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August 2015

IMIA is an international organization where mapmakers, publishers, geospatial technology companies, location-based services, content producers, and distributors come together to both connect and to conduct business in the spatial information and map related industry. It is a global organization and welcomes members from every corner of the globe. The Association is made up of three regions: IMIA EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East), IMIA Americas (North America, South America, Canada, and Mexico) and IMIA Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific).


The IMIA Report reports the current issues of the worldwide mapping industry giving members information on new products, member news, plus items of interest to those in the industry. We encourage all our members to send to IMIA Headquarters their new product information and press releases for distribution. Advertising is available.   

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

France's 92nd Infantry Regiment fights in the trenches in 1916. National Geographic's maps of the war front helped people make sense of faraway battles they read about in news reports. PHOTOGRAPH BY ADOC-PHOTOS/CORBIS

In the summer of 1914, Americans began reading news accounts of a conflict that would soon be called the Great War-and that would draw the United States in three years later.
But it was National Geographic's maps that quickly helped Americans grasp the sweep of a conflict so vast that it would later become known as the First World War.
"People who followed the war at all followed it by reading newspapers...and maps were a very important way to make sense of these faraway places [and] strange names," says Robert Poole, a former executive editor at National Geographic magazine and author of a book on the history of the magazine.
National Geographic revamped its August 1914 issue to include a map of "New Balkan States and Central Europe," which featured the names of the places where fighting was most severe. The maps were popular, boosting the organization's visibility. By year's end, membership in the Society had grown 50 percent, to more than 336,000.
The Balkans map was ready to go because the magazine's editor, Gilbert H. Grosvenor, had anticipated heightened conflict after visiting Great Britain, France, and Russia in the summer of 1913, during the Second Balkan War, and had commissioned a map of the area.
By early 1914 the finished copies were delivered to the Society's Washington, D.C. headquarters. Waiting for the moment when tensions were sufficiently high to pique reader interest, Grosvenor stored the maps in the Society's basement until war broke out that summer.
"He had a sixth sense for what readers were interested in," Poole says. "He could tell that something important was happening in Europe, that Europe was changing very quickly, that people needed this sort of information that they weren't getting anywhere else."
"There was this niche that National Geographic could fit that no one else was fitting," Poole says. "He began to get favorable responses not only from the public, but [also] from the White House, the Navy."
First National Geographic Maps
Although National Geographic is well known today for its maps and atlases, the magazine did not actually create its own maps during the first 27 years of its existence.
"Before 1915, the magazine had always gotten whatever map supplements that it published from government agencies, especially the USGS [U.S. Geological Survey]," says Mark Jenkins, a former National Geographic archivist. "Whenever they had money to produce a map, [Grosvenor] had to get his maps done through an outside firm."
Grosvenor commissioned outside companies to produce both the Balkans map and a 1915 follow-up map of the expanding war front. However, Grosvenor's disappointment with the initial drafts of the war-front map, combined with the magazine's increasing revenue, led him to establish the map department in 1915-the first in-house cartographic division at National Geographic.
"He thought [the outside companies] weren't producing what he wanted, and they weren't doing it fast enough," Poole says. "He wanted to have quality control, and he wanted to get maps when he needed them."
"WWI was an impetus for the creation of a cartographic division here at National Geographic," says Juan Valdes, the Society's geographer and director of editorial and research. "We started using different map projections to portray the world in various ways. We introduced page maps to the magazine to accompany the articles, so that people would know the exact places that were being addressed in the text. It was the building block for our 10th edition atlas [and] our world atlas app."
In the beginning, the maps department was, as Jenkins says, "pretty much a one-man show." Albert Bumstead, the map department's first chief cartographer, was also its only cartographer.
The department's first map supplement was the 1918 "Map of the Western Theatre of War," which provided readers with the name and location of every town or hamlet that they would likely encounter in reports from the front-a valuable resource to readers unfamiliar with the vast territory covered by the war.
The map's place names were so comprehensive that the secretary of the Geographic Society of France called it the most complete map of the Western Front.
According to Valdes, the Western Theatre map "started the tradition of that detailed mapping that we became known for."
"That map set the tone for our cartographic standards," Valdes says. "What National Geographic could offer would be these detailed supplement maps that weren't that readily available to the public. What [the public] would normally see would be these small newspaper maps that wouldn't have a lot of detail."
Those war years marked a turning point for the Society-and for the cartography field. "The mapmaking became much more professional during and as a result of WWI," Poole says. "People began to associate Nat Geo with cartographic authenticity. They knew that they could go to National Geographic for reliable info."

