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 June 2014
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Agency Aims to Regulate Map Aids in Vehicles

Systems built into car dashboards would be among the aids included under a measure in a proposed transportation bill. Credit Nick King for The New York Times

Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars. The apps are also a gray area when it comes to laws banning the use of cellphones or texting while driving.


The Transportation Department wants to enter the argument. The department is intensifying its battle against distracted driving by seeking explicit authority from Congress to regulate navigation aids of all types, including apps on smartphones.

The measure, included in the Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill, would specify that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to set restrictions on the apps and later order changes if they are deemed dangerous, much the way it currently regulates mechanical features of cars.


The measure has the support of automakers, which already mostly comply with voluntary guidelines for built-in navigation systems, but it has run into stiff opposition from technology companies, which say that any such law would be impractical and impossible to enforce. It’s another example, they say, of federal regulators trying vainly to keep up with a rapidly changing industry. “They don’t have enough software engineers,” said Catherine McCullough, executive director of the Intelligent Car Coalition, an industry group. “They don’t have the budget or the structure to oversee both Silicon Valley and the auto industry.”


The underlying issue has already worked its way into the courts. In California, Steven R. Spriggs received a $165 ticket two years ago for using his iPhone while driving in stop-and-go traffic near Fresno. A highway patrol motorcycle officer rolled up alongside his car after seeing the glow from the screen on Mr. Spriggs’s face. “I held it up and said, ‘It’s a map,’ ” Mr. Spriggs said. He was not talking on the phone, which is prohibited by California law. But the police officer would not budge. “He said, ‘Pull over, it doesn’t matter,’ ” said Mr. Spriggs, the director of planned giving at California State University, Fresno. An appeals court ruled this year that it did matter, and Mr. Spriggs’s conviction was reversed.


Regulators maintain that they already have the authority over navigation aids and merely want it clearly written into law. Twice last year, David L. Strickland, when he was administrator of N.H.T.S.A., told Congress that navigation systems could be “classified as motor vehicle equipment.” The electronics industry, in response, argues that “motor vehicle equipment” includes objects like key-chain fobs that can unlock a car by remote control, not apps on a smartphone.


Last year, after negotiations with the industry, the Transportation Department released voluntary guidelines for automakers stipulating that any navigation system should not take more than two seconds for a single interaction, and 12 seconds total. At 60 miles an hour, two seconds is 176 feet. Now the Transportation Department is angling for more leverage in negotiations over electronic distractions, but it says it has no immediate plan to issue rules. The idea is now in the mix of proposals that could end up in the highway bill that Congress is likely to pass in the coming months. Regulators are making the push as navigation apps are proliferating and increasing in sophistication.


While most smartphone users are familiar with straightforward navigation aids like Google Maps, Waze, for instance, relies on a social network of users to report road conditions, hazards and the presence of police cars in real time. Wazers, as users are known, earn points the more they contribute, and gain status in the community.


But Waze’s user agreement contains a warning that says, in part, “Sending traffic updates and text messages to the service while you drive is strictly prohibited.” And the app’s interface is meant to prevent a report while the car is in motion, unless the user hits a button saying a passenger is making the entry.


Despite the warning, there is nothing to prevent a driver from hitting the passenger button. Waze, which Google bought last year, declined to comment. Safety advocates say regulators need to do more. “We absolutely need to be looking at these nomadic devices,” said Deborah A. P. Hersman, president of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit group chartered by Congress, and a former chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board.


The dominant companies in the industry are Google and Apple, which have made maps a central part of their smartphones – not only for navigation but also as a way to gather data and contextual information for their search functions and apps. Google and Apple declined to comment.


The technology industry has also voiced concern that the provision could give regulators the authority to review apps and order changes before they are put on the market, but safety officials said they would not have that power. Instead, they would retain the authority to have an app changed if it was deemed dangerous, in the same way they regulate cars and light trucks.


Harold Feld, senior vice president of Public Knowledge, a digital rights advocacy group, said the navigation apps were not inherently dangerous. Being able to enter a new destination into a navigation device on the fly, he said, is “a pretty good thing” and could often be done by a passenger. And navigation apps allow for voice commands.


With Google Maps or Apple’s Maps on nearly every smartphone sold in the United States, he asked, “Does their regulatory status change in a car? How the heck would anyone monitor that?”


