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September 06, 2010
Maps, Anyone?
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Industry News
Maps, Anyone?
By Susan Smith

Many organizations now recognize the value of the map as a business tool.

The map now involves a lot more players, not just professionals. For many years, users of maps have wanted to have some say in the generation of maps. The advent of NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas data used for Google Maps and Google Earth triggered awareness of the need to be able to submit user generated content (UGC) to those companies on a regular basis. No longer did we need to rely on TIGER maps and USGS maps that were eight years out of date. Maps could be real time.

The announcement of Esri's Community Maps Program this year at Esri UC is another contribution to that growth that was met with a great deal of interest by the geospatial community. The program allows organizations to contribute their own geographic data including imagery to ArcGIS Online basemaps which can then be shared with the geospatial user community. The maps can also be accessed from ArcGIS for iOS, ArcPad 10, ArcGIS Desktop 10, and free and open web mapping APIs from Esri. ArcGIS Online is a place where users (not just GIS users, but anyone) can find resources shared by ESRI and GIS users everywhere.

With ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud offering, you can save a map to your ArcGIS Online account, search for maps or add to a map, or connect with a specific GIS server and add in resources from that server. ArcGIS Online content can be accessed directly from within ArcGIS Explorer Online to create maps that can then be shared and consumed by a broad community of users, including the iPhone community.

The deal is that anyone can access the community maps that are at ArcGIS.com and use them for GIS projects, including Web applications and mashups. ArcGIS.com features ready-to-use and free applications that make it easy for people to leverage information that has been shared by ESRI, such as base maps, and content shared by users made possible with a JavaScript Web Mapping application built into ArcGIS.com for creating maps and mashups.

The concept is not entirely new: OpenStreetMap (OSM) has been offering an open map program for some time now. The difference is that OpenStreetMap is not aimed specifically at the GIS community, but at the world community at large. Anyone who wants street maps and other data can get it, and anyone who wants to submit geographic data to OpenStreetMap can do so. The information is uploaded to OpenStreetMap's central database and can be edited by anyone who might know the area better, or have some additional information to impart. These maps can be used without the concern of legal restrictions. This has been especially helpful to drivers, bikers, and hikers, as well as for real estate purposes, locating homes that you might want to purchase, including all kinds of information such as purchase price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and directions to the home.

According to Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap also does not limit the type of information people can add into the database, “as long as it is factually correct, verifiable and does not infringe on anyone else's copyright.”

The key differences that I can see between these two offerings are that 1) Community Maps are created using “authoritative data sources” that have been thoroughly researched and gleaned from multiple governmental and commercial data sources. The user-generated content that populates it is not offered by the entire global populace, as in the case of OSM. 2) Also, the data is housed in ArcGIS Online which provides a great, easily accessible repository of base maps (street maps, topo, aerial) and GIS data that client applications can pull down from the cloud and utilize. 3) The general population is not able to make changes or additions to the data. 4) Although you can use OSM on the Cloud, it looks like it doesn't have its own cloud offering.

User organizations that contribute geographic data to the Community Maps program will reap several benefits, according to the Esri press materials. The costs associated with distributing their own data and making it widely available will be eliminated. The program also decreases the costs associated with setting up and maintaining data by reducing labor costs and need for server capacity. The data is easily accessible and geared for most GIS web mapping projects.

Contributed data is integrated into online community maps such as World Topographic Map, World Street Map, and World Imagery. The type of data needed are detailed basemap data for cities or regions at 1:50,000 scale; detailed street map data at 1:50,000 scale or larger; and high-resolution imagery that is 1 meter or better, collected within the past three years. All provided data is verified to make sure it enhances existing data on a community map.

Esri does not take ownership of the map.

Building the Community

The applications that are born of these mapping systems will grow the community of users.

One example: earthmine has the same model as ArcGIS Online: a central data repository with ecosystems of client applications that allow you to pull data and use them in menus and different ways such as from ArcPad and iPhones.

