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Open Source Extends it Reach
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Industry News

Open Source Extends it Reach

By Susan Smith

Open source has really proliferated in recent years and is used quite extensively by the military and now utilities and municipalities. Well known desktop applications such as GRASS GIS, OSSIM and operating systems such as Linux, Apache Software Foundation and Red Hat, which offers platform, middleware and enterprise virtualization software, have been around for awhile. Newer web mapping solutions such as MapGuide Open Source, Mapbender, MapBuilder, deegree, MapServer and OpenLayers populate the landscape, opening up the possibilities for open source built applications that can be ready far earlier than most commercial software release cycles, and make it possible for more users to
develop their own applications.

Among the first adopters of open source were federal and national governments, and now, utilities and municipalities are following suit. Besides costs, what are some of the pluses and minuses of this technology?

Apache Software Foundation

As a mature open source initiative, the Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects. According to the website, the Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits contributor's potential legal exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products. Formerly known as the Apache
Group, the Foundation has been incorporated as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation in order to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers. Apache is more than just people sharing a server, they are a community of developers and users.

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo)

Geoff Zeiss, director of technology, Peter Riecks, senior product manager, Mark Christian, product marketing manager for Autodesk talked about the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), an umbrella organization for open source geospatial.

In early 2006 Autodesk got started with open source, and became one of the key sponsors of OSGeo, and put significant funding behind it initially.

Autodesk started by contributing two pieces of code, one leveraging the other, but they were two separate projects, one being the MapGuide Open Source Mapping Server environment and the other being the underpinnings of MapGuide in terms of data access technology, Feature Data Objects (FDO). The GDAL libraries, which are data access libraries from Frank Warmerdam became wrapped in FDO, and FDO supported many other data sources. “Based on the output from the reporting engines on downloads from the OSGeo websites, we have seen in excess of 100,000 downloads of MapGuide Open Source, and I would also say in excess of 80,000 downloads of the FDO data access technology in those four
years,” said Riecks. “So it is a significant channel to market for something that has the Autodesk name behind it. It is clearly all in the domain of the community to maintain that code base and Autodesk is a contributor like many other community members around these two pieces of code or technologies.”

Right now there are over 20 projects that are part of OSGeo which include MapServer, GeoServer (the Java version of MapServer), OpenLayers (a popular open source project used all over by commercial and non-commercial users), OGR (a library of code used to read a large number of different file formats used by ESRI), Autodesk, Safe Software, which is used by just about anyone in geospatial industry for reading different raster formats and different vector formats.

OSGeo is growing fast, adding two or three new projects in the last three months, one of which is PostGIS which is actually used by Google Earth and Google Maps.

There are approximately 24 chapters of OSGeo worldwide, the total number of lines of code now is over 11 million.

“In the past twelve months, 270 different developers have committed code to an OSGeo project,” noted Geoff Zeiss. “That's probably larger than any inhouse developers' inhouse development team.”

Since last October, 2,000 more subscribers have joined OSGeo mailing lists.

Ordnance Survey is now a sponsor of the OSGeo, and other national mapping agencies are showing a great deal of interest in the foundation. One interesting OSGeo project is GeoNetwork which is basically a framework for the National Spatial Infrastructure (SDI).

For Autodesk, supporting OSGeo solved a big problem. It was difficult to get out product releases such as web mapping product fast enough. Like most large companies in the software business, the period of time it takes to get a new release out is usually at least a year.

“We thought that the traditional approach we use for AutoCAD and most of our other products was simply not fast enough for the web mapping area and that's why we became such a big supporter of the Open Source initiative,” said Zeiss. “We've contributed a lot of that 11 million lines of code, MapGuide, FDO and the coordinate system stuff. The coordinate system stuff was the most recent contribution that we made to OSGeo.”

The annual open source conference FOSS4G will next be in Barcelona, on September 6-9.

The 11 million lines of code contributed to OSGeo has been contributed by different sources, and it is living code, not legacy code, according to Peter Riecks.

Frank Warmerdam, developer of OGR (part of GDAL library) has contributed a significant amount of code. OpenLayers code was contributed by Chris Holmes.

The number of active developers has greatly increased. Two to three years ago, the number of active committers on Apache was around 1,000, and there are now ¼ of that number working on OSGeo projects.

