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Dallas/Fort Worth GECCo Workshop addresses local community data needs
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At left, GITA Past President Dave DiSera. At right, a subgroup of the Dallas/Fort Worth GECCo participants.

The most recent in the "Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration" — or GECCo — workshop series was held Thursday and Friday in Arlington, Texas. Hosted by Tarrant County Emergency Services and GITA's North Central Texas Chapter, the Dallas/Fort Worth GECCo drew 36 representatives of a variety of local and regional user organizations, including cities, counties, several utilities and first responder organizations. The federal Department of Homeland Security was also represented by Terry Rhea, Data Management and Collection Requirements Team Lead, Infrastructure Information Collection Division at DHS, who also delivered a presentation on federal resources for local agencies.

"The local community representatives were very engaged," said Executive Director Bob Samborski. "There was a sincere desire to identify what is getting in the way of better cooperation and in overcoming those obstacles. The GECCo concluded with a commitment by the group to continue to meet and work toward common objectives. In fact, there were several agreements to share geospatial data made between GECCo participants during the workshop. Sometimes all you have to do is ask!"

The overall goal of the GECCo workshop was to build on the body of knowledge accumulated in the six previous GECCo workshops, as well as local and regional efforts in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, to examine and begin to resolve collaboration and geospatial information exchange issues that are inhibiting effective critical infrastructure protection, and emergency preparedness and response. A final report and summary of observations will be available in the near future on the GITA website.

Interested in establishing a GECCo in your area? Under the auspices of a grant from DHS, GITA and DHS are currently in the process of identifying prospective locations for future GECCo workshops. Basic requirements for hosting a GECCo include a vibrant community of geospatial user stakeholders and an interest in advancing community abilities to respond to emergencies in a more effective and efficient manner through greater collaboration. Other considerations include representation of all federal regions, interest of a local host group (including GITA chapters), availability of facilities for the workshop and a commitment to further community collaboration once the GECCo workshop is concluded. Please contact GITA Executive Director Bob Samborski at if interested.

GITA announces geospatial thought leadership paper series
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GITA members are consistently pushing the boundaries of spatial technologies and our way of thinking about them. In an effort to expand member benefits, we are soliciting member-generated contributions to be featured in the GITA News Hub newsletter. Submissions should address challenges and their subsequent solutions and must follow GITA policies for publication. The papers will be archived and grouped into subject matter areas for easy reference. This growing body of knowledge will also include papers and presentations from past GITA conferences and will eventually be accessible by GITA members only. Please contact Talbot Brooks via for information about the submission process.

Letter from the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations
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GITA is a member of the GIS Certification Institute and has two members on its board. GISCI is a member of the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations, which has sent a letter to the FCC concerning LightSquared. You can see the letter here. More

LightSquared report deadline extended
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Last week, the FCC extended a June 15 deadline for mobile satellite provider LightSquared to file its final working group report analyzing the impact of its terrestrial operations on adjacent band GPS downlinks. In its extension request, LightSquared asked for more time to finalize the report, stating it had to conduct more tests than expected. The extension request, which was filed shortly before LightSquared announced a deal with Sprint to jointly develop and operate a 4G network with Sprint Nextel, heightened speculation that LightSquared's potential interference to GPS networks may be more severe than the company had initially thought. More

LightSquared asks for, receives extension on report
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With a deadline looming over the critical Technical Working Group report on interference/overload of GPS receivers by the proposed LightSquared ancillary terrestrial signal, LightSquared asked for a two-week extension. Federal regulators have granted the extension — according to one source, within five minutes of receiving the request — and the final report is now due on July 1. More

4 trends sparking growth in geospatial
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What trends will impact the growth of the geospatial industry? Wolfgang Biedermann, CEO of RapidEye AG, speaking at the MundoGEO Connect conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, offered up his top four reasons that he sees for continued growth in the geospatial technology industry. Biedermann has led the remote sensing satellite company since 1999 and has taken the company through the period that saw RapidEye launch a constellation of earth-observing satellites with five meter spatial resolution. More

Can utilities and customers really work together to save power?
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Sometime within the next decade, more than 20 percent of electricity demand in the U.S. is expected to be met by homeowners and building operators optimizing their energy use and available resources in a joint effort with their electric utilities, according to a new report from Honeywell. 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…

Vote for People's Choice Award in GISCI poster contest
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After careful deliberation, the Outreach Committee has chosen the top 12 posters in the GISCI poster contest. Fifty-two people submitted posters that met the standards as described in the rules. All of the posters submitted were excellent. You can see all 52 posters at GISCI Poster Contest. You can see the top 12 posters at GISCI Poster Contest — Top 12. More

Hundreds of geospatial e-books now available for free
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The National Academies Press — the U.S. publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine and National Research Council — is offering all of its books free in PDF format. The books cover a range of science topics, but of particular interest are the hundreds of geospatial books. More

Surveyors to discuss LightSquared issue
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Surveyors will vet concerns about a proposed nationwide broadband wireless network from the company LightSquared at the upcoming Survey Summit. Hosted by Esri and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, the Survey Summit-ACSM Annual Conference is scheduled for July 7–12 in San Diego. More

Discovery Showcase: 5 pretty cool new smart grid technologies
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As you might imagine, Smart Grid News gets inundated with press releases about new smart grid technologies. Not all receive prominent coverage, but now and then, some are highlighted as part of the Discovery Showcase series. Here is the latest installment. More

Utilities turn to mergers as demand for power slows
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Even as the number of tablet computers, electric vehicles and Internet data centers multiply rapidly, electricity demand is barely growing. Low-power processors, smarter manufacturing plants, rooftop solar panels and other technologies are keeping a lid on electricity use. The slowdown is spurring a fresh cycle of deal-making among publicly traded utilities. More

Ordnance Survey celebrates 220 years of mapping Britain
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From military beginnings, mapping the south east coast of Britain for fear of invasion by Napoleon, through to the modern digital age, Ordnance Survey has played a constant and vital role for charting the changing face of the nation for over two centuries. To mark the anniversary, dignitaries and senior military officials from the Royal Engineers planned to gather to dedicate the organization's new war memorial. More

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