An Esri partner, earthmine is a 3D mapping company with a 3D mapping system that employs stereophotogrammetric cameras, and some core technology which was licensed from the jet propulsion labs and was used in the Mars exploration vehicle, Rover.

According to John Ristevski, CEO of earthmine, the Rovers use the cameras to map out the terrain in front of them so they can navigate the Martian landscape. “We use them in a similar way to map out the open environment in 3D,” said Ristevski. “What we produce is a 3D coordinate for every pixel and every image, so the image is very high resolution. We also have that 3D backbone that allows you to map, measure and do all those metric type operations that you can't just do with imagery.”

earthmine has had its own workflows, development tools and software stack which included SDK for flash and web development and SDK for mobile development for some time now. They realized that a lot of people have existing workflows around ArcGIS Desktop, so they created an extension for ArcMap that allows people to view earthmine imagery right inside ArcMap and link that directly to their database.

“When you load up ArcMap you can see the map on one side and you can see the earthmine street level view on the other side. Inside the street level view you can also see the features from the geodatabase, and we showed a demo of taking some GIS data from San Diego and overlaying that on top of the earthmine imagery, which adds a real world context to the abstract geospatial information.”

earthmine imagery includes the street level view, it looks like a real street, and is very high resolution. A lot of ArcGIS online layers are mostly top down map views. earthmine imagery offers a complimentary view, said Ristevski. earthmine does not offer a large data library yet. Other third party data sources in ArcGIS Online include Bing Maps aerial, and OpenStreetMap. They do project specific data collection service, such as mapping 150 cities in France.

“I think the industry is going this way in general,” said Ristevski. “People want to use data in different ways no matter what the device is, the client app is or where it is. I think that flexibility is becoming important. We have a wide variety of customers, working with DOTs, homeland security projects, etc. Each one is different and they have some different needs like French Yellow Pages need for Flash.”

earthmine has their own cloud service built on Amazon Web Service. “earthmine Cloud is very similar to ArcGIS Online, but specifically designed for earthmine's street level data,” said Ristevksi.

“Many ArcGIS users could utilize both ArcGIS Online and earthmine Cloud together with the benefit of not having to maintain, manage or host any data themselves. Using earthmine's new add-in for ArcMap you could access ArcGIS Online and earthmine Cloud simultaneously to get basemap and street level 3D data side by side without any local storage. This "data as a service" concept is definitely where the industry is heading and we are getting a lot of interest in the Cloud service as an option to our customers,” said Ristevski.

Top News of the Week

Lockheed Martin congratulated the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on the 50-year anniversary of the first Corona photo reconnaissance satellite image from space, which ushered in new space-based capabilities for the nation.

First developed as a joint U.S. Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency program to provide surveillance from space of denied territories, Corona achieved mission success on August 18, 1960 when an Air Force C-119 aircraft recovered in mid-air the satellite's capsule containing imagery captured by the satellite's panoramic camera system.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium (SOSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance sensor observing systems for the oceans community.

Under the agreement the two organizations will participate in joint outreach and marketing activities to raise awareness and interest in smart sensor systems and Sensor Web Enablement. The organizations' first cooperative activity will focus on the Monterey Bay Research Institute's (MBARI) PUCK protocol for hydrographic sensor configuration. The PUCK protocol specification has been submitted to the OGC as a candidate standard.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Manhattan Software announced that it has become an Esri Gold Tier Partner. Through this partnership, the integration of Esri's geographic information system software (GIS) with the Manhattan Software solution is maximized, enabling advanced analytics and geospatial visualization of facilities information. Maponics and Digital Map Products announced a partnership whereby Digital Map Products will offer Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries TM. Recognizing the strong linkage between mapping applications and the high-quality GIS data that bring them to life, Digital Map Products will offer Maponics datasets coupled with its mapping technology, beginning with North American Neighborhood Boundaries.

OpenGeo announces a new, global partner program to expand support options for users of the OpenGeo Suite. The OpenGeo Partner Program will create an international network of service providers, to bring more people into the open source ecosystem by aligning the financial incentives of consultants and solution providers with those of the core software developers. Through this network of partners, OpenGeo will offer OpenGeo Suite customers a wealth of proven technology solutions that solve real-world challenges.