In 2008 Autodesk contributed a third project which is right now in incubation status, which is a holding pattern for most projects when they get into OSGeo. OSGeo as a community would like to see adoption, involvement and momentum behind projects before they get accepted as official projects. Currently Autodesk's contribution is the metacoordinate reference system project is now in incubation. The coordinate system and projection capabilities of all Autodesk's geospatial products was acquired some years ago, and they are open sourcing that element in order to increase the momentum of that capability and “bring a level of that consistency to not just our products but other
products in the market,” said Riecks. Safe Software uses that same coordinate system engine. Anyone doing coordinate system or projection work between Safe Software System and Autodesk and other systems that are using it now will have very consistent if not identical results.

“We have also recently seen a very interesting new development which is a completely modern web services interface into MapGuide,” said Zeiss. Typically in the web services world the standards are either SOAP or Rest. A developer has developed a Restful web interface for MapGuide.

Autodesk has seen much endorsement of their technology from other vendors. For example, Safe Software has fully endorsed the FDO technology and it's now totally integrated and embedded inside FME. One Spatial in the UK are embedding FDO in their Spatial Studio and other products to allow their customers to reach into other data sources other than the Oracle Spatial Foundation that their products are built on.

Mapping location vendor Pitney Bowes MapInfo put a little FDO wrap on to plug it into their web mapping environment, MapExtreme.

Federal and national governments were among the first adopters of open source, according to Autodesk. Now utilities are more interested, where three or four years ago, they wanted to stick with commercial vendor solutions. “I would say within the U.S. federal government, probably the military is the biggest user of open source, and that would include open source geospatial,” said Zeiss. “And there are OSGeo projects that are used within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Also we're seeing municipal governments, pipeline companies and utilities are starting to use open source as well.”

Some people in county government are going all open source using desktop tools, commercial software. The primary reason for this is that it comes down to licensing fees. In those organizations, they still need to have a developer on staff for IT to support application, so there is no additional cost to using open source.

There was concern initially about security with regard to using open source. However, the U.S. government uses up to 60% open source for cruise missile weapons systems. The U.S. military believes that if the software is under scrutiny of many people it is more secure than software that has been seen and tested by only a few software developers. With open source, the community makes sure that security holes are plugged and software is secure.

What it Costs

No one really knows what it costs to use open source, and there are a number of misperceptions surrounding its use. There is no licensing cost with open source, no matter what application you are running.

In the past, users needed to be developers to implement open source, but nowadays products like MapGuide Open source come with a full executable that installs just like a commercial product. Just about any administrator who has computer savvy that can set up MapGuide Enterprise can set up MapGuide Open Source. Many open source offerings use MySQL as a database, around which there is a full free GUI or user interface.

This type of offering changes the support aspect of ownership. “One of the reasons people will choose an Autodesk product such as MapGuide Enterprise over MapGuide Open Source is that it is backed by Autodesk,” said Christian. “That means we have personnel who are providing support and users can reach them either via the web or via phone, and we will do our best to fix any problems that arise. We have been able to slipstream fixes through the open source community that are actually reaching our customers faster than we could do it ourselves. We will roll it into our software code down the road.”

Zeiss made the point that open source is just as commercial as proprietary software, noting that Red Hat's market capitalization was around $6 billion the last time he looked. Other companies such as Oracle and Autodesk have a mix of both proprietary and open source so there are no exact figures on open source.

Open source becomes a cheaper alternative in some countries where the price of proprietary software is comparatively high.

“For Autodesk, open source is just another channel to market to a segment of developers and users that we might not reach with our commercial offerings,” concluded Zeiss. However, there are some applications the company feels are better achieved with closed proprietary software and some that are better achieved with open source.

OpenGeo Web Mapping Environment

Eddie Pickle and Paul Ramsey of OpenGeo spoke about their new release, OpenGeo Suite Version 1.0, a fully featured web mapping environment for serving maps and data through web applications, mobile devices, and desktop clients. Their perspective is that open source provides “certain advantages to pricing and scaling that we can pass on to our clients.”

Pickle said that when he worked for proprietary software companies the question would arise about what would happen to the customers if the firm went out of business. He said this is not a problem when you deal with the open source community.

“One of the things we've tried to do with all the components that are part of the open geospatial suite is make sure there's a strong community of people actively involved in the development and the feature extensions of each of those software components,” said Pickle. “I can't speak for all companies, there are a lot of companies with open source legacy code, I'm not sure there would exist in that situation someone who could take the place of the prime developer who left. But speaking specifically about the components within the OpenGeo Suite, there's a very strong community of developers in each of those communities. Clients know there will be a deep bench of
developers who can work on those components and either help them as they make their applications work or do extensions.”

