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Secretary of Interior appoints 3 GITA members to National Geospatial Advisory Committee
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Secretary Ken Salazar recently appointed 13 professionals to serve on the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. The list includes active GITA members Dr. Robert Austin, City of Tampa; Talbot Brooks, Delta State University; and Dave Disera of EMA, Inc. The NGAC provides recommendations on federal geospatial policies. Link to full story here.

Look for a new GITA blog with editorials from Austin, Brooks and Disera on GITA's website next month. The blog will help members stay informed and communicate thoughts and concerns.

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A note from the president
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I am pleased to say that rumors of GITA's demise are much exaggerated! As with the technology we use, change is inevitable. Moving from an organization with a full-time paid staff to one driven principally by volunteers is a complex maneuver requiring the transition of our website, databases, former staff functions and hundreds of other details. Your patience and loyalty to GITA are sincerely appreciated.

With the assistance of SharedGeo and dozens of dedicated volunteers, the GITA Board of Directors has mapped out an ambitious plan for the future that will refocus our efforts and energies from that of a conference-centric model to one which better serves the professional educational needs of our individual and corporate members. Look for new educational content on the website, webinars, opportunities to interact with GITA representation to bodies such as the GIS Certification Institute and National Geospatial Advisory Committee, exciting new research and best practice projects, and professional networking and discovery opportunities.

We will announce more information about these changes as they are unveiled over the coming months — look for fact sheets which will help individual members, corporate members, chapter leadership and the media understand GITA's evolution. In the meantime, volunteers are needed to help with Awards, IT, Membership, Communications, Education, Governance, Finance, Research and Events Committees, including preparations for our 2013 Oil and Gas Conference. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to and we'll find a spot for you on the team!


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NASA launches new earth observation satellite to continue 40-year legacy
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NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission roared into space at 1:02 p.m. EST Monday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The LDCM spacecraft separated from the rocket 79 minutes after launch and the first signal was received three minutes later at a ground station in Svalbard, Norway. The solar arrays deployed 86 minutes after launch, and the spacecraft is generating power from them. More

Call for participation for 26th International Cartographic Exhibition
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The U.S. National Committee to the International Cartographic Association is soliciting maps and other cartographic items for the United States entries in the 26th International Cartographic Exhibition to be held in Dresden, Germany, on Aug. 25-30. The USNC must select materials for display in Dresden in compliance with numerical and space limitations imposed by the ICA. Items that can be submitted are categorized as paper maps, atlases, digital products, educational cartographic products and other cartographic products, including globes and tactile maps. More

What your smart grid will be when it grows up
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By Jesse Berst: Roughly three-fourths of SGN's readers are in North America. I feel I must alert those readers to a development that is much more obvious in other parts of the world. In Europe and Asia, smart cities are already an established trend. And smart grids are an essential component. In case you need proof, two respected research companies have just issued reports. More

Working in the age of geodesign
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Data is becoming the designer's new best friend. Urban designers, architects and landscape architects — whether they've realized it yet, or not — will soon be integrating massive sets of data into every design they do. These fields are entering the age of geodesign, an emerging concept that melds the geospatial data of geographic information systems, or GIS, with simulation and design evaluation techniques. More

The new face of GIS: LiDAR and the intelligent 3-D map
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The real world consists of three dimensions — not two. It therefore makes sense that the map of the future isn't a flat 2-D map — it's a sophisticated 3-D map that can be interrogated in new ways. Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and 3-D technology represent the new face of GIS: the 3-D-enabled map. With the recent integration of native LiDAR data into GISs, both technologies interact with each other to an extent that couldn't be dreamt of 30 years ago. More

The GNSS quartet: Harmonizing GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo
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The world's four GNSS programs aren't exactly a classical quartet, weaving Mozart stanzas in disciplined execution. They are more like a new jazz combo, riffing off one another while still trying to get in the groove. Whatever image the metaphor evokes, if the world's GNSS programs want to hit that high note of interoperability (to which they all say they aspire), the operators of GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo must learn to harmonize better. More

Facebook is said to create mobile location-tracking app
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Facebook Inc. is developing a smartphone application that will track the location of users, two people with knowledge of the matter said, bolstering efforts to benefit from growing use of social media on mobile computers. The app, scheduled for release by mid-March, is designed to help users find nearby friends and would run even when the program isn't open on a handset, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. More

$900,000 grant continues geospatial training in Virginia
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After another grant of about $900,000, Virginia is gearing up for a second round in training geospatial technicians — the men and women behind the products and services that tell people where they are. These devices and applications display locations of a lot of other things, too, and as use by everyone from firefighters to anglers grows, demand for technicians follows. More

New technology helps doctors link a patient's location to illness and treatment
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Epidemiologist David Van Sickle spent years studying asthma, but like many researchers of the chronic disease, he was frustrated by the obstacles to determining precise triggers of an individual attack. That frustration gave him an idea for a rescue inhaler topped with a GPS sensor. The invention would map the user's location every time he took a puff and send that information back to his doctor. More


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