Safe Software announced the expansion of its FME Training Program, with the addition of Instructor-Led Online Training. Ideal for users who can't afford the time or expense of traveling to a training facility, this new training alternative enables easier access to a broader range of data interoperability topics.

Upcoming Instructor-Led Online courses include FME for the Esri Enthusiast on September 22 - 23, 2010. Private classes for your company can also be arranged on request. To register for an upcoming course, or for more information on Safe's catalogue of Fall 2010 training courses, go to www.safe.com/2010Training.

DigitalGlobe announced that it had contracted Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation to build its next imaging satellite, WorldView-3. The company also contracted with ITT Corporation to build the imaging system for WorldView-3. The imaging system will be capable of capturing 8-band multispectral high-resolution imagery. The WorldView-3 satellite is scheduled to be ready for launch in 2014 and will further expand DigitalGlobe's industry-leading collection capacity, ensuring that DigitalGlobe can meet future assignments while continuing to deliver value-added products that satisfy current customers' needs for information and insight derived from advanced imagery applications.

ITT Corporation announced that it has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, to continue building the imaging system for GeoEye's next-generation Earth-imaging satellite, GeoEye-2. The GeoEye-2 imaging system consists of the camera and sensor subsystem, optical telescope unit and outer barrel assembly. ITT has been working on long-lead items for GeoEye-2 since October 2007, under a separate contract directly with GeoEye.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) calls for participation in the OGC Web Services (OWS) Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment (IE) to advance best practice for implementing standards on federated security in transactions involving geospatial data and services.

The IE, initiated by OGC Members Cadcorp, EDINA, and Snowflake Software, will demonstrate use of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) with OGC Web Services, including use of Shibboleth. This IE will build on practices from the European Spatial Data Infrastructure Network (ESDIN) project and on results from previous OGC initiatives on authentication.


Pictometry International Corporation announces the appointment of Kevin T. Reilley as President of Pictometry Business Solutions (PBS). In this new role, Reilley will drive sales and product development across multiple business segments.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces that Dr. Luis E. Bermudez has been appointed Director of Interoperability Certification for the Consortium. In his new position, Dr. Bermudez will manage the OGC Certification Program, lead plugfest activities, and support OGC testbeds, pilots and interoperability experiments designed to develop, test and validate specifications for geospatial information.

SPADAC has hired recently retired Army Colonel Matthew Artero as Vice President of ISR Programs supporting the company's work with the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Homeland Security. Mr. Artero is a recognized expert within DoD ISR circles and has advised senior officials at DoD, NATO, the UN, and a number of foreign Defense Ministers.

New Products

OpenGeo announces the release of OpenGeo Suite Cloud Edition in collaboration with cloud technology innovator Skygone Inc. OpenGeo Suite Cloud Edition is optimized for cloud infrastructure, with special features preconfigured for scalability, and performance enhancements already installed. Available with a monthly pricing option, there are no up-front fees or long contracts to commit to, and the Cloud Edition includes everything required for deployment of the OpenGeo Suite.

Autodesk, Inc. announced AutoCAD for Mac software. This version of AutoCAD, one of the most widely used software for professional design and engineering, runs natively on Mac OS X and will increase choice of hardware for millions of users around the world. Autodesk also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to edit and share their AutoCAD designs in the field.

SuperGeo Technologies announced that SuperWebGIS 3, the newly-released Web map server software, is able to fully support 64-bit operating environments.

SuperWebGIS 3 gives enterprises the capability to publish dynamic maps and GIS data via the Internet. The highly scalable structure, strong support for geospatial database, complete GIS objects, and various types of web templates can help enterprises publish, display, and share spatial data easily in intranet and Internet. Organizations are able to share geospatial data with others through web services without limits.

