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About the event

The Latvia's Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) conference organized by the Latvia's GIS Association is the largest event dedicated to geospatial information technologies in the Baltics. The goal of the event is to introduce professionals and policy makers with the latest trends in the industry, geospatial data access and usage, international and interdisciplinary projects as well as public and professional education opportunities

 

When

  1. December 7th, 2018

 

Where

Academic Center for Natural Sciences of the University of Latvia
(Jelgavas street 1, Riga, Latvia)

 

Conference 2017

Videos of the presentations

Presentation materials (PDF)

 

Schedule

08:30 - 09:00

Registration
Coffee

09:00 - 09:10

Opening speech

Stage: Magnum

09:10 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:30

Open data and geoportals - drivers for innovation. Experiences from Norway

Tomas Martin Holtan , Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket)
Stage: Dextrum

10:30 - 11:00

Towards the democratization of public administration data

Edmunds Belskis , Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
Stage: Magnum

11:00 - 11:30

Enabling an autonomous world

Shiran Baroukh , HERE Technologies
Stage: Magnum

11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 13:30

Use of neural networks for classification of geospatial data

Arturs Traubergs , Autentica
Stage: Magnum

The role of open data in location solutions

Piotr Suchorski , HERE Technologies
Stage: Dextrum

13:30 - 14:00

Smart environments are run by smart people

Josef Strobl , University of Salzburg
Stage: Magnum

Remote sensing data and technology application in forest inventory

Karlis Taukacs , Latvia's State Forests
Girts Zvaigzne , Latvia's State Forests
Stage: Dextrum

14:30 - 15:00

Geospatial technologies in learning process: example of interdisciplinary lesson

Ģirts Burgmanis , Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Innovations
Stage: Magnum

Do all roads lead to Riga? Internal migration in Latvia since 2000

Davis Klavins , Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
Stage: Dextrum

15:00 - 15:20

Coffee break

15:20 - 15:50

Reality Modelling for Smart Cities

Arūnas Urbšys , IN RE
Stage: Magnum

How could Copernicus data support grassland conservation?

Dainis Jakovels , Institute for Environmental Solutions
Stage: Dextrum

15:50 - 16:20

Open geospatial data and the related challenges

Martins Liberts , Latvian Geospatial Information Agency
Stage: Magnum

Preservation and availability of cartographic heritage in the National Library of Latvia

Reinis Vavers , National Library of Latvia
Stage: Dextrum

16:20 - 16:50

Spatial data for free? So what?

Tõnu Oja , University of Tartu
Stage: Magnum

Geomatics in polar research

Agnis Rečs , University of Latvia
Stage: Dextrum

16:50 - 17:00

Closing

Stage: Magnum

Workshops

10:00 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00

Location data management with HERE XYZ

Maksim Makarov , HERE Technologies

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 14:00

LVM GEO Python Core

Rolands Rihters , Latvia's State Forests

14:00 - 15:00

Wikidata - what is that and why it's relevant in the field of geospatial information technologies?

Edgars Kosovojs , Wikidatians of Latvia
Martins Brunenieks , Wikidatians of Latvia

Speakers

The Informed Traveller - From intelligent maps to flying cars!

Ed Parsons is the Geospatial Technologist of Google, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. He is a member of the the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and was co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group.
Ed Parsons

Ed Parsons

Google

Enabling an autonomous world

Addressing today’s challenges will involve the collection, analysis and sharing of millions of terabytes of vehicular, environmental and physical infrastructure data each year. At HERE, Billions of data points are gathered every day, and machine learning is applied to support rapid map update cycles. It will serve as a digital geospatial model that aids vehicles, drones, on-demand mobility services, precise indoor and outdoor goods tracking, and other advanced services
Shiran has been working at HERE for 9 years. He manages map and content products in 36 countries including Russia, Israel, the Balkans, Greece, Czechia, Poland and Latvia. Shiran holds a Bachelor degree in Urban planning from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), and a Masters in Public Policy (MSc) from Tel Aviv University, and a Masters of Business and Administration (MBA) from the Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa,Israel). Prior to HERE Shiran worked as an advisor for municipalities and government offices in the fields of transportation, GIS, and information systems integration.
Shiran Baroukh

Shiran Baroukh

HERE Technologies

Transformation of real time GPS data and usage in workflow management systems

Workflow management systems are widely used in many industries. These systems help organizations to manage, optimize and automate their standard processes. Real time GPS data can be conveniently used to update task workflow status depending on events happening in particular geographical location. Presentation will cover transformation and optimization of real time GPS data by using various algorithms in order to relate them to objects in nature, such as, roads, buildings, addresses, as well as usage of resulting data in task status changes.
Monta Poļakova is a senior software developer at SIA Autentica. Monta is specializing in the design and development of geographic information systems. She recently graduated with excellence from the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies Master's program "Information Technologies”.
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Monta Polakova