Guidance on Military Use of Open Source Software

In an article in the October, 2009 issue of Government Computer News (GCN), it was stated that the U.S. Defense Department has issued a guidance on the use of open source software in the military. Although the military has been a proponent and widespread user of open source software for a long time, the DoD has had questions around procurement and its use as a viable option.

Top News of the Week

M.O.S.S., a leading German provider of spatial-based information and technology solutions, announced the release of its INSPIRE-ready geodata management solution, INSPIRE.Insight.

Leveraging M.O.S.S.' consultancy expertise and innovative software for spatial data management, INSPIRE.Insight provides an end-to-end solution specifically aimed at helping organisations meet their obligations to publish and share geospatial data in compliance with the INSPIRE framework.

ESRI has released its 2010/2015 Updated Demographics data, which offers more than 2,000 data variables, including current-year estimates and 2015 forecasts for 11 different geographies from national to block group levels. This data can help identify areas of high unemployment, adjustments in the housing market, rising vacancy rates, changes in income and consumer spending, and increased population diversity. Agencies, businesses, and organizations can use the data to analyze trends, identify growth, and reveal new market opportunities.

Electric utilities can now access the ArcGIS Data Model for MultiSpeak, a ready-to-use geodatabase template that conforms to the latest release of the widely used, industry-standard MultiSpeak specification. The ArcGIS Data Model for MultiSpeak meets the needs of ArcGIS users who design and maintain electric networks and associated infrastructure in the United States.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

AssetWorks, a provider of technology and professional consulting solutions for asset and infrastructure-intensive organizations, announced it has enhanced its solution offering with the acquisition of the assets of InCircuit Development Corporation. The acquisition adds InCircuit's
Enterprise Asset Management (
EAM) software to the AssetWorks solution portfolio.

Trimble announced that it has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") with respect to its audit of Trimble's income tax returns for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. As part of the audit, the IRS examined the valuation and payment arrangement for the 2006 license of specified Trimble intellectual property rights to a foreign-based Trimble subsidiary. The consideration for this license was established based on the Company's estimate of the ongoing royalties that would have been received in a similar license arrangement to an unrelated third-party licensee.

GEOspatial Professional Solutions Inc. (GPSi) has contracted with Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a Microsoft company, to purchase an UltraCamL medium format camera system.


ESRI is providing a number of support activities for the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Working closely with dozens of agencies and the geographic information system (GIS) community, ESRI has deployed its disaster response team to provide assistance to users in local, state, and federal government agencies as well as the private sector. The team is supplying software, technical support, GIS data, and personnel.

ESRI is also providing support and services through its
disaster response Web site.

Richard Saul Wurman published his first book in 1962 at age 26, he began the singular passion of his life: making difficult information easily understandable. Wurman, now a prolific author and creator of the TED (technology/entertainment/design) conferences, will speak at the 2010 ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) in July. He will discuss his latest project, called
19.20.21, and how geographic information system (GIS) technology plays a part in it.

In April 2010, GISCorps, a program of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), received a request for a volunteer from one of its long-time partners, the Information Management and Mine Action Program (iMMAP). This project was GISCorps' 60th mission.

iMMAP is assisting the Chadian Independent Electoral Commission (CENA) in Chad. The goals of this project are to georeference +/-10,000 polling stations for the entire country and then add attribute data such as type of polling station, mobile network operator available, accessibility, and time to reach from the sub-district center to that dataset.

A full 89 percent of respondents to a recent study examining the use of high-tech Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the United States and Canada report their organizations have implemented GIS to help manage public works services.

Bartlett & West, a full-service engineering and information management company, undertook the study.

E-mail surveys were sent to public works professionals across the U.S. and Canada in late 2009. Surveys were completed by 1,375 respondents. Data from competed surveys were divided into eight geographical regions and ten population segments based on size of municipality or other entity served. Respondents represented cities, counties, or other entities providing public works management with populations from less than 1000 to greater than one million.


