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Océ Collaborates with the New Field Museum Maps Exhibition

Press release from the issuing company

October 26, 2007, Chicago – Océ, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions with offices in Chicago, today announced the company will collaborate with the Field Museum and its new “Maps: Finding Our Place in the World” exhibition, which runs November 2, 2007 – January 27, 2008, in a number of ways. Océ large format imaging equipment printed a large map of the world, which will hang in the Museum’s Stanley Field Hall for several events; an Océ printer will print replicas of select maps from the exhibition for sale in the Museum’s Exhibition Store; and Océ will join in the Field Museum’s GIS Day event – one of the many activities taking place across the country as part of Geography Awareness Week, November 12-18, 2007.
The Biggest Map in the City
Hanging in the Field Museum’s Stanley Field Hall for a number of key events will be a giant 21x26-foot map, designed by Professor Mark Harrower and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cartography Lab and printed by the Océ CS9065 eco-solvent inkjet printer. This large world map will showcase key images and lender identification for the museum’s “Maps: Finding Our Place in the World” exhibition. Museum visitors to the Maps Exhibition Store can purchase high quality replications of selected maps, which will be printed onsite by an Océ CS9065 (65-inch) inkjet printer using eco-solvent, waterproof, fade-resistant inks.
The Océ CS9065 printer is especially well-suited to this on-site printing application. The Océ CS9065 offers superior print quality, speed and ink economy through the use of Océ VariaDot™ dynamic variable dot imaging technology. This new technology provides fine details and smooth gradients in highlight areas and crisp colors in mid-tones and shadows. Environmentally friendly eco-solvent inks make it possible to use the printer in a regular office or storefront environment without the need for an air purification system. The color gamut is excellent and the durability rivals that of full solvent inks for most applications. The Océ CS9065 is ideal for short run print jobs and is designed for light production environments where high quality output and indoor and outdoor-durable prints are required.
Helping Chicago’s School Children
Océ is also helping Chicago’s school children sharpen their geography awareness with an Océ kiosk that hosts an “Océ Geography Challenge” game, which will contain a poster of the world with only country borders. Field trip groups of students visiting the museum on GIS Day will have an opportunity to play the game by drawing the name of a city or other geographic landmark from a bowl, then placing that city or landmark in the correct country on the map-of-the-world poster.
“Océ is thrilled to be a partner as the Field Museum opens its Maps exhibition. It is one of the most ambitious cartographer exhibits in the world that honors many of our history’s oldest explorations and gives recognition to the art of map-making. The Océ printing equipment used will enable museum visitors of all ages to learn about maps and their creation and gain a greater appreciation of the world in which we live,” said Michelle Sheldon, Marketing Services Manager, Océ.