The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), headquartered in Aurora, Colo., announced that as part of its strategic repositioning, it has expanded its annual Awards Program to include more comprehensive acknowledgement of geospatial industry achievements. In addition to its longstanding Excellence Award, in 2004 GITA will be adding the Innovator Award, the GITA Distinguished Service Award and the Geospatial Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.

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. The Excellence Award, created in 1993, recognizes user organizations for their outstanding application of geospatial technologies. A panel of industry experts 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 for complete information. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2004.

Source: GITA, Nov. 17, 2003