Autentica

New approach of delivering geospatial data services in the Baltic region - Baltic Geodata Marketplace

Project ‘Baltic Geodata Marketplace’ is implemented in cooperation by two geospatial technology companies – ‘Jana seta Map Publishers’ in Latvia and ‘Reach-U’ in Estonia. The project is implemented in cross-border cooperation programme Interreg Estonia-Latvia (EST-LAT). The goal of the project is to develop common geospatial data services of the territory of the Baltic states to provide convenient and easy access to geospatial data for developers of different information technology solutions.
Valdis Karulis is a GIS Project Manager at Karšu izdevniecība Jāņa sēta, Latvia.Valdis has wide range of experience to various scale and complexity level GIS projects development and implementation. As well as broad experience geospatial solutions consulting and client support
valdis-karulis

Valdis Karulis

Jāņa sēta Map Publishers

Open governmental geospatial data as a business opportunity: experience of Norstedts Kartor in Sweden

Sweden is one of the countries of the European Union, which has the most succeed in the field of open data. By making the data freely available, it is possible to add extra value to information that has created by a public budget. ‘Norstedts Kartor’, the leading map publishing house in Sweden have chosen Latvian company ‘Jana seta Map Publishers’ as a partner to work with to use open data in their products and solutions. Together they have made products in traditional paper cartography as well as digital GIS solutions.
Martins Vimba is a member of the board of the companies of Karsu izdevnieciba Jana Seta group. His everyday life revolves around the development and implementation of smart geospatial solutions. He strongly believes that success story of high added value generating companies in Latvia is found in export so he is doing everything to improve export volume.
martins-vimba

Martins Vimba

Jāņa sēta Map Publishers

Open data and geoportals - drivers for innovation. Experiences from Norway

Open data have had a big impact on how data is shared in Norway, between the state, municipalities and private consumers. It has, and is still changing the way we manage and distribute our data, most regarding the user perspective. Like many other Nordic countries we have also established a geoportal to supply the ever increasing demand on spatial data, both open and priced. Challenges, experiences from this will also be shared in this presentation.
Tomas Martin Holtan is the head of the distribution service in the Norwegian mapping authority, which responsibilities range from open data, sales and marketing of priced data, customer and marketing relations and innovation.
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Tomas Martin Holtan

Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket)

How could Copernicus data support grassland conservation?

Grasslands are semi-natural habitats and their long-term preservation is exposed to a variety of risks, such as land use change, conversion to arable lands, invasive species, overgrazing or overgrowing. The existing monitoring practice of physical visits to grasslands is time- and labour intensive. The joint use of Copernicus Sentinel-2 optical and Sentinel-1 radar satellite data combines high discrimination ability and all-weather operation with repeated image acquisition every 5 - 6 days, thus having the potential to provide cost-effective grassland monitoring solution on a large spatial scale
Dainis Jakovels holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Latvia and is a leading researcher at the Institute for Environmental Solutions. He has over 10 years of experience in spectral imaging and has managed several European Space Agency PECS projects.
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Dainis Jakovels

Institute for Environmental Solutions

Geospatial recontruction of the historical situation - the Daugava and Perse valley in Koknese, the 30th years of the last century

One of the pearls of Latvia - the Daugava valley and the Perse downhill canyon with the once famous waterfall - has been lost for real viewing. At present, the only option is to reconstruct it in a virtual world using modern technology and various available data. This project used the following data: historical photographs, aerial photographs, historical topographic maps, aerial laser scanning (LIDAR) data for not flooded areas, Pļaviņu reservoir bathymetric data, reality modeling data for existing objects. We will present the acquired experience and results
Oto Lukss is a CAD, GIS and 3D computer graphics specialist with more than 16 years of work experience in the field. Oto has participated in several internal and international projects related to 3D modeling of existing and lost objects: Jelgava Holy Trinity Church, buildings of Riga Historical Center, 7th pylon Carnak Temple's and Djoser Pyramid in Egypt. He also has extensive experience in training and consulting of 3D software users.
oto-lukss

Oto Lukss

MikroKods

Going Digital. Accelerate your digital journey with Bentley. Let’s do it together