The highway agency is following a plan to focus first on electronics built into the dashboard, which it began last year with the voluntary guidelines, and now to focus on smartphones and tablets, which can be used virtually anywhere. Regulators convened a public meeting on those this year, before the administration came out with its version of a transportation appropriations bill. Without a consistent standard across all navigation aids, automakers and safety advocates say, people will turn to the hand-held devices.


“If you put restrictions on the built-in systems designed to be used while driving, it’s going to encourage people to use hand-held devices that are not optimal for use by a driver,” said Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry trade group. “We believe that if you’re looking at a smaller screen, that’s less effective than looking at a larger screen on the dashboard.”


Even Mr. Spriggs would agree that driver distraction is a pressing problem. His 22-year-old son, he said, was riding his bicycle and was struck by a car whose driver was on a cellphone. “I would support a law, reluctantly, that these things cannot work while the car is moving,” he said.


A version of this article appears in print on June 16, 2014, on page B1 of the New York edition with the headline: Agency Aims to Regulate Map Aids in Vehicles. Order Reprints|Today’s Paper|Subscribe 


 Map Publishing, Hosting, Storage & Dissemination
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Happy Birthday Spatial Vision




IndoorAtlas Raises $4.5 Million in Race to Map The Indoors
By Deborah Gage

IndoorAtlas Executive Chairwoman

Inka Mero   

Thanks in large part to Google Inc., paper maps of the outdoors are becoming obsolete, but the indoors is still up for grabs. One analyst, Opus Research, counts as many as 200 startups in the indoor mapping market, and venture capitalists have backed several. Now a new one, IndoorAtlas Ltd., has entered the fray, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned, raising $4.5 million in a round led by Mobility Ventures and the Finnish seed fund KoppiCatch.


Valuation is undisclosed, in part because investors are still interested, according to KoppiCatch co-founder and IndoorAtlas Executive Chairwoman Inka Mero. The two-year-old company has turned away acquisition offers and may raise another larger funding round in the near future. 


“I’ve had my share of the highs and lows of startups, and I know this is a rare luxury, when the bigger companies call you,” Ms. Mero said IndoorAtlas, which has offices in Finland and Mountain View, Calif., spun out of the University of Oulu in Finland in 2012 with software that enables the compass in a smart phone to pinpoint a person’s indoor location by exploiting variations caused by buildings in the Earth’s magnetic fields. An early version of the product, whose technology is patented, is available on both iPhones and Android devices, and IndoorAtlas is testing it with a large U.S.-based retailer that the startup declined to name.


So far, it can optimize a shopping list by showing a customer how to navigate through a store, for instance, and offer discounts on products along the way. Location is accurate to within one to two meters.


Thousands of developers are working with the software, according to Ms. Mero, adding several hundred indoor maps per day, and the company envisions many potential new services.


“We spend nearly 90% of our time indoors,” she said. “We all know how much we use navigation when we’re driving cars, and [there are] all those use cases available in malls or coffee shops that we’ve not yet seen.”


Other companies have different technical approaches to mapping the indoors, and IndoorAtlas will likely face stiff competition. Apple Inc.AAPL -0.28% has turned on its location-sensing iBeacon service, Google Inc. has a prototype phone called Project Tango that creates 3-D models of indoor spaces, and several startups have received funding, including Matterport Inc., which is selling a 3-D camera.


IndoorAtlas will use its new money to launch its product and build its operations in the U.S. market, Ms. Mero said. Other investors include Vera Ventures, Finnvera and Tekes, which finances innovation in Finland.


Write to Deborah Gage at

Follow her on Twitter at @deborahgage



GM Johnson Maps / Napa and Sonoma Wine Country 

GM Johnson Maps


GM Johnson Maps would like to introduce you to its newest map of the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. The map cartography is by Global Graphics, H.J. Hesse. The map includes wineries of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties California. The map has descriptive text on wine tasting and California varietals. A comprehensive index of wineries has hours, addresses and phone numbers. The map shows winery locations, has shaded relief and shows viticultural areas (AVA). The scale of the map is 1:140000 or 1 inch is 2.2 miles. Also included is a great vicinity map centered on Napa – Sonoma showing it proximity to San Francisco and Sacramento.