SuperGeo Technologies establishes Urban Disaster Prevention Spatial System by SuperGIS Desktop, helping inhabitants understand escape directions and evacuate to reduce the loss when disasters happen. The system can benefit disaster-prevention and improve urban security by integrating with the systems of other cities.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight announced expanded country coverage for its industry leading Enterprise Geocoding Module. Available as part of the Pitney Bowes Spectrum™ Technology Platform v6.4, the Enterprise Geocoding Module now provides accurate location-based information for Mexico, the Czech Republic and Hungary. With this additional support, the Spectrum Technology™ Platform now offers the widest range of spatial data and international geocoding functionality for detailed location intelligence analysis and demographics assignment, which helps organizations to better serve their customers.

Clark Labs is pleased to announce the release of another CD in their Global Data Archive Series. This new CD includes monthly global precipitation and sea surface temperature data, critical for climate monitoring and research. The CD is available for only $30 plus shipping and handling. It is also available as a downloadable product.

Geosparc, the company commercially supporting the open source GIS application framework Geomajas, announced that it will be present at Foss4G, the international conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, in Barcelona (Spain) from 6 till 9 September 2010 at Booth 12.

At Foss4G the Company will demonstrate numerous applications built with Geomajas and officially announce the new Geomajas 1.7. At the same time the Company will introduce no less than 8 Geosparc certified software plug-ins that can easily be added onto Geomajas. Key members of its development team have also been selected to give presentations and poster sessions at the conference.

Around the Web

GISCafe Today Blog

Autodesk Will Reintroduce Its AutoCAD Design Software for Macs, Miguel Helft, August 30, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located, August 29, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

Software War Pits Oracle vs. Google by Steve Lohr, August 29, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)


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Date: August 21 - October 8, 2010
Place: Multiple dates and locations

Join us for an all-day seminar that shows how ArcGIS 10 makes it easier to be more productive in your job, whether you’re working in a desktop, mobile, server, or cloud environment.
FOSS4G 2010
Date: September 6 - 9, 2010
Place: Palau de Congressos de Barcelona (Fira de Barcelona) – M1
Avda. Reina Maria Cristina s/n , Barcelona, Spain

FOSS4G is heralded as the international "gathering of tribes" of open source geospatial communities, where developers and users show off their latest software and projects.
The spatial industry is undergoing rapid innovations and the open source spatial community is one of the forces driving the change. The FOSS4G conference is more than a melting pot of great ideas it is a catalyst and opportunity to unite behind the many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols.
Seventh European GIS in Education Seminar
Date: September 9 - 12, 2010
Place: Serres

The basic purpose is to offer an occasion for all of those interested in the teaching and learning of GIS in Europe (and beyond) to share ideas, best practice, and innovation. The social aspect will be important as this will be a meeting of old and new friends with a shared interest and passion.
17th Annual South Florida GIS EXPO
Date: September 9 - 10, 2010
Place: Palm Beach County Convention Center
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 USA
Theme -  GIS: Ride the Wave

Always FREE to attend
IMTA (AMERICAS) Conference & Trade Show 2010
Date: September 12 - 14, 2010
Place: Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC USA

IMTA (AMERICAS) Conference & Trade Show will be highlighted in Americas' most famous and beautiful city, Washington, DC
NSGIC 2010 Annual Conference
Date: September 12 - 16, 2010
Place: Marriott Minneapolis City Center
Minneapolis, MN USA

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is an organization committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies (GIT). Members of NSGIC include senior state geographic information system (GIS) managers and coordinators. Other members include representatives from federal agencies, local government, the private sector, academia and other professional organizations.
GIS in the Rockies 2010
Date: September 14 - 17, 2010
Place: The Ranch
5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO USA

Announcing the call for papers for the 2010 GIS in the Rockies conference.  The conference will be held September 15-17th in Loveland, CO.  The theme of this year's conference is "Endless Opportunities for the Next Decade".  As we close out one decade and start a new one, we want to celebrate the accomplishments of the geospatial industry and look forward to new opportunities for growth in this increasingly geo-enabled world.
The Location Business Summit USA
Date: September 14 - 15, 2010
Place: Crowne Plaza
San Jose, CA USA

