SEATTLE, Wash. – May 15, 2008 – LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc. and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, announced at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Tech Days conference this week that the company is partnering with the USGIF on its Geospatial Intelligence Accreditation and Certificate Program. As part of the partnership, LizardTech is donating to USGIF accredited colleges and universities free copies of its educational bundle of GeoExpress for image compression and manipulation and Express Server for high-performance delivery.
The Geospatial Intelligence Accreditation and Certificate Program complements a college degree, supports career development and provides professional recognition to students in the form of a completion certificate. Once a qualified university is accredited by USGIF it will receive a complimentary educational bundle from LizardTech.
With LizardTech’s geospatial software, students and faculty from the accredited universities will be able to take advantage of the robust toolset available in GeoExpress 7 to manipulate, compress and view massive geospatial imagery. To further promote research and learning, LizardTech is also including Express Server 6, enabling students and faculty to rapidly deliver images across the Internet and make them available to other research and student populations around the world. In addition, for the first time, students will be able to streamline their workflows by encoding and publishing imagery directly to Express Server, a brand new feature available with the release of GeoExpress 7.
“We are honored to be partnering with USGIF on this very important program supporting academic institutions in their training of the next generation of geospatial professionals,” said Jon Skiffington, LizardTech’s senior product manager. “By providing GeoExpress and Express Server, LizardTech is giving students the latest tools to compress and manipulate massive geospatial imagery and distribute it via the Internet to any device, and help them gain expertise in the applications they’ll be using every day after graduation.”
“USGIF’s accreditation program ensures schools and their students know their course work is relevant and applicable to the real-word situations the community’s professional workforce faces each day,” said Jordan Fuhr, USGIF director of communications. “We are excited that our members are supporting the accreditation program by seeking employees from these accredited schools upon graduation and, like LizardTech, donating products to expose students while they are in school.”
Colleges and universities interested in creating a geospatial intelligence program or applying for accreditation are encouraged to submit applications to the USGIF Academy. Applications, which are evaluated based on the criteria established by the foundation’s academic panel, must be submitted by Oct. 31 for spring 2009 accreditation. Curriculum guidelines, requirements, applications and additional information are available on USGIF’s website at www.usgif.org.
Visit LizardTech in booth number 102 to learn more about this special partnership and other services LizardTech has to offer.