Industry Experts to Keynote at GeoWeb 2006

Aurora, Colo., March 9, 2006—GeoWeb 2006 today announced that three well-known industry leaders will provide keynote addresses at GeoWeb 2006, to be held at the Morris J. Wosk Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, July 24-28, 2006. GeoWeb 2006 is the only conference focused exclusively on the convergence of XML, Web services, and geographic information systems.

Michael Jones, CTO of Google Earth; Stephen Lawler, general manager of Microsoft’s Virtual Earth; and Kurt Cagle, author and technology architect for Mercurial Communications, will be featured keynote speakers. Conference organizer, Galdos Systems Inc., and conference supporter, the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), expect to add at least one other keynote speaker as the conference gets closer.

“We are pleased with this year’s line-up of keynote speakers. They truly are experts on the convergence of GIS and the Web, and we plan to schedule more keynoters of the same caliber,” said Ron Lake, CEO of Galdos Systems Inc.

Jones is co-founder of Keyhole, the company recently acquired by Google to create Google Earth. Google Earth provides an online service for distributed geospatial visualization to users worldwide. Jones is also an inventor with 11 issued U.S. patents, a director on private company boards, and an associate in several Silicon Valley projects.

Lawler oversees all aspects of worldwide product development, program management, marketing, and business development related to the Windows Live Local, Virtual Earth, MapPoint® Web Service, MapPoint CD-ROM, Microsoft® Streets & Trips, and AutoRoute™ products. He was responsible for the development of Virtual Earth and MapPoint Web Service.
Cagle specializes in XML technologies, Web 2, and open graphics format systems. He is the author of 19 books, including Firefox Professional Programming, due out late spring 2006, and dozens of articles on Web technologies, XML, software ethics, and the industry.

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