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Call for GITA member support!
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President Obama is interested in hearing from the people in an effort to make government more responsible and responsive. To do so, the White House established a petition site which enables citizens to create and solicit government attention on important issues. One such petition was created on Oct. 26 and is entitled, "Support access to geographic information systems technology and training in local governments."

Geographic Information Systems technology is becoming a foundation technology for providing services effectively and efficiently in local government. It is ubiquitous in everyday life, even. If you use GPS or online maps, look at maps on election night, or ever dialed 911, you've been a GIS consumer. GIS is useful in every service that uses an address. GIS can help fuel economy for school buses, allow police study crime trends, let parents to check for nearby predators, and it lets you get directions from here to there. GIS can help analyze social trends. It's critical in economic development efforts, and land, infrastructure and transit planning.

GITA feels that this is an important issue and is bringing this matter to your attention — it's up to you to act!

Register for and access this petition by clicking here.

— Talbot Brooks, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, Delta State University and Treasurer, GITA

Federal geographic data committee launches new geospatial website
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The federal government and its geospatial partners today unveiled, a prototype Geospatial Platform website providing an initial view of the future of user-friendly, integrated, federal data collections on common geographic maps. This prototype version of the Geospatial Platform combines map-based data and tools with the latest internet technologies to deliver geospatial information in a simple, understandable package. More

Saab unveils amazing 'magic maps' for military
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Maps may not sound sexy. But Saab's real-time 3-D maps will nonetheless make your eyes pop. Remember those magic maps from the Harry Potter books that tracked the location of every wizard at Hogwarts — down to the last footstep? Saab's Rapid 3-D Mapping is far, far cooler. More

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Making utilities data fit for purpose
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Thanks to a multitude of challenges, the utilities are at the forefront when it comes to the adoption of GNSS and GIS technologies. Geoconnexion's Martyn Palmer takes a closer look. More

Is geospatial cloud computing a commodity?
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Directions Magazine conducted a survey to snapshot the current thinking among several solution providers (Esri, Ubisense,eSpatial, Accela, ERDAS) about geospatial cloud computing. The editors wanted to know if cloud computing is now considered a commodity and what additional differentiators potential users are looking for before buying solutions. More

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Interview: Connecting the dots between surveying, GIS
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The relationship between surveying and geographic information systems is integral for the development of most spatial data applications. Accuracy and precision in measurement matter. While the numbers and types of surveying related tools for measurement has grown, they in turn must interoperate with GIS, empowering applications to deliver results. ASM editor Jeff Thurston interviewed Esri's Brent Jones. More

Is it documented?
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Documentation is one of the reasons cited for using a GIS. You know the one: "You need a GIS because Bob is going to retire one day and take all that knowledge with him." More

Aclara smart grid: Taking advantage of RF and power line communications
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Power line communications has had a bad rap, particularly in the U.S., for a long time and has been declared officially dead any number of times. But during a conversation with Aclara's senior product marketing manager Edward J. Kobeszka at the recent Smart Energy International conference, he made it pretty clear that as far as his company is concerned, PLC is still very much alive. More

Realizing Europe's SatNav ambitions
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