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Festival of Maps Chicago opens this weekend and runs all the way through January 2009. Over 30 cultural and scientific institutions are involved in dozens of exhibits, lectures, and events that "display humanity's greatest discoveries and the maps that record our boldest explorations."

Make sure to plan a visit to the Field Museum's exhibit "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World" which runs from November 2, 2007 January 27, 2008.

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is focused on major initiatives to support public/private cooperation including "Imagery for the Nation" and "Transportation for the Nation." Recently, Directions Magazine's Editor-in-chief Joe Francica interviewed John Auble, director of Tele Atlas's public sector division and a member of NSGIC's Transportation for the Nation Working Group. Indiana's 2005 Orthophotography Project is referenced throughout the podcast. You can listen to the 20-minute podcast here.