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Executive Director Update: Autovation offers GITA members opportunities, benefits
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For nearly a year now, GITA has been in close contact with Utilimetrics, a non-profit educational organization formerly known as the Automatic Meter Reading Association. They changed their name to Utilimetrics several years ago to better reflect their focus on the various automated technologies beyond automated meter reading and Automated Meter Infrastructure that were being employed in electric, water and, increasingly, gas utilities. Utilimetrics produces a major annual conference separately branded as "Autovation," a synthesis of automation and innovation. More

Take the GITA Education Committee's latest survey! — your input will help shape our geospatial education
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The GITA Education Committee is examining the possibility of building GIS lessons to be posted on the GITA website. The first issue is about data and we need your help. Please fill out this very quick survey.

Wadwani receives National Council for Geographic Education's President's award
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Ashok Wadwani, president of Applied Field Data Systems, was the recipient of the NCGE President's award at the National Council for Geographic Education National Conference held in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 6. The award was presented to Wadwani for advancing geospatial technologies in education and society around the world. More

FOSS4G 2011 in Denver gathers momentum
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The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference, the premier international conference focused on open source geospatial software, is fast approaching. The event, which will take place in Denver from Sept. 12-16, has gathered a great deal of momentum, with more than 600 attendees from 31 countries and 43 states signed up so far. It's not too late to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity. More

Bentley Systems - Be inspired.

Bentley Systems offers comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure lifecycle: from buildings to bridges, transit to utilities, clean energy to clean water, Bentley is Sustaining Infrastructure. Find out more in this inspiring video.

What's the business case for open source geospatial software?
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Peter Batty, Conference Chair for FOSS4G Denver 2011 (held Sept. 12-16) says that the number one reason to attend the FOSS4G conference is that "open source software for geospatial is gaining strong momentum with high performance and high-profile use cases, and you need to know what's available." More

DARPA at work on satellite-free navigation system
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The U.S. military's weapons and communications systems rely on global positioning data to determine their locations. But satellite navigation systems are becoming more susceptible to jamming during a conflict. To meet this challenge, the Defense Department's research and development arm has launched a program to develop new technologies that would allow military gear to function and to know its location without the benefit of Global Positioning Satellite signals. More

Federal push for 'cloud' technology faces skepticism
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Before cost-cutting became fashionable in Washington, Vivek Kundra, the White House's chief information officer, was working to shrink the federal government's enormous budget for information technology. But even as Kundra returns to academia after a two-and-a-half-year run, his vision for a leaner and more Internet-centric future for government is being met with caution by at least a few of the technology chiefs at the federal agencies that now have to carry it out. More

Key takeaways from New York's new smart grid guidelines
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New York's public utility commission has laid out a framework to guide their smart grid efforts of the state's utilities. "As part of the ongoing process of upgrading and replacing our transmission and distribution systems, utilities are increasingly employing smart grid technologies which, if utilized properly, have the potential to make electric power systems more reliable, robust, efficient and economical," said Commission Chairman Garry Brown. More

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Attend FREE equipment training sessions at TECTERRA’s Geomatics Lab. A series of sessions are available with the next being on Ground Penetrating Radar. MORE

How geodemographics has changed over 40 years: Part 2
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In part two of Jan Kestle's article on lifestyle segmentation and geodemographics, the veteran geodemographics professional, now president of Environics Analytics, explains a new cloud-based solution for micromarketing called ENVISION that will integrate location analytics with CR. More

Google to buy struggling Motorola Mobility
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Google agreeing to buy Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion gives the search giant a more significant direct involvement in the design and production of mobile phone hardware and shores up a valuable intellectual property portfolio during a time when legal maneuvering through patent holdings is plaguing the Android market, according to ABI Research. A number of repercussions will result from this acquisition if it goes through, said the market analysis firm. More

Map publishers facing a rough road
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When Don Boyes was driving to northern Canada, he brought along his iPhone. Armed with an app that serves as a GPS device, he could maneuver all the right turns along the roads. Suddenly at one point, where cellphone service became spotty, he lost his connection, and his directions. But Boyes, a senior lecturer in the geography department at the University of Toronto, wasn't worried, because his car's glove compartment is stuffed with paper maps. More

Engaging new GIS students with web mapping
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Not that long ago, "web mapping" was an advanced topic, best left to be taught in a senior GIS course. While that can still be the case, depending on how it is defined, the fact is that creating a map of your own data on a web page has become something anyone can do in a matter of minutes. This was recently made clear when studying Google Fusion Tables. More

Extend Foursquare reach by connecting to third-party apps
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A number of social apps and services have implemented Foursquare connect using the open Foursquare API. This enables users to easily "double dip" their Foursquare checkin! Here are some of the fine social resources that you can connect with your Foursquare account. More

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