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Welcome to the GITA News Hub!
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GITA is pleased to bring you the first edition of its new and improved newsletter, the GITA News Hub! This e-newsletter is dedicated to keeping geospatial professionals everywhere up-to-date on GITA activities, important technology developments, evolving industry trends, announcements of new products and services, and more.

The GITA News Hub will be a timely resource for a rapidly evolving geospatial industry. Its concise format will allow you to select only what is of immediate interest. You told us that GITA needed to be a competent, credible and comprehensive resource to continue to be relevant to geospatial professionals like yourself. The GITA News Hub is part of that commitment that you’ll continue to see throughout the year, every week.

Your ideas, opinions and suggestions for improving its content will always be welcome, and we remain committed to providing you the best, most useful and relevant information possible. Feel free to send your suggestions and ideas to Dana Wood at Look for the newsletter every Tuesday!

Geospatial dimensions of intelligent infrastructure
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The concept of intelligent infrastructure involves the combination of sensors, network connectivity and software to monitor and analyze the inputs for more efficient operations. This concept meshes nicely with advancements in geospatial technology that are moving toward more real-time data inputs, 3-D visualization, and the ability to track change over time. The first-generation of geospatial tools have largely addressed asset tracking, answering what is where. Intelligent infrastructure requires the creation of detailed models of our networks, allowing us to answer how and why. More

GITA tackles the transformation of geospatial technology and practice
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The Geospatial Information Technology Association is holding their Geospatial Solutions Conference in Dallas from April 10-13. V1 editor Matt Ball spoke with Bob Samborski, executive director of the association about some of the highlights of the upcoming event, and the overall trends for geospatial technology for infrastructure organizations. More

GITA's GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference website is now up!
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Program topics will include Regulations, Risk Management, Data Governance, Integrity Management for Pipeline, Data Integration, Emerging Technology, Emergency Preparedness and Response and Stakeholder Outreach. Visit for updates! Priority booth placement for all Corporate Members will be given until April 22. Reserve your space today at

Hamilton Southeastern Utilities and Town of Brownsburg win 2011 Excellence in GIS Awards
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The Schneider Corporation is pleased to announce that Hamilton Southeastern Utilities and the Town of Brownsburg were recent recipients of Indiana Geographic Information Council's 2011 Excellence in GIS Awards. The awards recognize organizations for creative and practical applications of GIS in Indiana. More

Introducing Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight
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Latitude Geographics is pleased to announce the general availability of Geocortex® Essentials 3.3, which includes the new highly anticipated Geocortex Viewer for Silverlight. More

New industry-standard data model available for natural gas distribution operators
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When Pipeline Integrity Management regulations were enacted, the Pipeline Open Data Standard model was developed to assist transmission operators in managing their data and ensuring regulatory compliance. The PODS model is an open, industry-standard data model that has been used to reduce the cost of implementing software and improve interoperability. More

GISP and Esri technical certification programs are complementary
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In January 2004, the GIS Certification Institute introduced GIS Professional certification as a way to promote competent and ethical professional practices. Since then, nearly 5,000 practitioners from across the United States and around the world have earned GISP certification. More

Where is the location intelligence officer?
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Executive level officers within an organization — CEO, CFO, CMO, CTO, CIO, COO — all bring specific skills to operate a business. These skills include at a minimum organizational management, budgeting and finance, technology, sales and marketing, and industry knowledge, as well as the ability to leverage operational, customer, and marketing data. More

California legislature approves renewable energy rules
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California lawmakers have approved a bill that would create the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the nation, giving utilities less than 10 years to receive one-third of their power from wind, solar and other alternative sources. More

Miami-Dade County harnesses GIS data
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The sprawling metropolis of Miami-Dade County, Fla., has endured hurricanes, floods, earthquakes — even the occasional tsunami warning — earning it the dubious distinction of being one of the most disaster-prone urban regions in the country. So it's no wonder that county officials have harnessed GIS, which captures, analyzes and displays geographical information, as a pivotal weapon in their ongoing battle with the forces of nature. More

Reporting map errors to Google, Bing, Mapquest and others
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You know the scenario... you browse an online map service for directions or a local search and notice an error or issue with a place of interest, an error with a road segment, or notice some other oddity with the basemap layer. Now what? Luckily, most of the major map providers have mechanisms to help users report errors. More

Strategic planning for businesses and government agencies
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Strategic planning is not something to fear, but rather to embrace and even to enjoy. In their previous careers, authors Jay Arnold and Jeff Lower were part of a management team that grew a company (3001, Inc.) from a 50-employee, $4 million firm to a 300-employee, $60 million corporation that merged into Northrop Grumman. They learned a lot about strategic planning along the way and they share their insights in this article. More

Transportation chief to unveil pipeline safety effort
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With so many pipeline accidents in the last few months that federal investigators cannot get to them all, the secretary of transportation plans to introduce a safety campaign aimed at coordinating federal, state and local oversight and making more information available to the public about potential hazards under foot. More

Why buying and selling energy is a smart grid advantage
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March was already a huge month for smart grid acquisitions, then Schneider Electric announced it would spend $268 million purchasing Summit Energy. It was one of the bigger M&As in the smart grid sector, and also it was a little different. Where most smart grid buys have focused on technology, Schneider's deal was a wholesale dive into the new market of buying and selling energy itself. More

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