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Opinions on the validity of crowdsourced geospatial data
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By Todd Danielson: So now that we're done with our oft-mentioned LiDAR Webinar, I'd like to spend a couple more weeks highlighting some of the interesting responses in our Industry Outlook feature. As a quick reminder, this annual feature polls the members of our Editorial Advisory board on several questions designed to get their input on the latest major trends or happenings in the geotechnology industry. More

Smart grid consumers say educate me, engage me (and make it easy on me!)
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The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative just issued its latest "State of the Consumer Report." Bottom line: Most consumers like smart technology and would be willing to participate in energy-saving programs. But there's still a lot of work to be done. Based on research studies conducted in 2012, SGCC found that about 75 percent of consumers either have never heard the term smart grid or don't know what it means. More

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Check out GIS related sessions and workshops at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
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GIS-Enabled Smart Phone Applications for Damage Prevention and Integrity Management — Alicia Farag & Bill Gale of the Gas Technology Institute will be speaking at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference in West Palm Beach, March 12-14. The session will provide a demonstration of new GIS-enabled smart phone applications to assist operators in excavation damage prevention and complying with integrity management regulations. A new system that integrates barcode scanning, high accuracy GPS, tablet computers and GIS-enabled smart phone applications for creating new features in the field and auto-populating asset attribute fields in GIS will be demonstrated. The results of recent pilot projects will also be shared. For more information on the conference, visit

Has your organization broken free of siloed departments along with systems?
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There has been a big push over the years to open up systems for more of an enterprise-oriented view, rather than fiefdoms of domains. This move has been largely successful across many enterprises through the benefits of databases, web services, and cloud-based resources. Now that data is freer to mix and interact, it's possible to respond to broader queries and report on operations in real time. More

Big data perceptions: Good, bad and ugly
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Big data will cure the common cold! Eliminate head lice! End fear and loathing in lab mice! We've all read the headlines about how big data — however you choose to define it — will make the world a better place. Indeed, gleaning insights from growing stockpiles of digital information is a worthy goal, and big data will certainly benefit humanity in many ways — or at the very least generate gainful employment for armies of data scientists. More

Kent State geographers use computer mapping and video tools to help disaster recovery efforts
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When Hurricane Katrina roared through New Orleans in 2005, breaching the city's levees and loosing apocalyptic floods, geographers were an unlikely but crucial part of the rescue effort. Officials desperately wanted information about the scope of the damage and the places in greatest need of help. More

UN launches investigation into legality of US drone program
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The United Nations opened a major new investigation into the United States' use of drones and targeted assassinations. The U.N. investigation, led by special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson, is expected to focus on the legal justification for America's expansive drone program, which has largely remained secretive and unexamined. More

Beyond the geography bee
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When was the last time you read about geography in the traditional media? Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg reads about it quite a bit, especially stories about local geography bees. The events and their coverage reinforce old ideas about the discipline, rather than showcasing its valuable use in today's world. More

Navipedia — the GNSS wiki
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Satellite navigation is progressing at such a rapid pace that it is difficult to keep track of the latest evolutions, satellite launches, technologies or even systems and signals. With Navipedia, the European Space Agency has introduced a common online entry point for GNSS know-how. As with all media-wiki products, any registered user can comment, propose modification to an existing article, suggest a new topic or submit a draft article. More

GSM operators ask DoT to remove 'location based service' clause in licence
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After failing to meet a deadline to install systems that identify location details from which mobile phone calls are being made, GSM operators have asked the Department of Telecommunications to withdraw a clause related to location based services in the amended licence norms. More

Russia, India join global satnav augmentation meeting
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Experts ensuring that aircraft can safely rely on satellite navigation across Europe and other parts of the globe met last week to share future plans, welcoming Russian and Indian representatives for the first time, reports the European Space Agency. More and more aircraft around the globe are using satnav augmentation, with special infrastructure sharpening signal accuracy and reliability across given geographical regions. More


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