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August 1st, 2008
CARIS VP Named Chairman of PAIGH ITIC Commitee

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PR – CARIS is please to announce the appointment of Paul R. Cooper, Vice
President of CARIS USA as Chairman of the Institutional Strengthening
and Technical Cooperation Committee of the US National Section of the
Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH).

The PAIGH ( is a
specialized organization of the Organization of American States.
Members and observers include 25 states in the Americas and Europe.

The objectives are to encourage, coordinate and publicize
cartography, geophysics, geography and history studies ad to promote
and carry out studies, work, training and technical cooperation in
those fields of activities.

There are four commissions: Cartography, Geophysics, Geography, and
History which are subdivided into committees and working groups. The
Cartography Commission develops projects in the areas of Fundamental
Geospatial Data (SIRGAS, Geographic Names, Nautical Charts),
Institutional Strengthening and Technical Cooperation (Geospatial Data
Infrastructure), Thematic Applications, (Prevention of and Mitigation
of Disasters), and Standards (Data Exchange and Digital Cartography).

The National Sections are established in each member state for the
accomplishment of the aims of the PAIGH on the national level. PAIGH
Secretary General is located in Mexico City.

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