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September 20, 2010
Just the Data You Want
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Industry News

Just the Data You Want

By Susan Smith

Broadband mapping fills a niche in reporting areas that are not well served by the internet and broadband coverage.

Geared toward the enterprise market space, Broadmap's MapConnect Enterprise arose in response to the Recovery Act need to map serviceability of broadband and high speed internet access to determine where citizens were served or underserved in coverage. The product offers displays, geocoding and high quality boundaries, postal, Census and administrative boundaries. Broadmap maps the areas in question, reports results to the states and can do so for the federal government as well. Even the carriers didn't know where their service areas were at one point.

As a result of this effort, Broadmap was awarded with 8 states and territories.

A competing product to Broadmap's MapConnect Enterprise is Connected Nation which is accelerating broadband availability in underserved areas and increasing broadband use in all areas, rural and urban, as well. Their theory is that these areas can enjoy more economic growth and community service, health care and other advantages by having broadband mapping and service. They have deals with about 12 states.

Broadmap is new but has a lot of GIS experience, as it has derived from GDT and TeleAtlas. Broadmap's Todd Schmitt was with GDT/TeleAtlas for 11 years, while Mark Dykstra, senior director of sales, was also with TeleAtlas.

Although TeleAtlas was acquired by TomTom, it is interesting that MapConnect Enterprise is based on NAVTEQ based map data.

Broadmap's focus is on the enterprise market and understanding what people need in the way of display, geocoding and high quality boundaries, postal, census and administrative boundaries. Schmitt said these boundaries “play a critical role in the enterprise.”

Dykstra said they have a monthly fee from the post office which is useful for those in the direct mail business and those involved in geo-demographics. “They are always looking for the most up to date postal boundaries, looking for major changes,” said Dykstra. “Historically the post office has made huge changes in the July mid-summer August timeframe, and we've been suffering from the latency of some of the other products and want to kick those back out in a timely manner. The goal here is to keep those things up to date and high quality and turn them around quickly and get them back out to the marketplace.”

Schmitt noted an area in which the old GDT excelled -- its integrated, perfectly overlaid, very current, complete and correct boundary layers for postal and Census geographies - was a great precursor to the needs of enterprise customers today. “I think as GDT was acquired by TeleAtlas and TeleAtlas was acquired by Tom Tom, the focus of that company moved away from enterprise customers which we kind of considered business customers and government customers and moved into a focus from the two large data providers into 1) serving personal navigation devices and 2) serving automotive navigation,” said Schmitt. Enterprise didn't have a place in that equation, but all the expertise was
still available. There is still a huge customer base that depend on the completeness and correctness of the postal and Census boundary data. That is the gap that Broadmap has stepped in to fill with a much needed product for that audience.

MapConnect is a simple product to use right out of the box, for enterprise and government customers. “It is really geared toward geocoding and display and ease of use, making sure the layers all sync together and overlay on top of each other, are logical and organized in thematic data layers,” said Dykstra.

Based on NAVTEQ data, MapConnect Enterprise prides itself on ease-of-use.

“Part of what we do is to reformat the data to present it in as easy-to-use a format as possible for these users, because the enterprise users are not scientists and they're not PhD geographers, they're business people with business problems and they use GIS to help solve business problems,” said Schmitt. “They want something simple and out of the box. They don't want a huge technical product built on a relational database model, just a flat, feature rich, attribution rich data product that's easy to use.”

Broadmap has also added certain Census codes and takes away some data that is not interesting to enterprise users. They have improved geocoding by making sure there is a one to one match between the segment link and the Census code they are associated with, and have also improved the display.

“We also include some auxiliary files, one of which is called is called a Locator that is a geocoding tool,” said Dykstra. “With this Locator file, you can take the data right out of the box and be up and running geocoding a file in a matter of minutes - you don't have to match up fields to each other or decide what data layers to use, the software does it (the Locator file that Broadmap creates) does it all automatically. Geocoding becomes a snap right out of the box, and the same thing with the display -- it's an ArcMap file, it's called a MXD file, so instead of pulling all the data out and figuring out how to display it, this file automatically right out of the box does map
representation for you - you just have to open up this file it knows where all the other data files are. It has all the colors chosen, the symbology, the zoom layering, the scales at which certain features are or are not displayed, everything else is preconfigured. The first thing you have to do is double click on that MXD field and your rich cartographic display is right in front of you.”

