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GITA's GECCo initiative receives grant from US Department of Homeland Security
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GITA is pleased to announce that the association has received a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security's Office of Infrastructure Protection to conduct a "Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration" workshop each quarter for the next three years. The next GECCo workshop is scheduled for Arlington, Texas, on June 16-17. Contact GITA Executive Director Bob Samborski at for details. More

Best practices for local government geospatial programs — new white paper by the National Geospatial Advisory Committee
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GITA has two representatives to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Dr. Robert Austin, Enterprise Applications Integration Manager, Department of Technology and Innovation, City of Tampa, Fla., is also the current President of GITA. David DiSera, Vice President & CTO, EMA, Inc., St. Paul, Minn., and Chair of GITA's Research Committee and GITA Past President is the second representative. Xavier Lopez, Director, Location Services, Oracle Corporation, Nashua, N.H., a former member of the GITA Board of Directors, also serves on the NGAC. More

Join GITA's LinkedIn group today!
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Join GITA's LinkedIn group today and starting networking with thousands of GIS professionals like yourself. You can also join our GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference group to stay updated on all the latest conference news, including program information, registration deadlines, and sponsorship opportunities. Connect today! MORE More

ILMF 2012 in Denver launches call for papers
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The International LiDAR Mapping Forum, the premier event for the LIDAR industry attracting professionals from all over the world and supported by ASPRS and MAPPS has announced a Call for Papers for the 2012 event, to be held in Denver from Jan. 23-25. More

GIS: Geotags replacing ZIP codes, census tracts for analyses
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Every year, federal and state government agencies collect, analyze and publish an enormous amount of data — directly and through grants to universities and foundations. Researchers and policymakers often segment this data by geographic area to compare regions, analyze trends and draw conclusions. One challenge to effectively grouping data by geography is finding the right level of granularity suited to answering particular questions. More

John Deere: Massive LightSquared interference with no solution in sight
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Deere & Company, a major provider of precision agriculture equipment and services, notified the Federal Communications Commission of substantial interference with its GPS receivers by the LightSquared signal. Deere receivers registered impact of and interference by the LightSquared signal as far away as 22 miles from a transmitter. More

TECTERRA: Supporting Canadian Geomatics Commercialization

We provide investment and grant funds supporting geomatics technology commercialization in Canada. TECTERRA also enables job creation and training for geomatics professionals. More…

How much does federal policy impact geospatial technology use?
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Federal efforts such as the Place Based Initiative and highlight policy that should impact the use of geospatial technology within government agencies. With more senior officials "getting" geospatial and more practitioners taking roles as GIOs there's a steady drumbeat of need and value. But do these efforts have an impact on what really gets done? More

New surveys reveal what smart grid consumers think
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The numbers are different, but two smart grid consumer surveys agree on the bottom line: Most consumers are still in the dark. An Itron-sponsored survey developed by Zpryme said 41 percent of its participants were aware of the smart grid to varying degrees, while a Consumer Electronics Association survey found that only 27 percent were aware of it. More

Geography literacy in schools is lacking
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A recent survey on geographic literacy in the United States found young adults, ages 18-24, severely lacking in their ability to identify key areas on a world map. Brennan Kraxberger, an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Christopher Newport University, isn't surprised by the findings in the National Geographic-Roper 9 country survey. More

Philadelphia's ambitious green infrastructure, clean water plan
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The City of Philadelphia announced that it will move forward on a plan to invest $2 billion over the next 25 years on green infrastructure to clean up the city's water. The plan calls for building green infrastructure like stormwater tree trenches, vegetated bumpouts, porous asphalt, rain gardens, and sidewalk planters. More

The Russian cadastral revolution
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Until a few years ago, Russian property rights, cadastre and mapping were managed by separate agencies. This meant that while the Russian cadastre was completely mapped and recorded, the data was not consolidated. Changes in legislation to improve public-oriented services led to merging these functions. More

Japan governments rolls-out 'eco map'
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The Global Map shows digital geographic data sets of the whole globe with unified specifications developed in close collaboration with national mapping organizations around the world in order to accurately describe the present status of the global environment. A spokesperson for the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan said the Global mapping project aims to contribute to the planning of countermeasures on global environmental problems. More

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