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GeoBuiz 2015 early bird registration ends today
GeoBuiz 2015 early bird registration discount of $200 for GITA members and "friends" ends today, April 30. GeoBuiz 2015, a two-day conference focused on geospatial technology business trends and directions, policy development, innovation, implementation, education and research, takes place Aug. 10-11 in Bethesda, Maryland. REGISTER NOW!
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Happy 20th anniversary, GPS!
GPS World
The Global Positioning System marked its 20th year of operation on Monday, April 27. Follow the link for a timeline showing important milestones in the 20 years since the constellation reached full operational capability (FOC) on April 27, 1995. FOC was formally announced on July 17, 1995.
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Information sharing fears may be obstacle to smart grid rollouts
Smart Grid News
According to new research by the University of Nottingham, reluctance to share personal information may be an obstacle to smart technology implementation. The university interviewed nearly 2,500 people about their perception of climate change and how it relates to their daily lives. More than half of those surveyed said that even though they would be willing to save energy through their own efforts, they would not be willing to share personal information to do so.
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The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships provide scientists and engineers with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while learning first-hand about policy. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Penn State professor sets off on journey to improve geospatial intelligence
Penn State
After working and teaching for more than 30 years in geospatial intelligence, Todd Bacastow, professor of practice in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, recognized that crucial elements were missing to advance the field beyond its current limits. "The definition of GEOINT needed to be distilled to its fundamentals, the uniqueness of the discipline needed to be made clear across all industries and the field needed an educational experience to unify the discipline around the world," said Bacastow.
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Superior Quality Data and Analytics is Critical for Today's Energy Companies
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Car technology choice study shows low interest in navigation functions
Inside GNSS
Navigation technologies appear to be losing their charm among new car buyers in the United States. Twenty years after Detroit introduced the first in-vehicle car navigation systems, employing GPS and digital map technology, collision avoidance appears to be the common theme among the most popular automotive technologies, according to a new J.D. Power study.
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The practical side of on-demand aerial image analytics
A contractor showed up at my house to give an estimate for a long overdue roof replacement. He hadn't pulled out a ladder, so I asked if he needed mine. His response was, "Since we started using EagleView, I don't really have to climb up there anymore." Instead, he pulled out a seven-inch semi-disposable tablet and showed me a fully dimensioned image of my roof that he'd ordered online the day before, and he cranked out an estimate on the spot.
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Standards, best practices advance at 94th OGC Technical Committee Meeting
Directions Magazine
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) held its 94th Technical Committee (TC) meeting in Barcelona, Spain from March 9-13. In addition to discussion and reports on progress made in numerous OGC Standards Working Groups, this meeting was marked by three significant organizational activities.
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