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Where are the business opportunities in 2014?
Point of Beginning
The dynamic nature of the geospatial profession makes it challenging to predict where the best opportunities might lie in the future; however, the start of a new year is traditionally the time to identify areas of growth and make plans so it's worth spending some time considering the options. The members of MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, have the opportunity to kick off the planning process for 2014 at the MAPPS Winter Conference to be held Feb. 9-13 in La Jolla, Calif.
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2013 FGDC annual report now available
FGDC
The Federal Geographic Data Committee report is now available. This report provides management and performance information and describes the significant actions the FGDC has taken over the past year to facilitate continued, integrated, and sustainable development and dissemination of geospatial data and technology. It also includes many of your agencies' success stories, NGAC contributions and FGDC accomplishments, such as the launching of Version 2 of the Geospatial Platform, the endorsement of five new geospatial standards, and the updated strategic plan for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. View the report here for browsing, or downloading in both high-resolution and low-resolution digital (.pdf) file format.
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US DoT to move ahead with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology
GPS World
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, 10 times per second, the agency said.
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By Jesse Berst: At the annual DistribuTECH conference, I moderate panels where I hear from dozens of utility professionals, both panelists and audience members. I also have private meetings with dozens of vendor executives. As the conversations wear on, themes begin to emerge.

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10 things you should know about online GIS/geospatial education
Directions Magazine
Curious students are learning about mapping, GIS and remote sensing via free webinars and massive open online courses, as well as for-fee management seminars, college level courses, certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees. Her are some things potential online learners should know.

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GIS industry and license misuse: Should you care?
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GIS vendors, both software and data providers, should be aware that their offerings are ripe for misuse. Eric Muraven of the Software Compliance Agency lists three areas of concern for software providers and explains why they need to act to prevent misuse.

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How has geodesign sparked geospatial technology innovation?
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Often, a really good problem to solve is needed in order to spur technology innovation. The evolution of geographic information systems from primarily recording conditions into an environment where it becomes the impetus for environmental or urban actions certainly has proven to be a challenge. This challenge comes at a time when CAD, BIM, and GIS are converging, and there are increasing numbers of sensors to inform our understanding of the world, often in real time.
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How to interpret a satellite image: 5 tips and strategies
Directions Magazine
Satellite images are like maps: they are full of useful and interesting information, provided you have a key. They can show us how much a city has changed, how well our crops are growing, where a fire is burning, or when a storm is coming. To unlock the rich information in a satellite image, you need to do several things.
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UK blocks bid to create common European imagery policy
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The European Commission's effort to set common European regulations on the sale of high-resolution satellite imagery outside Europe has been blocked by the British government and is likely to be watered down to an advisory notice instead of a binding policy, European government officials said. The goal was to create common rules on which a country would be able to receive high-resolution imagery — whose definition is changing with the gallop of technology — and under what general conditions.
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GPS IIFs back on launch manifest
Inside GNSS
The fifth GPS Block IIF satellites is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral on Feb. 20 after concerns regarding a 2012 launch anomaly led the Air Force to scrub a planned launch last fall. A Delta IV M+ will carry the spacecraft into orbit. Additional GPS IIF launches this year are tentatively set for May (Delta IV M+) and July (Atlas V rocket). The last GPS launch (GPS IIF-4) took place on May 13, 2013.
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