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IMIA REPORT                                                                                   

Industry News, Profiles and Future Events                 

July 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.   

Abu Dhabi Receives Esri's Inaugural Smart Government Award
National Implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructure Promotes Cooperation
throughout All Government Agencies

Redlands, California-July 20, 2015- Abu Dhabi has been honored as the inaugural recipient of Esri's Smart Government award at the company's annual user conference in San Diego, California.


With the increasing use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the country, the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) launched the Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) initiative in 2007. Today, the initiative includes more than 70 government and quasi-government agencies. Sectors include urban planning, local government, utilities, infrastructure, safety, security, environment, cultural heritage, public health, business, and education. Initiative members are required to share their spatial data with one another to facilitate the use of geospatial data among government agencies and other stakeholders.


"Geographically based information gives us the means to better understand the world around us, plan effectively, and comprehensively make informed decisions, and carry out the results of those decisions in a coordinated and efficient way," says Rashed Al Mansoori, Director General of ADSIC.


Incorporated into the AD-SDI is a data clearinghouse, geospatial portal and website as well as a framework for community engagement and formal agreements for data provision and sharing. The SDI is transforming government services to support inter-government and multi-stakeholder collaboration for better planning, analysis, and decision making. This has resulted in a real return on investment through social, economic, and environmental benefits. 


"Abu Dhabi's SDI Initiative is a lighthouse example of what can be accomplished by a nation that recognizes the many benefits that can be derived through the cooperative use of geospatial information," says Jack Dangermond, Esri president. "I am very pleased to honor them with our first Smart Government award."


Press Information

Contact: Jim Baumann, Esri

Tel.: 909-793-2853, extension 1-807

E-mail: press@esri.com 


Esri 2015 User Conference in San Diego, CA USA

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National Geographic


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Mid and High Level Precision GPS Market by Type, Application and Geography - Global Forecast to 2020!


LONDON, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The factors such as ongoing developments to improve the overall GPS infrastructure, technological advancements and GPS augmentation, and availability of more cost-effective GPS solutions are driving the mid and high level precision GPS market. Ongoing developments in the GPS technology are likely to enhance coverage and reliability. It is expected that enhancements in terms of coverage would drive the increased penetration of GPS technology in a wide array of applications. However, heavy reliance on the availability of satellites and low market acceptance for new technologies are the major restraining factors for this market. The time taken by end-users to adopt new technology is hindering the growth of the precision GPS market.

This report on the mid and high level precision GPS market reviews the latest market trends such as GPS augmentation, Micro-technology for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (Micro-PNT), and Adaptable Navigation Systems (ANS) that would help estimate the future growth prospects. The emerging economies are providing a growth opportunity to the small and medium sized companies in the mid and high level precision GPS market. The in-depth geographic analysis in the report provides strategic business intelligence for mid and high level precision GPS sector investments. The study reveals profitable investment strategies for mid and high level precision GPS companies, business executives, product marketing managers, new business investors, and many more in preferred locations.

The report also provides the Porter's Five Forces analysis for the mid and high level precision GPS market. This analysis highlights the current scenario and provides an insight into the key parameters that directly or indirectly play a role in either the growth or decline of the mid and high level precision GPS market. The five parameters termed as the five forces determine the intensity of competition and attractiveness of the mid and high level precision GPS market. The competitive landscape section of the report primarily focuses on the key industry players in the mid and high level precision GPS industry, their latest developments, and respective rankings in the said market. In addition to that, the report also comprises the emerging market trends, key growth areas and market size, region wise demand factors, and the key competitors for the said companies

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The Otherness of Eurasia



Stratfor Global Intelligence


By Eugene Chausovsky


"Eurasia" is a term with many meanings. It can refer to the combined landmass of Europe and Asia, or it can refer to states such as Turkey that straddle both continents. But as a geopolitical concept, Eurasia is a term that more effectively designates the area occupied by Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Eurasia can thus be considered a geographic space as well as a political and culture space distinct from the two continents it separates.


