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Esri has two announcements today, the first about its Airports GIS package, and the second about the keynote speaker for its upcoming Esri Health GIS conference.  Azavea is hosting an online redistricting contest and CARIS announces the location for its 2012 user conference.  


Esri is now offering licenses for its Aeronautical Solution—Airports GIS Package.  The bundled software is designed to assist airports with complying with Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airports GIS data management and submission requirements and is priced at $10,000 until the end of 2011.

The keynote speaker for the Esri Health GIS Conference (September 7–9, 2011, Washington, D.C.) will be Todd Park, chief technology officer for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Azavea has launched, a public redistricting contest to be held in Philadelphia.  The contest, which ends on Sunday, August 28 at 11:59pm ET, is the result of efforts led by NewsWorks, the Philadelphia Daily, the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, and Azavea.  The main goals of the contest are to both encourage civic engagement in the legislative redistricting effort and to provide tools for the public to learn about the redistricting process.  A second important goal is to demonstrate that a non-partisan and open, public process based upon objective criteria can produce fair, legal council districts in Philadelphia. The top scoring plan will receive a $500 cash prize.  Up to four runners-up will receive Amazon Kindles.  Selected plans may be published in local news media outlets.


The 14th International CARIS User Conference will take place in Vancouver, Canada from June 25th to 28th, 2012.

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