Collaboration of applications across connected network

*Seamless fusion of multiple and distributed sources of data information and knowledge

*High performance with minimal reformatting intervention


Japanese proverb -“If you have vision without action you have illusion; if you have action without vision you have chaos.”


Alliances/Acquisitions


BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR and eSpatial announced a strategic partnership to develop and supply four-dimensional secure imagery solutions based on eSpatial's proven commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies.


eSpatial's iSMART product suite provides an open standards infrastructure for spatial applications delivered on COTS database technologies. It features highly scalable and efficient server-based processing of geographic, spatial and image data for fast delivery to a distributed user community. This meets the Network Enabled Capability (NEC) needs of the defense community and removes the limitations imposed by traditional desktop approaches. BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR will develop and deliver next-generation solutions to support NEC based on eSpatial's iSMART technologies.


GE Network Solutions signed an agreement with Energie Baden-Würtemberg AG (EnBW) of Germany, to standardize its disparate geo-spatial information systems. With more than 4.2 million customers, EnBW is Germany's third largest energy business.


Definiens Imaging GmbH, Munich, Germany and DigitalGlobe signed an agreement, under which Definiens' and DigitalGlobe act as Software Partner. Under this agreement Definiens has access to the latest Quickbird geometric sensor models and technical product information to optimize the performance of its premier product eCognition. “The object oriented approach in eCognition is perfectly suited to analyze the new quality of space based resolution, Quickbird is giving to our users”, says Matt Wood, Manager Product Marketing at DigitalGlobe


E-City Software Inc. (OTCBB:ECTY) and On Alert Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Proxity Digital Networks, Inc. (Pink Sheets:PDNW), announced that E-City has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with On Alert Systems, Inc. to cooperate in the area of On Alert's gunshot detection technology and computer mapping effective May 23, 2003. E-City also announced that CEO and director Anis Jessa was stepping down to make way for William C. Robinson , who was appointed by Mr. Jessa to be the new director and CEO of E-City. E-City was a developer of interactive maps for cities around the world. Its customers included governments, telecommunications companies and the
travel and tourism industry. E-City substantially ceased its operations in August 2002 due to lack of capital.


Antarctica Systems Inc. of Vancouver, a pioneer in the development of visualization technology, announced it has signed a partnership with MANDEX, Inc., a 29 year provider of Information Technology (IT), engineering and integration services and products to federal agencies and commercial clients, to promote Antarctica's Visual Net software to the federal government.




Announcements


Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:
ADSK), announced that revenue for its fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2003 increased eight percent sequentially to $211 million compared to $196 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003. Net revenues were $229 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2002. First quarter net income was $7.5 million or $0.07 per diluted share compared to net income of $6.4 million or $0.06 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003. Net income for the same quarter a year ago was $17.6 million or $0.15 per diluted share.


Autodesk's sequential quarter growth was fueled by three factors: strong product releases, 28 percent revenue growth in the Discreet division, reflecting an improved media and entertainment market, and continued momentum of the subscription program. During the quarter, Autodesk unveiled the strongest product lineup in its 21 year history.


For the quarter, Baker posted a net loss of ($97,000) or ($0.01) per diluted share, on total contract revenues of $99 million. This compares with net income of $1.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, on total contract revenues of $96 million in first-quarter 2002. The decline in year-over-year earnings is attributable primarily to the overall mix of project work in the Energy segment, which is yielding lower than expected margins; lower than anticipated volume and labor utilization rates in the Engineering segment; higher
occupancy costs and related relocation expenses for the company's largest office facility, which also includes its headquarters, near Pittsburgh; and the costs associated with the infrastructure and amortization of the company's new information systems, which were implemented on January 1, 2003.


GE Network Solutions, entered into an agreement with Zheijiang Provincial Electric Power Company (ZPEPC) in China to optimize its energy distribution and transmission infrastructure. Known for its ability to help large companies leverage the power of their existing network infrastructure, GE Network Solutions will implement its Smallworld Core Spatial Technology™ application that will allow ZPEPC to create and analyze maps and schematics, extract circuit data to predict demand, analyze network load, and to scrutinize demographic information.


GE Network Solutions also signed an agreement with Energie Baden-Würtemberg AG (EnBW) of Germany, to standardize its disparate geo-spatial information systems. With more than 4.2 million customers, EnBW is Germany's third largest energy business.


To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the first ascent to the summit of Mt. Everest, Space Imaging is releasing this high-resolution IKONOS satellite image and 3D fly-over of Mt. Everest. On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain. Since then approximately 1,200 men and women have made the daring journey to the top of the 29,035 foot mountain.


