Like Frank i have been getting a quite few requests on how to get started with Virtual Earth.  Luckily there have been some changes since Frank posted:

I want to use mappoint / virtual earth - can you help?

The largest change was Map Data Sciences becoming our local Australian Virtual Earth partner - so you don't have to go through the UK Office to purchase Virtual Earth - Yeah! 

Unfortunately we don't allow them to post the VE prices to the web so if you want pricing you need to fill out the NDA form below and send it to Brad Robinson.

If you are not already familiar with Map Data Sciences they are one of the best GIS companies in Australia and provided Microsoft with the imaging data we use on Virtual Earth.

If you are not looking for pricing information some other online resources regarding Mappoint / Virtual Earth:


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Address for Notices

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MapData Sciences Pty Ltd representing Map Point & Virtual Earth


45 053 437 282

Address for Notices
110 Pacific Hwy Greenwich NSW 2065

Contact Person
Brad Robinson

Email Address

Fax Number
02 8436 2888

Phone Number
02 8436 2818


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1 Confidentiality obligations

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(a) keep the other party’s Confidential Information, secret and confidential;

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1.2 A party may disclose the other party’s Confidential Information:

(a) to its Representatives if they need to know the Confidential Information for the Permitted Purpose. A party is liable for any unauthorised access, use or disclosure by its Representatives of the other party’s Confidential Information;

(b) if disclosure is required by law or the rules of any stock exchange, provided that it first notifies the other party of the required disclosure (where practicable); or

(c) with the prior written consent of the other party.

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1.4 The obligations of confidentiality imposed by this Agreement begin on the date when this Agreement is signed by the last party and continue in force until:

(a) all of the Confidential Information is readily available in the public domain; or

(b) agreement in writing by both parties.

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Each party must comply with all Privacy Laws in relation to Personal Information, whether or not it is an organisation bound by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

3 Acknowledgements and Disclaimers

3.1 No party represents or warrants that its Confidential Information is accurate, complete, up to date or fit for any particular purpose. Each party must make its own assessment of the other party’s Confidential Information and must satisfy itself as to its accuracy and completeness.

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5 Definitions

In this Agreement unless otherwise indicated:

Confidential Information in relation to a party means:

(a) the existence and terms of this Agreement;

(b) the fact that the parties are or have been in discussions concerning a possible transaction and any

other fact with respect to such possible transaction; and

(c) all information which is provided by or on behalf of the party to the other party of any nature and in any form for or in connection with the Permitted Purpose, but does not include information which:

(i) is or becomes readily available in the public domain, other than as a result of a breach of this Agreement;

(ii) is known to the other party before it received it and is not subject to an existing obligation of confidence between the parties;

(iii) is developed by the other party independently of the disclosure; or

(iv) is provided to the other party by a third party who is not under an obligation of confidence in respect of the information.

Permitted Purpose means the purpose of considering whether or not to enter into a transaction between the parties for the supply of services and/or equipment (and if so, on what terms) and conducting discussions and negotiations in relation to such a transaction.

Personal Information means:

(a) information or an opinion, whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion

(b) information or a document that relates to the affairs or personal particulars of another person (such as a company or a business), which is received or learnt by a party from any source for or in connection with the Permitted Purpose.

(c) information or a document that relates to the affairs or personal particulars of another person (such as a company or a business), which is received or learnt by a party from any source for or in connection with the Permitted Purpose

Privacy Laws means the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) and any other legislation, principles, industry codes and policies relating to the handling of Personal Information.

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