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Oil & Gas Conference Update:
Committee to select program July 10 in Denver

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The 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference Committee meets next Tuesday, July 10, in Denver to compare notes on the abstracts received for this year's educational program. The committee will focus on the overall quality of the submitted abstracts, according to committee chair Jay Smith, GeoEye. If there are gaps in desired technical or application areas, direct solicitations for presentations will be made. The committee expects that a tentative program will be made available on the conference website by the end of the month, if not sooner.

Official media sponsor announced
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GITA welcomes the support of the Pipeline & Gas Journal as the official media sponsor for the 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference. The recognized authority on pipeline operations worldwide, P&GJ covers energy pipeline construction, operations and maintenance, and natural gas transportation and distribution. Reaching more than 29,100 qualified subscribers, Pipeline & Gas Journal is the most visible publication in the industry.

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

GPS at work
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Two paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division'€™s 1st Brigade Combat Team compare their GPS wrist units during a foot patrol May 8, 2012, in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan. Soldiers are trained to use both traditional land navigation and GPS. More

Warrants for drones?
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In response to privacy concerns surrounding the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, affectionately called drones, for surveillance has prompted Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky to introduce a bill, S.3287, "Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012." This bill, if passed, would require a search warrant for the use of a "drone" by law enforcement. More

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How utilities are messing up their smart grid communications
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Communicating with customers has become a big part of the smart grid conversation, but according to a new survey from Distributed Energy Financial Group, utility smart grid communications efforts are below average and 40 percent of survey participants rated them "ineffective." DEFG's online survey included more than 200 energy professionals, almost one-third of them from utilities. More

LightSquared's Falcone and Harbinger charged with securities fraud
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On June 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed fraud charges against New York-based hedge fund adviser Philip A. Falcone and his advisory firm, Harbinger Capital Partners LLC for illicit conduct that included misappropriation of client assets, market manipulation and betraying clients. The SEC also charged Peter A. Jenson, Harbinger's former Chief Operating Officer, for aiding and abetting the misappropriation scheme. More

What's the answer to better geospatial intelligence?
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It's like visiting a high-end all-you-can-eat buffet. Where do you begin and when do you stop? Growing intelligence demands are requiring military leaders to turn to highly advanced technologies such as Web-based geospatial information, high-resolution imagery, social media and secure mobile apps to create a seamless knowledge environment for identifying enemy intentions and movements. More

Computing advances vital to sustainability efforts
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"These problems are as complex as they are important; we need to engage deeply across disciplines to have any hope of meeting global sustainability challenges," said Deborah Estrin, professor of computer science at UCLA and chair of the committee that wrote the report. "The urgency of these problems means that we must begin to deploy our 'best-of-breed' approaches immediately to put our critical societal infrastructures on a digital plane." More

House action would thwart GPS-aided tracking of commercial trucks
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Independent truck operators and a general fear of government surveillance led to passage of an amendment that would prohibit U.S. agencies from implementing any rule requiring GPS tracking or other devices to be installed in passenger or commercial vehicles. In a voice vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, congressmen approved the amendment to H.R. 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013. More

New GIS-based tools let students try hand at watershed management
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Azavea has built a hands-on set of tools to teach students about the water cycle and watershed management as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg couldn't wait to get her hands on the mouse and play! More

GIS — Just a tool: Common misconceptions
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From Stephen C. Blaskey, RPLS, LSLS: GIS is a powerful tool that is currently being underutilized by land surveyors. This underutilization is costing the surveying industry time during the business day, which equates to wasted money. I am not here to preach that GIS will save the universe from all which is evil. This approach has been used by the existing proponents of GIS with little effect. More

GIScience trends related to globalization
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Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies and governments of different nations — a process driven by international trade and investment, and aided by information technology. This process affects the environment, culture, political systems, economic development and prosperity, and physical well-being in societies worldwide. Globalization also means the sharing of global resources on an international scale. More


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