April 2011 2011 MAPPS Board of Directors Call for Nominations Upcoming MAPPS MAPPS President Jeff Lovin Individuals who wish to be con- process is hereby established: Events (Woolpert, Dayton, OH) has sidered for election to the announced the 2011 Nomina- MAPPS Board can submit in- April 1 - Announcement of 2011 Summer Conference tions Committee to recommend terest in writing to Mr. Tuck Nominations Committee mem- June 26-30, 2011 candidates for election to the before May 1, 2011. bers by MAPPS President and The Sagamore Resort Bolton Landing, NY MAPPS Board of Directors and call for candidates for MAPPS Conference Information a call for candidates. There are The Nominations Committee Board of Directors eight (8) seats on the MAPPS will announce its recommended 2012 Winter Conference January 22-26, 2012 Board up for consideration. The slate of candidates on May 27. May 1 - Close of submissions Arizona Biltmore Committee includes: to Nominations Committee Phoenix, AZ Bobby Tuck, Tuck Map- The election of Directors will 2012 Federal Programs ping Solutions, Inc. (Big take place at the annual busi- May 27 - Nominations Com- Conference Stone Gap, VA), Chairman ness meeting of MAPPS on mi t t e e s l a te a n n o u n ce d March 13-14, 2012 Kurt Allen, Photo Science, June 27, during the summer (additional nominations may be The Westin City Center conference, in Bolton Landing, made from the floor at the an- Washington, DC Inc. (Bowie, MD) Marvin Miller, AeroMetric NY. Any individual not nomi- nual business meeting) 2013 Winter Conference Inc. (Maple Grove, MN) nated by the Nominations Com- January 27-31, 2013 Dave Hart, Continental mittee can be considered by a June 27 - Annual MAPPS Trump International Resort nomination from the floor at Business Meeting and Election Sunny Isles Beach, FL Mapping Consultants, Inc. (Sun Prairie, WI) that meeting. during the Summer Conference For updates go to: www.mapps.org Richard Crouse, Richard Crouse & Associates A schedule for the nominations (Frederick, MD) MAPPS Members Testify in Maryland On Wednesday, February 23, lish a Council on Effi- MAPPS members in Mary- cient Government; Inside this issue: land testified before the staterequiring a review of legislature at a hearing on goods and services President’s Column 2 H.B. 451, a bill to create a between State govern- Economic Survey Results 3 „Council on Efficient Gov- ment entities to deter- Public Service Award 3 ernment‟. mine if a private enter- prise can provide the Federal Programs Recap 4 MAPPS members who testi- State with cost savings LiDAR Threatened 5 fied were Mike Shillenn or more advantageous (L-R) Mike Shillenn, John Palatiello, Tim VA Land Inventory Law 6 (Photo Science, Bowie, MD); offers. Stagg, Del. Michael Hough, Al Wainger, Tim Stagg (AeroMetric, Inc., Richard and Travis Crouse. COGO STEM Letter 6 Easton, MD); Al Wainger “Work is all done out- Summer Conference 7 (Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Sil- side of the public spot- basis that does not invite the ver Spring, MD); and, light; it is done inside of competitive commercial mar- Federal Appointments 8 MAPPS Executive Director government organiza- ket,” said Stagg. New Member Firms 8 John Palatiello tions through closed door inter-agency agreements, MAPPS has sent a letter to The bill, introduced by Rep- particularly with state Governor Martin O‟Malley resentative Michael Hough universities. The work is outlining university competi- (R-Frederick), would estab- done on a sole-source tion issues in Maryland. President‟s Column What Congress Can Learn from MAPPS by Jeff Lovin, PS, CP Over the past few months, there sessions learning and solving owns, and that a parcel-based has been a lot of talk in the Na- problems together. She‟d have GIS or cadastre can provide an tion about civility, cooperation them enjoying each other‟s efficient means of real property and political bipartisanship. company at cocktail parties and asset management. Congress That discussion led me to think, dinners. She‟d have everyone can also learn that the FEMA there is a lot the U.S. Congress river rafting, playing softball, flood mapping program can be could learn from MAPPS. participating in an Olympics or improved through a variety of taking part in one of the many reforms that embrace the latest Jeff Lovin MAPPS is an incomparable enjoyable activities in which geospatial technology. And MAPPS President organization and MAPPS meet- MAPPS members are engaged Congress can learn that there is ings are unique events. Each of at our conferences for the pur- a need for coordination, govern- our firms is competitive and we pose of team