Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo presents ...

The infraNET Distinquished Speaker Seminar Series

Building Locality into the World Wide Web

Fred McGarry

President and CEO
Mapconnects Inc. (formerly

Thursday, March 25, 1999
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo


Until now, web-site indexes have not had a universally searchable visual interface. Fine granularity, local area, interactive, geo-referenced vector maps offer a common denominator for finding and presenting information. Mapconnects Inc. of Waterloo is building an inexpensive, easy to use, Internet navigation and publishing system, for any information that has a spatial dimension.

Using geography as an integrator can have surprising outcomes. In one of its first applications to build market share, Mapconnects Inc. developed ‘Point of ViewTM’. This powerful, new high school curriculum-based resource enables students to capture and illustrate important elements of a community’s life and build multi-media showcases that can be shared with the world via the Internet. This approach opens a window on high school education, making students’ work useful, practical and beneficial!

Mapconnects Inc. has built a shrink wrap VAR kit for content-based solutions which operates the Point of ViewTM model, and will offer a VAR technology-based solution that exploits a DBMS. Mapconnects applications range from inventory to marketing, archeology through e-commerce, tourism to zoology.

Fred McGarry will discuss Point of ViewTM model content-based VAR solutions. He will present strategies for ground up implementation of Mapconnects as a multi-sector Internet navigation system.

Fred McGarry

Fred McGarry, founder of Mapconnects Inc., is the visionary and developer of the Point of ViewTM Learning Innovation system. Previously, he worked as President of Ironbridge Realty Corporation, engaged in land use planning and real estate development. He is an active community leader in health, environment and cultural heritage issues.

Mapconnects Inc.

Mapconnects Inc. is an Internet software startup company based in Waterloo, Ontario. The Mapconnects Internet navigation system, and related applications developed by Mapconnects Inc., is based on world leading research by its founders at the University of Waterloo.

Seminar Sponsor

This seminar is sponsored by the infraNET Project, University of Waterloo. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research.

For more information, contact:

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Tel: 519-888-4074 Fax: 519-746-5422