Mapmaking During WWII
The development of mapmaking expertise during WWI laid the foundation for the role that National Geographic would play in WWII, when, as the New York Times wrote in 1945, the Society's maps were "to be found at the front, in the air, in our embassies and consulates." Two weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's office requested a National Geographic map showing where the Japanese had attacked in Southeast Asia.

"National Geographic supplied the White House with National Geographic maps for the White House map room," Poole says. "[FDR] would go over the maps with his chief advisers, keep track of the action, what was happening in the war, by following those maps.
"As the United States, the Soviet Union, and Britain were deciding to carve up Europe, they used a National Geographic map showing which parts of Germany would be the American sector, which would be the British sector, which would be the Soviet sector. They were actually using a National Geographic map to decide what post-war Europe would look like."
By Becky Little, National Geographic
Published July 16, 2014
USGS Map Engravings for Public Sale
First Auctions Planned for West Area
Should Begin in Late August or Early September

On behalf of the Federal Government, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is selling to the public by auction sets of excess engravings once used to reproduce U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic and geologic maps and other scientific illustrations. GSA will auction the sets through its GSA Auctions SM web site, which is available at http://www.gsaauctions.gov

GSA will sell the remaining 1,795 sets in four auctions.  Each auction will offer approximately 450 sets that map parts of one of four areas of the U.S.: west, central, south and midwest, and northeast.  Each two-week auction will start every 30 days.  The first auction, planned for the west area, should begin in late August or early September 2015. To read further:  USGS Engravings Available for Sale
Library of Congress Interesting Facts
IMIA Americas Conference VIP Tour - Registration Required
1:00 p.m.  - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Library of Congress founded in 1800, making it the oldest federal cultural institution in the nation. On August 24, 1814, British troops burned the Capitol building (where the Library was housed) and destroyed the Library's core collection of 3,000 volumes. On January 30, 1815, Congress approved the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's personal library of 6,487 books for $23,950.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 160 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 37 million books and other print materials, 3.5 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 7.1 million pieces of sheet music and 69 million manuscripts.
The Collections
The Library receives some 15,000 items each working day and adds approximately 12,000 items to the collections daily. The majority of the collections are received through the Copyright registration process, as the Library is home to the U.S. Copyright Office. Materials are also acquired through gift, purchase, other government agencies (state, local and federal), Cataloging in Publication (a pre-publication arrangement with publishers) and exchange with libraries in the United States and abroad. Items not selected for the collections or other internal purposes are used in the Library's national and international exchange programs. Through these exchanges the Library acquires material that would not be available otherwise. The remaining items are made available to other federal agencies and are then available for donation to educational institutions, public bodies and nonprofit tax-exempt organizations in the United States.
International Collections
Since 1962, the Library of Congress has maintained offices abroad to acquire, catalog and preserve library and research materials from countries where such materials are essentially unavailable through conventional acquisitions methods. Overseas offices in New Delhi (India), Cairo (Egypt), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Jakarta (Indonesia), Nairobi (Kenya) and Islamabad (Pakistan) collectively acquire materials from more than 60 countries and acquire materials on behalf of United States libraries participating in the Cooperative Acquisitions Program. The Library is also collaborating with institutions around the globe to provide content on the World Digital Library.
Foreign Languages
Approximately half of the Library's book and serial collections are in languages other than English. The collections contain materials in some 470 languages.
African and Middle Eastern Materials
The Library's African and Middle Eastern Division holds 600,000 volumes in the non-Roman script languages of the region.
Asian Materials
The Library's Asian Division collection holds more than 3 million items, the largest assemblage of Chinese, Japanese and Korean materials outside of Asia, and one of the largest Tibetan collections in the world.
European, Iberian, Latin American and Caribbean Materials
The Library holds the largest collection of Russian-language materials in the United States and the largest outside of Russia (more than 750,000 items). The Library's Iberian, Latin American and Caribbean collections, comprising more than 10 million items (books, journals, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, photographs, posters, recordings, sheet music and other materials) are the largest and most complete in the world.
The Library's Geography and Map Division holds 5.5 million items, the world's largest collection of cartographic materials. It has the largest collection of fire-insurance maps of cities and towns in the United States, providing unparalleled coverage of the growth of urban America from the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The collection also includes the 1507 world map by Martin Waldseemüller, known as "America's Birth Certificate," the first document on which the name "America" appears.
Law Library
The Law Library of Congress is the world's largest law library, with 2.9 million volumes, including one of the world's best rare law book collections and the most complete collection of foreign legal gazettes in the United States. The Law Library contains United States congressional publications dating back to the nation's founding.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
The Library holds the largest rare-book collection in North America (more than 700,000 volumes), including the largest collection of 15th-century books in the Western Hemisphere. The collection also includes the first known book printed in North America, "The Bay Psalm Book" (1640).
Smallest Book
The smallest book in the Library of Congress is "Old King Cole." It is 1/25" x 1/25", or about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.
Largest Book
The largest book in the Library of Congress is a 5-by-7 foot book featuring color images of Bhutan. With support from Microsoft, a team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recorded the ancient life and culture in this Southeast Asian country and made 40,000 digital images available to the Bhutan National Archives. A copy of the picture book was donated to the Library of Congress.
Oldest Example of Printing
One of the oldest examples of printing in the world - passages from a Buddhist sutra, or discourse, printed in 770 A.D. - is housed in the Library's Asian Division. The oldest written material in the Library is a cuneiform tablet dating from 2040 B.C.
Presidential Papers
Foremost among the Manuscript Division's holdings are the papers of 23 presidents, ranging from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge.
Gutenberg Bible
The Gutenberg Bible, one of the treasures of the Library of Congress, was purchased in 1930. The 15th-century work is one of three perfect copies on vellum in the world.
Audio-Visual and Performing Arts CollectionsPrints and Photographs
The Library's Prints and Photographs Division contains more than 14.4 million visual images, including the most comprehensive international collection of posters in the world, the most comprehensive visual record of the Civil War, and pioneering documentation of America's historic architecture. More than 1 million images are accessible on the Prints and Photographs online catalogat at www.loc.gov/pictures/.
Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound
Opened in 2007, the Library's Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., was designed for the acquisition, cataloging, storage and preservation of the nation's collection of moving images and recorded sounds. In partnership with the Packard Humanities Institute, the U.S. Congress and the Architect of the Capitol, the Library's state-of-the-art facility houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of American and foreign-produced films, television broadcasts and sound recordings. The facility houses 6 million items, including more than 3.5 million sound recordings and 1.7 million film, television and video items, representing over a century of audiovisual production.
The Library holds the most comprehensive collection of American music in the world, more than 22 million items including 7.1 million pieces of sheet music. The collection includes an extensive assemblage of original manuscripts by composers of the American musical theater and the largest collection of any one kind of musical instrument (flute) in the world. The Library sponsors a long-running broadcast concert series of chamber music.

