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New exhibitors join GITA's Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference
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The floor for this year's Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference is filling up fast. Last week, Esri, Blue Sky Development Inc. and Blue Marble Geographics joined the list of exhibitors. Check out the full list of exhibitors here. Booths are still available, so reserve your booth space online today! We look forward to having you at this year's NEW venue, the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston (formerly the InterContinental), Oct. 22-24. Registration is now open! Visit to join this year's event.

California Supreme Court decision applies retrospectively
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As reported in BNA's Privacy & Security Law Report,on June 25 a federal district court in California ruled that the California Supreme Court's 2011 Pineda decision, which held that requesting and recording zip codes during credit card transactions violates the state's Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, applies retrospectively to OfficeMax's collection of zip codes from its customers. More

Maps or GPS? If you're smart, use both
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From Tom Stienstra: You can get the surprise of your life when you use an online-mapping service such as Google Maps or MapQuest. When I punched start and end points into Google Maps for a trip near California's Yosemite National Park, the suggested route included a Jeep trail that was built in 1916-17 to 1913 wagon-trail standards, has been closed to traffic since 1938 and now sits in designated wilderness open only to hikers and horses. More

Who owns your big data?
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What should have been a triumph for international anti-piracy efforts by national security agencies has turned into a series of embarrassing contretemps that prompted New Zealand judges hearing the case to criticize the behavior of nearly everyone involved. More

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Save our bridges: The map and how it works    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By accessing the Save Our Bridges Map, users can enter a zip code to immediately see the dangerous bridges in their area. Families can see if their children's school buses or their own commutes to work or church take them across a bridge that is both structurally deficient and fracture critical. Trucking companies and other suppliers can determine whether the routes their carriers take require that they cross these dangerous bridges. More

House, DoD move to bridge OCX funding gap
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Both Congress and the Pentagon are putting money on the table to bridge the gap created by delays in the development of the new GPS ground system. As Inside GNSS first reported earlier this year the Next Generation Operational Control System, or OCX, is running roughly two years behind schedule. It had been expected to be delivered in 2015, however, General William L. Shelton said this spring that OCX would be delayed until 2016 or 2017. More

GITA 2012 kicks off in Melbourne
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The 17th Annual Geospatial Solutions Conference (GITA 2012) kicked off this week in Melbourne, with more than 300 delegates coming together to discuss this year's theme, "From Fundamentals to the Future — Managing Assets Spatially." GITA 2012 is being hosted by the Geospatial Information & Technology Association Australia & New Zealand. More

Former FERC chairman: $107 billion not enough to fix the grid
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Quoted in the Washington Post, James J. Hoecker, FERC chairman during the Clinton administration, said $107 billion would not be enough to modernize America's aging and faltering grid. That $107 billion is the figure cited by the American Society of Civil Engineers recently as the amount that should be spent by 2020. Meanwhile, the current FERC chairman, Jon Wellinghoff, was quoted by Bloomberg Business Week with a slightly different opinion. More

What Douglas County learned moving its GIS to the cloud
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In the fall of 2010, the Douglas County, Neb. GIS Department managed numerous servers in multiple locations throughout the county. The internal IT group did not yet offer a virtualized environment (i.e. multiple, configurable, disposable servers sharing physical resources with other servers), so DCGIS faced the purchase and setup of new server hardware. At the same time, Esri began to push the potential of running its GIS server software in the Amazon cloud. More

UK Ordnance Survey goes international
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Starting in September 2012, the U.K. geospatial information agency Ordnance Survey will be launching a new international organization, Ordnance Survey International. This new organization will harness the skills and expertise within Ordnance Survey to primarily support other national mapping agencies and countries. More

Smart grid, geospatial synthesis will drive GIS market growth
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While utility executives increasingly understand that geospatial data is critical to the future successful operation of the smart grid, the integration of geographic information system tools and services with smart grid applications, such as supervisory control and data acquisition, energy management systems, outage management systems and distribution management systems has been limited to date. More

Scenes from a changing planet
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For 40 years, Landsat satellites have been circling the earth, taking pictures from roughly 440 miles above us. Each loop lasts about 99 minutes and it takes about 16 days to capture the entire planet. Which means that Landsats have been recording, in 16-day intervals, the ebb and flow of our relationship with the planet since the early 1970s. More

Columbia's Spatial Information Design Lab helps map the future
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"Big Data" and "social media" are today's biggest buzzwords. But beyond their trendiness as topics, Big Data and social media also allow everyday people to share their voices and stories, to participate in ways to possibly improve their lives. Someone, however, needs to make sense of all of the information floating around — by organizing neatly and efficiently to help communities analyze patterns, discover problems and act to find solutions. More

URISA announces GIS management initiative
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URISA has announced an important new initiative to develop a GIS Management Institute. Greg Babinski, URISA President, made the announcement during a presentation at the 2012 Esri User Conference in San Diego. The GIS Management Institute will develop resources and services that focus on promoting the advancement of professional best practices and standards for the management of GIS operations. More


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