TerraGo Technologies, a provider of geospatial collaboration software solutions, announced details of its Q1 2010 results. Highlights for the quarter include growth in several key areas of the business, including a 63% increase in total year-over-year revenue and a 137% increase in year-over-year core software revenue. In addition, the company grew and diversified its customer base, built out its organization with a focus on software development capabilities, made significant advances with new products, and improved its channel structure.
press release

Garmin Ltd. announced results for the fiscal quarter ended March 27, 2010.

First Quarter 2010 Financial Summary: Total revenue of $431 million, down 1% from $437 million in first quarter 2009
press release

GeoEye, Inc. a premier provider of superior satellite and aerial-based geospatial information and services, announced results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2010.
press release


PCI Geomatics is sad to announce the sudden passing of Dr. Robert Moses, President and Chief Executive Officer on Monday, May 3rd. The company extends its deepest condolences to his family.

Spot Image Corporation has hired Bob Shafer as Director of Defense Programs. Bob comes to Spot Image from IGIS Technologies, where he served as Director of Business Development and was responsible for establishing and expanding a Defense and Federal presence for their GIS and geospatial services. Before that, he served in various positions at Group Systems, Evoke Software, Legent Corporation, Uniserv Systems, and Ajilon Consulting.

Optech Incorporated, manufacturer of advanced lidar survey instruments, is pleased to announce that Dr. Allan Carswell, Founder and Chairman of Optech Incorporated, has been awarded the 2010 CASI C.D. Howe Award.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced that Lance McKee has been appointed as a Senior Staff Writer for the Consortium.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced that Dr. Nadine Alameh has been appointed as a Director, Interoperability Programs for the Consortium. In her new position, Nadine plans and manages OGC Interoperability Initiatives, which include testbeds, pilots and interoperability experiments designed to develop, test and validate specifications in support of developing standards for geospatial information.

New Products

SuperGeo Technologies, global provider of complete GIS software and solutions, announced that the latest generation of its desktop geographic information system (GIS), SuperGIS Desktop 3, is officially released to global users.

Compared with SuperGIS Desktop 2.x, SuperGIS Desktop 3 offers more powerful processing capabilities and also fully supports Windows 7. Therefore, users can have a more effective and professional GIS platform for editing, mapping, analyzing, and geoprocessing; this can improve the working efficiency by around 20%. Thus, the usability and the value of spatial data will be enhanced greatly.

Trimble announced the release of new Trimble SSF and DDF data format extensions for FME, the leading spatial ETL (extract, transform, and load) solution from Safe Software. These extensions enable mapping and GIS professionals to easily move Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) field data collected on Trimble handhelds and processed through the Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office software to more than 225 widely used formats supported by the FME software platform, including raster data, spatial databases, and legacy Computer Aided Design (CAD). This new capability gives Trimble users access to the most up-to-date GIS formats and increases the interoperability of
Trimble mapping and GIS solutions.

Inspired by the UK General Election (taking place on Thursday 6 May 2010), Snowflake Software has launched its pre-election
manifesto for Open Data.

Continued supporters of Open Data, Snowflake decided to put itself to the test and continue its efforts to educate the industry about Open Data and what it really means.

With the recent release of the OS OpenData sets in the UK, Snowflake has already been working hard to make the data available in a truly open manner, by converting the data to the open data exchange standard - GML.

American Hiking Society, organizer of National Trails Day, announced the launch of its HIKE GPS maps application for the iPhone, a one-stop app with over 300 free recreational maps - encompassing more than five million square miles of the United States. HIKE embeds premium map content onto the iPhone so there's no need to “cache” topo maps or search for a network signal in the middle of the backcountry. The application also allows users to track and record their off-road adventures, take geo-coded pictures, and easily upload and share their outdoor experiences via Facebook and email.

HP introduced nine affordable business notebook PCs tailored for corporate and small to midsize business customers.

With prices starting at $549,(1) the new notebooks deliver HP's best combination of features, functionality and value for businesses. The introduction continues a series of announcements that provide businesses the broadest mix of products to update aging desktops, workstations and notebooks.

ERDAS announces the release of ERDAS APOLLO Feature Interoperability, a new product extending ERDAS APOLLO's native vector support by adding support for additional CAD and GIS formats and tools. IMAGINE Feature Interoperability was released in late 2009, adding similar support to ERDAS IMAGINE users.

skobbler, Germany's best-selling iPhone navigation app (more than 150,000 sold), launches in the UK at an introductory price of GBP 1.19 (normally GBP 2.39). This affordable sat nav app puts the power in users' hands, letting motorists (and pedestrians) join forces to update maps far faster than ever before.

