GeoWeb 2006 Conference Welcomes Microsoft as a New Platinum Sponsor

Aurora, Colo.GeoWeb 2006 Conference organizer, Galdos Systems Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, and conference supporter, the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), Aurora, Colo., are pleased to announce that Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., has agreed to be a platinum sponsor of the event, representing the highest level of sponsorship for the conference.

GeoWeb 2006, which will take place July 24-28, 2006, at the Morris J. Wosk Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the only conference focused exclusively on the convergence of GIS and the Internet.

“We are pleased to sponsor GeoWeb 2006 and to help bring location standards to the forefront of the search and mapping industry,” said Stephen Lawler, general manager of the Virtual Earth Business Unit at Microsoft. “Microsoft continues to make significant investments in location-based services and local search, and is excited to share this vision with our industry partners and customers.”

As part of its sponsorship of the GeoWeb Conference, Microsoft will present seminars on its Virtual Earth services platform and Windows Live Local consumer mapping and local search offering. The Virtual Earth platform is a set of programmable Web services and application components for integrating mapping and location capabilities, such as maps, driving direction, and proximity search, into business or consumer applications. Windows Live Local is a free online local search and mapping service that combines business listings, maps, unique bird’s-eye imagery for many areas, advanced driving directions, and other local search tools, enabling people to learn, discover and explore a specific location.

“With the convergence of geospatial technologies and the Internet, we are seeing a host of commercial and consumer-oriented applications emerge,” said Ron Lake, CEO of Galdos Systems, Inc. “The support of the GeoWeb Conference by companies such as Microsoft signifies an important milestone for the geospatial industry.”

GeoWeb Conference seminars and papers are organized around markup, Web services, service-oriented architecture and business and policy issues that arise in the GeoWeb context – and their relationship to key market and technical themes. Themes include nautical and aeronautical info systems; defense and homeland security; consumer and commercial services; municipal info systems and global spatial data infrastructure; disaster management and environmental systems and technology centric.

Information about the conference, including registration, sponsorship, and exhibiting, can be found at


GeoWeb 2006 is a landmark event about unleashing the economic potential associated with the convergence of XML, Web services, and geographic information systems. Organized by Galdos Systems Inc. with support from the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), GeoWeb 2006 welcomes both public and private organizations to meet, discuss, and learn about today’s most innovative geospatial technologies. The conference will include dedicated workshops on Geography Markup Language (GML), KML, MapPoint, LandXML and OGC Web Services for GIS. For more information, please e-mail or visit