Bay Area GECCo workshop spurs local collaboration
The latest in series of workshops on "Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration" concluded successfully in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 27. The two-day workshop, co-sponsored by GITA and the Department of Homeland Security, was hosted at the downtown Oakland headquarters of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Participants represented a wide variety of community geospatial stakeholders from local, state and federal governments, infrastructure organizations, emergency responders and community interest organizations. More details, including presentations and emergency scenario exercise materials, are available from the Bay Area GECCo website. A final report will be available soon!
GITA unveils new membership structure
By Bob Samborski, Executive Director
One of the primary tasks with which the GITA staff has been involved has been a complete overhaul of the association's membership structure. When the decision was made last April to discontinue the format of the annual conference, there were implications for just about everything we do. I am pleased to report that a lot of progress has been made on a number of important association services.
As promised in the year's first News Hub, we have launched several important initiatives each week so far in 2012: the new GITA Thought Leader Symposium was announced on Jan. 10, the new 2012 Board of Directors on the new GITA website was featured in the Jan. 17 edition, as was the inaugural Oil, Gas and Mining Seminar in Perth, Western Australia.
This week, we are happy to announce the new GITA membership structure.
Since mid-2011, the GITA staff has undertaken an unprecedented effort to learn and understand what is most important to our membership. Through many conversations, interviews and email survey responses, you have told us what you expect from GITA and the types of educational benefits and business opportunities that are most important in your relationship with us.
As a result of all this excellent input, we have completely retooled our approach to providing value to our individual, user affiliate and sponsor (previously corporate) members. The events and services we've already announced were created with a new, more relevant and more flexible membership structure in mind. It has been finalized, and I invite you to review the new structure here.
If you are already an individual or organizational member, thank you for your continued support through what has been a challenging period for the association. If your membership has elapsed, I encourage you to renew. If you have never been a member, take a look at what the new GITA can do for you.
There is a lot that is new — but we're certainly not finished! You'll see more improvements and enhancements to your membership benefits in the near future. As always, if you'd like to share suggestions, concerns or ideas, just let me know. Call me at 720-496-0481, or email me at email@example.com. I always look forward to hearing from you!
FCC seeks comments on LightSquared GPS declaration request
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U.S. regulators asked for public comments on LightSquared Inc.'s request for a finding that global-positioning system gear doesn't merit legal protection from interference caused by the proposed wireless service. LightSquared is "extremely pleased" with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's move, Jeff Carlisle, executive vice president, said in an e-mailed statement. More
Why big data won't make you smart, rich or pretty
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This year will be the year of Big Data. The Data Warehousing Institute reported that 90 percent of the IT professionals it surveyed said they were familiar with big data analytics. And 34 percent said they already applied analytics to big data. The vast hordes of data collection during e-commerce transactions, from loyalty programs, employment records, supply chain and ERP systems are, or are about to get, cozy. Uncomfortably cozy. More
Scaling solar-powered electricity
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Nevada's NV Energy has 46 separate renewable energy projects in the production or development phase or in the process of securing necessary permits, including wind, hydro, geothermal and solar. By 2025, utilities in Nevada will be required to generate 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources. Currently, NV Energy is on track to reach a 15 percent renewable energy level by year's end, most of which is currently generated by geothermal resources. More
Anti-piracy exercise joins up multiple intelligence sources to counter threat
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An anti-piracy exercise is being unveiled by an industry team led by geospatial capabilities specialist, Esri UK, at Defence Geospatial Intelligence 2012, QEII Conference Centre, London. It aims to demonstrate how, by joining up multiple sources of data and intelligence into a location-based common operational picture, faster and more informed decisions can be made. More
Geospatial: Growth is the best policy
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Geospatial information and technology have great potential to be a public commodity and a panacea to the larger challenges facing global economic and social well-being. It therefore becomes imperative to have enabling, market-oriented policy frameworks in place to give impetus to the geospatial ecosystem. Here's a look at some government policies across the world and their impact on the utility of geospatial technology. More
The online map wars
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Getting a map and directions in your car used to require a several-hundred-dollar investment in a GPS device. The popularity of this equipment led to fast growth for companies like TomTom and Garmin, the dominant makers of "personal navigation devices," as well as profits for companies that supplied digital street maps, like Navteq and Tele Atlas. More
FBI wants social media intelligence scanner
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The FBI has asked for industry input on developing a Web-based tool that could help it scan social media sites and commercial news outlets to help its intelligence officers stay ahead of unfolding crises. The app must be able to rapidly assemble open-source intelligence to help the FBI's Strategic Information and Operations Center "to quickly vet, identify and geo-locate breaking events, incidents and emerging threats," according to a notice on FizBizOpps. More
Feds say smart grid required to keep America competitive
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A new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce cites the urgent need to upgrade the country's infrastructure and cites a modernized grid as an essential example. While admitting that "traditional" infrastructure such as highways and airports need to keep current, it stresses the need for broadband and smart grid to keep the country competitive in the 21st century. More
GPS, smartphones and the dumbing down of personal navigation
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Let's get one thing straight: Microsoft wasn't actually stupid enough to call its new GPS feature the "avoid ghetto" app when they applied for a patent. That term was apparently coined by a Seattle TV station. But it immediately became the name of choice for a smartphone function that mines violent crime stats to help users avoid an "unsafe neighborhood." The app isn't on the market yet, but it didn't take long for the Internet to come down hard on Microsoft. More
South Pacific island of Samoa changes international dateline
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Have you checked your International Dateline map data layer recently? Chances are that it's incorrect! Yes indeed, the dateline has changed and you may not know about it. That's because in December 2011, the tiny Island nation of Samoa decided they were on the wrong side of the dateline ... so they changed it! More