Broadmap also offers MapConnect Broadband which builds a set of comprehensive maps of broadband serviceability at the local, state, territory and federal levels.

Top News of the Week

Geosparc, the company commercially supporting the open source GIS application framework Geomajas, unveiled at Foss4G the new release of its GIS application framework to build web-based and scalable GIS solutions, Geomajas 1.7.

Geomajas 1.7 now has a mechanism that fully supports plug-ins from third parties. A company or a developer can develop, add, remove or upgrade a specific functionality for Geomajas and simply plug it into the framework. The support for plug-ins is a major step forward for Geomajas as it frees the users from having to upgrade the whole application framework.

At the same time the Company announces the immediate availability of ten (10) plug-ins ranging from a Printing plug-in over an OpenStreetMap Layer plug-in to a WMS Layer plug-in.

Esri expands the power of geoportals with the release of the
ArcGIS Server 10 Geoportal extension. The extension allows organizations to quickly set up Web sites, called geoportals that help them manage and share their geospatial information externally with the public or internally with employees.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

ITT Corporation announced that it was selected to build the imaging system-the “eyes” of the satellite-for DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellite, anticipated to be available for launch by the end of 2014.

OpenGeo announced that is has signed agreements with Orkney, an open source business solution provider located in Yokohama Japan, and Mapconcierge, a business solutions and GPS/UAV provider located in Tokyo, Japan, to provide support and translation services for the OpenGeo Suite in Japan.

Trimble and the Hilti Group announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to form Intelligent Construction Tools, LLC. The joint venture, 50 percent owned by Trimble and 50 percent owned by Hilti, will focus on leveraging technologies from both companies to develop measuring solutions for the building construction trades.


The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) members are seeking comments on OGC candidate standards Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) Core Encoding Standard, and NetCDF Binary Encoding Extension Standard - NetCDF Classic and 64-bit Offset Format. The following organizations submitted these candidate standards to the OGC:
  • IMAA-CNR Italy
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) UK
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • The candidate OGC standards and information about submitting comments on this document are available at
    http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/71. The public comment period closes on October 7, 2010.

    The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) recently concluded the OGC Web Services, Phase 7 (OWS-7) Testbed initiative (
    http://www.opengeospatial.org/projects/initiatives/ows-7). OWS-7 addressed interoperability architectures, enhancements to existing OGC standards, and candidate standards developed in the testbed for sensors, video change detection, database synchronization, information cataloguing, web processing services, event architecture and aviation.

    The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) established the GIS Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. To be considered for the GIS Hall of Fame, an individual's or an organization's record of contribution to the advancement of the industry demonstrates creative thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, perseverance, and community mindedness. In addition, nominees must serve as a role model for those who follow. URISA Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals or organizations whose pioneering work has moved the geospatial industry in a better, stronger direction. The
    first class of inductees included Edgar Horwood, Ian McHarg, Roger Tomlinson, Jack Dangermond, Nancy Tosta, and the Harvard Lab. Gary Hunter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006; Don Cooke and Michael Goodchild, in 2007; and Will Craig, GISP and Carl Reed, PhD joined this esteemed group in 2009. URISA is honored to announce the 2010 GIS Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. C. Dana Tomlin.

    Esri announced the release of the
    GeoServices REST Specification. This open specification provides a standard way for Web clients to communicate with geographic information system (GIS) servers through Representational State Transfer (REST) technology. The specification has been opened such that developers can expose the GeoServices API request structure from ArcGIS Server and other non-Esri, back-end GIS servers or processors.