Here at GM Johnson Maps we have a couple of staff that makes their own wine. One photo is President, Guy Johnson, pressing some Zinfandel in his garage. Guy produces two vintages, Guy’s Garage and Capitol Hill Cellars. The other photo show Tony Friscioni, our Account Administrator and his dad, Baldino, pressing some Old Vine Zinfandel in his dad’s basement. Baldino has been making wine for 50 years.




Guy Johnson, President of GM Johnson Maps


Tony Friscioni, our Account Administrator and his dad, Baldino



Data Mining 200 Years of Patent Office Records To Reveal The Nature of Invention
The elaborate records kept by the US Patent Office since 1790 are allowing researchers to study the nature of invention and how it has changed in 200 years.


One way to think about invention is as a process that combines technologies to fulfill some human need or purpose. In other words, inventions never come out of nowhere. They always build on earlier advances to create something new.


So, for example, the incandescent light bulb uses electricity, a heated filament, inert gas and a glass bulb; an inkjet printer relies on the ability to position matter with extreme precision and to pump ink in very small droplets; and the laser is based on the ability to make highly reflective optical cavities and so on. All these inventions stand on the shoulders of previous advances. That’s why many technologists think about invention as a combinatorial process-a walk through the entire space of technological permutations. To find a new invention, simply combine various old technologies in a new way.


At least, that’s the idea. But how to test the extent to which it is true? Today, we find out thanks to the work of Hyejin Youn at University of Oxford in the UK and a few pals. These guys have studied the nature of invention and say that there is good evidence that it is indeed a combinatorial process, at least in part.


There are work relies on data gathered by the US Patent Office, which uses an elaborate system of technology codes to classify the technologies responsible for an invention’s novelty. Inventions that rely on a single technology have a single code. But those that rely on several technologies are given a combination of codes. That opens up the possibility of an interesting study, they say. Since the US Patent Office records go back to 1790, it ought to be possible to see how the combination of codes has changed over time. In particular, these records should reveal to what extent invention is the refinement of existing combinations of technologies and to what extent it is the result of new combinations of technologies.


And that’s exactly what these guys have done. “To do this we treat patented inventions as carriers of technologies and avail ourselves of the elaborate system of technology codes used by the US Patent Office to classify the technologies responsible for an invention’s novelty,” say Youn and co.


For each invention, they count the number of technology codes associated with it. That allows them to study the way the number of inventions and the combination of technologies they rely on has changed with time. So, to what extent do inventions rely on completely new combinations of technology codes? If most inventions were entirely new, the percentage should be high. On the other hand, if most inventions are merely revised and improved versions of existing technologies, then they would depend on previously existing combinations of technologies.


The results give an interesting insight into this question. They suggest that some 40 per cent of new inventions rely on previously existing combinations of technologies while about 60 per cent introduce entirely new combinations of technologies.


That has important implications. One idea is that new inventions can come about through a random walk through the space of all possible permutations of technologies. But the fact that 40 per cent reuse previously existing combinations suggests that invention is not the result of this kind of random search. Indeed, Youn and co point out that certain parts of the combinatorial space are excluded for reasons of practicality, thereby ruling out inventions such as exploding prosthetics or espresso-making toothbrushes.


What’s more, certain technology “phenotypes”- particular operating systems, dimensions of roads and so on- limit the types of technologies that can later be useful. And this places another important bound on the types of inventions likely to be useful.


For these and other reasons, the number of inventions is a vastly smaller than the almost infinite space allowed by combinations of technologies. “The huge gap between the possible and the actual number of combinations indicates that only a small subset of combinations become inventions,” they say.


There is an interesting comparison here between the way inventions and DNA-based organisms have evolved. Biological evolution is another combinatorial process that relies on only a small number of building blocks-the protein-coding genes-combined together in lots of different ways. That’s not unlike the way inventions rely on a relatively small number of technologies combined in different ways. What’s more, biological evolution is path-dependent since the success of an adaptation depends on the order in which it follows other changes. And it is one that is ultimately determined by selection.