American Folklife Center and Veterans History Project
With more than 1.3 million items, the Archive of Folk Culture in the American Folklife Center (AFC) is the largest repository of traditional cultural documentation in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It contains the largest collection of American Indian music and spoken word, including the earliest ethnographic field recordings made anywhere in the world. The AFC administers the Veterans History Project, which was established by Congress in 2000 to preserve the reminiscences of the nation's war veterans. To date, more than 94,000 submissions have been collected, including many from members of Congress. Selected stories are accessible on the project's website. The AFC also administers the StoryCorps project, a nationwide grassroots initiative to record the oral histories of ordinary citizens. The collections will be preserved and made accessible in the Library of Congress.

Other Fascinating FactsDigital Talking Books
Since 1931, the Library has provided books to the blind in braille and on sound recordings. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is in the process of replacing its inventory of recordings on audio cassettes with newly developed Digital Talking Books and digital playback equipment.
Comic Books and Newspapers
The Library's Serial and Government Publications Division contains the world's largest collection of comic books (5,000 titles; 100,000 issues). The oldest comic book in the collection is "Popular Comics," February 1936. The division also holds the world's most extensive newspaper collection. The oldest original newspaper in the collection is "Mercurius Publicas Comprising the Sum of Forraign Intelligence," December 29, 1659.
Scientific and Technical Information
The Library of Congress has one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world. Such material makes up roughly one-fourth of its total book and journal collection. The Library's Science, Technology and Business Division maintains this country's largest collections of technical reports and standards (some 4.4 million foreign and domestic items).
IMIA Americas Conference VIP Library of Congress Tour Highlights:
*Tour the famous Geography and Map Division conducted by the Library of Congress experts. 
*Walk to the historic Jefferson Building to see two very rare map exhibitions.
*A library docent will give a special VIP tour of the Great Hall.
*Please email IMIA Headquarters (lindahill76@cox.net) your wish to participate in this very special event.