    GRASS GIS announces the release of
    GRASS GIS 6.4.0, the first in the new line of 6.4 stable releases. As a stable release 6.4 will enjoy long-term support. The next release (6.4.1) will introduce a few new features which are still undergoing final testing, but after that all further 6.4 releases will be bugfix-only. Due to our highly conservative stabilization policy this is the first official version of GRASS to introduce new features since October 2006 and supersedes the previous stable line of GRASS 6.2. As such the floodgates are open and there are many new features to explore and many new structural improvements to be found in the software.

    New Products

    The latest release of Esri StreetMap Premium with NAVTEQ map data includes both an expansion of coverage to include Mexico and an advanced version with new data and functionality. The advanced version provides users with a greater level of precision for geocoding for the United States and additional routing capabilities for the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

    TerraGo Technologies announced its new release of TerraGo Publisher for GeoMedia.

    TerraGo software demonstrations will highlight the capabilities of TerraGo Publisher for GeoMedia, which enables users to create GeoPDF maps and imagery directly from the GeoMedia print interface. Highly portable and interactive GeoPDF maps and imagery can be easily distributed and used by mobile field personnel to collect and share on-the-ground intelligence. Designed specifically for the GeoMedia user, TerraGo Publisher for GeoMedia extends the access and application of an organization's geospatial assets across the enterprise by transforming complex maps, imagery and spatial data into compact, interactive, and easy-to-use TerraGo GeoPDF products.

    CoreLogic announced the launch of LeadOptix, an innovative lead quality model, and LendOptix, a credit risk model, from Teletrack Inc., a subsidiary of CoreLogic, Inc.

    A package of software and digital mapping products from MapMechanics is playing a key role in helping the L'Oréal Professional Products Division (LPPD), part of the international L'Oréal cosmetics group, to sustain strong growth in a constantly changing market.

    The division's UK sales teams take a highly proactive approach to the marketplace, responding quickly to variations in the customer base. The MapMechanics package is helping the organisation to streamline the process of managing the territories served by these teams, adapting existing territories dynamically to reflect changes in the concentration of demand, and creating new ones where required.

    First Base Solutions' newest high-resolution orthophotographic datasets for high growth areas in the Greater Toronto Area are now available to VuMap subscribers. VuMap is a browser based GIS (Geographic Information System) with geospatial data.

    VuMap users can now utilize the following March 2010 orthophotographic mosaics: Durham Region 20 centimetre (cm), Brampton 10 cm, Mississauga 15 cm and Oakville 10 cm.

    VuMap is a browser based GIS (Geographic Information System) with geospatial data including roads, places of interest, elevations, high-resolution orthophotography, lot lines, right of ways, soil classifications and other data layers.

    Telmap announced the launch of the Telmap5 Mobile Location Companion, commercialized by SFR in France under the name SFR GPS.

    SFR GPS is the next level of evolution in mobile location-based services, capturing the essence of what users expect today; high quality maps and a rich search experience including the ability to search for proximity services in their immediate surroundings and the famous Telmap navigation service which completes the experience.

    NAVTEQ announced the launch of NAVTEQ Traffic in Brazil, delivering comprehensive, real-time traffic information to nearly 48 million people in six major cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.

    Azavea an award-winning geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company, and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, announced the launch of the CommonSpace web application (
    http://commonspace.us). Borrowing from the urban planning concept of a “walkshed,” the area that is accessible to pedestrians within a given time period, CommonSpace, in a pilot program currently exclusive to Philadelphia which will run through mid-October, enables users to calculate their personal “transit-shed” and find local activities and events within that area, while encouraging walking, biking and public transit.

    FMS, Inc., an In-Q-Tel portfolio company, has released Version 4.5 of its Sentinel Visualizer data visualization and link analysis software. Originally released in 2005, Sentinel Visualizer offers link charts, social network analysis, geospatial mapping, and the examination of timelines based on a user-customizable knowledgebase. The Professional and Premium Editions of Sentinel 4.5 now provide integration with Google Earth. Not only can locations be charted on the Google Earth maps, users can track-and-display the geographical movements of entities around the globe.

