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Mapping and Aerial or Satellite Imagery, GIS applications

GIS imagery and data sources, services
ESRI - developer of GIS mapping software tools and data for both US and international markets www.esri.com
ESRI Geography Network www.geographynetwork.com
Google Maps - also offers satellite imagery in 2005 beta release, and some developers are starting to integrate such imagery with databases for GIS applications http://maps.google.com/maps
The National Map - US Geological Survey (USGS) geospatial data and topographic maps from federal, state and local information sources http://nationalmap.gov/
DataMaps - US demographic mapping www.datamaps.com
MarketMaps - US GIS mapping, including retail-oriented market analysis maps http://www.marketmaps.com/index.html
Keyhole Corp - Earthviewer - satellite imagery software, linkages to data; has been acquired by Google, apparently to integrate local search data with imagery, but plans are not yet clear - Google Maps www.earthviewer.com www.keyhole.com

see Google Maps and Google Earth www.local.google.com

i-cubed www.i3.com
geoVue www.geovue.com
Satellite Imaging Corporation - satellite imaging and production of high resolution satellite images and digital aerial photographs. www.satimagingcorp.com
Space Imaging www.spaceimaging.com
TerraServer.com - satellite photos, aerial photography www.terraserver.com
Scorecard - environmental defense information website http://www.scorecard.org/about/about.tcl
Tetrad Computer Applications Inc - demographic and mapping tools such as for area profiles using Statistics Canada census data www.tetrad.com
UNOSAT - primarily for UN and related agencies for development program purposes, but includes free images to download which may sometimes be of interest http://unosat.web.cern.ch/unosat/asp/default.asp
ClaritasExpress.com portal, SiteReports.com - site data with GlobeXplorer imagery www.ClaritasExpress.com www.SiteReports.com www.claritas.com
GIS application consulting services includes website development with GIS tools
ESRI Business Information Solutions www.esribis.com
GIS Planning - GIS mapping applications for economic development purposes using ESRI tools www.gisplanning.com
Applied Geographics Inc. www.appgeo.com
Software Publishers - mapping
Microsoft MapPoint - retail mapping product for the North American market, with a version also available for 11 European countries, plus MapPoint .NET web service

http://www.microsoft.com/mappoint/

http://mappoint.msn.com

MapInfo - software for location-based information operating in many countries; acquired Thompson Associates in 2003, provider of retail, hospitality, and other real estate location analysis services such as for retail CRM analysis applications www.mapinfo.com

www.thompsonassociates.com

Associations and Standards Development
Open GIS Consortium, Inc. - open standards consortium for GIS specifications www.opengis.org
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) - governmental GIS initiatives with links to the Federal Geographic Data Committee www.nsgic.org www.naco.org www.fgdc.gov USGS Node : http://nsdi.usgs.gov/

GeoData.gov - US Geospatial One-Stop http://www.geodata.gov/gos

GIS professional publications
Directions Magazine (webzine) and MP2Kmag.com - stories about the GIS market with many press releases about product announcements and end-user applications www.directionsmag.com

www.MP2Kmag.com

Aerial Photography
GlobeXplorer - access to commercial aerial photography www.globexplorer.com
Pixxures, Inc - imagery and mapping products for business decision support, such as for real estate, local government, oil & gas, and telecoms in the US and Canada www.pixxures.com
Aerials Express - over 90 US cities www.aerialsexpress.com
American Aerial Photos - has their own planes and production facility to do custom photos of properties in the US ; based in Chapel Hill NC TEL 919-932-3535 www.americanaerialphotos.com
AirPhoto USA www.airphotousa.com
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