Join MTV Networks, AT&T Interactive, Yahoo!, Bloomberg, Palm, Nokia, Ogilvy, Open Street Map, Gartner, Brightkite, Layar, SCVNGR, Booyah and many more key executives at North America’s biggest LBS business conference. Following on from last years incredibly successful conference (Metaplaces) this will bring you everything you need to make sure your business capitalises on the LBS boom.
2010 Ohio GIS Conference
Date: September 15 - 17, 2010
Place: Crowne Plaza Columbus North
6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, OH 43229 USA

OGRIP is made up primarily of volunteers who share a common interest in the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and use of geographic information in Ohio. These volunteers include representatives of several state agencies, local and regional governments, utilities, universities, private organizations and other interested individuals.
ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: September 16 - 17, 2010
Place: Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe
10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, AB, T5J 1N7 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
G-spatial EXPO
Date: September 19 - 21, 2010
Place: G-spatial EXPO exhibition hall
PACIFICO Yokohama, Japan

Visitors will enjoy the feeling of becoming part of G-spatial society. There will be a video presentation describing the G-spatial society concepts. Here the exhibition zones ““Measuring Land and Water”, “Making Life Comfortable”, “Securing Our Lives”, “Linking to the Future” are introduced. There are many areas in the hall to experience G-spatial information.
10th International Scientific and Technical Conference ″From imagery to map: digital photogrammetric technologies″
Date: September 20 - 23, 2010
Place: Summit hotel
Gaeta, Italy

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the Xth Anniversary International Scientific and Technical Conference "From imagery to map: digital photogrammetric technologies". Over the past years the conference has become noticeable event at the world GIS market and has obtained the recognition worldwide. The latest news in digital airborne and space cameras, remote sensing data, innovations in software development, and practical methods for using digital photogrammetry and remote sensing for different economic activities and integrated geoinformatic solutions will be on tap at September's Conference.
SPIE Remote Sensing
Date: September 20 - 23, 2010
Place: Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis
Toulouse, France

Attend SPIE Remote Sensing, the largest European meeting focused on cutting-edge remote sensing research. Participate and further your work by getting immediate access to the latest results.
GIS in Mining and Exploration 2010
Date: September 21 - 23, 2010
Place: Duxton Hotel Perth

GIS in Mining and Exploration 2010 covers strategies for the effective use of GIS for the improved efficiency and efficacy of your operations. Case studies and technical experts from across the sector will allow for an interactive improvement opportunity where you can hear from the best in the business on how to implement and utilise GIS in innovative, cost-effective ways.
3D Visualization of gINT Subsurface Data in MicroStation
Date: September 21, 2010
Place: USA

Display your gINT subsurface data in 3D with MicroStation visualization tools. In this presentation, you will learn how to create meshes for representing the top of soil layers; create fly-through subsurface layers; cut sections; turn meshes into solids for 3D visualization of strata; and calculate stratum volumes for soil excavation and replacement, plum modeling, and much more.

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: FREE
Location Intelligence 2010
Date: September 22, 2010
Place: Knight Conference Center
Newseum, Pennsylvania Ave. and 6th Street N.W , WA USA

Location Intelligence for Geospatial Cloud Computing Executive Symposium.
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LI GeoCloud 2010
Date: September 22, 2010
Place: Newseum’s Knight Conference Center
Washington, DC USA

Topics will address Software as a Service (SaaS), virtualization, Platform as a Service (PaaS), OGC web standards, business models, geospatial data delivery and other topics.
GIS for Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition
Date: September 23 - 24, 2010
Place: Hotel Arts
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is bringing geospatial solutions to Canada. The GIS for Oil & Gas Calgary Conference will build on the momentum from GITA’s 2008 and 2009 GIS for Oil & Gas Calgary Conference. Canada and the U.S. have significant differences in rules and regulations. Now, there is a place to get real solutions to Canada’s biggest oil and gas challenges.
4th Annual Central Florida GIS Workshop
Date: September 23 - 24, 2010
Place: Ocean Center
Daytona Beach, FL USA