Over the years, Bentley has had the honor to work with many organisations on both the Owner Operator side as well as the Project Delivery side. We are often asked to work on concepts on how to deliver a digitally optimized process for specific projects, how to deliver data, changes… Infrastructure assets are complex, valuable, and long-lived, yet ever-changing. The businesses and governments that design, build, own and operate them wish to create 'Digital Twins' that accurately reflects those traits. No single software system can possibly meet all of those requirements at once. With the introduction of iModelHub your common data environment and digital workflows gain a live-and-current infrastructure model in the cloud. iModelHub turns the digital twin’s iModel into a distributed database that provides alignment, accountability and accessibility of its digital components
Miroslaw Matas has a long skills at Utilities and Mapping, team member of Asset Performance, Bentley Systems Inc. Hi is experienced Application Engineer and Support Specialist for the implementation of GEO Solutions, Data analysis & Migration processes for Utility companies, Governmental agencies and Owner Operators.
miroslav-matas

Miroslav Matas

Bentley Systems

Use of neural networks for classification of geospatial data

In many industries, it's important to check the relevance of existing geospatial data to the real situation and follow up with the changes in the objects in nature. This can be achieved through on-site surveys and measurements, or by visual inspection of orthophotos or satellite imagery. Both of these approaches are very labor intensive and time consuming. Neuron network technologies are actively being developed today, and satellite data is becoming more and more accessible. Using these new features, you can build solutions that provide complete or partial real-world control and monitoring automation
Arturs Traubergs is a leading specialist at Autentica with 15 years of experience in the development of geographic information systems.
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Arturs Traubergs

Autentica

Reality Modelling for Smart Cities

In his presentation Arūnas Urbšys will discuss why Smart Cities are appearing, what is a benefit for municipalities to use digital technologies for city management. The example of Panevėžys city municipality in Lithuania 3D digital model will be presented to illustrate reality modeling technologies for Smart Cities
Arūnas Urbšys is project development director at "IN RE" Ltd., Lithuania. His responsibilities are developing solutions in business of Computer-Aided Engineering Services (delivery, implementation, training on CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM software applications and systems). He is a doctor of science field of study (Ph.D.), technology sciences, measurements engineering.
arunas-urbsys

Arūnas Urbšys

IN RE

Remote sensing data and technology application in forest inventory

Forest inventory is one of the most resource-intensive forest management process, therefore proficient use of geospatial information technologies and remote sensing data enables to reduce costs by gathering and processing information remotely rather than in the field. 'Latvia's State Forests' forest management planners will be sharing their experience with using remote sensing data and geospatial information technologies in forestry. Our company's experience in using these technologies could be also applicable and useful to other industries, for example in agriculture, road construction and power line maintenance.
Karlis is a forestry management planner at JSC Latvia's State Forests with many years of experience in forestry management planning and application of remote sensing data. Karlis' deep knowledge of technologies, data and resources brings high added value to his work and allows the company to be more effective. Remote sensing data and technologies is not a future vision, it's an irreplaceable tool at present.
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Karlis Taukacs

Latvia's State Forests

Remote sensing data and technology application in forest inventory

Forest inventory is one of the most resource-intensive forest management process, therefore proficient use of geospatial information technologies and remote sensing data enables to reduce costs by gathering and processing information remotely rather than in the field. 'Latvia's State Forests' forest management planners will be sharing their experience with using remote sensing data and geospatial information technologies in forestry. Our company's experience in using these technologies could be also applicable and useful to other industries, for example in agriculture, road construction and power line maintenance.
Girts works at JSC Latvia's State Forests. He does forestry management planning and works on implementing and improving use of remote sensing data and technologies for forest inventory and wood production processes. Girts believes that remote sensing technologies brings us one step closer to exploring and implementing artificial intelligence in the forestry.
girts-zvaigzne

Girts Zvaigzne

Latvia's State Forests

Towards the democratization of public administration data

Latvia’s success story is the digitalisation of state and local government electronic services, with an emphasis on the creation of accessible, easy-to-use and secure e-solutions for all inhabitants. Today centralized national ICT solutions, electronic IDs and mobile eSignatures are components of an integrated ecosystem. The national Open data policy and integration of state registers facilitate the development of effective, transparent and innovative solutions. Key factors for continued success are collaboration among state agencies and authorities, strengthening of client oriented thinking, and effective use of digital solutions in all stages of supported processes.
Deputy State Secretary for Information and Communication Technologies.
edmunds-belskis

Edmunds Belskis

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development

Camel can't see his own hump - why is it worth to share your data with others

Human and space, geospatial intelligence and illusions about data.
Una Krutova has more than 20 years of experience working with geospatial information. She surely knows that the faultiest decisions are made with the most serious face.
una-krutova

