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Networking is a valuable part of GITA membership
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By Bob Montgomery

I have been involved with the geospatial industry for over 30 years and have been a member of GITA (and AM/FM International prior to 1998) since Day 1. As one of the original speakers at the very first conference, I've literally seen this association develop from its beginning. During this period, I've been involved in various committees, spoken many times at the association's educational events, and enjoyed networking in many ways, both formal and informal.

GITA welcomes new sponsors
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GITA welcomes the following companies as NEW sponsors for 2012.
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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.

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Google Maps covers 75 percent of global population, 26 million miles
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Imagery, vector data and delivery are the three key ingredients to creating a successful, modern mapping service, according to Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Geo. Speaking at the WHERE Conference, McClendon covered the evolution of the Google Maps and Earth projects, which are essentially based in these three principles. McClendon was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, the geospatial data visualization company acquired by Google in 2004 that eventually produced Google Earth. More

Geospatial data critical to smart grid success
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Geospatial data is critical to the success of the smart grid. According to a new report from Pike Research, utility spending on GIS services, software and tools will increase steadily over the next five years, reaching $3.7 billion in 2017. Geospatial data underlies everything an electric utility does, and an intelligent power grid requires deep situational awareness of power generation, transmission, distribution and customer assets to optimize performance and meet reliability commitments. More

Microsoft: Cloud computing to generate 14 million jobs by 2015
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While Cisco is trumpeting the growth of cloud computing, Microsoft is heralding the growth of cloud-computing jobs. In a report that counters conventional wisdom, Microsoft estimates the cloud will generate nearly 14 million new jobs globally by 2015. Microsoft commissioned IDC to conduct the study. IDC research predicts revenues from cloud innovation could reach $1.1 trillion per year by 2015. More

Paper map going way of public telephone
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Is this the end of the road for paper road maps? Engineers in Ohio's Franklin County and Ohio transportation officials say they're printing fewer fold-up highway maps that never seem to fold back up. You guessed it: Technology is doing them in. The Ohio Department of Transportation printed 3.8 million state highway maps in 2007 but only 1.5 million in 2011, spokesman Steve Faulkner said. It wasn't just a cost-saving measure for a cash-strapped state agency, he said. More

Smart grid in far-flung places
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In today's interconnected energy world, it's not easy for islands and remote communities, cut off from the ready energy supply of big grids, pipelines and superhighways. Witness the international drama last winter when Nome, Alaska, became ice-locked and only secured fuel because of an elaborate sea effort by Russia and the U.S. Dependent on the outside world for fossil fuels, places like Nome face not only shortages, but also sky-high energy prices. More

HTML5 Canvas: An open standard for high-performing GIS map visualization in web browsers
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The evolution of GIS on the Web has, until recently, been limited by traditional Web mapping technologies. The increase in GIS requirements in the Web and mobile world has necessitated the development of a new breed of map engine. This article, by Dino Ravnić, the co-founder and CEO of GIS Cloud, Ltd., provides an overview of existing mapping technologies and the reasons why he decided to build a unique vector mapping engine in an effort to give the Web a full featured GIS. More

Locating Jersey PPDs jamming GBAS safety-of-life signals
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Personal privacy devices are now recognized as being responsible for causing interference to GPS receivers. However, in November of 2009, when the Local-Area Augmentation System installed its first Ground-Based Augmentation System at Newark International Airport, this fact was not known. Within the first month of its installation, anomalies in GBAS processing were correlated to the presence of radio-frequency interference. Initial efforts to determine the source of this unexpected RFI were not successful. More

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