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Disaster wiki: Get ready now to harness social media!
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In the fourth issue in the "Geospatial Thought Leadership Series," Eric Holdeman, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Consultant and Blogger, provides one viewpoint on how social media can be used as a tool to communicate and to self-organize in response to disasters. Governments are looking for ways to tap into social media and use mapping to help them and others scope their disaster response and recovery efforts. More

GITA announces partnership with the NAPSG Foundation
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GITA is partnering with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation to contribute educational sessions to the 2011 East Coast Public Safety GIS Summit, scheduled for Nov. 3-4 in Washington. More

Why attend the 20th annual GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference?
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Wondering whether or not you should attend this year's GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference exhibit floor on Oct. 24-26 in Houston? We asked some experts to tell us why they've attended in the past and why they believe this year's conference is a can't-miss proposition. More

3 lessons smart grid pioneers can learn from Steve Jobs
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Judith Schwartz is one of North America's top experts in how to message the smart grid to the consumer. She's also someone who worked with Steve Jobs during the early days of Apple. That makes her the perfect person to suggest what the utility industry can learn from the man many consider the greatest technology product visionary of all time. More

Are you ready for the new geo-social economy?
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Unlike any other time in history, businesses and consumers now have access to geographical tools, social media platforms and mobile devices for sharing vast amounts of data at an unprecedented pace. Leveraging these location services offers businesses new ways to identify, engage and capitalize on previously overlooked economic geographies of opportunity, giving rise to a new geo-social economy that spans the globe, yet directly impacts local markets. 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.

A world full of sensors
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Scientists of the TU Darmstadt are working on the Smart City. Smart phones, equipped with numerous sensors, significantly simplify for their owners the organization of several aspects of their lives. But this is only the beginning; scientists of Darmstadt envision an entire smart city in which all sensor-equipped devices are interlinked in an intelligent manner. More

How GIS is changing risk management
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One of the most powerful uses of location data is its ability to inform far-reaching strategic decisions. One of the most forward-thinking issues businesses face is how to manage their risk. Nigel Davis, executive director of product development at Willis Re, was a speaker at this year's Esri Business Summit, and he explains how the insurance industry is putting location data and geographic information systems to work. More

Yahoo Maps API: So long, old friend
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These days, it might be hard to remember that the Yahoo Maps API was ever second fiddle to the Google Maps API. These days, it barely picks up its fiddle. And soon, Yahoo will lift its once-mighty mapping API above its head and bang the fiddle repeatedly into the stage like Pete Townshend. The remnants, barely held together with strings and the crumpled instrument neck, will then go in some dumpster in Sunnyvale, Calif. More

1 in 4 students can pass geography exam
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Do you know who is responsible for collecting fuel wood and water for families in East Africa? Can you identify South America by looking at a diagram of its elevation changes in profile? Those are sample questions found on the National Assessment of Educational Progress geography assessment test for 12th-grade students this year. If you don't know the answers, you're not alone. Only 25 percent of American students passed the test. More

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Building automation and the smart grid: An alternative viewpoint
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Smart Grid News recently suggested four ways to help SGN and one way to slap us upside the head. Lindsay Audin took us up on the latter. He believes Jesse Berst was off base in his characterization of the relationship between building automation and utilities. Given that Audin is one of the country's leading energy experts, SGN wanted you to have the benefit of his opinion. More

Taipei cops launch $68.9 million GPS-enabled surveillance
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Police in Taipei have started using a combination of Global Positioning System, Geographic Information System and security cameras and satellite images to boost their anticrime efforts. The New Taipei Police activated these technologies in their cutting-edge Intelligence Integrated Center, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported. More

Where are you, caller?
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The most important thing an emergency service dispatcher needs to know is a caller's exact location. But with if callers are unsure of where they are? Authorities in Victoria, Austraila, have come up with a novel answer. More

Cloud-based location changes enterprise playing field
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New technology and wireless carrier openness now make real-time access to telephone location information available to the enterprise with no application required on the mobile device. Yes, that's right: no application required! Cloud-based location, offered via direct connections to wireless operators, changes the playing field for enterprises to introduce instant operational efficiencies. More

More complexity demands greater simplicity
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Just like local government itself, the importance of local government websites is underestimated. (Though you know what they say about minor zoning variances: Those who like them, like them a lot.) The closer to ground level a government gets, the more it becomes involved with service delivery. More

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