William & Heintz Map Corporation / IMIA Americas Conference VIP Tour
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Registration Required
Williams & Heintz Map Corporation has been printing maps for entrepreneurs, government agencies and map publishers for over 92 years. We combine the highest quality pre-press, printing and folding with industry leading knowledge and customer service. 

Come take a tour of the Williams & Heintz Map Corporation. See the most unique collection of map production equipment in the Americas.

Tour Highlights:

Three large presses print up to 47 ¼ " x 63", on a wide selection of stocks, including high wet strength and plastic, up to 6 colors in a single pass.
Biggest Map Folding Machine in the World, configured uniquely for us, folds maps in many configurations, including user-friendly styles that can be leafed through like the pages of a book.

Meet experienced craftsmen and women in the business of printing maps.

Learn about our environmental initiatives and how we can help design and produce your map, using ecologically sustainable materials and methods.
To view a video about Williams & Heintz Map Corporation please visit:   
If you wish to participate in the tour, please email Linda Hill at lindahill76@cox for further details. Registration is required.  

Williams & Heintz Map Corporation
8119 Central Avenue
Capitol Heights, MD 20743 USA
Tel:  301-336-1143
Fax: 301-336-5520
National Geographic Maps Upgrades Marketing Website
to Feature-rich, Mobile-friendly Platform


WASHINGTON (August 14, 2015) - NextByte Technologies has recently upgraded the National Geographic Maps marketing website NatGeoMaps.com ( www.natgeomaps.com ) to a feature-rich and mobile-friendly platform. The revamped website extends the existing design with new functionalities such as graphical user interfaces, enhanced categorization and search and improved product imagery that provides up-to-date information and inspires consumers to make a purchase. The site continues to offer deep product information on all of the maps and drive customers to the National Geographic online store by directly linking to the map page.
The new website has been developed on Magento's eCommerce platform and is connected with the NatGeoMaps.com backend product database. This ensures that the most up-to-date product information is always surfaced to customers. Users can browse the entire range of maps from product lines such as the Trails Illustrated outdoor recreation maps, National Geographic's signature wall maps and many others. Various filtering options help users select maps from most popular to new releases in all of the product categories.
"National Geographic Maps have inspired people to explore the world around them for more than 100 years," said Dan Ortiz, National Geographic Maps vice president and general manager. "The new user-friendly marketing website will allow our wholesale and end-user customers to more efficiently search and browse our wide variety of map products."
"National Geographic magazines and maps have been my personal favorites since childhood. It is such a great opportunity to be working on this project. Exceptional support by the National Geographic Maps team in Evergreen, Colorado, ensured that this complex project was finished within a few months," said Mani Singh, CEO, NextByte Technologies.

About NextByte Technologies
NextByte Technologies is a creative digital agency specializing in building interactive, user-friendly mobile apps and websites. Over the past three years, it has helped clients in the mapping, education and travel industry across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia create a strong and powerful online presence with its robust branding strategies. Its expert knowledge in design, familiarity, skill, and expectations of online consumers has helped create effective conversions for digital and ecommerce businesses. For more information:  www.nextbyte.in.
Mani Singh, CEO
NextByte Technologies Pvt Ltd
History, Geography Could Merge in Schools  
Australian primary school students will be taught a new merged history and geography subject under the new national curriculum. A new humanities and social sciences subject will include the existing topics of history, geography, civics, and citizenship.
The Australian reported on Saturday.Schools will also be mandated to teach phonics style reading as part of the curriculum, to be considered when state and territory education ministers meet next month.
Geography Quiz
  1. Where is the Earth's crust the thickest?
  2. When do the continents fit together best in the Pangaea configuration?
  3. What continents does the equator pass through?
  4. What are the continents in order from smallest to largest?
  5. Which country has the largest land area in the Western Hemisphere?
  6. What is a relative location?
  7. What is elevation above sea level?
  8. How do you find the shortest distance between two places on the globe?
  9. How is the distance between two points calculated?
  10. In geography, what are the three types of regions? 

