GITA 'Members Only' page revamped
By Bob Samborski, Executive Director
The work to revamp the GITA membership structure has been completed and information about all membership categories can now be accessed from the new GITA website's Get Involved section.
Today, I would like to call to your attention the benefits associated with individual membership in the association. In addition to the GITA News Hub and discounts on all association events, individual GITA members have access to a variety of resources in the new "Members Only" section. These include:
We are dedicated to making your GITA membership a valuable and valued part of your professional geospatial experience and we want to continue to expand the benefits we provide to our members. Let me know how we can do that what would you suggest we add to your membership to make it even more of a solid investment? Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time!
Thank you for your membership in GITA. If you are not yet a member, please consider this an invitation to apply now. We look forward to having you be a part of the GITA community!
GECCo headed to Charlotte
GITA's "Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration" workshop will be held in Charlotte, N.C., on March 15-16. Invitations are being sent to user practitioners in the greater Charlotte area, as well as in upstate South Carolina. GITA's Carolina Chapter is helping to coordinate the workshop, which is being co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please contact Bob Samborski, GITA Executive Director, for more information and watch future editions of the News Hub for details!
Past President David Nemeth to keynote in Perth
David Nemeth, Director for EAM, GIS, and Corporate Records for Panhandle Energy-Southern Union in Houston, will provide the keynote address for the "GIS for Oil, Gas and Mining Inaugural Seminar" in Perth, Western Australia, on Tuesday, Feb. 21. In "An Operator's Perspective on the Importance of Geospatial Education for the OGM Industry," Nemeth will describe the personal and professional benefits to himself and his company realized over the years through an unbiased forum for geospatial oil and gas industry education.
This seminar is designed to assess the potential for a Perth-based conference along the lines of the GITA "GIS for Oil & Gas Conference" held annually in Houston. Western Australia is the energy industry hub of Australia, with mining a major regional economic driver, along with oil and gas production and transmission.
GITA-North America and GITA-Australia/New Zealand have teamed up to organize this inaugural event, along with Founding Sponsors InfoTech, GE Smallworld, NearMap.com, and we-do-IT.
"I hope to provide some insight to current high-level critical issues that companies like Panhandle Energy are concerned about, including new technology developments, regulatory requirements and reporting, geospatial data accuracy, and asset and integrity management, among others," said Nemeth, who is a past president of the association and a former chair of the Houston-based GIS for Oil and Gas Conference Committee. "I would like operators in Australia and elsewhere to know how they and their companies can benefit from education by keeping current, establishing useful professional networks to help solve problems, and from exposure to what their colleagues in other industries are doing geospatially."
The shine is off Google Earth; what's next?
It's been about six years since Google Earth stimulated the imaginations of millions of people; six years since vast numbers of people, perhaps for the first time in their lives, truly understood that the Earth was round and finite. It remains an amazing tool, but somehow the shine has diminished. Although Google has introduced many new features (e.g., touring, Earth builder, an improved 3-D model for Street View, indoor imagery, etc.), none of these has the power to revolutionize our view of the world nor the ability to change, in any fundamental way, how we interact with it. More
Satellite-imagery firms in Colorado hope to avoid steep federal cuts
Denver Post Share
Satellite images so sharp that a baseball home plate is recognizable from more than 400 miles hang in the federal budget balance and with them the fortunes of two companies with Colorado operations. High-resolution Earth images snapped by a squadron of high-flying commercial satellites find uses in oil and gas exploration, mining, agriculture, environmental monitoring, disaster response, national security and defense. More
Smart meters and Big Data: A clear case for governance best practices
Smart Grid News Share
Over the past five years, utilities have been early drivers of big data analytics, largely through regional smart meter projects where it's been proven that sensors can be used to easily capture and share energy usage data to be analyzed by consumers. Since North American utilities started rolling out smart meters across facilities, they have been able to capture usage data every 15 to 60 minutes for residential and commercial customers. More
SSTL-OHB System consortium to build 8 more Galileo FOC satellites
GPS World Share
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani announced in London that the consortium led by OHB System AG and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will build a further eight satellites for the European Union's Galileo satellite navigation program under the supervision of the European Space Agency. The new contract will see SSTL continuing its role as payload prime, assembling, integrating and testing the navigation payloads in the U.K. More
Towards a common understanding in cartographic design
Harmonization of cartographic design as well as feature and attribute concepts is essential in the context of a Pan-European spatial data infrastructure. So argues Dr. Anja Hopfstock of Germany's Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy in this one-on-one interview with Esri staff writer Karen Richardson. More
GIS opens up new world for fifth-graders
The Herald-Sun Share
Midway through the school day, Brianna Williams decided to take a trip to Columbus, Ohio, to visit her father. Meanwhile, classmate Naylea Jacobo flew to see the Christ the Redeemer statue towering over Rio de Janeiro. Fellow fifth-grader Gabriela Arias cruised the streets of Durham, N.C., happy to see that her family's home was as she left it in the morning. But just minutes later, the three students were snapped back to reality in their school's computer lab. More
Congress considers more power for government against cyberthreats to critical infrastructure
The Associated Press via The Washington Post Share
A developing Senate plan that would bolster the government's ability to regulate the computer security of companies that run critical industries is drawing strong opposition from businesses that say it goes too far and security experts who believe it should have even more teeth. Legislation is intended to ensure that computer systems running power plants and other essential parts of the country's infrastructure are protected from hackers, terrorists or other criminals. More
5 ways to make sure your press release doesn't suck
GIS User Share
Ok, you have some news, BIG news ... now what? Well, if you have a PR or marketing person or department, then no doubt you'll be sending out a press release. The following are five tips for a better press release, some useful tips from experts and some related how-to tools. Before you use this information, though, make sure that your press release doesn't suck! More