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By Bob Samborski, Executive Director

Last week's News Hub featured the announcement of the association's first Thought Leadership Symposium on Achieving Business Success through Enterprise Technology Integration. You'll be hearing more about this unique interactive forum in the next several weeks as the program comes together. In the meantime, mark your calendars for May 16-18 in the Rocky Mountain retreat of beautiful Keystone, Colo.

We're very pleased to make two new announcements in this week's edition — and also provide a reminder for our members and colleagues in the Bay Area about the GECCo workshop on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26-27. You'll be hearing more about how GITA is reorganizing to be a better educational resource for you in the coming weeks.

Meet the 2012 Board of Directors on the NEW GITA WEBSITE
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The election results have been tabulated, additional appointments made and the 2012 GITA Board of Directors is ready to serve you. You can find them on GITA's newly redesigned website's Board of Directors page. Dan Shannon of TELUS Communications in Edmonton, Alberta, is the 2012 President, succeeding Dr. Bob Austin of Tampa, Fla. Special thanks to Dr. Bob, who served an extended term of office that included half of 2010 as well as all of last year. Sincere thanks also to outgoing members of the Executive Committee: Susan Ancel, Epcor, Edmonton, Alberta (who agreed to a term as a "visiting" Past President due to a vacancy), and former Secretary Peter Batty, Ubisense, Denver.

GITA also acknowledges the contributions of outgoing At Large board members Brent Jones, Esri (also a GITA Past President); Richard McKay, TerraGo Technologies; Carl Reed, Open Geospatial Consortium; and Leann Wheeler, URS Corporation. We are grateful for their participation and service in what has been a challenging period for the association and the industry in general.

You will have an opportunity to learn more about each member of this year's board in the coming weeks.

The GITA website has been completely redesigned to provide a cleaner, more user-friendly interface with the association. Not all the primary features are yet complete, but we felt it was important to maintain this contact with our members and constituents and launch early in the new year. We are hard at work to make our site a better, more useful resource for everyone. You'll see the site continue to evolve in the coming weeks and months, and when we add an important feature, we'll be sure to let you know about it.

What do YOU want to see on the GITA website? Your comments, suggestions and ideas are welcome at any time!

GITA North America and GITA Australia/New Zealand to Offer Inaugural Oil, Gas, and Mining Seminar in Perth
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For many years, the concept of offering an educational event in Australia like the Houston-based "GIS for Oil and Gas Pipelines Conference" has been discussed by our colleagues at GITA-Australia/New Zealand. There have been several successful efforts to add an Oil and Gas Pipeline component to the annual conferences Down Under that typically rotated among Sydney, Melbourne and, more recently, Brisbane. The issue has always been that the center of the industry is on Australia's west coast. As with Houston, Perth, in Western Australia, is where the action is for the oil and gas industries. In addition, Australia's burgeoning mining industry is basically headquartered in Perth.

At last August's annual conference in Sydney, the concept of bringing GITA's brand of geospatial education to Perth's oil, gas and mining community gained momentum. Over the next two months, a proposal was developed to assess the feasibility of a Houston-style conference by undertaking a pilot event, evaluating the results and engaging local and regional operator and private sector companies. If the pilot proved to be successful and well received locally, planning a full GIS for Oil, Gas and Mining Conference would begin.

GITA in North America and Australia/New Zealand is very pleased to announce that the first step in this process is well under way! On Feb. 21, the GIS for Oil & Gas + Mining Inaugural Seminar will be held at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel in Perth.

The Inaugural Seminar is being supported by several Founding Sponsors, including Infotech Enterprises, GE Energy, we-do-IT and These Founding Sponsors will receive ongoing promotional and other considerations for their initial investment in helping to establish an annual conference in the oil, gas and mining industries. Should this initial effort prove successful, a Perth-based conference would target the energy producing countries in Southeast Asia, as well as the considerable Australian energy industry. As with Houston, there are plenty of oil and gas conferences, but none with a specific geospatial focus.

