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Twin Cities GECCo workshop achieves several milestones
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The Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration — or GECCo — workshop series continued with the eighth event in the series last week in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. The Twin Cities GECCo was attended by more than 90 local and regional geospatial professionals, including 14 executives from government, utility and private sector organizations.

"Several major operational improvements were built into the Twin Cities GECCo," according to Bob Samborski, GITA's Executive Director. "The local GECCo team really set the bar high for future events." For the first time, executives from local government, utility and private sector organizations were invited to attend an Executive Summary Session on the afternoon of the second day. This was an opportunity to articulate the group's findings, needs and concerns directly to people in important management positions who can make things happen. Following the briefing, nearly all the executives spoke to the group, offering words of encouragement and support for improving collaboration in the Twin Cities area. They will be kept up to date as the follow-on work of the Twin Cities GECCo stakeholders continues.

SharedGeo, a Twin Cities non-profit that co-sponsored the GECCo, recorded the presentations and will be posting them to the public side of Twin Cities GECCo site along with all support materials from the event. Additional information is available immediately from SharedGeo Executive Director Steve Swazee's blog.

International geocoding: The key to multi-national success
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Geocoding is a piece of the GIS puzzle that many of us take for granted. But if your geocode is wrong, your analytics are wrong, your insights are wrong — and your decisions are wrong — so it pays to be accurate. In this article, PBBI's international geocoding product manager, Uwe Rupp, breaks down the elements of geocoding accuracy. More

House committee asks FCC to halt waiver on LightSquared
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House Small Business Committee chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., along with eight members of the committee, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski requesting that the FCC not proceed with LightSquared's waiver until federal testing ascertains that there will be no interference with all types of Global Positioning System devices. More

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Web mapping tool models climate change
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VideoBrief At UC Berkeley's Geospatial Innovation Facility, software developers are building a Web-based mapping tool to help scientists prepare for the changing climate conditions in California. The team has culled data from various climate research organizations to get projection data of what different climates might look like over a 150-year period. SmartPlanet visited the lab to see a demo of how the tool works. More

Geospatial data collection: From the field to the cloud
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Internally or publicly, most organizations are pushing for more transparency in their operations, and for good reason. State and local governments are being required to report data to the federal government. Federal agencies are being required to be more transparent about their accomplishments and where, spatially, work was accomplished. More

What do you think GIS in cloud will be like?
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Geographic Information Systems have evolved remarkably over the last 50 years. What began as a desire to perform mapping functions using computers, is now a collection of modules, functional capabilities and software programs all configured toward a system for handling geographic-based information. More

5 cloud lessons learned from finance industry gurus
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The members of the Boston branch of the Wall Street Technology Association remain wary of public cloud infrastructure, such as Amazon's EC2, but some have started building out the private cloud. The Boston chapter held its fall meeting to discuss "Cloud Computing in Financial Services." More

Global maps show human impact on Earth
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On the last day of October 2011, the U.N. says the world population will hit seven billion people — an increase of one billion since 1999. To show some of the impacts of this vast human upheaval, Canadian anthropologist Felix Pharand has created a series of visualizations mapping the presence of technology onto a selection of satellite images showing the Earth from space. More

Smart grid technologies putting pressure on utility IT spending
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A lot has been written lately about the convergence of utility information technology and operations technology pretty frequently of late — and a new report from GTM Research reinforces the belief that this is an important trend. As utilities scramble to build supporting information and operations systems in parallel with deployment of smart meters, distribution automation devices and other smart grid technologies, GTM is forecasting it will drive $8.2 billion in utility enterprise spending in the U.S. between now and 2015. More

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