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EMEA User Conference Set for Portugal

Visit Portugal and Esri's 2001 European/Middle Eastern/African (EMEA) User Conference at the same time!

map of Portugal showing Lisbon's locationWith a past replete with well-known explorers sent forth by governments that forged vital international trade links throughout its history, Portugal is the ideal locale for the EMEA User Conference with its theme, "GIS and the Web—A New Era."

Scheduled for October 17-19, 2001, at the Congress Centre, a new facility that overlooks the Tagus River in Lisbon, it promises to be the most important GIS event staged for users of Esri software outside of the United States. For the first time, this year's conference will offer a location-based services track, which will include speakers from a number of telecommunications developers and operators speaking on location-based services throughout the world and its most recent innovations and applications.

Of special note, Dr. Roger Tomlinson, the well-known GIS planning and implementation expert who coined the term "geographic information system," will be presenting a free seminar on "Managing GIS."

Esri President Jack Dangermond and more than 800 GIS professionals, including Esri technical staff, are expected to attend the conference and participate in the many planned workshops, seminars, and presentations. It is expected that more than 200 papers will be presented.

Esri's newest products will also be showcased and the latest trends in GIS technology will be thoroughly discussed.

"Portugal was the first country in Europe to develop a national infrastructure for access to georeferenced data, making it a pioneer in the creation of its National Geographic Information System (SNIG)," says José Sócrates, minister for the Environment and Territorial Administration. Sócrates will be delivering the eagerly anticipated welcoming address at the conference.

"It thus seems that the essential conditions are there for a productive GIS conference. I applaud the efforts of the organizers of this event, which will certainly contribute to the scientific and technical evolution within the field of GIS," Sócrates concludes.

"Portugal promises to be the landscape for a wonderful experience and a very strong professional program for three days as well," says Dangermond.

"Lisbon is well-positioned both geographically and technologically to host this educational and informative event," comments Mary Jo Janke, Esri's International manager.

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