Not Quite 'European'

This political distinction is one that was born a millennium ago with the emergence of Kievan Rus, the Slavic precursor to the modern Russian state. Founded in Eastern Europe in the ninth century in what is now Ukraine, Kievan Rus was among medieval Europe's largest states, encompassing territory from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. Its adoption of Orthodox Christianity as a state religion at the end of the 10th century distinguished it from the Catholic states of Western Europe, but it was nonetheless a manifestly European power.


However, Kievan Rus was overrun by the Mongols in the mid-13th century. The center of power of the eastern Slavs moved from Kiev to Moscow, a city that would gain prominence just as Kiev was incorporated by the Catholic powers of Poland and Lithuania. Moscow became the center of the Grand Duchy of Muscovy, which, beginning in the 14th and 15th centuries, grew in strength and territory as an Orthodox and Slavic power in Eastern Europe.


As Western European powers began to colonize overseas territories in the 16th century, Russia also began to expand beyond the reaches of Europe. Under its first czar, Ivan IV, Russia entered Siberia and, in doing so, became a truly transcontinental Eurasian power for the first time in its history. Though Russia only sparsely settled Siberia at first, its forays into that area effectively brought rule to Asia, subjugating the same Asiatic elements that had subjugated the Eastern Slavs hundreds of years earlier.


Russia continued to expand into Asia. It gradually but systematically incorporated the Caucasus and Central Asia into its empire, which brought it into contact and conflict with Muslim and Asiatic powers such as the Ottomans and Persians. Meanwhile, Russia expanded its empire westward into Europe, clashing with European powers such as Poland, Sweden and Austria over territory in Eastern and Central Europe and raising Russia to the level of Europe's strongest powers by the 18th and 19th centuries.

To read the entire analysis, please visit https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/otherness-eurasia 


3DEP Data Acquisition Opportunity


On July 17, 2015, the USGS issued the FY15/FY16 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). The BAA provides detailed information on how to partner with the USGS and other Federal agencies to acquire high-quality 3D Elevation data. Information and contacts are now available at Fed Biz Opps and Grants.gov. Pre-preposals are due by August 25 and the USGS will be sponsoring national public webinars to provide detailed proposal instructions in late July. http://on.doi.gov/1ME0PVR. 


Google Maps Users go to Town on 10 Downing Street

Users of Google Maps can write reviews of prime attractions around the world, among them 10 Downing Street, although in the case of the prime minister's residence many of those have been unfavourable. Number 10 has earnt a disappointing average of 3.5 stars on Google Maps, out of a maximum of five. While a number of the comments are vaguely political in tone - one reviewer, for example, calls for the taxing of foreign lorries using British roads - the ones that appear to be by tourists are less than complimentary. The most common complaint is how difficult it is to see anything past the gates and armed police.


Google user Fuad Jameel, who awarded one star, described it as "OK", while Thomas Dahbura, who also gave a one star rating, wrote: "Can't see anything but armed police. I like their guns." 


Number 10 has received poor reviews from tourists who complain they can't

get close to it (Getty).

User Bruce Wang awarded three stars, but described Number 10 as "well hidden behind bars", while David Milner wrote that he "felt excluded, but excited at the same time".


Downing Street hasn't always been cut off by security, the iron gates only went up in 1989 to serve as protection from possible attacks on the prime minister by the IRA.


And the Google reviewers are in good company - Winston Churchill, who had the opportunity to experience Number 10 at closer quarters than its online critics, described it as "shaky and lightly built by the profiteering contractor whose name they bear", a reference to 17th century diplomat and property developer Sir George Downing.


To be fair to Number 10, its Google Maps rating is only slightly behind the French president's visually more impressive residence. The Elysee Palace has only a 3.6 star rating. The US White House, by comparision, tops them both with 4.2 stars. But perhaps there has been some confusion over the rating system as one Google user wrote enthusiastically of the White House "Love this place!", but still only gave it one star. 

Maps that Climate Change Naysayers Must See


This is your planet on global warming.