Youn and co say there is more work to be done in studying the link between these combinatorial processes. “Studying patent, comparative and systemic records of inventions, will open a way to make quantitative assessments for a counterpart of these features of biological evolution in technological evolution,” they say. Perhaps. But either way, the use of big data to study the nature of invention has significant potential. There are surely more jewels to be found in them thar hills.


Ref: : Invention as a Combinatorial Process: Evidence from U.S. Patents


A Literary Map To End All Literary Maps
Los Angeles Times


Charles Dickens would recognize the curve of the river and the placement of the streets  but he would be surprised to learn that his “Bleak House” is right across the street from something called “Fight Club.”


The good folks at the British conceptual design firm Dorothy have crammed 600 books into a map of Victorian London. Their version is cleaned up, rid of all the actual place names, and filled with titles instead.


There are no author names to clutter to map (they are there, in teeny-tiny font, in a key at the bottom of the page). There are no publishers or book details. There are not even any real-life connections between the places on the map and the places named in the books.


There are plenty of maps of real places with the literary landmarks pointed out, like ours of Los Angeles. There are lots of elaborately done maps of grandly imagined fictional places, like Middle-earth. This is a map of fictions at their most abstract — titles only — combined to create a fictional place that somehow contains them all.


They really have little business being grouped together as they are, except that it’s fun to think of saying: Take “On the Road” and it’ll turn into “Wuthering Heights” — stay on that until you reach “Middlesex.” Take a left there, and then turn left again on “Swann’s Way,” and that’ll bring you right to “Gorky Park.”


Other things that can be found on the map: Many book titles that include places, like “Murder at the Vicarage,” “Cold Comfort Farm,” “The Wind in the Willows” and “Wolf Hall,” mostly from British literature. There are American books like these as well, including “Little House on the Prairie” and “Telegraph Ave.”


Sometimes the titles are put to very specific use. “The Bridge Over the River Kwai” is indeed a bridge — spanning a section of the River Thames renamed, on the map, the River Kwai.


The map deviates from the original city a little so that the bottom left corner can fill with the “Wide Sargasso Sea.” That’s where you’ll find “Treasure Island” and the skull-shaped archipelago “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”


Putting the contents of those books together can make your head spin. What happens when the creepy mansion of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” meets the deflected ambition of the Indo-Trinidadian protagonist of “A House for Mr. Biswas” by V.S. Naipaul? What is Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” doing sandwiched between “Washington Square,” the 1880 Henry James novel, and Amy Tan’s 20th century story of Chinese American mothers and daughters in San Francisco, “The Joy Luck Club”?


The map poses these questions but blissfully makes no attempt to answer them. It is called, simply, the Book Map; it’s about 2 feet high by 3 feet wide and costs $42 plus shipping from the U.K.


To contact: Carolyn Kellogg

Like passing notes in class; I’m @paperhaus on Twitter



Employment Opportunity at Stanford University


Geospatial Manager / Stanford University, Branner Earth Sciences Library

STATUS: Permanent, full-time


ORGANIZATION: Stanford University, Branner Earth Sciences Library

REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services, Branner Earth Sciences Library (Assistant Director)


TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please go to and search for job number 63118.


General Description

The Geospatial Manager is the head of the Stanford Geospatial Center. Together with the Assistant Director, the Geospatial Manager sustains and strengthens the GIS program as the primary provider of GIS-based services, research consultation, and user education to Stanford University (SU) students, faculty and staff from all departments across campus.


This position is based in the Branner Earth Sciences Library, but the Geospatial Manager collaborates with and provides high-level technical support to other resource groups on campus in an effort to establish coordinated geospatial technology support to the entire campus. She / he provides geospatial support to users from a wide-range of academic disciplines (Earth Sciences to History to Epidemiology) applying GIS methods to a variety of disciplines.


In support of campus research and instructional needs, the Geospatial Manager designs and delivers instruction to geospatial users, assisting the integration of geospatial skills into the curriculum. S/he also leads an ongoing outreach program to expand understanding and utilization of GIS throughout all appropriate departments at Stanford. The program supports nearly 1,000 students and faculty with over 100 workshops, class lectures, and presentations per year. In the past year nearly 6,000 one-on-one reference consultations via email, phone and in-person.


The Geospatial Manager oversees the work of the Geospatial Reference and Instruction Specialist as well as numerous hourly and student workers.