building, creating ance and leadership, by an try to best one another in the an esprit de corps and enhanc- agency such as USGS, to better marketplace. There are rival- ing each member‟s understand- manage the Federal govern- ries, for sure. ing of one another. ment‟s geospatial activities. “In other words, if But we‟ve all learned to come In other words, if Congress In fact, these are the issues together in MAPPS for a com- could operate like MAPPS, MAPPS members brought to Congress could operate mon good. We figured out that Republicans and Democrats Congress on March 16 during like MAPPS, Republicans a firm that is our competitor would get along much better, our annual Federal Programs and Democrats would get one day is a partner the next. put competitive differences Conference. We educated Con- along much better, put We know that when it comes to aside and arrive at solutions gress about contracting out, the dealing with the government, without sacrificing individual FLAIR Act, FEMA flood map- competitive differences promoting our profession and principles. ping and Federal geospatial aside and arrive at growing the market, we can governance to promote legisla- solutions without accomplish more working to- There are other things Congress tion that will create private- sacrificing individual gether than we can individually. can learn from MAPPS. Con- sector jobs while reducing the While there are differences in gress can learn there is a deep, size and cost of government. principles.” the competitive market, they broad, capable and qualified Thanks to those who joined us never seem to manifest at private geospatial community in as we brought our message to MAPPS meetings. We come to the U.S. that can provide ser- our Congressmen and Senators. the conferences to learn, net- vices, data and technology to While we were on Capitol Hill, work, build relationships, catch the government at all levels we might also have taught them up on news and have fun. At with professionalism, efficiency a thing or two about how com- MAPPS meetings, differences and cost effectiveness. Con- petitors can get along. Another are checked at the door. gress can learn that government opportunity to work with and should utilize, rather than dupli- learn from our colleagues in It occurred to me that if our cate and compete with, the pri- MAPPS will be our Summer Meeting Planner, Sally Pala- vate geospatial community. Conference, June 26-30 at The tiello, could get the U.S. Con- Congress can learn that the Fed- Sagamore Resort in Bolton gress to a MAPPS meeting for eral government lacks a current, Landing (Lake George), NY. five days, she‟d have them in accurate inventory of the land it Be there. Page 2 FLIGHTLINE MAPPS Economic Survey Results Indicates „Marginal‟ Change The results of the latest (January (equipment, etc.) is expected If you need assistance ac- 2011) MAPPS Economic Survey to rise slightly in 2011 over cessing the members only are now available for review on 2010. section of the MAPPS web- the Members Only section of the site, please contact Tammy MAPPS website. The views of MAPPS mem- (email@example.com, 703- bers closely reflect those of 787-6996). A total of 69 MAPPS Member counterparts in the private Firms participated. The survey geospatial community in the showed some marginal change in membership of The Survey business attitudes over the past six Association (TSA) in the months. There is a slight increase United Kingdom. in anticipated firm revenue in 2011 over 2010; there will be fewer MAPPS once again thanks reductions in force in 2011; more Dr. Steven Cox of the than 60% of firms are operating McColl School of Business, below their production capacity; Queens University of Char- and investment in capital lotte, NC, for conducting the survey. Nicholas “Miki” Schmidt Receives MAPPS Public Service Award Nicholas "Miki" Schmidt, Mr. Schmidt was recognized to recognize and Coastal Geospatial Services Di- for forging public-private honor employ- vision Chief, of the National partnerships, and inter- ees in public Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad- agency and inter- service posi- ministration (NOAA) Coastal governmental arrangements tions who have Services Center, Charleston, SC, to carry out NOAA projects made extraordi- has been presented the MAPPS that promote economic de- nary contribu- Public Service Award. velopment and environ- tions to the pub- mental balance in America's lic and the geo- Mr. Schmidt was recognized at coastal communities. spatial profes- the NOAA Coastal Geo Tools sion in their Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC "The program Miki leads is a government on March 22. 