Survey Summit 2012 concludes on a high note
With fewer but highly erudite presentations, a "lightning talks" plenary and two important announcements at the closing session, the Survey Summit 2012 which ended this Tuesday was favorably received by both participants and observers.
Two of the plenary's lightning talks were given by NSPS representatives. Curt Sumner, the Executive Director of NSPS, spoke about "The Road Ahead" for NSPS. Rich Vannozzi, the coordinator of the NSPS Student Competition, made an impassioned appeal for greater support of students who want to participate in this competition. These are the "best and the brightest" young people we have, said Vannozzi. "They are knowledgeable about the new geospatial technology, and they want to be leaders." They deserve our support to enable them to realize their dreams, and it all starts with the NSPS Student Competition. Not surprisingly, Rich Vannozzi was nominated, and received at the closing session, the highest academic award our organization has, the Fennell Award.
The other important announcement at the end of the Summit was that Brent Jones, global marketing manager for Survey/Cadastre/AEC at Esri and the person most identified with the Survey Summit, is making a lateral movement to the East Coast. The void will be filled by David Totman, Public Works Industry Manager. Totman is interested to make the Survey Summit even more interesting and compelling than it is now. If you want to chime in, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention that you learned about his new appointment as the leader of the Survey Summit in the NSPS News&Views briefs. — Filed by Ilse Genovese, NSPS Communications Director
'Cloud GIS:' The latest paradigm
At the opening session of the most successful geospatial conference, Jack Dangermond, the head and owner of Esri, said that it is Esri's vision to "make geography a platform for understanding the world." This platform will utilize GIS, the medium most able to condense geography in a type of visual language understood widely, by experts and the public.
"GIS science is our platform for understanding the world. GIS makes it all come alive, and suddenly, maps are stories." Dangermond believes that maps in a digital age will help us combat problems in the future. The GIS platform is advancing, leveraging different layers of data and technology. This calls for a new paradigm, Cloud GIS. This architecture is opening up the user community to further experimentation with "open data."
Read more about the newest thrust in GIScience. "Cloud GIS" is a concept which enables GIS professionals to contribute "authoritative" data to a platform accessed by users of Esri software. This development, as no others before, calls for greater involvement of surveyors in areas that affect them directly. Read more about GIS as the platform for knowledge workers, decision makers, users, and the public, in the August issue of the ACSM Bulletin. — Reported by Ilse Genovese, NSPS Communications Director.
Esri User Conference: GIS opening our world
Sensors & Systems
Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, addressed software users in San Diego at the Esri International User Conference. The opening touched on the broad use of GIS technology as well as the impact of the technology. Below is a summary of this opening talk that highlights the vision of what GIS is becoming.
DigitalGlobe and GeoEye agree to combine
DigitalGlobe, Inc., and GeoEye, Inc., announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $900 million. The combination of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye will create a global leader in earth imagery and geospatial analysis with a more diversified revenue base, a superior financial foundation and significant growth potential.
Election politics may stall final LightSquared decision
While members of the GPS community are pushing to formally end the threat of signal interference from LightSquared's proposed wireless network, the political realities of an election year suggest they will have to wait for a decision. "There are not a lot of reasons to rush," said Tim Farrar of TMF Associates, a consulting firm that closely follows mobile communications industry, adding it was "unlikely" there would be any progress ahead of the vote in November.
First positioning results using Galileo announced
A team of Canadian and German researchers have obtained precise three-dimensional positions using measurements from the four prototype Galileo satellites now in orbit. The two In-Orbit Validation satellites launched in October 2011 joined the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element satellites launched in 2005 and 2008, forming a mini-constellation.
Sensors, cloud, drive geospatial agency push for data-center space
Government Computer News
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency built a much bigger data center than it needed, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, which noted NGA had not used an entire floor of a four-story technology center it intended for data storage. But NGA sees it differently, arguing that expanding data-storage requirements required NGA to build out the unused space to accommodate increasing volumes of data.
From apps to integration: What's next for location-based services?
From Pete Davie: Today's meeting is in San Francisco. The address already is in a calendar appointment, so it's easy to cut and paste it from there into my TomTom navigation app. Rush hour has passed, so traffic isn't too bad. But on arrival in the city, it takes an extra 15 minutes to find parking, which is charged at a full day rate, even though we're only there for a couple of hours.