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GITA announces grant from Xcel Energy Foundation
GITA is pleased to announce that it has received another grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation to support the association's "Location in Education" program. The $7,500 award was presented to Executive Director Bob Samborski by Tom Henley, Area Manager, Community and Local Government Affairs, Xcel Energy. The award will be used to continue to expand GITA's successful GPS loaner program that provides GPS units and lesson plans to assist teachers and instructors in K-12 schools and other organizations in educating students about geospatial technology.

The program is designed to teach students to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize GIS data to help them answer questions and solve problems. The kits, offered at no cost to schools, contain a supply of GPS units, a geocaching book, operating instructions and lesson plans. According to Bob Samborski, "The Xcel Energy grant will help us extend the benefits of this unique program to a broader group of schools, clubs and other organizations. The students that this program reaches are inherently interested in technology and learning more about it. It’s an excellent way to expose young people to the field of geospatial technology and hopefully encourage them to pursue more geospatial education as they advance in school and ultimately consider a career in the field. This is especially important as the gap between the number of qualified people entering the workforce and the increasing demands of industry continues to grow."

GISCI board meets at GITA headquarters
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The GISCI board of directors met at GITA headquarters in Aurora, Colo., for its first ever face-to-face meeting. GITA has two representatives to the GISCI board — Becky Shumate, GISP, Operations Manager, PennWell MAPSearch, Houston, Texas, and Andrew Vondrak, Manager, Asset Management Systems, Piedmont Natural Gas, Charlotte, N.C.

According to Shumate, "In my opinion, the May GISCI Board of Directors meeting hosted by GITA was a great success. For the first time since GISCI was established, the members of the GISCI Board met in person for candid discussions which allowed board members to voice any concerns or support for a possible change to the certification requirements, specifically the addition of an exam. Although much discussion was directed toward the proposed certification changes which ultimately resulted in the recent resolution released by the GISCI, the board had a chance to discuss the direction and future of the GISP certification program. I believe that the decisions and resolutions made during the latest GISCI board meeting were giant steps toward a positive future for the GISCI as an organization, the GISP certification itself, as well as, the entire geospatial community."

OGC seeks public comment on candidate standard
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The Open Geospatial Consortium seeks public comment on the candidate standard, "Earth Observation Metadata profile of the OGC Observations and Measurements Standard." 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…

GIS and CAD convergence explored
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The disciplines of CAD and GIS have shared similar histories and development paths, each emerging in the 1960s and becoming increasingly democratized throughout the latter years of the 20th century. Both are now recognized from academia to industry and have strong, international user communities. While this bodes well for the technologies themselves, the parallel nature of GIS and CAD is, perhaps, unique in this age of technical convergence. More

Grid optimization toolkit
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Grid optimization is all about utilities and their customers getting the most bang for their buck. How? By using grid optimization technologies and best practices, utilities can wring more value out of their existing electric power infrastructure. That way they can delay or avert the need to invest in new generation, transmission and distribution assets. More

Will utilities thrive as trusted advisors or survive as infrastructure?
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The Smart Grid delivers disruptive technologies and services that will impact the entire electricity value chain of generation, transmission, distribution and consumption — meaning utilities and consumers. Utility operations in generation, transmission, and distribution will be disrupted as work processes, business models and service expectations change. More

US mulls integrated geospatial data sharing
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The US federal government is considering options to integrate the sharing of geospatial data across federal, state and local government agencies. A new U.S. government report prepared for members and committees of Congress sheds light on the current state of geospatial data sharing in the country and challenges public sector organizations face in getting that data across the disparate IT systems used to store it. More

Orange County winning the right to sell GIS database
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Last month, California's Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal decided the Orange County parcel database is covered by the software exclusion in the California Public Records Act. That means, among other things, the County can sell the data for more than the cost of reproduction. Bruce Joffe offers his opinion on this latest turn in a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club in 2007. More

Projects use phone data to track public services
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When New Yorkers head underground, they cannot always be sure of what awaits them. The city's subway system can be mysterious, with daily delays resulting from minor emergencies, track work and other events in the tunnels that riders know they will never truly understand. The city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been trying to provide a better sense of predictability. More

Building your location graph
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Wikipedia describes a social graph as "the global mapping of everybody and how they're related." Maarten Oldenhof, CEO of map maker, AND, in The Netherlands, defines his "location graph" as "the personal location pattern of someone and how he is connected to these places." Oldenhof believes that someone's location graph translates into business opportunity because that information can be used to help marketers predict where that person will be next. More

The meter data management pitfall utilities are overlooking
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If you perch an MDM system on a database foundation intended for an ordinary business application, the whole project may tumble. That's the painful lesson some pioneering utilities have learned the hard way. Database technologies that are perfectly suited for run-of-the-mill business applications often can't keep up with the flood of smart meter data. More

Aiding indoor pedestrian navigation with building heading
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This article presents a simple solution to one of the main challenges of indoor pedestrian navigation. Many researchers have shown the benefits of using low cost shoe mounted IMUs, but the major drawback of these systems is the rapid and dramatic growth in heading drift error. The method proposed constrains this heading drift by simply using the orientation of buildings (derived from aerial imagery). More

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