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 July 2014
Like us on Facebook          Follow us on Twitter Receives Special Achievement Award

for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology


John Glanville, Chairman (, Bennett Moe, Director of Innovation & Business Development ( and Mark Cygan, Industry Solutions Manager

for Map, Chart & Data Production (Esri)

Redlands, California-July 2014- received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California held July 16, 2014. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology. uses Esri ArcGIS technology to create maps for a variety of industries including Education, News Media, and custom mapping for businesses. This diversity calls on a range of different skillsets including user experience (UX) design, graphic art and data visualization. The year 2014 saw the launch of the new Field Trip Library product – a collection of virtual field trips for K-12 schools based on Esri’s Story map platform.




Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.


“The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change,” says Esri president Jack Dangermond. “At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for both solving their communities’ greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science.”


For more information about the 2014 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit


About is a leading provider of mapping products and solutions to business, education and consumer markets. Founded in 1991 as Magellan Geographix, the company is privately held with four primary business divisions. For more information about visit


About Esri

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS technology, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. 



International Map Industry Association Gold Award for Best Digital Data Product was Presented to Dr. Tim Rideout, Director of XYZ Maps  


Toronto, ON, July 14, 2014 – The prestigious International Map Industry Association (IMIA) Gold Award for Best Digital Data Product was presented to Dr. Tim Rideout, Director of XYZ Maps, at the 2014 British Cartographic Society (BCS) Annual Symposium gala awards ceremony held on June 26, 2014 in Hampshire, UK.


The Scottish World Political Map shows the world as it may be with Scotland as an independent country after the September 18, 2014 referendum. The map features political colouring with accurate digital hill shading created from over 80 million spot heights, all countries including 2000 cities, international boundaries, time zones, and a panel showing flags of the world.


The map is available on the Avenza PDF Maps app through the in-app Map Store which can be downloaded on both iOS and Android mobile devices. The map is also available in printed format directly from XYZ Maps.


On receiving this award, Dr. Rideout remarked, “We hope that this map appeals to both people in Scotland and the near 30 million of Scottish descent around the world. It is a great honour to receive the award and I can say that 100% of our staff hopes it comes to pass! It is exciting to have this map available as a digital product for use on smartphones and tablets in the PDF Maps app.”


PDF Maps is available now on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store free of charge for personal use. Maps can be downloaded and purchased via the PDF Maps in-app store. For more information about the app, visit the Avenza PDF Maps website at or the Avenza Systems main website at Pricing of each map is set by the publisher and free maps remain free to users through the PDF Maps in-app map store.


About XYZ Maps

XYZ Maps is a leading supplier of postcode maps and Royal Mail address data sets, as well as maps for planning applications, World, Continental and other wall maps, and map making software and training. XYZ Maps also offers a custom mapping service (Maps on Demand – MOD™) that provides anything from a postcode map of a specific area, any published maps at a custom size (e.g. a giant map for an exhibition), digital artwork, or customer data added to one of their maps. Visit for more details.


About Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools to make better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services, as well as the PDF Maps app for purchasing and using maps on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. Visit for more details.



IMIA Exhibiting at the 2014 Esri International User Conference


Guy Johnson (GM Johnson Maps) displaying his maps in the Esri Map Gallery

David Watkins (Esri) and Holly Heintz Budd

(Williams & Heintz Map Corporation)

John Allen (Harper Collins), Holly Heintz Budd (Williams & Heintz Map Corporation) and Sandy Hill (IMIA Americas) 
Ted Florence (Avenza Systems Inc.) and Holly Heintz Budd (Williams & Heintz Map Corporation)

Lance Fraker, (GIS Cartography & Publishing Services LLC), 

Dan Ortiz (National Geographic Maps) and

Frank Biasi (National Geographic Maps)



Industry News 


Must Reads

British Library Public Georeferencing
Over 3,000 (primarily) 19thc maps in books from the British Library collections have been extracted from the scanned volumes and are available online for georeferencing and overlaying.


Geography and high-tech employment growth in U.S. counties

Journalist’s Resource

In their 2014 Journal of Economic Geography study “Geography and High-Tech Employment Growth in U.S. Counties,” Belal Fallah from Palestine …


John Wiley & Sons Inc.: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Wiley partner to launch new

The Wall Street Transcript

John Wiley and Sons Inc. and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) announced today the launch of the Society’s first fully open access journal: …


Imagining a Vignelli Subway Map with Correct Geography

Curbed NY

The end result is a compromise unlikely to please either Vignelli diehards or accurate geography hardliners. Roberts took Vignelli’s map and …


Why maps beat GPS every time

Broadside broadsideblog

By Caitlin Kelly

Call me old-fashioned, but how I love a paper map! Laminated or not, a map offers so many specific details about where I’m headed, …


3DEPGoes to Washington

Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. Current and accurate 3D elevation data are essential …


Leidos To Get GPS Technical Support Contract

Space News

The U.S. Air Force anticipates awarding Leidos Inc. of Reston, Virginia, a $24 million contract to support the GPS directorate at Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, according to a July 18 notice on the Federal …


Atomic time team wins Duke of Edinburgh’s Navigation Award

National Physical Laboratory

The Council of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) has awarded NPL’s long-term atomic clock development programme.