The Geospatial Manager collaborates with library staff and faculty members to develop and implement new directions and long-range plans for improving the provision of geospatial services. This long-range planning includes creation of curriculum-specific teaching materials and workshops for different disciplines, providing outreach and support services to the main and branch libraries, and providing GIS support specifically for the upcoming David Rumsey Map Center. The Manager works in collaboration with the programmers of the Digital Library Systems and Services group (DLSS) and the Scientific Metadata Librarian on the development of the Library’s geospatial discovery environment, GeoBlacklight.


The Geospatial Manager supports the geospatial operations in Branner Library, which include: selecting GIS software, data, hardware and peripherals; training and supervising a student staff person to assist with geospatial services and Website maintenance; managing campus-wide GIS software licenses; and maintaining nine networked public PCs, dedicated to GIS.


The Geospatial Manager is expected participate in national initiatives including joint projects with other universities, attending national and international meetings to discuss the program, and to work collaboratively with colleagues around the world as appropriate to support the program.


The Geospatial Manager is a member of the Science and Engineering Resource Group (SERG) of the Stanford University Libraries (SUL).



Canadian Publishing Company Sets Out To Increase Tourism In Newfoundland And Labrador’s Backcountry


     COQUITLAM, B.C.- (June 17, 2014 )Mussio Ventures, one of Canada’s largest publishing companies, is hoping to inspire more travellers to connect with Newfoundland and Labrador’s backcountry this summer, with the release of its premier edition of the Backroad Mapbook and Garmin Licensed Backroad GPS maps for this region. The Newfoundland and Labrador Mapbook and GPS Maps have been in development for the past 2 years and will be made available to the public on June 25th, 2014.


    “Newfoundland is the perfect playground for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers alike. The province has so many natural attractions“, said Mussio Ventures co-founder, president and avid outdoorsman Russell Mussio. “It’s raw, rugged and beautiful. No amount of adjectives can describe what you will actually experience once you set out to explore this region. Whether Newfoundland is your current backyard, or you have to travel all the way from the West Coast, discovering and exploring this place should be on everyone’s bucket list”.


    Known for its success as the most comprehensive outdoor adventure and recreation resource across all other Canadian provinces, and with over 1.5 million copies sold, Mussio Ventures promises to deliver outdoor enthusiasts and visitors of this region, the same level of detailed maps combined with comprehensive write-ups on all outdoor activities Newfoundland and Labrador has to offer.


    Some of the map highlighted features include: logging and backroad networks, trail systems, parks, recreation areas, paddling, ATV and snowmobile routes. In addition, the exhaustively researched write-ups on lake and stream fishing; paddling adventures; parks and recreation areas; wildlife viewing; hiking;biking; horseback riding; ATVing and winter adventures provide a lifetime of places to visit and adventures to discover. 

    What started out as a living room enterprise by two British Columbia born brothers 21 years ago has grown into a cross-country venture that embraces Canada’s great outdoor spaces. “We seriously hope this Mapbook and GPS map bring Newfoundland and Labrador’s backcountry the local and nationwide attention it deserves.


    This was a big job, but well worth it. We had a team of local researchers and writers to make sure the information is as accurate as possible and noteworthy,”added Russell Mussio. “We also had a lot of involvement from local fishing and outdoor clubs, park superintendents, hiking enthusiasts, and Government Ministries. It has been a valiant effort by everyone involved and we simply can’t thank them enough”.


    Mussio Ventures was founded in 1993 by Russell Mussio and his brother Wesley, both avid backcountry explorers. The idea evolved when the brothers got lost through a maze of trails and backcountry roads around Harrison Lake in southern B.C. Since then Mussio Ventures has grown to become one of the top map producers and publishers in Canada.


    The series now includes GPS Maps, Adventure Maps, Digital Editions, and Mapbooks from coast to coast including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and now Newfoundland and Labrador.


