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Aug. 6, 2013

New functionality and features in ArcGIS 10.2
GIS User
ArcGIS 10.2 is now shipping ... have you had a chance to use it yet? Just yesterday, Esri officially announced the update and key functionality including enhanced UI, real time data access and more. Tripp Corbin has penned a few thoughts about this latest release in his latest blog post and looks at some of the new functionality you'll find in 10.2.More

The present and future of face-to-face short course GIS training
Directions Magazine
AudioBriefWhile not as hot a topic in education circles as Massive Open Online Courses, two day face-to-face GIS software training is still offered around the U.S. Will it be offered in two years? In 10?More

Exit interview: GPS Directorate's Col. Bernie Gruber
Inside GNSS
USAF Col. Bernard Gruber recently stepped down after three years of running the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base. The GPS Directorate, originally established in 1974 as the NAVSTAR GPS Joint Program Office, is responsible for development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segments: the modernized operational control segment, the next-generation GPS III satellites, and modernized GPS user equipment. More

Mexico, the next big smart grid opportunity
Smart Grid News
Zpryme's research indicates that Mexico's smart grid technology market will grow from $1.23 billion in 2012 to $7.42 billion in 2020. This translates to a projected compound annual growth rate of 25 percent. While starting from a small base, this represents an attractive regional opportunity in a large market that is poised for aggressive investment to modernize their power grid.More

Why reinforcing the GIS value proposition is more important now than ever
Sensors & Systems
Lessons from the largest GIS event of the year (the Esri International User Conference) are still sinking in, and some of the takeaways from the ubiquitous platform approach of Web GIS give pause for the geospatial vendor community as a whole. More

New document from UN: Future trends in geospatial information management
Directions Magazine
There's a new document from the U.N. titled "Future trends in geospatial information management: the five to ten year vision." The document was published by Ordnance Survey at the request of the Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management. More

Uncharted territory: Amateur cartographers fight to put their communities on the map
Wired UK
In May 2013, Google's vice president took to stage and announced that Google was aiming to build "a perfect map of the world." An honorable notion with almost utopian connotations — and why shouldn't it? After all, Google has been at the forefront of leading the biggest change to mapping since the 15th century, when maps went from manuscript to print. More

Trimble introduces next-generation tablet PC for surveying
GPS World
Trimble has introduced its next-generation Trimble Tablet PC for surveying. The Trimble Tablet is a lightweight, rugged and highly mobile field computer that can operate with Trimble's suite of receivers and total stations to provide a complete surveying solution. With Trimble Access field software onboard, the Trimble Tablet streamlines the flow of information between the field and office while also allowing surveyors to run the applications they need to perform office work directly from the field.More

Applying spatial and temporal intelligence to marine spatial planning
Sensors & Systems
There's an ongoing need to apply spatial and temporal intelligence to make sense of change. The Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association is an organization that is applying decision support tools for ecosystem-based decision making for marine spatial planning. Sensors & Systems special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Henry Kucera, director of the board of PacMARA and president of Swiftsure Spatial Systems, about several topics.More

Europe permits free access to Sentinel Earth observation data
Space News
The European Commission has agreed to permit free access to data from its Sentinel series of Earth observation satellites, concluding that any harm to private-sector satellite operators will be outweighed by the expected growth in value-added services derived from the data. After a long process of evaluation that included input from the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, the commission has agreed to align itself with a policy already adopted by the 20-nation European Space Agency.More