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GITA Archives established at the University of Denver
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GITA is pleased to announce that conference proceedings, newsletters and other printed and digital educational materials now have a permanent home at the University of Denver. The archives were made possible by Steven R. Hick, GIS Director and Lecturer at DU's Department of Geography. "The association sincerely appreciates the establishment of a place to store GITA's educational materials which will be available to anyone with an interest," said GITA Executive Director Bob Samborski. "The conference proceedings go back to the very first days of the AM/FM/GIS industry and document the beginnings of AM/FM International, which became GITA in 1998. Everyone who contributed to these materials over the years should be gratified that they will be available for research and reference for years to come."

A new national geospatial infrastructure?
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In late April, the Congressional Research Service — a part of the Library of Congress that works directly for Congress — released a background study on geospatial data issues confronting the nation. SharedGeo Executive Director and GITA Board of Directors member Steve Swazee provides insight on key aspects of this report. More

GeoEye proposes to purchase DigitalGlobe
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The mergers and acquisitions within the geospatial technology space are white hot right now, with news last week that GeoEye approached DigitalGlobe in order to acquire and combine companies. That news was further clarified with a DigitalGlobe rebuttal of the offer, and news that they too had an offer on the table. It seems like an inevitable consolidation at this point, with the result becoming the world's largest commercial high-resolution satellite company, with streamlined operations that would ensure viability of the U.S. commercial imagery market in the face of deep federal cuts. More

After 15 years, GIS continues to flourish at Stanford
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Founded in 1891, Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford, is recognized today as one of the world's leading research universities. It's home to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and served as one of the four original nodes that composed the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, predecessor of the Internet. More

Mapping made crystal clear
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Practical user needs continue to dictate a demand for printed maps across all sectors of business and government. The primary limitation of a digital display, especially in a mobile environment, is that screens are small, and scale is difficult to appreciate. In addition, not all users have appropriate hardware and software to view a digital map, and many activities take place where a digital map cannot be delivered. There is however, another contributing factor. More

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Smart grid: Time to re-think how we're doing it?
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A lot of time and money has been devoted to advanced metering infrastructure with economic justifications that society benefits from demand reduction and consumer behavior changes. But Ron Chebra, VP of management and operations consulting for DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, pulls back, takes a long view and asks if we really know it's working and if there is a better way to ensure smart grid success. More

Former NGA employee admits stealing data
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A former employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency pleaded guilty to a federal charge and admitted stealing a spreadsheet containing sensitive government and business data and providing it to his new private-sector employer. Jefferey S. Goebel, 57, of Lake Saint Louis, Mo., pleaded guilty to illegally removing records from a government office. More

GPS provides cross-cultural experience for young scientists
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A lesson on GPS units might have taught fourth-graders how the technology can be used in scientific fields. But it also resulted in a multilayered lesson that included science, language, working with high school students and an appreciation of different cultures. Two classes participated, and both are English as a Second Language classes. More

Utilities must be prepared for smart grid data explosion
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Many factors are changing the way electric grids operate: the rise of renewable energy sources, regulations and smart technologies that drive intelligent devices in the home or along the grid. All of these factors have influenced organizations to re-examine the technologies that support the management and operation of the grid as it gets smarter. More

2 new Galileo satellites to rise in September
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The European Commission announced a Sept. 28 launch date for the next pair of Galileo satellites. These will launch together on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana, joining the two Galileo in-orbit validation satellites already in space. The new launch will take place within a year of the flight of the first two Galileo IOV satellites, which reached orbit on Oct. 21, 2011. More

Geospatial analysts head to Africa
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The deployment of two U.S. geospatial analysts to Morocco to participate in a joint military exercise was the latest step in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's effort to carve an official role for its analysts in military operations. Working from a converted classroom, the analysts used satellite imagery, local maps and other data to craft detailed, customized maps for military units participating in the 8th annual African Lion joint exercise, which concluded April 16. More

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