    Media Contact:

    Nazli Faghihi

    Marketing & Communications Manager


    p: 604-521-6277












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    Top Companies Showcase Location Analytics at Esri Business Summit

    The Wendy’s Company, Miele  and JLL Lead a Powerful Lineup of Businesses Maximizing ROI with the ArcGIS Mapping Platform






    Redlands, CaliforniaJune 12, 2014-CIOs, business managers, and IT professionals from around the world will be heading to San Diego, California, for the Esri Business Summit, to be held July 12-15, 2014. Executives from some of the world’s most prominent organizations in retail, real estate, finance, insurance, manufacturing, supply chain management, and national statistics agencies will share their successes with location analytics and GIS. Networking opportunities and dynamic, interactive sessions will help attendees understand how the Esri platform can help them harness the power of location and realize untapped sources of return on investment (ROI).


    More than 23 featured speakers will be on hand including the following:

    • The Wendy’s CompanyJohn Crouse, director of real estate services, will discuss how the second-largest (by sales volume) quick-service hamburger chain in the United States is gaining better insight from its data and improving collaboration among departments by folding location analytics into many areas of the company.
    • JLLDr. Wayne Gearey, senior vice president of financial and professional services firm JLL, which specializes in commercial real estate and investment management, will talk about the company’s solution MapIT. Based on Esri technology, MapIT delivers real-time, accurate, location-based data and analytics supporting real estate location and investment decisions to all, everywhere the firm does business.
    • Miele, Inc.Matt Kueny, senior business analyst in sales at Miele, Inc., in the United States, will explain how his company helped a dealer increase sales by 70 percent using Esri Location Analytics. The maker of high-end kitchen appliances and vacuum cleaners was able to focus on specific segments of the marketplace, pinpointing customers to help that dealer be more successful.

    Executives from Citizens Insurance, Bank of America, Sonae, Novaventa, GGP, and will also speak. Managers and directors from both public and private organizations are welcome to attend the Esri Business Summit and share in this unique learning experience.


    “The summit is not just for business GIS users-it’s for everyone who is in the business of analytics and applying spatial context to their work and mission,” said Simon Thompson, Esri commercial industry director and summit emcee.


    Learn more about this innovative event and register at





    Hema’s 10th Edition Australia Maps
















    With all-new cartography and a visually clean design, Hema’s 10th edition Australia maps are the perfect reference tools.


    Featuring Australia’s major road networks, marked on the mapping are distances, outback fuel, Aboriginal land, and major national parks for everything from trip planning to education and on-road use.


    Both are complete with a distance grid, an index and CBD maps for Australia’s capital cities, with the Australia Large map containing through road maps for each state or territory’s capital city as well.





    IMIA Asia Pacific Board Director Igor Stjepanovic

    Wins Prestigious Lord Mayor’s Award


    Igor Stjepanovic (Center)

    GIS People’s Managing Director Igor Stjepanovic is the recipient of Brisbane’s Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014. Igor, who hails originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded GIS People, a geospatial and location intelligence company, just four years ago. The company has quickly become a rising star of the technology industry, providing location intelligence services to industries across Australia.


    Igor was honoured with the award at Brisbane City Hall on Friday 30th May, at the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Business Dinner. “I’m incredibly proud to accept this award,” said Igor, “and I’d like to acknowledge the effort from everyone involved with GIS People for helping me and the company get to this point. I could not have achieved this alone – my exceptional team, and our culture of collaboration, are the main reasons for winning this award.”


    Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the annual awards celebrated the contribution Brisbane’s multicultural businesses make to Brisbane’s economy: “The winners of the 2014 awards were selected from an impressive and diverse field of finalists, and embody the qualities of determination, leadership and ambition,” he said. “The achievements of these outstanding individuals act as inspiration for Brisbane’s greater business community.”


    About GIS People

    GIS People is a forward-thinking geospatial solutions company. They specialise in assisting organisations with their GIS (Geographic Information Systems) requirements, helping enhance business growth through innovative location-driven services. Most businesses these days produce or acquire data that has a spatial/location component, and when utilised correctly this data can be of immense benefit. GIS People makes location intelligence affordable to all organisations.


    To find out more about GIS People and the work they do visit 



    Mapping Industry News


    Historic maps of England go online

    AOL Travel UK

    The maps, digitised from original documents held by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, give an insight into how England’s historical …


    Maps and their makers … and the pretense of objectivity

    The National

    One of Alighiero Boetti’s embroidered maps of the world from 1984. Far from being the neutral presentation of objective reality, map-making is an …


    Map motifs are trendy this season

    With the rise of the GPS, the old-fashioned map has been reduced to an … Maps represent a respite from routine, the romance of the journey and the …


    Printed Electronics Market by Material, Technology, Application, and Geography- Analysis and …

    The report also provides the geographic view for major regions like the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Rest of the World (ROW).


