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New era for GITA begins
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By Bob Samborski, Executive Director

The transition of GITA to an all volunteer organization officially begins at the close of business Friday, June 29, 2012. The following Monday, the association will enter a new phase of its existence, one that will be marked by a focus on virtual, on-line education and less of a dependence on resource-heavy conferences.

What does this mean for GITA members?
  • You will continue to receive the GITA News Hub without interruption.
  • Existing memberships in GITA will continue and individuals will be contacted at the time of their next renewal.
  • GITA is reaching out to each of its current chapters to determine how each of these local organizations can move forward. Any currently active chapter can continue to operate as usual under the auspices of GITA's non-profit status.
  • Options for realigning GITA's administrative and IT infrastructure in a cost-effective way are being researched. Because the current staff of GITA will end full–time employment on Friday, normal communication channels (phone calls and emails) will be changed.
  • More information about the transition will be made available in the near future in the News Hub and on the GITA website.
It is important for everyone to know that GITA will continue to function as a professional, non-profit educational association. The Board of Directors will continue to explore new ways to add value to GITA membership and consider options for managing potential future educational events. More content and learning will become available online. And, as the association transitions to a volunteer-driven organization, active participation from our members in GITA activities will be sought.

While I personally will not be an employee of GITA after Friday, I will continue to serve the association as a volunteer during the period of transition. If you would like to contribute your time and effort to helping to redesign GITA, please just let me know! I will be reachable at my usual email address for the foreseeable future:

Finally, I look forward to contacting our individual and corporate members, chapter officers, international affiliates and other important constituents in the next few days as we wind down this chapter of GITA. I will offer a few more details about what the future holds for GITA, as well as some personal comments about my 24 years of service to the association.

Until then, sincere thanks to everyone who reads the GITA News Hub. I wish you the best in your geospatial endeavors.

We are pleased to provide News Hub readers with a new section on legal and policy issues associated with geospatial data and technology. This information is provided courtesy of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy

Troubling Internet regulations proposed for WCIT
The Technology Liberation Front    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article has posted a new document called TD-62. It is a compilation of all the proposals for modification of the International Telecommunication Regulations, which will be renegotiated at WCIT in Dubai this December. Some of the most troubling proposals include ... More

Invading privacy with wearable video recorders and AR eyewear    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We are entering an era where personal, wearable video recording devices are about to become ubiquitous. It's already a given that surveillance cameras are everywhere in modern-day public life, from stores to gas stations to street corners to traffic lights. Those are so small as to be barely visible anymore, and we rarely even think about them. We've also come to accept that everyone we meet is likely to be carrying a video-equipped cell phone. More

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New Esri publication includes a blog, exercises
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By Joseph Kerski, Education Manager, Esri

One of the goals of GITA is to support, foster and promote spatial data. Associated with that is helping organizations and people understand where to find it, how to use it, how do we know if it is any good, privacy issues, spatial data infrastructures, copyright and licensing, fee vs. free, cloud vs. desktop, citizen science and a host of other data. I am glad to report that a book I co-authored on this topic has just been published and is described here.

Note that the book is accompanied by a blog,, with weekly updates and news on the same issues explored in the book. It's also accompanied by 10 activities free to use that involve the access and use of public domain data to solve problems ranging from selecting the most suitable locations for tea cultivation in Kenya, investigating the Gulf Oil Spill, assessing citizen science portals, creating an ecotourism map in New Zealand, analyzing sustainable land use in Brazil, analyzing floodplains in Colorado and much more. The activities are packaged both with the data and without the data. The intention is for the data to be accessed on the original sites at the FAO, USGS, UNEP, etc. — but if for some reason those sites are down or slow, the data are all packaged up at the above link.

I hope you enjoy this exciting new publication — please let me know what you think of it! You can reach me at

Do the NGA cuts mark a failure of the commercial satellite imagery market?
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GeoEye received word late last week that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency would be making a significant cut in their 2013 funding under the Enhanced View contract, offering only a three or nine-month option. While there is still some indication that Congress might fully fund the program, the news was bleak enough to send GeoEye stock falling more than 20 percent. More

An interview with Letitia Long of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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Letitia A. Long is the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which collects and analyzes geospatial intelligence in support of national security. Prior to assuming this post in 2010, Long served as the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, as the Defense Department's deputy undersecretary for intelligence, as deputy director of Naval Intelligence, and as executive director for Intelligence Community Affairs at the CIA. More

Lower pricing and simplified limits with the Google Maps API
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Since launching the Google Maps API seven years ago, we've been awed by the many ways developers have used the service to build great mapping apps. As you may know, last year we introduced limits on the number of free maps that developers could show daily through the Google Maps API. Since then, we've been listening carefully to feedback, and today we're happy to announce that we're lowering API usage fees and simplifying limits for both Styled and regular maps. More

The many benefits of 3-D maps
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Three-dimensional mapping technology is helping improve data accuracy and citizen services in Columbia County, Ga. The county purchased eight panoramic high-resolution 3-D photos of its entire roadway system, encompassing 1,100 linear miles and approximately 2,500 streets. County staff combined the images with existing GIS data to form virtual maps that can be used for planning projects, code enforcement issues and emergency situations. More

Top 5 signs you need Operational Intelligence for smart grids
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In the smart grid world, there are so many reasons for operations, IT, business analysts and executives to embrace Operational Intelligence that my biggest challenge was coming up with just five. But before we get to that, let's drill down on why OI is so important to today's utilities. Operational Intelligence is a best-of-breed architecture that addresses the real-time analytical needs of smart grid operators and their customers. More

What is the future of geolocation?
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Geolocation technologies are becoming more useful and popular, and Geoloqi has been at the forefront in developing "pushed" location information for wireless devices. To find out more about what that means and where it's going, GeoWorld editor Todd Danielson spoke with Geoloqi CEO Amber Case. More

Mapping upheavals, indoor location headway, FCC on LBS privacy
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Big changes. Apple finally ended its long time dependence on Google Maps. As part of its latest operating system upgrade to iOS 6, Apple is launching its own, home-grown mapping service. It is an impressive offering. In a very different move, Microsoft is replacing its own Bing maps in all Windows Phone devices. Nokia maps, previously Navteq, will replace Microsoft's home-grown Bing Maps. More

A new vision for harnessing data about life on earth
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They will help build the foundations of a new strategy and roadmap to make best use of the growing suite of tools to record and connect data about the living world, providing scientific support for measures to tackle the crisis of biodiversity loss. Donald Hobern, executive secretary of GBIF, organizers and co-hosts of the conference, launched a vision statement for the event as world leaders approached the climax of their talks in Rio de Janeiro. More


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