'best practices' model for service roles. MAPPS President Jeff Lovin (Woolpert, Inc.), Miki Schmidt, NOAA Coastal Services Center, and how collaboration among John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director at the "Partnerships is not a slogan for government entities, con- Schmidt has had MAPPS Winter Conference. Miki Schmidt, it is a way of life," tracting with the private sec- a long career said MAPPS Executive Director tor for commercially avail- with the Federal government. Schmidt is only the third re- John Palatiello when announcing able services, and the em- From 1988 to 1991, he cipient of the MAPPS award. the award. "He has been a great ployment of qualifications in served as a civilian remote The award was first presented advocate for the utilization of the the delivery of solutions re- sensing scientist for the U.S. to Moody K. "M.K." Miles, products and service provided by sults in geospatial applica- Army's Strategic Defense III, Deputy Chief Engineering the private sector to achieve mis- tions that NOAA, other Fed- Command. He later joined and Construction, U.S. Army sion success in government pro- eral agencies, and state and NASA's commercial remote Corps of Engineers in June grams." local coastal resource man- sensing program, working 2007 and most recently to agement organizations im- with private firms to develop Major L. Clark III, Assistant Schmidt was selected for the plement to address complex new remote sensing products Chief Counsel for Procure- award by the MAPPS Board of coastal issues," Palatiello and services. He joined the ment, Office of Advocacy, Directors, which was bestowed said. NOAA Coastal Services Small Business Administra- on January 27, 2011 at the Center in 1996. He previ- tion (SBA) in November MAPPS Winter Conference. The Public Service Award ously worked in private prac- 2010. was established by the tice. MAPPS Board of Directors Page 3 FLIGHTLINE MAPPS Host 20th Annual Federal Programs Conference Numerous policy and market tions of small businesses in a Committee‟s (FGDC)‟s ex- opportunity pronouncements variety of Professional, Tech- ecutive committee. She re- were unveiled at the 20th nical, and Scientific Services ported on a meeting between annual MAPPS Federal Pro- categories. The classification FGDC and Federal Trade grams Conference, held for surveying and mapping, Commission (FTC) staff in March 15-16 in Washington, as well as architecture and which the FTC said it was DC. More than 90 MAPPS engineering, is proposed to “flooded” with comments on member firm principals, own- rise from $4.5 to $19 million proposed regulations prohib- Karen Siderelis, FGDC ers, partners and senior pro- in gross annual receipts, iting the collection, storage or fessionals converged in the measured on a three year use of “precise geolocation nation's capital for briefings average. data" without a citizens‟ prior and meetings with more than approval. Siderelis said the 20 Federal agency officials, The Federal Communications FTC admitted it inappropri- as well as more than 150 vis- Commission (FCC) provided ately used the term, resulting its to the offices of Represen- an update on its role in pro- in an “unintended conse- tatives and Senators in the ducing a national broadband quence” that would be cor- U.S. Congress. map, compiled from individ- rected in the final rule. FTC ual state mapping efforts, and is also considering a work- At the Federal agency brief- plans for a next-gen 911 sys- shop with the geospatial com- ings on March 15, MAPPS tem. Michael Byrne, the Geo- munity to identify ways to Michael Byrne, FCC members were treated to first spatial Information Officer implement privacy protec- -look information that could (GIO) of the FCC, assured tions against phishing and lead to upcoming business MAPPS members that the cyber stalking, without dis- opportunities for private geo- FCC is well aware of the turbing the legitimate activi- spatial firms. The National GPS interference posed by ties of geospatial firms. Geospatial Intelligence the LightSquared application, Agency‟s (NGA‟s) Dennis that the FCC understands the Both Siderelis and BLM Morgan announced that its concerns expressed by Chief Cadastral Surveyor request for proposals for MAPPS and others in our Don Buhler predicted a de- Geospatial Intelligence community, and that the mand in boundary data on (GeoINT) Data Readiness LightSquared application will Indian lands resulting from (GDR) contacts, the succes- either be rejected or amended settlement of the Cobell case. sor to the current Global to assure no interference with Buhler