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EnerGIS Conference call for papers
Call for Papers Deadline is May 19

EnerGIS Conference
September 15-16, 2014
Range Resources Conference Center
Canonsburg, PA

The call for papers for the EnerGIS 2014 Conference is now open! Please join your energy industry GIS colleagues and submit an abstract for our second annual conference to be held in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania September 15 & 16.

Last year's conference was a great success. Presentations focused on various segments of the energy industry including; electric distribution, oil and gas exploration, civil engineering, state regulatory agencies, remote sensing, satellite photography, and GIS education.

The 2013 inaugural conference sold-out and we expect this year's conference sell out even faster.

Use your imagination - if you or your clients are focused on the energy industry of the northeastern US, please consider submitting an abstract.

All presentations demonstrating or discussing geospatial technologies in support of energy exploration, generation, transmission and distribution, as well surveying, engineering and mitigating environmental impact will be welcomed.

Guidelines for submissions are available through the EnerGIS website and the deadline is May 19.

I am looking forward to seeing you at EnerGIS 2014 this September!

Mark Limbruner
Chair - EnerGIS 2014
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Federal government beginning to take hard look at privacy risks associated with location
Directions Magazine
A recent Government Accounting Office report on consumer privacy and in-car location-based services highlights the challenges the geospatial community will face as regulators in the U.S. apply traditional privacy constructs to geoinformation. The report, published in December, is titled, "In-Car Location-Based Services: Companies Are Taking Steps to Protect Privacy, but Some Risks May Not Be Clear to Consumers."
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Satellite image companies rush imagery to analysts searching for MH370
Directions Magazine
Satellite image data providers have rushed imagery to analysts looked for missing flight Malaysian Airlines #370. DigitalGlobe, Airbus Defence and Space as well as BlackBridge have all released imagery over the search area where authorities believe the plane may have gone down. DigitalGlobe is using their Tomnod crowdsourcing platform to search for the missing plane.
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NGA: Seeking full immersion in geospatial data
Imagine an environment based on seamlessly integrated intelligence that is so immersive that geospatial analysts in the intelligence community are able to "live within the data." That futuristic-sounding scenario is on pace to be reality by 2020 at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, according to NGA Director Letitia Long, who spoke at a conference hosted by Esri in February.

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DigitalGlobe launches crowdsource search for missing Malaysian plane
The Denver Post
DigitalGlobe is enlisting the crowd to scan and tag images of more than 1,200 square miles of ocean for any visible evidence that could help locate the Malaysia Airlines 777 aircraft that went missing. The Longmont, Colo.-based earth-imagery company deployed its FirstLook service on Sunday, directing two of its five satellites to snap photos of the Gulf of Thailand.

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Unlocking the economic potential of geospatial data
Most people recognize the pervasive impact of geospatial technology even if they are not familiar with the terms. Location sensors are prevalent in cars, phones, and even inhalers. On a daily basis, constellations of satellites provide updated images of the natural and manmade events that fill Earth's surface.

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US lags as commercial drones take off around the globe
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
A small, four-rotor drone hovered over Washington Nationals players for a few days during spring training in Florida last month, taking publicity photos impossible for a human photographer to capture. But no one got the Federal Aviation Administration's permission first. "No, we didn't get it cleared, but we don't get our pop flies cleared either and those go higher than this thing did," an official with the D.C. team said when contacted by The Associated Press.
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AFSC commander: Suspected Chinese ASAT weapon could threaten GPS
Inside GNSS
The head of Air Force Space Command told lawmakers that the GPS system could be put at risk by what appears to be a new anti-satellite weapon being developed by China. "The November 2013 U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (report) raises concerns about China's efforts to militarize space and develop an anti-satellite weapon capability," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, ranking member on Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, told hearing attendees.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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Judge strikes down small drones ban (Politico)
How will the need for geospatial skills change when there's a search engine for the planet? (Sensors & Systems)
10 things you need to know about Esri's open data initiative (Directions Magazine)

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WSJ reveals we're 10 bullets away from an 18-month blackout
Smart Grid News
Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to step up its efforts to protect the nation's power grid. Her remarks came in reaction to an article in the Wall Street Journal. The article revealed a FERC analysis that concluded the country could be forced into an 18-month blackout if terrorists merely knocked out nine key substations and one transformer manufacturer.
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The best and worst terms to use on your resume
GIS User
A new Study Ranks Best and Worst Words to Use in a Resume. So if you happen to consider yourself as a dynamic go-to person who's results driven and a team player, then you better think again because you sound exactly like everyone else who's blindly copying these adjectives into their CV and hoping to land that dream job!
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