2012 Oil and Gas Committee convenes in Houston
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Planning for the 2012 GIS for Oil & Gas Conference began in earnest as Committee Chair Jay Smith, MJ Harden/Geoeye, convened this year's committee at the Houston InterContinental Hotel on Tuesday, March 6. The InterContinental will host this year's event October 22-24. The focus of the initial committee meeting was to develop a call for papers, determine how to expand educational content, discuss potential keynote and plenary speakers and tour the new facility. This is the first year the conference will be held at the InterContinental. Here is a list of all committee members.

Thank you to our 2012 Association Sponsors ...
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We appreciate the support and involvement of our new corporate sponsors:
  • Platinum level: Avineon
  • Gold level: Bohannan Huston, Bentley and New Century Software
For information on becoming a corporate sponsor of the association and the benefits associated with each level, visit the GITA website.

Attention geospatial professionals in North Carolina, South Carolina
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GITA's Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration (GECCo) workshop lands in Charlotte on Thursday and Friday, March 15-16. There are still seats available, so take a moment to visit the Charlotte GECCo website and complete the brief registration form. You will find a GECCo program preliminary agenda, registration information and additional information about the objectives and purpose of the GECCo initiative on this site. More

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The first Google Maps war
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Did Google Maps almost cause a war in 2010? On Nov. 3 of that year, Edén Pastora, the Nicaraguan official tasked with dredging the Rio San Juan, justified his country's incursion into neighboring Costa Rica's territory by claiming that, contrary to the customary borderline, he wasn't trespassing at all. For proof, he said, just look at Google Maps. More

Jobs, jobs, jobs: It's all about geospatial jobs
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The geospatial technology professional is at a turning point. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified the need for 330,000 qualified geospatial technologists to fill positions during the next 10 years. On top of that, geospatial technology is embedded in both mobile location apps and enterprise computing, increasing awareness of the technology and the need for those who understand GIS. So, where will we find qualified professionals to do the job? More

FCC chair talks spectrum, gets GPS letter
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Chairman Julius Genachowski of the Federal Communications Commission spoke to a partisan crowd last week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. While he did not specifically mention the LightSquared controversy or the FCC's role in it, he made a remark that could be interpreted as expressing regret over the episode. More

Mobile and the new GIS revolution
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The GIS industry and Web maps are on the verge of a revolution. Mobile is that revolution. Strong statements, but trace the history. GIS applications first migrated from the desktop to the Web. ESRI moved from ArcInfo, to ArcIMS and ArcGIS. On the Web, Google introduced slippy maps and gobs of free data. Combining this with a plethora of new tools, Google opened the way to the development of cool new Web-based mapping applications. More

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Enabling geospatial efficiency with targeted maintenance
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It's expensive to extract features such as roads and buildings from imagery. Consequently, map products tend to be updated infrequently, often measured in decades. In addition, funding struggles cause most mapping agencies to update only the most urgent areas. It's not unusual for a mapping agency to update less than 5 percent of its area of responsibility on an annual basis, so most feature datasets are more than 10 years old. More

97 smart grid standards ... and counting
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Release 2.0 of the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards is now available. Not only does it include updates to many of the 75 standards from Release 1.0. It also adds 22 more. We're almost there. We will need more standards and standards revisions over time, of course. And we'll discover a few problems along the way. More

Can we construct urban communities that conserve biodiversity?
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For the first time in our history, more people live in urban vs. rural areas, and humans continue to move into cities. Cities have huge impacts on our natural resources. Urban dwellers consume vast amounts of energy, produce waste and alter landscapes to the point where native plant and animal populations decline precipitously. As cities grow, can we develop land without destroying our natural heritage? More

Geospatial intelligence: Mapping friction on the front line
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"Out in Afghanistan, what people thought were security incidents were often actually the result of routine tribal friction that dates back hundreds of years," says Afghan veteran Pat Fryer. "The Taliban often took advantage of such confusions," he believes. "So if you could understand these tribal dynamics by seeing them visualized on a single map rather than many maps sellotaped to the walls of different ops rooms, all with their own non-standard symbols, then these mistakes perhaps wouldn't happen." More

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