GITA North America will be represented by GITA Past Presidents David Nemeth, Panhandle Energy, who will deliver the Seminar Keynote, and Pete Gomez, Xcel Energy; and Ontario Chapter Past President Laverne Hanley, Union Gas. Their presentations will be made available on the GITA website following the Inaugural Seminar.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, as is a seminar registration form. A complete program will be available in the near future. For more information, please contact Bob Samborski in North America at and Greg Oaten in Australia/New Zealand at

The Bay Area GECCo begins next Thursday — registrations are still available
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The GECCo lands in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26-27! Hosted by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the Geospatial Enabling Community Collaboration workshop is the latest in a series of GECCos developed and delivered in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Registration is still available for the two-day workshop, which is free of charge to user representatives of utilities, government agencies, first responder organizations and other community stakeholders who use geospatial technology in their daily operations. Private sector vendors and consultants are urged to refer their clients to the Bay Area GECCo.

More information is available from the Bay Area GECCo website, including a full agenda and registration form. Attendance is limited to 100, so act now!

And heads up to our members and constituents in North Carolina — the GECCo is headed to Charlotte in March. More information will be available soon!

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Federal officials: LightSquared's broadband plans would disrupt GPS signals
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Tests show that even the modified plans of LightSquared to start up a national high-speed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference with GPS signals, federal officials said. "There appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few years months or years without significant interference with GPS," officials told the Commerce Department. More

GIS adoption and use on college campuses
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The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science conducted a survey in 2011 "to understand if and how GIS adoption and use on college campuses has evolved over the years." The goal is the creation of a database of best practices for guiding successful campus engagement. The results from the 94 responses suggest a variety of uses for GIS on campus and a mix of outcomes from similar engagement strategies. More

Achieving big results from small sensors
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Small and medium format sensors present a number of challenges in photogrammetric processing, not the least their reliance on accurate external orientation data during image capture. But, as Avi Aflalo and Dor Yalon explain, this need no longer present an insurmountable obstacle for those tackling large, difficult projects calling for high precision. More

Second Galileo IOV satellite transmitting signals
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On Monday, the second of the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites, FM2, also known as GSAT0102, started transmitting navigation signals on the L1/E1 frequency using the E12 ranging code, according to tracking reports from the COoperative Network for GIOVE Observation. FM2 was launched together with PFM, the ProtoFlight Model, on Oct. 21. PFM started transmitting E1 signals on Dec. 10. More

Big data analytics: Trends to watch for in 2012
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Over the last several years, there has been a massive surge of interest in Big Data Analytics and the groundbreaking opportunities it provides for enterprise information management and decision making. Big Data Analytics is no longer a specialized solution for cutting-edge technology companies — it is evolving into a viable, cost-effective way to store and analyze large volumes of data across many industries. More

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The 'G' in GIS
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Once a colleague in another discipline asked the following: Which two concepts are the most fundamental in the discipline of geography? Without hesitation, the answer was "space and place." All professionally trained geographers are keenly aware of the fundamental differences between the two terms. Indeed, geography as an intellectual discourse has been oscillating between the perspectives of space vs. place. More

Job trends show technology industry in full swing
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The boom in the technology industry sees an explosion in programming and data entry jobs. AdSense and content writing jobs pull back after surging in the 2011 third quarter. Apple iPhone application development surges after launch of the 4S, but Android applications accelerate at more than twice the growth rate. Amazon AWS grows strongly but from a small base and no one seems to care about Google App Engine, or even less, Microsoft Azure. More

Gaining ground on complexity in our complicated world
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Braden Allenby is the author of many books regarding earth system engineering and management, and other issues of sustainability. Allenby has been a pioneer in raising the issues of industrial ecology and the need to better understand our impacts. V1 editor Matt Ball spoke with Allenby recently at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit, where Allenby gave a keynote. More

Real estate industry offers opportunities using geospatial technology
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How big is the real estate industry? Did you know it is larger than all investments in the stock market? So, given its enormity, what entreprenuerial opportunities exist for using geospatial technology? Gil Castle, a 30-year industry veteran and past URISA president, shows just where new career ventures might be found. More

Smart grid as the future of the Internet
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The Internet's power will allow management of the home in ways that save energy and money automatically in its next stage of development, a pioneer in the online world attending the Consumer Electronics Show told AOL Energy. AlertMe CEO Mary Turner helped launch some of the first large Internet services in Europe, and now she is helping the technology developers of the next stage of the Internet build a cloud-computing platform hub. More

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