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Happy New Year from GITA!
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By Bob Samborski, Executive Director

Best wishes from all of us at GITA to our members and colleagues around the world for health, peace and prosperity! We begin the new year with a renewed sense of optimism for the continued advancement of our industry and success of our association in providing education and supporting professional development. We're excited about several new developments that are taking shape right now, including:
  • The launch of the new GITA website;
  • GECCo workshops in the Bay Area (California) on Jan. 26-27 and in the greater Charlotte (North Carolina) area in March (dates TBA);
  • A partnership with GITA Australia/New Zealand to produce the "GIS in Oil, Gas and Mining Inaugural Seminar" in Perth in February;
  • A great new venue for the Houston Oil and Gas Conference in October;
  • A special Thought Leadership Symposium on "Achieving Business Excellence through Enterprise Technology Integration" (a major announcement will be made very soon!); and…
  • More programs and activities designed to add value to your membership in GITA.

  • We hope that the past several weeks have brought joy and happiness to all of you and your families. The GITA staff has enjoyed the holidays — but now we're anxious to get back to the tasks ahead.

    We've been working hard to make the refinements and improvements necessary to keep GITA the relevant and valuable source of professional education and information for the geospatial industry that it has been since 1982. We think that you will be very pleased with the results, and I look forward to sharing the details of each of them with you beginning in next week's edition of the GITA News Hub!

    Here's to realizing the opportunities before us in 2012!

10 predictions for 2012
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Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. V1 editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with the following predictions for 2012. On the list are technology advancements, policy initiatives and the continued evolution of model-based design. More

Engineers invited to explore GNSS filters at JAVAD GNSS
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Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, invites engineers "who want to roll up their sleeves" to a working session at his company's San Jose, California facility on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to "find solutions and discuss technical details" related to the LightSquared/GPS conflict. The invitation comes at the end of a lengthy statement, "A Technical Story of a Bad Filter and a Good Filter — Which Turned Political!" More

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The greatest paper map of the United States you'll ever see
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American mapmaking's most prestigious honor is the "Best of Show" award at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The five most recent winners were all maps designed by large, well-known institutions. But the 38th annual Best of Show award went to a map created by Imus Geographics — which is basically one dude named David Imus working in a farmhouse outside Eugene, Ore. More

2012: A look at the future of tech
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The end of 2011 saw furious opposition erupt online over the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. The controversial bill would allow the government to force ISPs and search engines to alter the DNS system and search results to remove sites that traffic in stolen content and counterfeit goods — effectively remaking the architecture of the internet to combat piracy. More

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Smart grid advances: Are microgrids coming of age?
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The global microgrid market is growing up, according to cleantech research firm Pike Research. According to its new tracker report, pilot projects are fading and deployment of full-scale commercial microgrids is accelerating quickly — so much so that three subsegments in the remote microgrid market (village power systems, weak grid island systems and industrial mine systems) are each expected to claim a more than $1 billion market by 2017. More

Official: City of Philadelphia GIS is among country's best
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In 1996, when Jim Querry started at the Mayor's Office of Information Services in Philadelphia, there was a single Internet connection, an Apple dial-up tool at 1234 Market Street. Querry, who now leads the city's geospatial information systems group that is responsible for mapping, tracking and evaluating city services, was joining an effort by some in the city to get ahead of what was already being billed as the digital revolution. More

Top 10 GIS/Geo tech videos of 2011
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GIS User hosts and shares user created and user sourced videos from the GIS/Geo tech community. A number of awesome videos hit the site this year ... check out the top 10 according to popularity with the readers. More

More accurate than Santa Claus
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Every year for Christmas, the North American Air Defense Command NORAD posts an animation on its website, in which the exact flight path of Santa Claus' sled led by reindeer Rudolf is precisely located. The path of navigation satellites, however, has to be determined much more accurately than Santa's flight path, when precise ground positioning is required. GPS is the best known system of this kind. More

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