    ATLASALIVE ON DEMAND is a smarter approach to Web-GIS; a turn-key, subscription based webmapping service, enabling users to easily create simple collaborative maps or publish spatial datasets to the internet. ATLASALIVE ON DEMAND is an easy to implement, low risk solution. Only $1.99 a day per map, with no contracts.

    Around the Web

    GISCafe Today Blog

    Google Buys QuikSee September 15, 2010, XConomy, San Francisco


    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.
    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.

    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.
    September 21 - 23, 2010
    Place: Duxton Hotel Perth

    WA USA

    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.

    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

    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.

    On the horizon for geospatial technology is the potential for hosting applications using a cloud computing solution. We introduced this topic at Location Intelligence 2009 and it was by far a topic that needed additional discussion.

    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.
    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.

    September 23 - 24, 2010
    Place: Ocean Center

    Daytona Beach, FL USA

    In keeping with the changing economic and environmental concerns, the 2010 Workshop Program intends to focus this year on  Multi-tiered Government Collaboration, the Environment and Public Safety. We are adding a new tract - GIS in Education - in view of the Workshop's goal to reach out to local schools as part of the GeoMentor Program.

    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.

    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.

    September 28 - 30, 2010
    Place: Holiday Inn

    Bridgefoot, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6YR United Kingdom

    AGI GeoCommunity is the largest and most comprehensive independent conference in the UK digital mapping and geospatial calendar. The conference provides real insight and leadership in current geographic information and location based issues via a range of keynote addresses and conference papers as well as by hands on training and face to face delegate networking.

    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

    September 29 - 30, 2010
    Place: Grand Millennium

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Attend this event to learn about:
    • Interoperability challenges related to regional armed forces and intelligence organisations
    • 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
    • Utilising GIS to support mission planning, command and control and tactical operations

    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.
    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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    October 17 - 20, 2010
    Place: Dearborn, MI USA

    Electric and gas GIS users are encouraged to attend EGUG 2010. Learn how GIS innovation is helping utilities address today’s trends and challenges.
    October 18 - 20, 2010
    Place: Denver, CO USA

    Join us for the 2010 ESRI Health GIS Conference and learn how health and human services organizations worldwide are improving our health with GIS.
    October 18 - 22, 2010
    Place: Accela headquarters

    San Ramon, CA USA

    Whether you are new to the administrative functions of ‘PERMITS’ Plus
    or an experienced user/administrator, this training is for you. Spend five days
    learning everything from Composition Development/Maintenance and System Security
    to Database Utilities and User Defined Reporting – everything you need
    to make your system take care of all your land development and process tracking
    October 19 - 20, 2010
    Place: Hampton Inn Ottawa & Conference Centre

    200 Coventry Road, Ottawa, K1K 4S3 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

    October 19 - 22, 2010
    Place: The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education

    1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA USA

    The focus this year is on "partnering for success". In a world of tight budgets, we must learn how to do more with less and one way to accomplish this is to develop strategic partnerships internally and externally. Delivering return on investment is the model for today's managers when pursuing GIS initiatives, which often requires partnering as a key to success.

    October 19 - 20, 2010
    Place: Chiang Mai


    The conference will focus on the use of geoinformatics for natural disaster preparedness such as earthquake, flood, landslide, drought, typhoon, tsunami etc., and for rehabilitation and risk
    by exploring the various causative factors. There will also be
    deliberations on how to use GIS for better planning of risk areas and
    also rehabilitation.
    October 19 - 21, 2010
    Place: FIEP - Federação das Indústrias do Estado do Paraná,


    Seminars on Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Forestry have been held every two years in Curitiba (The Capital of Paraná State) under the leadership of FUPEF (Foundation for Forest Studies).

    October 19 - 22, 2010
    Place: Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre (SICEC)


    Geographic information technologies and spatial data infrastructure  play critical roles in allowing governments, local communities, non-government organizations, the commercial sector, the academic community and common people to make progress in addressing many of the world’s most pressing problems. Further, use of spatial data in conjunction with mobile technologies is becoming pervasive within many nations.

    You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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    -- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.