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PLM Road Map™ 2010
Date: September 28 - 29, 2010
Place: The Inn at St. John’s
44045 Five Mile Road , Plymouth, Detroit, MI USA

PLM Road Map™ 2010 is a strategic conference focusing on the transformation of the enterprise infrastructure to serve a new value proposition involving the detailed reconciliation of data and processes across global product development functions. PLM Road Map™ 2010 will challenge attendees to shift their current thinking to a new level in a series of presentations focusing on the global transformation of product development and innovation processes.
AGI GeoCommunity 2010
Date: September 28 - 30, 2010
Place: Holiday Inn
Bridgefoot, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6YR United Kingdom

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GIS-Pro 2010, URISA’s 48th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals
Date: September 28 - October 1, 2010
Place: Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Orlando, FL USA

Since 1963, URISA members and friends from around the world have convened annually to learn about, share and discuss all things geospatial. Whether you are an established or emerging GIS Professional, the GIS-Pro Conference is for you. Along with the new conference name, URISA has listened to you, our members and conference attendees. Through a series of surveys, interactive discussions, and a challenge set forth by Dr. Barry Wellar (2009 keynote speaker), URISA presents a series of exciting new conference themes.
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Date: September 28 - October 1, 2010
Place: URISA, 701 Lee St.
Suite 680, Des Plaines, IL 60016 USA

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gINT Integration with InRoads and GEOPAK
Date: September 28, 2010
Place: USA

gINT technology and Bentley civil design software take interoperability to a whole new level of excellence. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to apply gINT subsurface data to GEOPAK and InRoads for quick display to site maps, profiles, and cross sections. In addition, you’ll learn how to create 3D subsurface layers (bottom of fill, top of rock, etc.) as Triangulated Irregular Networks (TIN) or Digital Terrain Models (DTM).

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Cost: FREE
Geospatial Defence and Intelligence Asia 2010
Date: September 29 - 30, 2010
Place: Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

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GeoSpatial Defence & Intelligence (GDI) APAC
Date: September 29 - 30, 2010
Place: Grand Millennium
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Attend this event to learn about:
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  • Use of geospatial intelligence to facilitate asset management and defence installations across large geographical areas
  • Looking at latest developments in data mining and analytics for operational intelligence
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Geospatial Intelligence Summit
Date: September 29 - 30, 2010
Place: Vienna InterContinental
Vienna, Austria

This event will bring together heads of Geospatial Intelligence, GIS, remote sensing, operations, imagery and analysis. The conference will provide a unique forum to discuss and debate the development of GIS capabilities across the globe.
ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: September 30 - October 1, 2010
Place: 1919 Saskatchewan Drive
Regina, SK, S4P 4H2 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
MAC URISA 2010 Conference
Date: October 4 - 6, 2010
Place: Trump Marina Hotel and Casino
Atlantic City, NJ USA

Our conference will feature:

Pre-Conference Workshops, Two Days of Educational Sessions, Banquet Dinner Vendor/Exhibitor Hall, Posters and Interactive Expo.
Date: October 5 - 7, 2010
Place: Cologne, Germany

INTERGEO is the world’s largest event and communication platform for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. The trade fair and conference cover all the key trends that crop up along the entire value-added chain – from geo-based information surveys and data processing to integrated applications.
ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: October 6 - 7, 2010
Place: Toronto Congress Centre
650 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON, M9W 1J1 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
Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Planet
Date: October 7 - 9, 2010
Place: Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology
Allahabad, India

This Conference aims to provide an invigorating environment to all the researchers, academicians and field engineers working in the field of Geo-Information Science and Technology around the world to discuss the emerging technological trends, share their experiences, voice their concerns, empowering the peoples with geospatial information and generate synergy between different interrelated disciplines to come up with acceptable and viable solutions for the challenges to achieve spatially enabled sustainable development in the new millennium.

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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.