    Global Fast Food Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast to 2019

    By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and RoW. The present market size and forecast till 2019 have …


    Electronic Cartography Market Worth $20271.18 Million by 2020

    According to the report “Electronic Cartography Market by Application (Marine – Commercial and Defense, Aviation – Marine – Commercial and …


    India sets eyes on upcoming Bhutan-China talks

    Hindustan Times

    Geography plays its part and history its role in popping up the China factor in India-Bhutan relationship. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded a …


    Research on the monk who wrote a world geography

    Tibet Post International

    During his long residence in Beijing, Btsan po read early Jesuit works of geography and became friendly with members of the Russian orthodox …


    How satellite maps can halt Amazon deforestation

    Christian Science Monitor

    Imazon, a nonprofit group, is collaborating with a Brazilian state to use real-time satellite imagery and advanced mapping techniques to protect the …


    Garmin Releases viago Navigation App For $0.99, Pay In-App to Unlock Features that Google …

    Droid Life

    Since it comes pre-installed on almost all Android phones, it has become the go-to mapping and navigation service not only because it is convenient, …


    ITMB is proud to release the Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta Travel Reference Map … 


    Cartography portraits Jason Kottke

    Cartography portraits JUN 10 2014. Ed Fairburn. From artist Ed Fairburn, a collection of portraits drawn on top of maps. Reminiscent of Matthew …


    Cultural geography: Vancouver developing interactive map of cultural spaces

    Vancouver Sun (blog)

    Cultural services at 12th and Cambie is working on an interactive map of the city’s cultural spaces. And until the end of June, it wants feedback to make …




    Spatial Vision is proud to launch the Biggest Laminated Wall Map of Australia! The size of this map is 2m by 1.95m suitable to be presented on large walls. It is printed on standard stock and is laminated for only $495. You may also purchase the non-laminated version for $395.




    Bella Terra Publishing – Final Two Editions in Rail U.S.A. Series



    Bella Terra has released the final two editions in their Rail U.S.A. series of guidemaps to railroad museums, trips and places of interest. The Western and Central States editions join the Eastern States edition published last year, an IMIA Silver Award Winner.


    The maps are sold individually and also as a set. The maps locate and describe more than 1,200 exhibits, historic depots, rides from miniature trains to scenic and dinner excursions, trolleys, model train displays, and train-watching locations.


    Each map features sixteen original watercolor illustrations which are also available as notecards and prints. 



    Eric Riback

    Bella Terra Publishing








    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 right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city packed full of attractions. On every street and laneway there are shopping, dining and cultural experiences to discover. Walk through lush parks, visit grand libraries and museums, take in a show, an Aussie rules footy match at the MCG or have a flutter at the casino, Melbourne has it all! To read more about Melbourne visit:
     The “Early Bird’ cutoff date is 2nd July – click here to Register Now
     Fifteen presentations plus Map Hack Day 
    have been designed to meet your business and professional needs
    IMIA Asia Pacific Melbourne Conference Sponsors


    IMIA Conference Website



    NextByte specializes in creating interactive, user-friendly mobile apps and websites. We understand how important it is for you to create a strong online presence and powerful branding for your business, and we can help you to achieve this. With our expert knowledge in design and development of apps and websites, we work with you to build your sales and create effective conversions for your digital and online business.


    Welcome Reception  


    Spatial Vision is renowned for delivering innovative solutions integrating geographic and business information. As leading practitioners in spatial technology, we help our clients better understand and manage natural resources, respond to emergencies and deliver government services. We take great pride in crafting informative map products and conducting advanced spatial analyses addressing some of the country’s most pressing issues. Serving clients across Australia, our highly experienced staff have designed and implemented some of Australia’s landmark SI technology projects.


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     Dinner Sponsor


    Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 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. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms.


        Delegate Satchels 


    “Global GBM is a world-leading provider of software solutions for Location Intelligence and Enterprise Mobility. We collect, manage and present the spatial data that underpins corporate business processes. Global GBM products are backed by 20+ years of experience in delivering innovative solutions to government and industry across the globe. These products include a spatially enabled Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) and a powerful COTS framework for rapid roll out of map enabled business systems across the web.



