GIS News: Map of the Month from GfK GeoMarketing, ESRI Canada's Flex Tools for MASAS

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The OGC has announced its new board of directors in today’s geospatial news roundup.  GfK GeoMarketing has a new map of the month detailing retail spending as a share of private spending, SuperGeo has released SuperGIS Mobile Tour 3.0 for Android, and ESRI Canada has released ESRI Flex Tools for MASAS, and Esri and Bluesky make new hire announcements.


The Open Geospatial Consortium has elected a new set of directors. Of the 19 elected members of the consortium’s 2009-2010 board of directors, 17 serving members were re-elected and two new members have been seated. The new OGC board members are Jacqueline McGlade and Sanjay Kumar.

GfK GeoMarketing

This month’s map from GfK GeoMarketing provides an overview of retail spending as a share of total private spending.  Download the map in high-resolution *.tif format (17 x 15 cm) here (approx. 2.7 MB).


Retail spending as a share of total private spending in Europe, 2010 Map: GfK GeoMarketing
Retail spending as a share of total private spending in Europe, 2010 Map: GfK GeoMarketing


SuperGeo Technologies, announces that SuperGIS Mobile Tour 3.0 for Android, its first Android application, is now available.  Designed for outdoor mobile tour navigation, SuperGIS Mobile Tour is a mobile GIS application equipped with SuperGIS Mobile Tour Manager, which provides users with abundant tour guidance to navigate and settle their journeys via Android operation system.

SuperGIS Mobile Tour 3.0 for Android
SuperGIS Mobile Tour 3.0 for Android


David Totman, former asset manager at Colorado Springs Utilities, joins Esri as the new industry solutions manager for public works. Totman replaces Chuck Cmeyla, who is retiring.  Totman holds a BSE in geological engineering from Arizona State University, where he also did postgraduate studies for an MSE in civil engineering.

David Totman
David Totman


Aerial surveying company Bluesky has appointed Ian Dee to the position of Sales Executive. With more than ten years experience in the aerial mapping industry, Ian joins the Leicestershire based company from Bluesky’s joint venture partner Astrium, formerly Infoterra.

Ian Dee
Ian Dee

ESRI Canada

ESRI Canada has released the ESRI Flex Tools for MASAS (Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System):

Developed with ESRI’s ArcGIS Viewer for Flex (Flex Viewer), the free tools enable registered MASAS clients to access the hubs from their Flex Viewer and consume content in the form of an Atom feed, which may also include an associated Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) message. They can also publish new content to the hubs as either an Atom entry or CAP alert message through an ESRI Flex publishing tool.  The tool creates point-of-interest or alert information using an intuitive pull-down menu.

These MASAS tools have been designed to work with ArcGIS Viewer for Flex version 2.X, a free GIS Web application from ESRI.  It can be easily deployed and configured to add new tools and data content without any programming.  Users can extend the functionality with custom widgets downloaded from the ArcGIS Resource Center or developed using the ArcGIS API for Flex.

The ESRI Flex Tools for MASAS can be downloaded from the Intellectual Resources Canada Web site:


ERDAS has announced that the City of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia is using ERDAS APOLLO Essentials – Image Web Server as a foundation for CoMPASS, an intranet mapping application designed to improve city services for citizens.

KCI Associates

KCI Associates of DC, a subsidiary of consulting engineer KCI Technologies Inc., and joint venture partner Photo Science are working with members of the county, district, state and regional governments across the National Capital Region (NCR) to publish and share data across jurisdictional boundaries to effectively respond to weather, security, recreation and emergency events. The NCR Council of Governments Chief Information Officers’ Committee and Geographic Information Systems Subcommittee initiated the project using a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  More information about the NCR Geospatial Data Exchange can be found at

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