Just in case anyone out there is still taking a Rick Perry-ish stance on climate change (lest we forget, the GOP presidential candidate once gave us this gem: "calling CO2 a pollutant is doing a disservice to the country... and the world"), nonprofit news organization Climate Central has given us yet another reason to take it seriously. The message takes the form of an interactive online map called "Surging Seas", which renders the catastrophic implications of mankind's collective negligence in harrowing detail. 


Climate Central forecasts a Gulf Coast shore swollen to 4.8 feet past its current height by the year 2100. While admittedly most of us will have departed this life by then, it's probably worth considering what kind of world your grand kids will have to wake up to every morning. Here's what the coast will look like near us:



Top photo Galveston, Texas before and

bottom photo Galveston, Texas after.


To a certain degree, the changes are inevitable, said Houston Advanced Research Center president Dr. Jim Lester, who directs its programs in sustainable water, air, and natural resource management. "There's already quite a bit of sea level rise that we're not going to be able to avoid, even if we cut greenhouse gas emissions quite a bit, so part of this is going to happen over time no matter what we do."


That's not exactly a pep talk, but Lester did add that there are steps we can take in anticipation of the changes. Homeowners can rebuild their houses using sturdier materials - like concrete - and away from the coastline, so that they're less susceptible to sea level changes. State and city agencies can incorporate climate change-sensitive thinking into their long-term plans. "We would like to make Houston more resilient, but it's going to take some concerted effort - some real commitment and political will," Lester said.  



Bosch, TomTom Join Forces to Develop Digital Maps for Self-Driving Cars

Partnership Comes as Auto Makers Push to Perfect Autopilot Systems 



TomTom, which makes navigation devices, is to team up with Bosch to develop maps for self-driving cars. Photo: Reuters.

By William Boston


July 21, 2015 2:54 a.m. ET

The Wall Street Journal


BERLIN-German auto supplier Bosch GmbH and the Dutch digital mapping company TomTom have agreed to work together to develop high-definition digital maps needed for self-driving cars, the companies said Tuesday.


"We will only be able to have self-driving vehicles on the highway in 2020 with highly accurate maps," Dirk Hocheisel, Bosch's general manager, said in a statement.


Under the partnership Bosch will provide technology to make TomTom's digital maps more accurate and better able to incorporate data produced by an automobile's systems.


The arrangement comes as car manufacturers push to perfect autopilot systems and deploy some features already, such as self-parking cars or technology that allows cars to automatically stay in a lane while traveling on the highway at high speed. A major component of self-driving cars is the high-definition digital map, which produces a 3-D real-time digital representation of the environment.


As part of this drive, BMW AG, Audi AGand Daimler AGare in talks with NokiaOy to acquire the Finnish group's Nokia Here digital mapping service, the world leader in high-definition maps. People familiar with the takeover talks say negotiations are in the final stages but that it isn't clear when a decision will be made.


Bosch, the world's biggest automotive supplier by sales, said it has been field testing mapping technology in self-driving cars in Germany and the U.S., and is now in the process of mapping out roads.


"We want to have highly accurate maps for self-driving vehicles of all highways and similar roads in Germany by the end of 2015," said Jan Maarten de Vries, vice president of TomTom's automotive division. After Bosch and TomTom map Germany, they will move on to map highways and major roads in Europe and the U.S., the companies said.


TomTom is the second-largest high-definition mapmaker by sales after Nokia Here. 


NASA's 'Blue Marbles': Pictures of Earth From 1972 to Today 


By Becky Little

National Geographic

July 21, 2015


On Monday, NASA released a photo of the entire sunlit side of Earth-the first since the original Blue Marble photo in 1972. NASA has released several similar images of Earth since then, but they were stitched together from multiple photos taken at different times. Unlike those, this week's photo captured the planet's sunny side at one moment. To celebrate NASA's newest photo of Earth, please visit:

ODTmaps'  World Population Map is a graphic image of the world, made up of 7,265 colorful squares... each square representing one million people. The stunning observation - having just updated our 2005 World Population Map - was recognizing how many more people occupy the planet now, compared with just ten years ago. This timely map is being released in recognition of World Population Day - July 11, 2015.  To view and read more, visit:



Industry News  


The Task Of Collection GIS Data Now Made Easier By ... - Satnews Publishers: Daily Satellite News

SatNews Publishers

[SatNews] Septentrio, a designer and manufacturer of GNSS receivers, has launched a new software suite called PinPoint-GIS, which is designed to ...