Una Krutova

Surveying Data Center

Smart environments are run by smart people

While technologies today are extremely powerful, all geospatial disciplines suffer from a scarcity of qualified and experienced staff. Capacity building, the development of GIS‘ ‚brainware component‘, has emerged as the critical success factor for geospatial infrastructures and applications. Traditional pathways for learning cannot anymore satisfy the needs of our industry in a fast paced environment with accelerating cycles of innovation. On demand acquisition of required competences and skills within a lifelong learning context is as important as flexible curriculum assembly reflecting currently valid bodies of knowledge. While the presentation will challenge established practices in higher education, it will also offer potential responses addressing the geospatial competence domain in a digital society
Prof. Josef Strobl is Professor at the University of Salzburg, leading the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics. With a background in Geography he has been researching and teaching GIS, SDI and related subjects internationally with one emphasis on facilitating capacity building. He is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and head of its Commission for Geographic Information Science. Serving as a board member for international organizations like UN-GGIM AN, ISDE and GISIG and on the editorial boards of leading journals in Geoinformatics and GIScience, he is promoting and spearheading various digital geospatial initiatives.
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Josef Strobl

University of Salzburg

The role of open data in location solutions

Open data is important for society and for business. It makes the governments transparent and creates new opportunities for businesses, which results in better quality of life. At Here Technologies, we update maps by combining different types of data, and open data is one of them. This allows us to give back to society by offering the best quality products and solutions that impact people’s everyday life
Piotr is leading Data Acquisition and Community team within Central Europe at Here Technologies. His team is responsible for two workstreams: business development and online community. Piotr has over 10 years of experience in Location Based Services business. He is interested in IoT, Smart Cities and Autonomous World.
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Piotr Suchorski

HERE Technologies

Spatial data for free? So what?

Estonia released all publicly produced spatial data freely downloadable since July 1, 2018. Take it and use it, just refer to the data provider (Estonian Land board). What are the consequences of this step? Does the use of spatial data increase and widen into more diverse applications? How can we support it? Are there any dangers? All these complicated questions and more will be discussed in the presentation that probably raises more questions than gives answers. Comparison to neighbouring countries that have done a similar step (may be partially) before will be provided.
Tõnu Oja is the professor of Geoinformatics and cartography at the University of Tartu since 1997. He has done research in ecological modelling of forest development, analysis of landscape patterns, remote sensing , sustainable development and more. He is also Chairman of the board of Estonian Geoinformatics Society.
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Tõnu Oja

University of Tartu

Geomatics in polar research

For many years researchers of University of Latvia Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences have carried out expeditions to polar regions doing glacier territory research. During these expeditions researchers not only collect various fields samples and use geological research methods, but they also use UAVs, real-time and post-processing GNSS systems and geolocators to collect geospatial data with a goal to detect thickness of glacier and explore it's internal structures. Agnis Rečs himself has participated in the expeditions to Greenland and Iceland, but in this presentation he share experience from all 6 expeditions taken place so far, including to Arctic and Antarctic regions,
Agnis has studied in the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Latvia and geoinformatics engineering at the Riga Technical University. He is a researcher and lecturer in the field of geoinformatics at the University of Latvia
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Agnis Rečs

University of Latvia

Geospatial technologies in learning process: example of interdisciplinary lesson

The skills to use spatial technologies are included in new curriculum developed within the framework of project SKOLA2030. Such skills can be mastered in geography lessons or in interdisciplinary projects. In 2018 after collaboration between experts from the Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Innovations and profesionals from Joint Stock Company „Latvia’s State Forests”, to test options to use spatial technologies in learning process, the interdisciplinary lesson in forest was developed. The lesson was developed as simulation of forrester’s daily work, where pupils from grade 9 should carry out research to find out the factors affecting forest productivity. To obtain the spatial data and to orientate themselves within study area pupils used LVM GEO Mobile app along with other tools.
Girts Burgmanis defended his PhD thesis in 2013 at the University of Latvia. From 2003 he is working as teacher at school. From 2016 Girts is actively involved in development of new curriculum in Latvia within framework of SKOLA 2030. He is responsible for development of learning content of science and geography subjects. At this moment Girts work also as an expert in the Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Innovations of University of Latvia
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Ģirts Burgmanis

Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Innovations

Do all roads lead to Riga? Internal migration in Latvia since 2000

Insight into the Central Statistical Bureau interactive web tool "Migration in Latvia" depicting experimental statistics for migration flows of usually resident population of Latvia in rural territories, towns, municipalities and regions by comparing the actual place of residence in 2000, 2011 and 2017 to that at the beginning of this year. Factors affecting internal migration statistics.
Dāvis Kļaviņš is a GIS expert at the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. He is responsible for geocoding statistical data and making them accessible in a form of maps and geospatial data to the public.
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Davis Klavins

Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Copernicus and opportunities that can be unlocked and enabled by satellite data in combination with other cutting-edge technology: the Case Of Estonia

Estonia is switching to data based decision making and using space technologies, like Earth Observation, will add more value and options. The Copernicus program enables many new applications that will make administration more capable and efficient. Cooperation with ESA offers our companies fast access to satellite data and supports product development.
Paul is the expert of space technology and policy for Estonia at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication. Today he is leading the development of Estonian space program and is active in space law discussions. He has been engaged in various roles in the space sector for past 10 years. Before joining the ministry, he worked at the ESTCube-1 project as an engineer and continued as an entrepreneur.
paul-liias

Paul Liias

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication of Estonia

Preservation and availability of cartographic heritage in the National Library of Latvia

The National Library of Latvia holds the largest collection of printed cartographic materials in the country. Literature on cartography, cartography histrory, travel guides and GIS programs are available in the Maps Reading Room. A huge digitization of cartographic materials has been carried out - most of the Latvian maps issued up to 1990 have been scanned this year. Currently digitalized maps are available online, some of which are already georeferenced.
Reinis Vāvers have received a Master`s degree in Geography at the University of Latvia.Since 2014 he is working with a collection of cartographic editions and materials at the National Library of Latvia. Reinis is also involved in the research of the history of cartography in Latvia.
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Reinis Vavers

National Library of Latvia

Workshops

Modeling a movement of inhabitants in an urban environment

During the workshop we will look at the principles and examples of data to be used for modeling, creation and establishment of a modeling script, representation and further exploitation of data obtained. Technology: PHP, PostgreSQL; ESRI
Haralds Saltons is Autentica's leading GIS specialist and project manager with more than 20 years of experience. Harald has worked with both commercial products and open source solutions.
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Haralds Saltons

Autentica

Wikidata - what is that and why it's relevant in the field of geospatial information technologies?

In this workshop, we will introduce you to one of sister projects of Wikipedia - Wikidata. We will look into geographical aspects of data, how to use Wikidata API for data retrieval and writing, how Wikidata can and could be used, also in business. You will also learn about SPARQL, which is used to make queries and visualize data in various formats, using built-in tools.
edgars-kosovojs

Edgars Kosovojs

Wikidatians of Latvia

Wikidata - what is that and why it's relevant in the field of geospatial information technologies?

In this workshop, we will introduce you to one of sister projects of Wikipedia - Wikidata. We will look into geographical aspects of data, how to use Wikidata API for data retrieval and writing, how Wikidata can and could be used, also in business. You will also learn about SPARQL, which is used to make queries and visualize data in various formats, using built-in tools.
martins-brunenieks

Martins Brunenieks

Wikidatians of Latvia

LVM GEO Python Core

LVM GEO Python Core is an open source automation and scripting core for administering ArcGIS systems. Rolands will be explaining what it LVM GEO Python Core and how using it any developer can build simple and structured Python programming scripts with a rich functionality
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Rolands Rihters

Latvia's State Forests

Location data management with HERE XYZ

XYZ is a real-time, cloud-based location data management toolset for cartographers, mapping enthusiasts and developers. The participants of the workshop will learn, how to visualize geodata on a map, how to create a simple web application and publish it on a website or in an app
maksim-makarov

Maksim Makarov

HERE Technologies

COM_CONFERENCE_MODERATORS

mareks-matisons

Mareks Matisons

Dextrum moderator

Seasoned public relations professional with the strong focus of new technology platforms. As member of international organization for journalists and entrepreneurs "Digital Communication Network", as well national professional organization "Latvian Public relations practicioners association" he is sharing knowledge and discussing latest trends for successful digital dialogue. Latest role is a host of his own TV show focusing on digital culture and startups "Networked Vision"
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Andris Klepers

Magnum moderator

Dr.geogr. Andris Klepers is an associate professor at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, he also works as a researcher at the Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research. In his PostDoc grant activity he is involved in project “Tourism Intelligence Latvia”, developing a GIS data platform, which helps to prognosticate the development of tourism destinations of various scales. In addition to his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences (University of Latvia) Andris has also studied in Trier University (Germany), University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and the University of Eastern Finland

 

 

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