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Why I belong to GITA
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By Talbot Brooks, President-Elect

My involvement in GITA over the years has proven to be very valuable in a number of ways, both personally and professionally. I enjoy the access to industry leaders, premier geospatial companies and cutting edge technologies that my GITA membership has provided. As a university professor, I take back to my classroom the information and experience that this access has given me, and I use it in a meaningful way to enhance my students' educational successes and eventual placement in the workforce.

As an assistant fire chief at a volunteer fire department, the work that GITA does in the emergency response area is important to me. My ongoing involvement in the association's GECCo initiative enhances my ability to provide GIS support to the operations and planning activities of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

On a personal level, the continuous professional development, along with the great professional relationships and networking opportunities GITA provides, helps me stay on top of my game. I very much appreciate that as a non-vendor specific organization that can provide unbiased opinions, GITA can help to influence policy. And, the exposure my university realizes through my active involvement with GITA helps with student recruitment, retention and placement.

That's why I belong — and why you should consider GITA membership, too.

Talbot Brooks is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Have you been thinking about becoming a GITA member?
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Great — you've taken the first step! Now take a minute to enhance your commitment to the geospatial industry by joining the Geospatial Information & Technology Association as an individual member. You'll become involved in a global community of geospatial professionals who value unbiased education, leverage networking opportunities for professional development, earn points toward their GISP certification and enjoy discounts to unique conferences and events. Learn more about what GITA individual membership offers you here.

Association sponsor update
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GITA welcomes the following companies as sponsors for 2012:

Association Sponsorship in GITA is an excellent way to promote the capabilities of your company, in addition to supporting the growth of the geospatial industry. Leverage your corporate profile even more by sponsoring a GITA event. Position your company in the forefront of the dynamic and rapidly evolving geospatial field — evaluate the entire association sponsorship package here.

ADVANCED GEODETIC SURVEY, INC. provides equipment RENTALS & SALES for a comprehensive suite of SURVEYING and MAPPING products and services since 1990. We take great pride to give our customers the best service in the industry.AGS, Inc., offers FREE technical solutions to overcome each and every obstacle whether in the field or in the office. We are just a toll free call away - CALL TODAY FOR RENTAL RATES AND SALES QUOTES. We are your GPS Specialist! more

Mark your calendar for the Thought Leader Symposium in Keystone — May 15-16
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Make plans now for a memorable Springtime in the Rockies educational networking opportunity: GITA's Thought Leader Symposium on Driving Business Excellence through Enterprise Technology Integration.

GITA's return to Keystone will provide you with two and a half days of thought provoking presentations by industry leading thinkers and practitioners, stimulating ITAG-style open discussions on the key emerging issues in the geospatial industry, and an opportunity to relax and network with your peers in the beautiful resort surroundings of Keystone, Colo.

Visit the Thought Leader Symposium webpage frequently as this unique program evolves.

GeoEye satellite passes design review
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The world's highest-resolution spy satellite is one step closer to launching. Herndon-based GeoEye Inc., which won a $3.8 billion contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 2010 for next generation satellite imaging, said it has successfully completed a system critical design review of its new satellite, the last of four critical design reviews. More

FCC map: Large areas not covered by mobile broadband
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Large portions of the western half of the U.S. do not have access to 3G or faster mobile broadband service, according to a new map released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The map shows large parts of Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and Montana as not having 3G or faster mobile broadband service. The map shows nearly all states have some areas uncovered by 3G service. More

DOE finds more money for energy innovation — lots of it, in fact
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The Department of Energy recently announced that $12 million is available for projects that speed solar energy innovation. It is part of the government's SunShot Incubator program designed to help startups and new business units in existing companies push forward on solar technology development. Applications are due April 9. More

How to create your own online map: BatchGeocode for spreadsheets
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Grid Chicago uses maps as a communication tool and a way to enhance its articles. Here is some basic knowledge to create your own map using online tools so that you can identify issues and solutions where you live, which you can easily share afterwards. Four simple ways to create a map will be described. More

Accelerating Geospatial
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TECTERRA provides a full range of geomatics commercialization support services including funding up to $500K. This is a great opportunity for Canadian SMEs! Visit us for more information.

10 awesome geospatial career opportunities
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Here is a list of hot career opportunities for geospatial/tech professionals. A number of companies are hiring geospatial and location technology professionals, particularly professionals with programmer/developer skills. Hopefully, this article will help bring together an employer and some talent. Good luck! More

Integrating social survey data and GIS to determine needs of a rural community
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How do you conduct a social survey in a rural community and display the results on a map without compromising the anonymity of the respondents? This was the challenge before the Town of Wausau, Wis., a rural community with low population growth and little economic development. Dr. James M. McCluskey, a professor in the Department of Geography and Geology with the University of Wisconsin Colleges, tells how they used data from the Public Land Survey System to solve the problem. More

Container tracking systems to reach 1 million by 2016
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According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active remote container tracking units deployed on intermodal shipping containers was 77,000 in Q4-2011. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 66.9 percent, this number is expected to reach 1.0 million by 2016. The penetration rate of remote tracking systems in the total population of containers is estimated to increase from 0.4 percent in 2011 to 3.6 percent in 2016. More

Technology turns around tornado-devastated Joplin
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Powerful winds reaching 250 mph blew in the windows of St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., sending shattered glass on top of critically ill patients and sweeping up furniture, supplies and medicine into a whirlwind within the violently shaking walls of the hospital. With little warning, a multiple-vortex tornado plowed through the community on the evening of May 22, 2011. More

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