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H.R. 4233, map it once, use it many times

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Following up on testimony provided on behalf of NSPS by Brian Myers during an Oversight Hearing in Colorado Springs, Colo., NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner and Government Affairs Consultant Laurence Socci recently met with congressman Dan Lamborn, R-Colo., and members of his staff to discuss the NSPS perspective on the proposed legislation.

H.R. 4233 pursues goals that have long been debated in Washington related to the sharing of information across federal entities rather than duplicative efforts that provide essentially the same geospatial information. NSPS supports the premise of the legislation and is continuing to work with the congressman and his staff on elements of it that pertain to procurement mechanisms, small business participation, the development of standard clauses, contracts and the formation of licenses for use by the federal government in the acquisition of geospatial data.




MARKETPLACE: A car that tweets
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Undaunted by fear of safety regulations, auto makers are piling new technologies into their vehicles: everything from 17-inch dashboard screens to services that check Facebook and buy movie tickets. This newfound confidence comes as a push for national regulations governing driving and cellphone use — including the suggestion of a total ban — has petered out. More

The Note
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Notable and quotable: We have got us a dragon by the tail and other blog bytes. More

TECH BRIEFS
Dawn of a thirsty century

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The amount of water in the world is limited. The human race, and the other species which share the planet, cannot expect an infinite supply. More



Precision measurement technology
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What does Topcon have in common with golf's 2012 U.S. Open? It appears the putting surfaces at the Olympic Club Lake course were reconstructed using precision measurement technology from Topcon. More

U.S. daily weather maps project
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NOAA Central Library provides access to historical daily weather maps from 1871 through 2002. To see weather maps for 2003 to present, go to: www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/dailywxmap/index.html.

CLASSIFIEDS
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Assistant Professor in Geomatics (Tenure Track), Department of Applied Sciences, Nicholls State University. More

Trimble Dimensions 2012
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Nov. 5-7, 2012, The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada More



Oil & Gas surveying
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With boots tied to the construction economy, it's no secret that surveyors have endured the worst economic downturn since the end of WWII. Those who have been surveying for a while have seen many ups and downs, but for each downturn, after at most a year, were able to get back to the business of building America. Some parts of the country have fared better than others. More

The many benefits of 3-D maps
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Three-dimensional mapping technology is helping improve data accuracy and citizen services in Columbia County, Ga. The county purchased eight panoramic high-resolution 3-D photos of its entire roadway system, encompassing 1,100 linear miles and approximately 2,500 streets. County staff combined the images with existing GIS data to form virtual maps that can be used for planning projects, code enforcement issues and emergency situations. More

GeoEye shares tumble on loss of government contract
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Shares of GeoEye Inc. lost almost a third of their value after the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency said it will not renew a major contract with the company, making the satellite imagery provider a potential takeover target. GeoEye and rival DigitalGlobe Inc. won contracts worth $7 billion from the NGA to provide high-resolution satellite images under the EnhancedView project in 2010. More



What is the future of geolocation?
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Geolocation technologies are becoming more useful and popular, and Geoloqi has been at the forefront in developing "pushed" location information for wireless devices. To find out more about what that means and where it's going, GeoWorld editor Todd Danielson spoke with Geoloqi CEO Amber Case. More

Lower pricing and simplified limits with the Google Maps API
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Since launching the Google Maps API seven years ago, we've been awed by the many ways developers have used the service to build great mapping apps. As you may know, last year we introduced limits on the number of free maps that developers could show daily through the Google Maps API. Since then, we've been listening carefully to feedback, and today we're happy to announce that we're lowering API usage fees and simplifying limits for both Styled and regular maps. More

Mapping upheavals, indoor location headway, FCC on LBS privacy
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Big changes. Apple finally ended its long time dependence on Google Maps. As part of its latest operating system upgrade to iOS 6, Apple is launching its own, home-grown mapping service. It is an impressive offering. In a very different move, Microsoft is replacing its own Bing maps in all Windows Phone devices. Nokia maps, previously Navteq, will replace Microsoft's home-grown Bing Maps. More


 
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