Upcoming Conferences

There are a number of conferences which Google Earth followers or developersmight want to put on their calendar. Here’s a round-up of a few I’ll be watching or attending:

  • Where 2.0 – May 19-21, 2009. The ever popular O’Reilley event for everything web 2.0 mapping. There have been lots of Google Earth/Maps and other major mapping announcements made at this conference. And, it is well attended by international geo-mapping developers. I highly recommend this even held in San Jose, California. Deadline for early registration is March 31.

  • Google I/O – May 27-28, 2009 – San Francisco, California. This is the big Google developer conference. Last year over 2000 developers attended. This is your chance to meet the Googlers who built your favorite applications and tell them what you want changed.

  • GeoWeb 2009 – July 27-31, 2009, Vancouver, BC, Canada. An event about GIS, mapping, and other geospatial technologies with a focus on making the GeoWeb and its economic potential evolve. This year the theme is on urban planning.

  • GeoNorth 2009 – The actual name of this one is “Second Circumpolar Conference on Geospatial Sciences and Applications”. Held in Fairbanks, Alaska on August 4-6, 2009. The conferences is to discuss issues and present current research related to geospatial activities in the arctic environment. They have a particular focus on the use of virtual globe technologies like Google Earth. Results of the International Polar Year will be presented as well.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. In Russia:
    II International Exhibition “NeoGeography XXI-2009”, 21-24 Aprril 2009

  2. Just want to correct a misunderstanding about GeoWeb 2009 – Cityscapes. The conference is about using the Web for collaboration and information sharing. This is critical for all geospatial applications but even more so in the context of urban environments. Hence the focus of GeoWeb 2009 is on Cities. This implies also a focus on handling 3D data. An important component of the conference is thus on 3D modeling – meaning acquisition, analysis and creation of 3D models of structures or entire cities and using this information for a wide range of applications from urban planning and development to public safety and homeland security.
    Non-urban environments will also be dealt with at GeoWeb 2009 – things like defense (in any context), homeland security, oceanography, resource development and the environment. Informaton sharing and collaboration is critical in these areas as well.
    Finally, GeoWeb 2009 will have a strong focus on the technologies for information sharing and collaboration which these applications demand.

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