reported the Interior Don Buhler, BLM Geospatial Intelligence (GGI) GPS. While noting he could Department‟s Inspector Gen- contracts, will be issued later not comment on an ongoing eral found “the Bureau of this year. Additionally, investigation, Byrne said Land Management's Cadas- FEMA‟s Paul Rooney noted FCC‟s inquiry of certain tral Survey program was the Department of Homeland Google activities will not missing the opportunity to Security (DHS) released its result in regulation of the identify and perform surveys request for qualifications broader geospatial commu- on high risk lands where sig- from firms for contracts for nity. He reported the caution nificant potential revenues Remote Sensing to Support provided by MAPPS was could be collected by the Incident Management and helpful in educating the FCC Department or Indian tribes. Homeland Security days be- on the activities of the private Proper survey and manage- fore the MAPPS session. geospatial profession. ment of high risk lands with Leslie Godwin, Census antiquated surveys has the While MAPPS was in Wash- The privacy issue was also potential to generate hun- ington, the Small Business addressed by Karen Siderelis, dreds of millions of dollars in Administration (SBA) re- GIO of the Department of the revenue from lands with leased its proposal to revise Interior and chairman of the valuable resources.” “size standards” or defini- Federal Geographic Data Leslie Godwin of the Census Continued on Page 5 Page 4 MAPPS Concerns Heard By Numerous Federal Agencies From Page 4 provided details on a more the Federal Land Asset Bureau shared information than $80 million program Inventory Reform (FLAIR) on research and develop- for base mapping and Act, providing a current, ment opportunities for the charting activities, hydro- accurate, GIS-based inven- 2020 Census to exploit tech- graphic surveys, integrated tory of Federal land owner- nology on a secure (web) ocean and coastal mapping, ship, nineteen Representa- exchange process for ad- and shoreline mapping. He tives and Senators pledged dress and spatial data, ways also said an investigation to cosponsor the Freedom was being launched in re- from Government Compe- Rep. Bill Posey (FL) with to ingest spatial and address sponse to a MAPPS com- tition Act and five mem- MAPPS Member Liz Nielsen data from partners, products (Harris Corporation) and services that may facili- plaint about a recent bid for bers of the House agreed to tate the exchange of spatial professional LiDAR data introduce a bill to reform and address data from Cen- collection services in Cali- governance and coordina- sus to partners, and the use fornia that violated the tion of Federal geospatial of imagery and change de- Brooks Act and was activities, known as the tection methods. She also awarded to a university. Map It Once, Use It Many said that the current Census Times (MIO-UIMT) Act. policy that Title 13 restric- On Wednesday, March 16, tions prohibited sharing of MAPPS members traveled All agency presentations master address file (MAF) to Capitol Hill to visit their are available in the MAPPS Member Bobby Tuck and building structure point Congressional delegations. “Members Only” section of (Tuck Mapping Solutions, Inc.) data is being reviewed. As a result of the MAPPS the MAPPS web site. with Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA) efforts, ten cosponsors David Kennedy, Assistant were secured for FEMA More Pictures Available on Administrator of NOAA for flood risk map reform leg- the National Ocean Service, islation, seven lawmakers committed to cosponsoring Contact your Congressman, Don‟t Make LiDAR Criminal The U.S. Senate has approved an amend- that can measure the distance to or ment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill, S. other characteristics of an area of land 223, and the House of Representatives has or an object by illuminating the area or passed a free-standing bill, H.R. 386, to item with light beams or pulses from a make it a criminal offense for anyone who laser. LiDAR indeed uses a directed “aims the beam of a laser pointer at an beam of light to identify a specific aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction position, but does NOT pose the safety of the United States, or at the flight path of threat of the lasers intended by the such an aircraft.” The legislation defines a legislation. A LiDAR device could be “laser pointer” as “any device designed or defined as pointing a laser beam, how- used to amplify electromagnetic radiation ever LiDAR devices are not pointers. MAPPS members that provide or by stimulated emission that emits a beam