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Letter to GITA members

Dear GITA members:

We appreciate your patience as we have transitioned from a full-time paid staff to an all-volunteer organization. After tremendous amounts of work by members such as yourselves, I am quite pleased to announce a "Big Picture" vision for GITA as an organization going forward. The following is a summary of what we hope to provide both to you, our valued members, and to the industry at large:
  • GITA is a non-profit professional association dedicated to providing geospatial education and professional development to its members, with special emphasis on the electric, water/wastewater, oil and gas, transportation, emergency response and telecommunications industries.
  • Educational services will be delivered through:
    • Live webinars and training sessions
    • Published white papers and approved trade articles
    • Recorded lectures and webinars
    • A newsletter
    • Product and services reviews (think Underwriters Laboratory for geospatial)
    • Research papers and services
    • Specialty conferences and related events, such as the Oil and Gas Pipeline Conference
    • Industry recognition for excellence (scholarship and awards)
  • Our services will be delivered primarily online (save for conferences) and created/conducted by volunteers.
  • We shall be organized by functional committees coordinated by an executive management team (Board of Directors)
  • Our value propositions (why people should join and participate) are:
    • GITA will serve as a registrar and record activities in support of GISP certification and other professional development reports/benchmarks conducted using association materials
    • GITA will serve as an unbiased artibiter and reviewer of products and services (example: we will compare or review vendor-supplied data sources for a particular industry or perhaps provide a comparison of services offered by firms working in a particular industry) — these will not be "this is best" types of reviews, but rather analysis for completeness, accuracy and similar — users still decide who/what is best ...
    • GITA will conduct relevant industry research
    • GITA members will gain access to geospatial products and services at a discount by using our Business Affiliate members
    • GITA members will have direct access to industry leaders engaged in NGAC, FGDC and GISCI as GITA holds representative seats within these organizations
    • Our educational content will be first rate, extensive in coverage, and highly available We hope that you will join us in re-committing to GITA as an organization. We are listening and committed to your professional development. Additional information about key personnel and organizational structure will be posted to our web site in the coming weeks.
Please also note that Dr. Sheila Wilson will present our next webinar about the GIS Certification Institute and the value of GISP on Tuesday, March 26 at 2 p.m. CST. Additional information will follow in next week's NewsHub.

Respectfully submitted,

Talbot J. Brooks, President
Geospatial Information and Technology Association
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Share your opinion on geo-information products
How beneficial are geo-information products for disaster and risk management? Assessing the operational as well as strategic impact of geoinformation (e.g. risk maps, early warning, damage maps) is a central question in this context. It can only be solved by integrating the knowledge and experience of end-users involved in emergency response, disaster preparedness or risk reduction activities, on an operational or strategic level.

In the context of the VALID project, the project team has issued a survey which is online on We invite you to share with us your opinion on up to ten geo-information products that have been shortlisted in a previous user survey. If you wish to give your opinion in this user appraisal, kindly do so until April 11.

VALID is an ongoing project jointly carried out by UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER and the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies. The objective of VALID is to produce a publication to give evidence of the benefits which can be realized by applying geoinformation to disaster and risk management. If you have any questions about the VALID project and the user appraisal, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Robert Backhaus.

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ACLU in federal appeals court arguing against warrantless GPS tracking
Directions Magazine
The American Civil Liberties Union will argue in federal appeals court tomorrow that the Constitution requires law enforcement to get a warrant from a judge before tracking people's cars with GPS devices. In the case, the FBI — without a warrant — attached a GPS tracker to the vehicle of three men suspected of burglarizing pharmacies.

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NSDI strategic plan
The FGDC has initiated a process to develop a new strategic plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. We plan to work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders in the geospatial community to develop a new strategy that includes a set of goals and objectives for the continued and sustainable development of the NSDI.

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When will we see the first true GIS app?
Directions Magazine
When will we see the first true GIS app? Who will build it? What will it do? Can it replace the desktop and should it? What can we learn about the future from the current crop of tablets and broadband availability? Do current retina displays and $999 apps mean GIS will come to the tablet?

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Takeaways, ArcGIS and mobile developer tips, photo gallery and tricks from #DevMeetUp Colorado
GIS User
A huge thanks to the EDN DevMeetup crew for hosting the DevMeetUp in Fort Collins, Colo. (there was also an event in Tucson, Ariz.). About 100 of us GeoGeeks joined the EDN crew to socialize and talk geo, DevSummit, Javascript, mobile, and other related matters. Kudos to Dave Bouwman from DTS and Bryan Noyle from Cartopac in Fort Collins for a fine job delivering detailed presentations on Javascript, web dev, and Android mobile app development.
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Monitoring the ionosphere with integer-leveled GPS measurements
GPS World
It's not just for positioning, navigation and timing. Many people do not realize that GPS is being used in a variety of ways in addition to those of its primary mandate, which is to provide accurate position, velocity and time information. The radio signals from the GPS satellites must traverse the Earth's atmosphere on their way to receivers on or near the Earth's surface.
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Smart grid analytics: Lessons learned by Baltimore Gas & Electric
Smart Grid News
By Jesse Berst: I've been chatting recently with folks at Accenture and Baltimore Gas & Electric to learn how they are currently collaborating to create some intriguing analytics applications. I'm preparing for an upcoming data analytics webinar on March 26. At Smart Grid News, we label our webinar series "Lessons from the Real World" because we focus on practice, not theory.
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A GIS laboratory indeed
The American Surveyor
A good place to get a sense of where the geographic information system field is headed is Lattie F. Coor Hall at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. That's the home of the 30-credit-hour Masters of Advanced Study in GIS Program within ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Here, students are exposed to not only the latest GIS concepts but also ever-evolving technologies.
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Size matters in spatial and critical thinking
Ignite Education
There's a new geography education app out for iOS, writes Kelly Johnston from the University of Virginia Scholars Lab: I recently joined with map-minded folks to build GeoTron 5000 to put the power of comparative geography and spatial literacy in hand. Choose two places and the GeoTron 5000 robot spins up two maps to show exactly how those places compare.
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NASA's second annual international space apps challenge
Sensors & Systems
NASA has announced this year's International Space Apps Challenge, the second annual event aimed at solving practical problems in space and on Earth. The challenge will run in 75 cities around the world, and NASA has curated over 50 challenges for participants to tackle. There will also be a "make your own challenge" option for those who already have a great idea that doesn't fit into the NASA-curated parameters.
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Are you a map maker, a map builder, a map scripter or a map creator?
Gary's Bloggage
These days, there's so many ways that you can make a map. You can use a Javascript Maps API and put push pins on a slippy map. You can take vector data, transform it into JSON and use a different Javascript API to make an SVG map. You can load data from pretty much any source into either a desktop GIS or a visualization tool. The possibilities are endless; maybe more endless than you might first assume.
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Researcher: Hackers can cause traffic jams by manipulating real-time traffic data
Computer World
Hackers can influence real-time traffic-flow-analysis systems to make people drive into traffic jams or to keep roads clear in areas where a lot of people use Google or Waze navigation systems, a German researcher demonstrated at BlackHat Europe. Google and Waze both offer turn-by-turn navigation in smartphone apps and use information derived from those phones for real-time traffic analysis.
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Teachers can give technology byte
The Syndey Morning Herald
We can't just "add a pinch of technology and stir." One of the biggest mistakes we can make in education today is thinking that delivering computers to every student or every learning space is automatically delivering a quality 21st-century education. In a world where the range of technologies available to us and the rapid rate of change often overwhelm us, the simplest approach is to adopt the technology we are most familiar with and hang on to it.
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