NSPS Spring Business Meetings
NSPS will be holding its Spring 2014 meetings and Student Competition finals in conjunction with the CLSA/NALS Joint Conference in San Diego. The NSPS schedule will begin with the Student Competition on Sunday, April 13, followed by NSPS Committee meetings on Monday, NSPS Board of Governors on Tuesday, and NSPS Board of Directors on Wednesday. The details are still being worked out for the Committee schedule.
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Hotel Information - Town and Country Resort
Room Rate: $99
No resort fee. Complimentary parking.
Cut-Off Date: March 20
Group Code: CLSA-NALS
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FIG Young Surveyors to Meet in San Diego
After the successful 1st FIG Young Surveyors European Meeting held this past October in Lisbon, Portugal, in which 150 young surveyors from 32 countries attended, the FIG Young Surveyors Network is organizing the 1st FIG Young Surveyors North American Meeting.
The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2014 California/Nevada Surveyors Conference and the annual NSPS Student Competition at the Town & Country Hotel in San Diego. The YS meeting will be held April 14-15. Stay tuned for more information.
NSPS Radio Hour — Feb. 17, 11 a.m. EDT
Don Teter, a West Virginia Surveyor and activist with the Surveyors Historical Society, will join host Curt Sumner to discuss The Fairfax Stone and Deakins Line adventure undertaken by Don and a group of other surveyors.
If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcasted, listen to the archive of the show at http://www.radiosandysprings.com/showpages/ACSM.php. Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.
During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to email@example.com to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.
NOAA hydro panel seeks input
NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel meets Feb. 25-26 in New York City. Those interested in hydrography and NOAA's program are invited to participate in the various break-out sessions.
House passes bill including land inventory
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2954, the Public Access and Lands Improvement Act. The bill takes a first step toward a cadastre or land inventory of Federal lands. The bill (section 401) calls for "a centralized database of all lands identified as suitable for disposal by Resource Management Plans for lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management" that is easily accessible to the public on a website of the Bureau. The database required under this subsection shall be updated and maintained to reflect changes in the status of lands identified for disposal under the administrative jurisdiction of the Bureau. NSPS supports a Federal land inventory, particularly as set forth in another bill, H.R. 916, the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act.
Coming soon – National Surveyors Week Downloadable Resource Kit
SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference
Colorado Springs, Colo.
SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference brings together professionals from diverse markets to discover the latest advances and technologies in 3D data capture, processing and delivery to drive efficiency, improve workflows, reduce project timelines, save money, improve safety and mitigate risk. In addition to robust conference programming, the events feature an exhibition full of hardware and software solutions, mobile mapping vehicles, live demonstrations, roundtable discussions and multiple networking events. Members of National Society of Professional Surveyors are entitled to a 10 percent discount off the regular registration fee. Enter code 108640 when prompted for "promo code" during the registration process. Click here to register.
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Esri to enable thousands of government agencies to open GIS data to public
A debate in the technology world that's been simmering for years, about whether mapping vendor Esri will allow public geographic information systems to access government customers' data, finally has an answer: The mapping software giant will take an unprecedented step, enabling thousands of government customers around the U.S. to make their data on the ArcGIS platform open to the public with a click of a mouse.
The Huffington Post
Most of us involved in the ocean are aware of GPS, the Global Positioning System technology that enables precise placement in space and time to enhance navigational accuracy and the resultant safety. Ships no longer navigate by dead reckoning or even by sighting the sun or stars; indeed, celestial navigation is no longer taught at the maritime academies as constant accurate positioning can be placed on viewable electronic charts.
How open data is revolutionizing online maps
After working three summers on Halifax's Harbour Hopper, Jeremy Tupper could probably give you a city tour in his sleep. Fortunately he won't have to because there is a web app for that. And he made it. When the city held its Apps4Halifax competition to showcase the release of a large amount of municipal data, the Dalhousie University computer science student fused his interests and came up with his prize-winning Historic HaliTour.
The fantastical life of a GIS analyst
What do climate modeling, malaria and black rhinos have in common? It turns out that Geographic Information Systems can be adapted to study all three. Wherever GIS is being used for humanitarian purposes, senior programmer analyst Joe Nigro is never too far away. Here's his story.