DigitalGlobe announced that Bowles Farming, an agriculture customer in Los Banos, Calif., is using 30 foot resolution SPOT satellite imagery for precision farming applications, land acquisition assessment, and improved crop quality, asset and nutrition management. In addition to providing the imagery, DigitalGlobe worked closely with Bowles Farming to train company representatives on the use and interpretation of digital satellite imagery.


Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced its participation in a contract awarded by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, (NIMA), for Phase II of its Softcopy Search project. The contract team led by Eastman Kodak Company also includes Hewlett Packard/Compaq, Paragon Imaging and Idelix Software. NIMA's Softcopy Search research and development program is designed to demonstrate
the capability of commercially available off the shelf Win/Intel-based hardware and software to provide a more efficient and effective way to conduct broad area search over large geographic areas.


Holonics Data Management Group Ltd. was awarded a contract from Environment Canada. Valued at $336,450, the contract requires Holonics to design and develop Environment Canada's Electronic Data Reporting and Management System (EDRMS), which will provide the framework for a single window of pollutant information, and a secure channel for stakeholders and partners to collect, monitor, analyze and disseminate pollutant data across Canada.


PCI Geomatics(r) is providing multiple licenses of PCI Geomatica and eCognition software to the Canadian Space Agency, Ducks Unlimited, Environment Canada and several other organizations participating in the development of a wetland inventory and classification system for Canada. These members, organized under the National Wetland Inventory umbrella, are cooperating to provide a wetland inventory that will eventually contribute to ecosystem monitoring throughout North America.


The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a leading edge Geospatial Information and Services (GIS) Support task order for the U.S. Air Force bases in the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). GSA's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM), a program of the Federal Technology Service (FTS), competitively selected Titan Corporation through FTS's Millennia Lite contract on behalf of its USAF client. With all options exercised the seven year eight month task order will have a minimum value of over $69 million.


UCLID Software will offer more parcel mapping webinars (online seminars) in June. Attendees will learn how to work faster on parcel mapping projects in ESRI ArcGIS. Anyone who works with parcel maps in ArcGIS or plans to in the future is encouraged to attend. The webinars will be especially helpful to organizations that work with scanned documents or property legal descriptions in ASCII text format. The live 20-minute session is free of charge. Online registration is available at
http://webinar.uclid.com.


Cell-Loc Inc. (TSX: CLQ) announced that it has completed a private placement for gross subscription proceeds of $150,000.06 (Cdn) in relation to the issuance of 357,143 units. Each unit is priced at $0.42 and is comprised of one common share and one common share purchase warrant which entitles the holder to purchase one common share priced at $0.45 upon exercise within 24 months.


GeoConcept SA announced that it will provide a GIS client/server intranet solution for the command post of France's gendarmerie. The solution will give security forces immediate and complete views of the theatre of operations and enable them to obtain, analyze and distribute in real-time the ground information recorded by police.




Appointments


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has named Brenda Pierce as the new program coordinator for the Energy Resources Program. DigitalGlobe(tm) announced Henry Dubois has been promoted to serve as president, in addition to his role as COO and CFO, for DigitalGlobe. Herb Satterlee remains as CEO and chairman of the board.




New Products


DMTI Spatial™ announced the release of CanMap® Streetfiles v7.1, CanMap Parks v1.1, and CanMap Water v1.1.


Tactician Corporation announced the availability of affordable Major Mall data through MapScape.com, an Internet-based product that provides demographic mapping, reporting, market area and location analysis solutions for retail analysts, marketers and real estate agents.


OPTIMUS Corporation announced the Michaels Computer Aided Air and Ground Dispatch module - which enables dispatchers to make highly intuitive emergency transport decisions for ground and air vehicles, based on the most up-to-date information available.


MuskokaTech announced the release of the highly anticipated PathAway version 3.0, GPS Navigation and Mapping Software. This latest update offers new features designed to enhance the Palm® handheld + GPS experience for it's current user-base, and extend it's market reach into the professional GIS sector.


MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ:
MAPS) announced that MapInfo(R) AnySite(R), has been significantly enhanced with new capabilities and advanced data to provide analysts and marketers in the retail, restaurant, real estate and financial industries with a more powerful decision support tool.


The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced the availability of the Web Map Service (WMS) Cookbook version 1.0, the first in a planned series of books detailing the implementation and use of OpenGIS(R) Specifications. WMS defines interfaces for Web-based software to learn about, retrieve, merge and query maps. The Cookbook provides the basic understanding and steps needed for implementing and exploiting the WMS interface and related technologies. The document is available for download in Portable Document Format (PDF) at
http://www.ogcnetwork.org.