Copyrighting Cartography with Fictional Places


With all the time and energy cartographers spend preparing maps, it makes sense that they would want to protect their investment. One of the ways …


NSPS Praises Members of Congress Call for Labor Department to Revoke Davis-Bacon Policy


(7/11/14) The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), the national society of individual practicing surveyors, today praised House …


A Metadata Schema for Geospatial Resource Discovery Use Cases

We introduce a metadata schema that focuses on GIS discovery use cases for patrons in a research library setting. Text search …


How World War I Launched Mapmaking at National Geographic      

The far-off battles of WWI created an appetite for maps-and National Geographic was at the ready …


In the Trenches

British surveyors made a crucial contribution during World War I-an accurate map of the battlefield By Jeffrey S. Murray … 


MDA to Create Maps of the Airspace Around Airports

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced that it has been awarded a contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for its Geospatial Terminal Operations (GTO) requirement …  


Mary Lou Von Wyland and Ajay Mathur show how automatic, incremental updating makes a significant difference to the consistency of map quality and the timeliness of maps and data.  
By: Ajay Mathur
Axes Systems
By: Mary Lou von Wyland
Head of Operations & Technical Projects
Axes Systems


Real Adventurers Read Maps 

Using Maps vs. GPS

CALL me a fossil, but when I take a road trip I like to get around by using printed maps. I’ve been licensed to drive for 20 years, and every car I’ve owned has contained a Rand McNally Road Atlas … 

By Steven Kurutz

Quotes from: Eric Riback

Map Publisher / 


Can you identify the book from its map? – quiz

How well do you know your way around literature? Have a look at these maps and find out if you know which fictional worlds they chart.



Green Library to house David Rumsey Map Collection

This summer, Stanford has started preparations to receive the David Rumsey Map Collection – considered one of the world’s largest collections of rare and antiquarian maps.


Earthquake Maps Reveal Higher Risks for Much of U.S.New government maps extend hazard zones in eastern, central and western U.S. 

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced updated U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the most current scientific views on where future earthquakes will occur, how often they will occur, and how hard the ground will shake …


First of Its Kind Map Reveals Extent of Ocean Plastic

There’s less than expected on the surface. Scientists are trying to find where in the ocean it’s gone …

By Laura Parker

National Geographic

Published July 15, 2014


A plastic bag floats in the water off the coast off Pulau Bunaken, Indonesia


Global temperature reaches record high in June following record warmth in May.

NOAA / National Climatic Data Center

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked … 


New York to LA: History of Americas Maps in One App

Two of the nation’s most authoritative mapping sources, the U.S. Geological Survey and Esri, have partnered to put the rich tapestry of U.S. Historical Maps into the hands of everyone …





IMIA Asia Pacific Conference

17 – 19 August 2014

Melbourne, Australia



The 2014 IMIA Asia Pacific conference will be held at Rydges Hotel in Exhibition Street August right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. If you are involved in the mapping and geospatial industry you should be there!  


Register now at

  • Come along and meet with leading industry professionals.
  • Attend the Business Connect Session to briefly meet with all delegates in the highly successful ‘Speed Dating’ for Business session and rapidly identify future potential business partners.
  • Attend an exciting range of educational, informative presentations from fifteen presenters from around the world.
  • Government delegates are invited to join the Government Forum to discuss a range of topics specific to government organisations.
  • On Sunday Spatial Vision are hosting a MapHack Day at their premises. 

All this has been designed to meet your business and professional needs!


IMIA Asia Pacific would like to thank their conference sponsors for their show of support for the conference and for the mapping and geospatial industry.


 New Conference Sponsor comes on board!

Hema Maps have come on board as IMIA Melbourne Conference Sponsors for the Business Connect Session Morning Tea. Hema Maps are also providing a HN7 Navigator as a lucky door prize. Delegates who attend the Business Connect Session could be the lucky winner of this great prize to be drawn at the BCS morning tea break. 


















Hema Maps
Featuring camping and rest areas, caravan parks, 24-hour fuel and points of interest, the 12th edition Queensland state map has Brisbane city, Tropical North Queensland and South East Queensland maps on the reverse.
The new edition Northern Territory map features new-look mapping that has camping and rest areas, 24-hour fuel, points of interest and national parks marked for touring throughout the territory.
The 9th edition Brisbane to Cairns map has everything to guide travellers from Queensland’s south east to its northern counterpart, with touring mapping, CBD maps, touring information and details for scenic drives along the way included.
The new edition Kimberley map has updated facilities and mapping which features the Gibb River Road, while on the reverse are contact details and touring information for each distinct area of this iconic region.
Covering from Cape Range National Park to Mandurah, Hema’s 4th edition Mid West Western Australia touring map now features 10 Top 4WD Tracks, in addition to detailed inset maps and region-specific touring information on what to see and do.




