Tele Atlas and ESRI Team Up to Support GIS Education

                                  Scholarships Awarded to Share Geospatial Technology with Educators

Redlands, California - March 31, 2008 — ESRI and Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, are working together for the sixth year in a row to offer five educators scholarships to attend the ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC). The grants awarded will give each recipient $400 for travel expenses and complimentary admission to EdUC, being held August 2–5, 2008, in San Diego, California, at the Marriott Hotel & Marina.

EdUC is an inspiring forum for discovering how  geographic information system (GIS) (GIS) technology enhances learning and provides solutions throughout the education community. Educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals are invited to explore the power of spatial thinking at this one-of-a-kind event, where attendees from around the globe come to learn firsthand about GIS in education. Visitors can check out the latest technology in the hands-on computer labs and the EdUC EXPO as well as learn and share with their peers during Special Interest Group meetings and user-led presentations. EdUC is where the education community can find out everything they need to know to launch or grow GIS activities and programs.

"With maps increasingly becoming part of the fabric of our everyday lives, whether they are being used for navigation, conservation, engineering, commerce, or dozens of other vital applications, GIS education is more important than ever," says Don Cooke, chief scientist,
Tele Atlas. "Tele Atlas is proud to continue its long-standing support of this important event and the enthusiastic, dedicated educators who are teaching the next generation how to use GIS to help solve some of the world's most pressing issues."

"We are grateful to Tele Atlas for its support of education," says Charlie Fitzpatrick, K–12 education industry solutions comanager, ESRI. "Educators touch the future every day. The individuals who attend EdUC will affect hundreds of learners in the next year, and literally generations to come, by bringing GIS into their activities in powerful ways."

To review the guidelines and apply for a scholarship, please visit Full-time educators worldwide are eligible to apply. All applications must be received by April 30, 2008. To learn more about EdUC, please visit

About Tele Atlas

Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic content that power some of the world's most essential navigation and location-based services (LBS). The information is the foundation for a wide range of personal and in-car navigation systems and mobile and Internet map applications that help users find the people, places, products, and services they need, wherever they are. The company also works with business partners who trust its digital map data to deliver critical applications for emergency, business, fleet, and infrastructure services. Through a combination of its own products and partnerships, Tele Atlas offers digital map coverage of more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company was founded in 1984 and today has approximately 2,500 full-time staff and contract cartographers at offices in 24 countries and uses a sophisticated network of professional drivers, mobile mapping vans, and more than 50,000 data resources to deliver highly accurate and up-to-date digital maps. Tele Atlas is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TA6) and on Euronext Amsterdam (TA). For more information, visit

Tele Atlas and the Tele Atlas logo are registered trademarks of Tele Atlas.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit

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