Intermap Technologies, a worldwide 3D digital mapping and geospatial solutions company, announced the immediate availability of its Web-based application that produces NEXTMap Online Terrain Profiles (OTPs) for microwave link planning. The application was designed specifically to support microwave tower placement and network expansion by delivering precise terrain profiles (including 3D terrain data and profile graphs) via the Company's TerrainOnDemand Web services portal.

Intermap Technologies announced its new Web services portal - an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)-compliant platform that supports the acquisition and delivery of the Company's NEXTMap database and new online geospatial services, all leveraging 1-meter vertically accurate digital elevation models and geometric images.

For local governments, municipal authorities and utilities looking for an affordable and flexible ArcGIS Server solution to making GIS data accessible and useable online, mapJazz will be music to their ears. Developed by the GIS services experts at geographIT, mapJazz packages key features of ESRI's Web-server technology to provide simple GIS Web publishing of online mapping sites that host database searching, buffering, annotating, hyper-linking and related table functions. mapJazz is licensed by the server, not by processor or number of user transactions, thereby offering an affordable means to extending GIS services via the Web to an entire organization or the

GIS AppStore delivers pre-configured GIS applications hosted in the Cloud - Redlands, California-Skygone announced the release of the Skygone GIS AppStore which showcases their Cloud-based GIS application templates [
GIS Apps Store].

Around the Web

GISCafe Today Blog

New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage by Sarah Wheaton, May 4, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

China Information Security Ups Guidance, May 10, 2010, The Street

'Frederick County Sheriffs Office Crime Mapping Frederick County GIS

A social map of the Gulf oil spill May 10, 2010, Robert L. Mitchell, Reality Check, ComputerWorld

Flood control projects under way locally May 09, 2010, by Neil Young, Mohave Valley News

Date: May 18 - 19, 2010
Place: Telus Convention Centre

120 Ninth Avenue SE, Calgary, AB , T2G OP3 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 other in your community are using a geographic approach in their work
Date: May 19 - 21, 2010
Place: Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar International Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre

Rumeli Hall, Istanbul, Turkey
INTERGEO EAST takes on the challenge of joining the developing markets of South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East. It offers a route to new potential customers and a forum for discussing sector trends and standards – a channel for transferring technologies, products and know-how. In this way, INTERGEO EAST intensifies the exchange of experience, helps to produce solutions to problems and offers fundamental knowledge for practical action. Each year the event opens up important domestic European and international sector networks.
Date: May 20, 2010
Place: Hyatt Regency Reston

Reston, VA USA
The GEOINT Community ends the unclassified portion of TECH DAYS on Thursday afternoon with an exhibitor reception. Please join USGIF for the evening reception held in the exhibit hall and visit the USGIF Technology Day exhibits or simply network with colleagues!
Date: May 20, 2010
Place: PowerStream Inc.

161 Cityview Boulevard, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
GITA Ontario Chapter announces the third annual Spring Educational Event

FREE for GITA members, $25 for URISA and MISA members and $45 for non-members

Format: Four subject matter industry expert speakers will present engaging testimonies where geospatial technologies were applied to overcome asset management challenges.

Registration: 9:30am

Start Time: 10am

Finish Time: 2pm

Lunch: A light lunch and beverages will be provided.
Date: May 20, 2010
Place: Emirates Stadium

London, United Kingdom
GeoDATA is a FREE to attend, one-day seminar that will provide an insight into the many issues surrounding geographic information. Following last year's highly successful visit to London we are now pleased to confirm this year's event on 20 May 2010.
Date: May 24 - 25, 2010
Place: University Union on the Towson University campus

TUgis 2010 will emphasize information sharing, or technology transfer, by anyone currently using GIS and anyone considering using GIS. The theme for TUgis 2010 is “GIS in Budget Constrained Times: Doing More With Less.”
Date: May 25 - 27, 2010
Place: Imigrantes Exhibition Center

São Paulo, Brazil
This event is, today, the biggest and most important fair of geotechnologies of Latin America. At its ninth and last edition in 2008, the event brought together in São Paulo over 3,500 participants, including congress attendees and visitors of the fair, which counted with over 50 exhibitors.
Date: May 25, 2010
Place: 5454 Harrison Park Lane