GPS Devices Survive Smartphone Onslaught - Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald

In Europe, TomTom's stand-alone GPS business is growing, Vigreux said, as customers look for ways to avoid smartphone and data roaming charges ...


Rhino Collar with GPS and Spy Camera Designed to Hunt Poachers

Irish Examiner

Rhinos wearing satellite tracking collars with spy cameras implanted into their horns could help turn the tables on poachers, experts believe. 


Using Google Maps Offline with iOS and Android Device  


Google Maps is one of the most used mapping services available today. For those of us who are directionally challenged or are traveling in an ...

Download Google Maps for iOS with the Best Features - UKMN - UKMN

Google Maps No More Left Turns, to Save New York Drivers - REM


Arts & Culture Alliance Presents MAP! - Knoxville Daily Sun

Knoxville daily sun

KNOXVILLE - Map your calendar for any day from August 7-28, 2015 for a new exhibition entitled MAP!. The Arts & Culture Alliance is featuring the ...


ITMB is Proud to Release the Polynesian Islands Travel Atlas   


Esri to Unveil Mapping Tools in R


Esri is set to announce an open-source software bridge that makes it faster and easier to move mapping data between ArcGIS and R. The aim is to ...


National Audubon Society Honored for Outstanding Application of GIS in Conservation

Business Wire (press release)

Esri equipped Audubon with $11.2 million worth of GIS software, which has helped, among other initiatives, to preserve one of the world's most ...

GIS Around the World 

Esri Video - http://video.esri.com/watch/4639/gis-around-the-world

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GIS Vision | Esri Video - http://video.esri.com/watch/4640/gis-vision

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IMIA Asia Pacific Region Conference 15 - 17 November 2015


This year the IMIA Asia Pacific Conference is running alongside Brisbane International GIS Day to allow delegates to visit both events.


IMIA Asia Pacific Member GIS People created Brisbane GIS Day events, which are the largest in the world! People come together from across Australia - government, professionals, businesses, university students, and everyone in between - it is an exciting event that connects the geospatial industry to potential or existing users and clients.


The conference theme this year is 'International Map Year'.

Call for Presentations close 6th July: http://imiaconferences.com/ap/presentations.




 IMIA Asia Pacific Conference Sponsors


There are a number of Sponsorship Opportunities still available: http://imiaconferences.com/ap/sponsorships.


Further information and registration details can be found on the conference website at: http://imiaconferences.com/ap/register.




IMIA Americas Conference -  'International Map Year 2015 - 2016'

September 27 - 29, 2015

Washington Hilton / Washington, D.C. USA



The Washington Monument


One of the nation's most recognizable structures, the Washington Monument is located at the center of the National Mall, in between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, and just east of the Reflecting Pool. The obelisk-shaped memorial is made up of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss. It is the world's tallest structure made of stone and the tallest obelisk, at 555 feet tall.


The National Park Service estimates that more than 800,000 people visit the monument per year. See more at: http://washington.org/DC-guide-to/washington-monument#sthash.cCLDVuo3.dpuf


Attached are all the forms you need to sign up for the IMIA Americas Conference & Member Showcase in Washington, D.C. Email your completed forms to Linda Hill at lindahill76@cox.net. Questions? Call 310.940.7601 and we shall do out best to help you.

1.     Attendee Registration Form

2.     Exhibitor Registration Form

3.     Schedule of Events

4.     Business Connect Session

5.     Lightning Talks

6.     Educational Sessions to Date

7.     William & Heintz Map Corporation Tour

8.     Library of Congress VIP Tour

9.     Washington Hilton Reservations

10.   Sponsor Program

11.   Americas Map Award Program

12.   Student Awards Program


 2015 Calendar of Events

Esri International User Conference

July 20 - 24

San Diego, CA USA


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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