For answers go to the link above.  There are many more questions to test your knowledge..

                    Landsat Sees Eye of the Sahara - U.S. Geological Survey

Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania
Located near the western edge of the Sahara Desert, the Eye of the Sahara is a feature that resembles a large eye when viewed from space. Also known as the Richat Structure or Guelb er Richat, the Eye is a symmetrical dome of eroded sedimentary and volcanic rock. The outermost rings measure approximately 40 km (25 miles) across. Persistent northeasterly winds keep much of the dome free from sand, exposing the various layers of rock. The circular feature was initially interpreted to be an asteroid impact structure, but most scientists have now concluded that it was caused by geologic uplift.

About the image
The Eye of the Sahara image is a mosaic of four different Landsat 8 scenes that show the geologic feature in false color. By blending visible and infrared wavelengths (bands), scientists can enhance the visibility of the various rock layers in contrast to the surrounding sand (yellow to white).
The Eye is the latest example of a series of images prepared each week by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center - the Image of the Week.
Additional Landsat images selected for their artistic qualities can be found in USGS collections of Earth as Art. A new Earth as Art 4 collection will be available in early fall.
MapWheel: A Toposcope Customized for You
Russell and Jesse
Our Story
Designed by you and created by us here in Sydney, a MapWheel is a beautifully crafted and personalised toposcope to celebrate important people and places in your world. 

A MapWheel is a new, functional and attractive piece of home decor intended to trigger fond memories, provoke conversations and celebrate locations that have significance to you.

MapWheel was born out of Russell's curiosity and eventual frustration of not knowing the direction to places his home looks out on because they're hidden by the vast expanse of bushland in the Blue Mountains National Park west of Sydney. There are a number of lookouts in the area that have toposcopes (see photo of Anvil Rock below) to point-out landscape features in the area so one day Russell thought it would be great to have one for his home. His first toposcope (from then on named a MapWheel) was hand drawn on a piece of cardboard and then covered with a clear plastic film so it could take pride of place on their outdoor dinning table. A web-app, a laser engraver and some really nice materials later and MapWheel was born. You will see in the photo further down that Russell has since upgraded to a timber MapWheel engraved in beautiful Queensland Maple.

Partner With Us - Ordnance Survey
New Opportunities
Boost Sales, Enter New Markets, Make Valuable Industry Contacts
and Work with Cutting-edge Geographic Data
Working in partnership - from small start-ups to leading multinationals - is central to our business vision. Our Licensed Partner programme offers you help to grow your business and promote the use of Ordnance Survey data. Member Benefits:
  • Revenue opportunities - by adding value to or reselling our data.
  • Access to Ordnance Survey markets and insights - we can help identify opportunities in a wide range of markets through the provision of market trend information and sector focussed partner events.
  • Access to national coverage of all our products.
  • Early insight to product developments - via regular e-newsletters and our OS Insight programme.
  • Promotional opportunities for your business - including a free listing in our Partner Finder Directory and selected opportunities to speak and exhibit at Ordnance Survey events.
  • Brand association - use our Licensed Partner logo on your products and promotional collateral.
  • Technical support - access to our technical product team for advice and guidance, as well as product focussed deep-dive events.
  • Account management -support to help maximise your revenue potential using our products and guidance on the most appropriate licensing.
  • Marketing support - including working together to create joint case studies, press releases and campaign planning.
  • Secure partner website - containing all the reference information you need.
  • Collaboration with other Licensed Partners - networking and introductions through attendance our partner events.
If you are interested in joining our community, please contact us; we would love to hear from you.
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Please note: we carry out a small number of checks prior to accepting new members, as set out in Licence exceptions (PDF).
  MAPPS 2015
Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards
Call for Entries - Deadline: October 31, 2015

The ninth annual MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Awards will be presented to Regular and Associate Member firms whose entries exemplify the professionalism, value, integrity and achievement of the firm's staff as demonstrated over the previous year.

A distinguished and impartial panel of five judges will evaluate the submitted projects from eight categories: airborne and satellite data acquisition; photogrammetry/elevation data generation; remote sensing; GIS/IT; surveying/field data collection; small projects; technology innovation; and, licensed data products. This panel will review each submission and select a winner for each category. A Grand Award will be presented from the category award winners to represent the MAPPS Project of the Year.

