Geodata AS, ESRI’s distributor in Norway (and newly minted Geocortex reseller) held its annual user conference in the Norwegian capital of Oslo two weeks ago. Latitude Geographics was invited to attend and help introduce Geocortex technology to this burgeoning Scandinavian nation.

oslo-bigThis conference was fun! The primary social event consisted of a gala diner and entertainment by two well-known Norwegian comedians. The amusing thing for me was that I had no idea what these guys were talking about. I simply followed the lead of the crowd, laughing when everyone else did. My companions from Geodata were good enough to translate bits of the show for me as the night progressed. Other highlights included the tour of Geodata’s new office building and the gourmet lunch freely available to all employees, everyday… Oslo is an amazing city. It has enough people living in it to be big, but is compact enough that it feels small. It is well worth visiting, even in January – but be sure to bring a hat and gloves, it can be cool. (Steve’s understatement for 2009). My suggestions for a cold winter’s day in Oslo: Nobel Peace Center, Oslo City Hall (where they award the Nobel Peace Prize), Vigeland sculpture park and Aker Brygge, topped off with a warm drink at one of Oslo’s many excellent cafes.

It will be exciting to watch Norwegian implementations of Geocortex Essentials and Optimizer come on line.

(As written by one of our Account Managers, Steve Maddison, on the road in Europe).