use LiDAR data and services are designed to be used by the operator as a The legislation is clear in its intent to respectfully urged to bring this pointer or highlighter to indicate, mark, or prohibit inappropriate use of the laser matter to the attention of their identify a specific position, place, item, or pointer, particularly when the objec- Congressman and Senators. For object.” tive is to disrupt or harm a pilot in the more information go to the cockpit. With a slight modification, MAPPS Blog or contact John MAPPS is deeply concerned that this defi- the legislative language could meet its “JB” Byrd, MAPPS Government nition is too broad and vague. It could in- intent, without impeding the safe and Affairs Manager, 703-787-6996 clude LiDAR (Light Detecting And Rang- legitimate use of LiDAR technology. or firstname.lastname@example.org. ing), a state-of-the art mapping technology Page 5 FLIGHTLINE Virginia Governor Signs Bill Creating Inventory of State-Owned Land Virginia Governor Robert ernment Reform appointed by McDonnell signed into law SB then Governor George Allen 1257 and HB 2003 providing recommended in 1994 that “all for an inventory of state- state agencies should inven- owned land on April 2. tory and justify the retention of each individual real estate This bill by Senator Jill Holtz- holding.” man Vogel and Delegate Jim LeMunyon, requires the De- Such inventories have been partment of General Services successful in other states. For (DGS) to conduct an inventory example, Georgia now oper- of all real property owned by ates the Building, Land and state departments, agencies Lease Inventory of Property and institutions by January 1, (BLLIP), providing an interac- 2012, and update the inventory tive web-based geographic at least annually thereafter. information system (GIS) de- signed to enable registered MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello and Government Affairs Manager The bill requires DGS to pro- users to query, search and gen- John “JB” Byrd attend the bill signing with Del. Jim LeMunyon and Gov. vide a listing of surplus prop- erate reports using real time McDonnell. Photo by Michaele White is courtesy of Virginia Governor’s Office. erties on the Department's web information about state owned -site to include parcel identifi- and leased properties and cation consistent with national buildings. Ohio has imple- their current use, will allow velop and use the land and spatial data standards in addi- mented a Comprehensive In- Virginia to assess whether assets that the Commonwealth tion to a street address. ventory of State Real Property, public property is being used no longer needs. a database of 53,010 distinct and maintained in the most Although McDonnell ordered state-owned parcels located efficient manner possible. It Delegate LeMunyon and Sena- all agencies to inventory all throughout all of Ohio‟s 88 will help save the state tor Vogel worked with Old Dominion real property, counties. money by identifying proper- MAPPS on the bill and Le- such an action had not previ- ties that can be sold, collect- Munyon spoke on his legisla- ously occurred since a Blue A comprehensive list of land ing up- front cash and ex- tion at a January 2011 MAPPS Ribbon Strike Force on Gov- and assets, up-to-date with panding the tax base by let- Washington Policy Luncheon. ting the private sector de- COGO Urges Obama Administration to Include Geography in STEM Initiative In a letter to the Obama Ad- “Excluded from this list are COGO listed seven points MAPPS sent a letter in 2009 ministration, the Coalition of the social, behavioral, and documented by the Admini- when the “Educate to Inno- Geospatial Organizatio ns economic sciences, especially stration, Department of La- vate” campaign was first (COGO) urged a broader focus those core social science dis- bor, National Science Foun- announced by the Admini- on geography within Science, ciplines like geography, that dation, National Geospatial stration. Technology, Engineering, and have long been the catalysts Technology Center for Ex- Math (STEM) for K-12 educa- for education and research in cellence and President‟s In the letter MAPPS indi- tion. the geospatial sciences, Council of Advisors on Sci- cated its support for the which is currently ranked as ence and Technology campaign and placed an In the letter, sent February 16, one of the three top American (PCAST), that emphasized emphasis on the need for COGO highlighted the need for employment fields by the the importance of geography geography and geospatial to geography to be included in the U.S. Department of Labor,” as a core skill-set to devel- be part