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12/07/2007

Blue Marble Introduces New Administrative Tools for Managing Geospatial Data Quality with Geographic Calculator 7.0

Gardiner, Maine - December 7, 2007 - With the release of Geographic Calculator 7.0, Blue Marble Geographics (www.bluemarblegeo.com) introduces a new suite of geodetic definition and conversion administrative tools to assist GIS managers with controlling geospatial data quality. Blue Marble's coordinate conversion technology is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

The new release of the Geographic Calculator introduces a number of tools aimed at the GIS Manager or Chief Geodesist to assist with developing geodetic and geospatial data quality controls in their organization. Geographic Calculator 7.0 offers password-protected administrative lockdown controls that allow the manager to limit access to the GeoCalc geodetic data source. Managers can use these tools to protect proprietary custom definitions or to guide users working in a particular part of the world by only exposing the appropriate projections, datums and other objects used in that area of the world. Signatures on the data source can also alert users and administrators alike that the data source may have been inappropriately edited or corrupted. New workspace settings allow the manager to construct conversion jobs, save them off and provide users with the appropriate template for a particular project. Additionally, new datum shift envelopes defined by administrators and users can be assigned to particular datums based on geographic envelopes. Users can still add custom definitions with these tools, but they will have to be approved by the administrator in order to be incorporated into the master geodetic datasource. Use of any administrative or datasource lockdown is optional and at the discretion of the customer.

"Data can be corrupted in many different ways, unbeknownst to the GIS manager that is responsible for data quality and accuracy," stated Patrick Cunningham, President of Blue Marble Geographics "Our tools provide a place to start defining methodologies and programs to control data quality. These initiatives can really control risk, cost overruns and other unanticipated problems.".

About Blue Marble Geographics: Blue Marble Geographics of Gardiner, Maine is a leading developer and provider of geographic software products that provide sensible solutions for users and developers of geographic data. Blue Marble has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for 14 years and currently serves hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. Learn more at www.bluemarblegeo.com

Contact Information:
Kris Berglund
Blue Marble Geographics
Gardiner, ME, USA
kb@bluemarblegeo.com
800-616-2725 / 207-582-6747

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