The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced that it will again recognize individuals and user organizations in various industry segments for their exemplary achievements in implementing geospatial technologies.

GITA's 2005 Awards Program will recognize the stewardship and leadership afforded by individuals and organizations that share their experiences, serve as mentors, and push geospatial technologies to ever-higher levels of functionality. Nominations for the awards are accepted in four categories.

The Excellence Award, created in 1993, recognizes user organizations for their outstanding application of geospatial technologies. The Innovator Award recognizes the unique and significant contributions of user organizations that have pushed the envelope of geospatial technology through innovative development of a technology, service, or application. The GITA Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual for his or her extraordinary personal contribution to the mission and success of the association. The Geospatial Industry Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual's outstanding contribution and longstanding commitment to the geospatial industry.

A panel of industry experts, including representatives from organizations that have previously won awards as well as former GITA presidents, will assist in the selection process for these awards.

The Web-based nomination procedure is open to members of the geospatial community at large. Interested persons may go to www.gita.org/about_gita/awards_program for complete information. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 3, 2004.

Source: GITA, Nov. 4, 2004

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