     Printing of Conference Book


    Land and Property Information (LPI), a division of the Office of Finance and Services, is the key provider of land information services in New South Wales. Authoritative land information is a vital tool that enables the community, business and government to derive maximum benefit from land and property to generate economic growth and prosperity. LPI’s integrated framework connects the people of NSW to a comprehensive package of land and property services including land title registration, property information, valuation, surveying and mapping. LPI provides land information services to individuals, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations throughout NSW, Australia and internationally.


    Sponsorship Opportunities are still available you would like to become a conference sponsor please contact Noleen Zander (IMIA Asia Pacific Executive Director) at for more information.


    Welcome Reception Sunday 17th August – Sponsored by Spatial Vision

    IMIA would like to thank Spatial Vision for their generous sponsorship and support. The Welcome Reception will be held at their premises – Level 4, 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne on Sunday 17th August from 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.


    Spatial Vision will be hosting the first IMIA Map Hack Day on 17th August 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Please register now at http://imiaconferences.comSpots are limited to 50 and you must be registered for at least one day of the conference to access the Map Hack Day.


    The Student Business Connect Session will be held immediately after the Map Hack Day from 4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. This session is designed to allow students to meet briefly with prospective employers and have a quick 5-minute “interview.” 




    IMIA EAME / The British Cartographic Society Symposium



    IMIA EAME / The British Cartographic Society Symposium
    24 – 26 June 2014

    Marwell Hotel  Colden Common  Winchester  Hampshire  UK



    IMIA EAME / BCS Symposium Details







    IMIA Frankfurt Book Fair 2014



    IMIA Frankfurt Book Fair

    8th – 12th October 2014

    IMIA Shared Stand


    The Frankfurt Book Fair is the most important opportunity for you to showcase your company and its products. Save money by joining the managed IMIA shared stand. 


    As a co-exhibitor you will receive:

    • An exclusive one meter wide panel or panels
    • Meeting area with tables and chairs
    • Refreshments
    • Exhibitor and trade visitor tickets
    • An invitation to the IMIA reception for your guests and you 

    If you want to showcase your product but do not wish to attend, then we shall mount your display.

    • The cutoff date for booking a space is 30 June 2014. 
    • Cost per panel – Euro 975 (Full payment with order).
    • According to your status, VAT may be added at 20 percent.

    Please contact IMIA EAME Executive Director Howard Hudson at or ring the IMIA EAME Region Office at +44 (0)1993 774519. You may also contact your respective Regional Executive Director for all details.  


    IMIA Americas 2014 Conference & Member Showcase




    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.

    • New techniques to help complete a project or learn how someone else solved a problem
    • Gain an understanding of what others are doing in the industry
    • The ability to expand your professional network
    • Opportunities to interact face to face with a concentration of experts and professionals
    • Learn the latest ways to promote and sell your product 
    • The value of collaboration with other exhibitors

    Act now and become an exhibitor. Read 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 $1,250 are 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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    Click for:  Exhibitor Registration


    Click for:  Exhibitor Floor Plan


    Click for:  Conference Schedule


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    IMIA Calendar of Events



    Earth Observation Exhibition in Sydney

    23 May  – 20 July 2014

    City of Sydney’s Customs House, Australia


    IMIA EAME / The British Cartographic Society Symposium

     24 – 26 June 2014
      Winchester, Hampshire UK

    Esri International User Conference

    14 – 18 July 2014

    San Diego, CA USA



     IMI 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



     Compliments of National Geographic


    Photograph by Galileo

    Project / NASA / JPL

    Reprocessed by Ted Stryk 


    The frozen, fissured surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, seen here in a colorized mosaic image from the Galileo spacecraft, hides a liquid ocean that may hold all the ingredients needed for life.


    Photograph by

    Eric Anderson, AP



    Two tornadoes approach Pilger, Nebraska USA.




    Photograph by

    John Stanmeyer



    One of the first travelers in a century to walk through the Hejaz desert of Saudi Arabia, Paul Salopek encounters a fabled past of caravans and pilgrims, of empires come and gone.




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