Around the Web


Mountain High

Everest: 50 Years and Counting, National Geographic, by Peter Miller

A few days after his triumphant ascent of Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay, Ed Hillary received word that Queen Elizabeth planned to make him Sir Edmund. He was taken aback. "Oh, I found it difficult," he recalls now. "I didn't feel I was the ideal sort of person who should have a title."


In Rarefied Air, Rarefied Company, NY Times, by Alex Ward

In the 50 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first conquered Mount Everest, on May 29, 1953, more than 1,650 climbers have stood atop the world's highest peak. Eighty-nine people did it in one day alone, May 23, 2001. (The total for that year was 182.)


Everest Timeline, National Geographic, by Kalee Thompson


Mount Everest Anniversary: Maps, Photos Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Ascent

National Geographic




Going on in June


TUGIS 2003: Reflections on the Past & Solutions for the Present

Date: June 2 - 3, 2003

Place: Towson University USA

Register by May 2nd in order to receive the "Early Bird" discount. Save $25 on the Full Conference Registration, $10 on the One Day or Full Student Conference registrations, $5 each on the Grill & Chill Social and One Day Student registrations. Early registration for our pre- or post-conference workshops offers an even bigger bargain. For example, if you register by May 2 for the conference and Getting Started with VBA, you'll save $275 over the regular workshop price. As an added bonus for TUGIS 2003, we are offering Migrating Coverages to the Geodatabase, an ESRI Authorized course taught by an ESRI Authorized Instructor, for only $185! Register by May 2 - Don't miss out on the savings
or the opportunities to enhance your GIS skills!


Emerging Technology Summit II: Spatial Web Services

Date: June 5 - 6, 2003

Place: Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner Vienna, VA USA

Attend this interactive 1.5-day summit and see how leading-edge organizations in government and industry are breaking down barriers to data sharing and application in today's geoprocessing systems through the use of interoperable Web services.


SmartTalk Events

Date: June 5, 2003

Place: USA

Privacy and Secure ID Systems teleconference


FME Training

Date: June 12 - 13, 2003

Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Whether your a beginner or experienced FME user, GIS professional, or developer, our hands on course and professional training materials will show you how to get the most out of FME. Register early, space is limited!


FME Training Session

Date: June 12 - 13, 2003

Place: USA

Learn from the source how to use the core components of FME through hands-on training.


TerraScan User Event

Date: June 16 - 20, 2003

Place: Los Angeles, CA USA
An all-tutorial training session Airborne 1 Corporation and Terrasolid will be hosting a TerraScan User Event from June 16-20, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA. The event will consist of five seminars given by Arttu Soininen, Terrasolid's main software developer. The seminars will take place at a computer laboratory at the Department of Geography of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). e-mail us at
Email Contact **Register before Friday, May 23rd, 2003 and get 10% off total registration costs.**


Pennsylvania GIS Conference 2003

Date: June 24 - 25, 2003

Place: Harrisburg Hilton Harrisburg, PA USA

With keynote speaker U.S. Representative Curt Weldon: Representative Weldon is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Military Procurement Subcommittee, and a member of the House Science Committee. The 2003 Pennsylvania GIS Conference will be held on June 24-25 at the Harrisburg Hilton and Whitaker Center in downtown Harrisburg. The combined Hilton and Whitaker Center venue will provide a refreshing change of pace for this year's event. In addition to all of the conference activities, the Harrisburg Senators will be at home on City Island to play the Erie Seawolves, Restaurant Row will be in full swing,
Pride of the Susquehanna will be plying the river, and the Whitaker Center IMAX will have a full schedule of spectacular features. Check back often for updated details!


11th Annual Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Date: June 24 - 25, 2003

Place: Harrisburg, PA USA

"Spatial Preparedness--are we ready?"


2003 GenaWare Annual Symposium

Date: June 25 - 26, 2003

Place: Durham, NC USA

Official launch and showcase of Ware2, workshops and seminars. Register today at http://events.genaware.com/ for this great networking & learning opportunity!


Leveraging the GSA IT-70 Schedule to Capture State and Local Business

Date: June 26, 2003

Place: Herndon , VA USA

Holding a GSA IT Schedule Contract has never offered so many opportunities for business with the public sector and this Technology Seminar is the only forum dedicated solely to the explanation of this new rule from all perspectives.


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