Indianapolis, IN 46216 USA
Seiler Instrument and CartoPac Field Solutions have announced they will be hosting a field data collection workshop in Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday, May 25 from 9:00 am to 2:30pm. This half-day workshop focuses on office to field technology to easily configure and deploy a user-friendly mobile GIS without any programming. The content is applicable to anyone involved in collecting, managing, or maintaining data from the field. Participants learn about integrating a CartoPac solution within ESRI ArcMap, ArcSDE, and ArcGIS Server and building a stand-alone web-based solution. The workshop offers a unique opportunity to see a GPS-enabled solution that will ultimately save your
projects time and money. Those interested in attending this workshop must register at the link below.
Date: June 2 - 3, 2010
Place: Taj Palace Hotel

Diplomatic Enclave, 2 Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi, India
The successful completion of three GeoIntelligence India, the focus and purview of the conference is expanding this year to focus on the entire Asian region. GIS Development is pleased to announce that GeoIntelligence Asia 2010 will help facilitate an informal exchange of dialogue and cooperation within Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Korea, Japan and Nepal. India being the largest and most advanced will be an appropriate host of such an initiative.
Date: June 3 - 4, 2010
Place: Winnipeg Convention Centre

375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB , R3C 3J3 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 other in your community are using a geographic approach in their work
Date: June 3 - 4, 2010
Place: Kiana Lodge

Poulsbo, WA USA
The Suquamish Tribe and the Indigenous Mapping Network (IMN) are organizing the fourth IMN conference. The topics of discussion are framed around IMN's guiding principles - Plan, Protect and Preserve. This theme will provide a platform for sharing knowledge. The conference will explore past Indigenous and Tribal mapping experiences and strategies for the future. We are currently looking for speakers to share their experiences with mapping in an Indigenous/Tribal context.
Date: June 8 - 11, 2010
Place: Washington , DC USA
The explosion of computing driven location based applications in the past few years has revolutionized the way we live and work. COM.Geo is an international conference and exhibition on computing for geospatial, which focuses on the latest computing technologies for multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary research and development that enables the exploration in geospatial. COM.Geo is an exclusive event that connects researchers, developers, scientists, and application users from academia, government, and industry in both computing and geospatial fields.
Date: June 9 - 11, 2010
Place: Village Nottingham

Brailsford Way, United Kingdom
The British Cartographic Society’s Annual Symposium is an established three-day training event that provides delegates with the opportunity to gain mapping knowledge from a wide range of world class presentations and interactive workshops.
Date: June 10, 2010
Place: Community College of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA USA
It is co sponsored by The Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society at the Community College of Philadelphia and Geographic Information Systems Curriculum.
Date: June 14 - 17, 2010
Place: Nashville

Join Intergraph technical experts and industry peers for four exciting days of exclusive technology previews, a showcase of best practices, inspiring keynotes, and unlimited networking. Enter a world of opportunities with Intergraph solutions. Reserve your spot today!
Date: June 14 - 18, 2010
Place: Hotel Monaco Baltimore

Baltimore, MD USA
The success of any GIS program is largely tied to the capabilities of its leader.  Strong leadership is necessary to establish a solid GIS program, operate efficiently and effectively, coordinate participants, adapt to change, and move a program forward.  Leadership, however, is a skill that must be developed.
Date: June 15 - 16, 2010
Place: The Marriott

Berlin, Germany
Over 200 senior-level navigation, geo and LBS experts unite for Europe’s biggest navigation conference.  Find out how differentiate your products, identify new business models, monetise connected services and fight back against commoditisation.  Hear from over 50 expert speakers including Nokia, NAVTEQ, Tele Atlas, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, ESRI, Bouygues Telecom, Open Street Map, Intel, Renault, Carmeq, TomTom, T-Mobile, Garmin & Vodafone.
Date: June 18 - 19, 2010
Place: Novotel On Collins

Melbourne, Australia
The International Map Trade Association (IMTA) invites you to present at the:

Annual Conference & Trade Show “Connecting the Business of Maps Worldwide”
Date: June 18 - 20, 2010
Place: Beijing, China
The local organizating committee for GeoInformatics 2010 welcomes your participation in the 18th international conference on Geoinformatics for GIScience professionals. The 18th conference will be in Beijing, China. We hope it provides an opportunity for all professionals involved in GIS, GPS, and RS research and development to discuss new ways to advance the theory, technology, and applications of GIScience.

You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.