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Note to News Hub readers: The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy is now accepting individual, government employee and student memberships. Each will be entitled to receive the weekly Spatial Law and Policy Update. Members also receive discounts on Centre educational programs, such as the upcoming program on Location Privacy, and will have access to the most complete on-line repository of Spatial Law and Policy related documents at the Centre's website. This repository is updated regularly and includes laws, policies, regulations, law review articles and related documents from around the world. Register here.

Differences between Canadian, US GPS systems led to pipe damage
The Bangor Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Canadian official has confirmed that differences between GPS systems in the U.S. and Canada were behind the international bridge construction error earlier this summer that severed a municipal wastewater discharge pipe. The GPS coordinate system upon which surveys typically are based is different in the U.S. than in Canada, according to Judy Cole, spokeswoman for the New Brunswick Department of Transportation. More

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California extends landmark Smart Grid privacy policy to cover gas usage
ZDNet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The California Public Utilities Commission extended a first-of-its-kind utility data privacy policy to cover "smart" gas meters that collect customer usage information to help consumers make more informed decisions. "I think it's increasingly important in this computerized world that we have these protections for people," said commissioner Michel Florio during an Aug. 23 meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission. More

Feds say mobile-phone location data not 'constitutionally protected'
Wired    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration told a federal court that the public has no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in cellphone location data, and hence the authorities may obtain documents detailing a person's movements from wireless carriers without a probable-cause warrant. More

Submit an abstract for the 2013 Geospatial World Forum!
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Geospatial World Forum 2013 is scheduled for May 13-16, 2013, at Beurs-World Trade Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The GWF is a premier event for the global geospatial community showcasing state-of-the-art technology and its utility in the world economy.

The conference aims at enriching the geospatial ecosystem, including geospatial technology providers, users, policy makers and academia with market intelligence, latest technology knowledge, success stories and capacity building. It is a confluence of a variety of activities in the form of plenary, symposia, seminars, workshops, panel discussions, dialogue and exchange forums — covering the vast gamut of technology, application, policy, use cases from across the world.

The program will be built around the following objectives: Enabling Globalization, Encouraging Partnerships, Leveraging Business Development and Executive Networking, Providing Thought Leadership, Connecting Communities, Sharing Knowledge, and Raising the Geospatial Industry Profile.

Submit abstracts before Oct. 15. Visit for more details.

Geography strikes back
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you want to know what Russia, China or Iran will do next, don't read their newspapers or ask what our spies have dug up — consult a map. Geography can reveal as much about a government's aims as its secret councils. More than ideology or domestic politics, what fundamentally defines a state is its place on the globe. Maps capture the key facts of history, culture and natural resources. More

Mapping maps
Times of Oman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The latest battleground for the world's biggest tech companies is one of its oldest forms of data: maps. Apple plans to release a new maps app this autumn featuring live traffic information derived from real-time iPhone user stats, and 3-D imagery harvested by a fleet of Apple aircraft. With typical immodesty, the company is calling its new creation "the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever". More

Smart grid freebies: apps, maps and more
Smart Grid News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We've put together a collection of freebies that's sort of a smart grid goody bag for grown-ups. An app that shows the most EV-ready cities, and one that calculates how distributed power solutions can save money and energy. There's a map that pinpoints states with the most renewables and an animated IBM video that explains the benefits of big data for smart grid technology. More

Who is checking your LiDAR data?
LiDAR News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Jason Amadori: Throughout the years I have seen many projects advertised, awarded, executed and then delivered to the client. The client receives the data, copies it locally and then final payment is made to the vendor and life goes on as usual. Then, someone actually checks the data and notices that there are many discrepancies associated with the scope of work and what was actually delivered. How does this happen and more importantly, how can it be avoided? More

How Google builds its maps — and what it means for the future of everything
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Alexis Madrigal: Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you're drawing from when you ask Google to navigate you from point A to point B — and last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built. More

Google Earth/Maps adds new satellite, aerial and 45-degree imagery for locations worldwide
Digital Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As competition intensifies in the world of online mapping, Google continues to refresh and add to its existing data, last week rolling out ever more detailed satellite and aerial imagery for a plethora of locations around the world. Google geo data strategist Eric Kolb said users would be able to enjoy "another extensive refresh to our high resolution aerial and satellite imagery, as well as new 45-degree imagery in Google Maps spanning 30 new cities." More

Addessing the shortcomings of earthquake hazards maps
Geoconnexion    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps failed to predict them. A University of Missouri scientist and his colleagues recently studied the reasons for the maps' failure to forecast these events and how they might be improved. Developing better hazard maps and alerting people to their limitations could potentially save lives and money in areas such as the New Madrid fault zone in Missouri. More

Does your local government need a drone?
Directions Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Will the skies soon be congested with low-flying drones taking unwarranted photos of you or your neighbors? While the prospect for unmanned aerial vehicles in use by your local government is high, many political as well as technical challenges remain. Directions Magazine Contributing Editor Hal Reid provides an update on the current status of issues surrounding drone usage. More


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