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Check out these 'must see' sessions
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Up in the Cloud; Computing with GIS
Presenter: Peter C.G. Veenstra, Willbros Engineering
This paper discusses cloud computing and GIS. The focus will be on criteria for choosing cloud solutions and a listing of potential benefits and pitfalls. Practical examples of cloud GIS computing will be explored and discussed. Complete session details ...

Use of GIS in Environmental Evaluations for Project Planning
Presenters: Richard Fontenot, Terry Strahan & Michael Capello, Morris P. Hebert, Inc.
Geographic information systems (GIS) allow environmental planners to gain knowledge of known features, evaluate the potential for unknown features, and make an environmental business risk discussion to advance the project or gather additional information. Complete session details ...

Extended hotel registration dates
The Royal Sonesta Houston has extended the deadline for securing hotel rooms at the discounted conference rate until midnight on Monday, Oct. 1! Now is the time to make your room reservations and save $$$...

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Explanation of new OpenStreetMap license
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By Kevin Pomfret, Executive Director, Centre for Spatial Law and Policy

OpenStreetMap (OSM) recently changed its licensing terms to CC-SA. As a result, OSM data will still be available for no charge by third parties. However, the new terms provide that any product that is developed by aggregating OSM data with other data must be licensed upon the same terms. Data providers may wish to review their licensing arrangements to determine what impact this change may have.

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Congressional report says drones could spell the death of privacy
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It's not just paranoid people who should be freaked out about having unmanned spy drones hovering over their neighborhoods at all times, as a new report from the Congressional Research Service says that drones could effectively end privacy in the United States. Andrew Counts of DigitalTrends does an excellent job of going through the CRS report and finds a number of details that should unnerve anyone who cares one bit about their right to privacy. More

You won't need a driver's license by 2040
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The timeline for autonomous cars hitting the road en masse keeps getting closer. GM's Cadillac division expects to produce partially autonomous cars at a large scale by 2015, and the automaker also predicts it will have fully autonomous cars available by the end of the decade. Audi and BMW have also shown self-driving car concepts, with the former working with Stanford to pilot a modified TT up Pikes Peak. More

Spoofs, proofs & jamming
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Incidents of GNSS interference and jamming are increasing in the United States. Successful spoofing of civil GPS signals has been demonstrated. What risks do these pose for companies and individuals using or relying on space-based positioning, navigation and timing? One expert sizes up the problem and proposes some solutions. More

Apple Maps underwhelms: What does it mean to consumer mapping and professional GIS?
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The early verdict is in: Apple Maps on iOS 6 underwhelms the tech press and some users. What does this situation suggest about the state of consumer mapping and are there implications for GIS professionals? More

Esri details upcoming tools to manage ArcGIS online
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From Adena Schutzberg: Esri hosts a higher ed list for colleges and universities using its software. Last week an educator asked a series of questions regarding how to best implement ArcGIS for his educational institution and how to manage his accounts and credits. Angela Lee of the Esri education team provided some detailed answers. While she is addressing higher ed users, I have to believe the new features will be available to all ArcGIS Online users. More

USGS US topo website now with 48 contiguous states
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People who want access to digital topographic maps for any of the 48 contiguous states can now count on the US Topo. The ongoing map project, as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's national map series, recently released new maps for Florida and Illinois — with Hawaii to soon follow. Adding more than 2,015 revised digital quadrangles has increased the collection to nearly 54,000 new US Topo maps, with plans for Alaska developing. More

2 compass satellites launched
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China successfully launched two BeiDou-2/Compass MEO satellites Tuesday at 19:10:04 UTC. The satellites are designated Compass-M5 and Compass-M6. They are also referred to as BeiDou-14 and BeiDou-15. More

Trilliant goes to Brazil: leveraging smart grid lessons
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New markets are the Holy Grail for businesses, but success in accessing and serving new markets is far from easy. The difficulties are multiplied when those new markets are in parts of the world where language, culture and regulation are completely different. More


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