GIS People Partners With DigitalGlobe




DigitalGlobe‘s earth observation data is sourced from the world’s most sophisticated and agile commercial satellite imaging constellation, and their imagery delivers unmatched resolution, accuracy, currency, and consistency.


“Our clients often come to us with business challenges that require advanced image analysis, such as automated or supervised feature extraction,” said GIS People’s Managing Director, Igor Stjepanovic.”The new partnership with DigitalGlobe will enable our Remote Sensing department to rapidly acquire the best data available for the job. The capability to quickly extract information from pixel-based data is hugely useful in a number of industries that we operate in including oil and gas, infrastructure, finance, property, transport, environment, and many more. We look forward to growing our partnership with DigitalGlobe and delivering world-class solutions based on Geoanalytics to our clients.”


“DigitalGlobe is pleased to work with GIS People to bring the highest quality geospatial data and information products to the Australian market,” said Takayuki Odawara, DigitalGlobe’s Vice President of Asia-Pacific Commercial Sales.


For more information, contact GIS People.



IMIA Americas 2014 Conference & Member Showcase


Key Themes for 2014


“Navigation Means Getting from Here to There”


Listen while three leading technology companies present their vision of how they contribute to “getting there” and what the future holds. This session will include presentations by Ty Beltramo, CTO of MapQuest, Len Konecny, Senior Vice President, Business Development of Total Traffic & Weather Network, and Casey McCullar, Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing of DigitalGlobe.”


“Driving Revenue and Maximizing Value: Copyright Lessons from Publishing”


Copyright plays a central role in the strategy of the most successful publishers worldwide. Can the map industry learn anything from the publishing industry? Chuck Hemenway, Director of Business Development for Copyright Clearance Center Inc., shares successful practices for vending and acquiring rights of re-use.


“The Evolution of Map Products in the Outdoor Recreation Market”


Topos, trail maps and other paper products continue to be critical navigation and planning aids for the outdoor enthusiast. At the same time, technology is bringing about new consumer products, that complement the traditional paper map, often based on the same content repurposed for these new mediums. In this session we shall learn how companies are evolving to offer maps in a multi-medium world and growing their businesses in the process.


“The Business Model of Publishing Maps” 


Presentations will focus on current working business models for publishing printed map products successfully. These presentations, by companies who have used practical working business models, have grown their businesses by adapting technology and concentrating on core markets. Topics that will be covered include new potential markets, products presentation, data sourcing, changing cartographic production methods, innovations in printing, changing attitudes towards joint ventures (partnering), changes in distribution, the effects of a consolidating industry, and recognizing the benefits of competition.


Americas Conference

Each year, our post-event survey shows that the Americas Conference is more than just seminars, workshops, and a trade show… it is an investment in maximizing the value of your membership in IMIA, developing new patterns of thought, driving results, and helping your business grow.


Our goal is to partner with you and deliver solutions that help solve your most complicated needs. Our conference is designed specifically to help small  and large businesses gain knowledge by testing new products, improving technical skills and gaining insight into new mapping techniques.


Nowhere else can exhibitors learn so much in so little time and at a reasonable price. The benefits far outweigh the exhibitor fee.

  • Learn new techniques to help complete a project
  • Gain an understanding of what others are doing in the industry
  • Expand your professional network
  • Interact face to face with a concentration of experts and professionals
  • Learn the latest ways to promote and sell your product 
  • Collaborate with other exhibitors

Act now and become an exhibitor. Read about the major benefits for your company’s marketing program:

  • Complimentary banner ad on the new IMIA Website for six months
  • Complimentary half page ad in the conference program
  • Exhibitors acknowledged in the conference program with company description / logo
  • Exhibitors listed in the Events Section on the IMIA Website
  • Exhibitors listed in the IMIA Report
  • Two complimentary conference registrations valued at $1250 / part of the exhibitor fee
  • Additional exhibitor registrations $625 per person 

More benefits:

  • Registration includes: member showcase, 2-day full educational seminars, receptions, lunches, and annual dinner
  • Complimentary WiFi in Member Showcase area
  • Complimentary power outlet per exhibitor
  • Business Connect Session (Speed Dating) on late Sunday afternoon
  • All events (except annual dinner) will be held in the member showcase area for more face-to-face time with attendees and other exhibitors
  • Annual dinner moved to Tuesday night for more networking opportunities
  • Floor plan designed to give each exhibitor maximum exposure

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IMIA Calendar of Events



  IMIA Asia Pacific Region Conference / Trade Show

17 – 19 August 2014

Melbourne, Australia


Australian Esri User Conference – Organic Ozri 

1 – 3 October 2014

 Adelaide, South Australia


The Frankfurt Book Fair

08 – 12 October 2014

Frankfurt, Germany


IMIA Americas Conference / Member Showcase

02 – 05 November 2014

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Denver, CO USA


IMIA Website Benefactors:  Avenza Systems Inc., Esri, National Geographic Maps, and U.S. Geological Survey

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