What makes a good project? What returns and benefits can your firm gain by submitting a project? Review a webinar conducted by three members of the MAPPS Board of Directors and past award winners for valuable tips on marketing and project preparation.
Showcasing the Year's Best Projects
All submitted projects will be recognized for their contribution to the geospatial profession. These awards provide an opportunity for our members to obtain national recognition and to showcase their projects at a special reception. 

Award winners will now be announced at the Awards reception at the 2016 MAPPS Winter Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information:  http://www.mapps.org/?AwardsInfo

Watch the Arctic Ice Cap Disappear in These National Geographic Maps 

In a speech about climate change, Barack Obama had noted that over the years, National Geographic maps of the arctic had changed. The 10th edition of its Atlas of the World, especially, shows a much-diminished ice cap-and even more is gone in the 2014 edition.
As the ocean heats up due to global warming, Arctic sea ice has been locked in a downward spiral. Since the late 1970s, the ice has retreated by 12 percent per decade, worsening after 2007, according to NASA. May 2014 represented the third lowest extent of sea ice during that month in the satellite record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). 

Monday, August 10, 2015 
Esri and FlightAware Partner for Extensive
Flight Tracking and Status Data Mapping Initiative
 World's Largest Flight Tracking Company FlightAware Makes Its Data Available in Market-Leading ArcGIS Mapping Platform
Redlands, California- August 17, 2015- Esri and FlightAware have partnered to combine the power of the world's leading flight tracking and status company with the world's leading ArcGIS mapping platform. The partnership features the ability to view and analyze large amounts of accurate, live-aviation data in one powerful spatial system.
"Esri has the tools and expertise to visualize data in a proven GIS environment," FlightAware business development manager Max Tribolet said. "FlightAware data is the perfect addition. We're the largest flight tracking company in the world, based on how many disparate data feeds we have coming into our system. So it's pretty powerful when you pull our data into GIS."
FlightAware aggregates live flight tracking data from more than 50 government air traffic control authorities; over 10 satellite data link partners such as Garmin and ARINCDirect; and FlightAware's own in-house ADS-B receiver network, consisting of more than 3,400 receivers in over 100 countries.
"This is a really good way to provide an additional option to our existing and potential customers, who might not have an easy way to consume larger volumes of flight tracking data," Tribolet said. "A stand-alone app like Esri's ArcGIS is adept at handling large quantities of data and is able to visualize it. This relationship with Esri allows FlightAware to focus on what we do best: constantly adding and aggregating quality flight tracking data and providing it to the industry."
Airports and agencies have started exploring opportunities to use FlightAware data in GIS to improve proactive noise monitoring and airspace design as well as monitoring airspace congestion in real time. FlightAware visualizes live and historic data-such as altitude, longitude, latitude, ground speed, and estimated and actual schedule times-in 2D, 3D, and even 4D maps.
"The ability to fuse FlightAware data within the ArcGIS platform unlocks a host of new and innovative capabilities with regard to visualization, analysis, and collaboration," Esri aviation business development lead Stephen Willer said. "That results in a higher level of operational intelligence. We're excited to bring this to our users across the globe. Real-time information access like this is essential not only today but also to our future air traffic systems."
Learn more about FlightAware at www.flightaware.com
Learn more about Esri aviation technology at www.esri.com/airports
What is an Encapsulated Map?
Probably the most often asked question is what does encapsulated map mean? Once I tell them that it's also known as lamination they usually get it, but then followed up by what's the difference? 

So I explain that encapsulated is when the paper map is sandwiched between 2 sheets of thick clear plastic protecting the map as well as adding to its value.  Lamination is when the printer applies a thin plastic finish to either one or both sides of the map at the time of printing. Not as durable as encapsulation but still giving a better quality finish.

As you can imagine, I get bored to keep repeating this mantra so when we had a student here on work experience we got him to make a short video, which you can see here:  https://youtu.be/Apk-U-uBpqM

By Alan Smith
Managing Director
Global Mapping Ltd.
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 2015 Calendar of Events

International Cartographic Association (ICA)

August 23 - 28 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



September 15 - 17

Stuttgart, Germany


IMIA Americas Region Conference 'International Map Year'

September 27 -  29

Washington, D.C. USA


Frankfurt Book Fair

October 14 - 18

Frankfurt, Germany


IMIA Asia Pacific Region Conference 'International Map Year'

November 15 - 17

Brisbane, Australia 


Brisbane GIS Day

November 18

Brisbane, Australia


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