Details on some of the speakers for O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 Conference, which will be held June 13-14 in San Jose, California, are now up on the conference website. Some of the presenters already confirmed are Mike Leibhold from the Institute for the Future, Di-Ann Eisnor from Platial, and Steve Lombardi from Microsoft. More speakers will be announced as the schedule firms up. Registration is now open and, even though it’s pretty steep, there are discounts for students and some others.
We came across information on the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth that will take place in the summer of 2007 in San Francisco. The call for papers should be coming out soon and abstracts will be due in June. In addition, there is information on the Inaugural Digital Earth Summit on Sustainability that will take place in August in New Zealand
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Geosoft, the maker of geosciences mapping and visualization software, is holding a contest for free Geosoft software. One winner a month will be drawn, and will receive copies of Geosoft’s products. To enter, head over to the $100,000 Software Giveaway site
This year Intergraph has decided to roll its user conferences together under one name and time.Ã‚Â Intergraph 2006 will be taking place in Orlando, June 12-15.Ã‚Â My question here is whether or not to the GIS portions of the conference will be minimized in this new format.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â As we know, there was a significant response to a less than exciting quarterly report recently and there is a changing of the guard in the SGI division…where will this leave GeoMedia and its related toys in IUC2006?
Intergraph 2006 – International Users Conference
Schuyler Erle over at MappingHacks.com has a round-up of Saturday’s activities in Chicago. The upshot is that we now have the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, OSGeo (eventually to be at osgeo.org). The organization will support several ongoing open source and free projects including MapServer, GDAL/OGR, PostGIS, GRASS, GeoServer, GeoTools, Mapbender, and Ka-Map to name a few. I will post more as more is announced (and as I continue to read the IRC log). I think this will be a great step forward that will build on the initial ideas of the MapServer Foundation.Ã‚Â Unfortunately, we had already finished the podcast for this week so it won’t be in the podcast news until next week, and hopefully we can drag someone for an interview on the OSGF once things have settled down.
Also noted on Spatially Adjusted, PerryGeo, Spatial Galaxy, SlashGeo and import cartography
There is only one day left to enter our next contests and we only have a few entries for each contest so far. The first place prize for contest 2 will include a copy of Ambient Findability and a VerySpatial t-shirt and two others will receive a VerySpatial t-shirt. The three questions are: Continue reading
The Geographic and Land Information Society has announced their Annual GIS Competion for high schools, sponsored by ESRI. Basically, high schools submit projects to the competition by the deadline of March 15, 2006, and the winners will be notified by April 1st. Entry forms, rules for project submissions, and information on prizes can be found at the GLIS competition website. Good luck to the schools who enter!
The deadline for abstract submission for the 2006 ESRI International User Conference has been extended to January 6, 2006. For more information, see the conference webpage.
AAA (American Automobile Association) will be sponsoring the 4th annual AAA Travel High School Challenge, a 3-part geography competition that kicks off with a 40-question online contest from January 9-17, 2006. The top 5 scorers in each of the 50 states and DC will compete in state finals, with those winners receiving a paid trip to Orlando, FL to compete in the finals in May 2006. The challenge is open to all US students in grades 9-12, and is offering more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes across the whole competition.
For information, check out the AAA website