of the educational STEM initiative. said Geney Terry, GISP, oping a competent work- curriculum to support the MGIS, COGO Chair. force. growing market. Page 6 FLIGHTLINE Conference Sponsors Re gis t e r an d Bo o k Yo u r Ho t e l Ro o m Platinum Sponsor MAPPS 2011 Summer Conference June 23-26 The Sagamore Gold Sponsors Bolton Landing, New York Make your Hotel Reservations & Register TODAY! www.mapps.org Session Highlights: Keynote John Rowland, Former Governor of Connecticut Silver Sponsors “Overcoming Adversity & The Arrogance of Power” General Sessions Sessions are subject to change Federal Legislation Affecting the Private Geospatial Community Turning University Competition into Cooperation GIS for Health Care: An Emerging Market MAPPS Annual Business Meeting & Board Elections Brother Can You Spare a Dime? An Innovative Idea of Financing Government Geospatial Data Activities Broadband Mapping: Past, Present and Future GIS from a State Coordinator’s Perspective Bronze Sponsors UAV’s: Threat or Opportunity? Social Media for Marketing Congratulations. You’ve Developed a Strategic Plan. Now, How do you Implement it? The Need for Immersive LIDAR Standards Data Verification & Validation: QA/QC Implementation and Chal- lenges for the Profession Sponsorships Available Is the World of GeoINT Moving into the Cloud? Contact Federal Agency Updates sally @mapps.org Page 7 FLIGHTLINE MAPPS Members Appointed to National Committees National Geospatial Hydrographic Services diverse field of experts in hy- Advisory Committee (NGAC) Review Panel (HSRP) drographic surveying, vessel pilotage, port administration, The US Secretary of the Interior Scott Perkins of Wilson & tides and currents, coastal zone Ken Salazar appointed 15 indi- Company, Kansas City, MO, management, geodesy, recrea- viduals to serve as members of was sworn in on March 24, tional boating, marine trans- the National Geospatial Advisory 2011 to the NOAA Hydro- portation, and academia. The Committee (NGAC) for 3 years. graphic Services Review panel advises NOAA‟s strate- Panel (HSRP), a Federal Ad- gic plan to improve the na- Of these appointed individuals, visory Committee. Perkins is tion‟s marine transportation four are from MAPPS member a member of the MAPPS system and NOAA‟s plans to firms, including reappointed Board of Directors and the support commerce with world- Scott Perkins, MAPPS Director members Jack Dangermond, Esri; chair of the MAPPS-NOAA class products and services that Anne Hale Miglarese, Booz Allen Liaison Committee. will help ensure safe, efficient Hamilton; Matt O‟Connell, Geo- and environmentally sound Eye; and newly appointed mem- The HSRP is composed of a marine transportation. ber Pat Olson, AeroMetric, Inc. MAPPS Welcomes New Member Firms Welcome Back www.theharuspexgroup.com www.endpointenvironmental.com www.certainty3d.com Dewberry Olympus Aerial Surveys, Inc The Haruspex Group Endpoint Environmental, LLC Certainty 3D 11585 S. Flower Mound Way 474 23rd Avenue, Suite 2 7035 Grand National Dr, 101 Williams Aerial & Mapping, Inc Parker, CO 80134 San Francisco, CA 94121 Orlando, FL 32819 303-748-1084 415-902-0403 407-248-0160 Garth Lawrence Catherine Burton Ted Knaak CEO Owner/Manager President email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.pelydryn.co.uk www.urbanmapping.com www.fxsa.com www.3K3LLC.com Pelydryn LLC Urban Mapping Frank X. Spencer & Associates 3K3, LLC 4116 Whiting Street 26 O’Farrell Street, Suite 310 1130 Montana Ave. 2104 West Ferry Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 San Francisco, CA 94108 El Paso, TX 79902 Huntsville, AL 35801 843-609-5871 415-946-8170 915-533-4600 256-520-4341 Rupert Forester-Bennett Ian White Frank X. Spencer Jeff Lower firstname.lastname@example.org CEO Senior Vice President Managing Partner email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff.lower@3K3LLC.com Do you know of a firm that would benefit from becoming a MAPPS member? Please send contact information to Nick Palatiello, MAPPS Marketing & Communications Manager. Page 8 FLIGHTLINE Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geo- graphic information systems field in the United States. Current MAPPS 1856 Old Reston Avenue Suite 205 memberships span the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, in- Reston, VA 20190 cluding Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, Phone: 703-787-6996 bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and E-mail: email@example.com GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes As- sociate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. 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