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Esri to enable thousands of government agencies to open GIS data to public
ReadWrite
A debate in the technology world that's been simmering for years, about whether mapping vendor Esri will allow public geographic information systems to access government customers' data, finally has an answer: The mapping software giant will take an unprecedented step, enabling thousands of government customers around the U.S. to make their data on the ArcGIS platform open to the public with a click of a mouse.
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How open data is revolutionizing online maps
Canadian Geographic
After working three summers on Halifax's Harbour Hopper, Jeremy Tupper could probably give you a city tour in his sleep. Fortunately he won't have to because there is a web app for that. And he made it. When the city held its Apps4Halifax competition to showcase the release of a large amount of municipal data, the Dalhousie University computer science student fused his interests and came up with his prize-winning Historic HaliTour.
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Top 10 takeaways from opening plenary of Esri's Federal GIS Conference
Directions Magazine
The theme of this year's Esri Federal GIS conference held in Washington, D.C. is "Integrating Our Government." To that end, Esri president Jack Dangermond rhetorically asked whether we could scale GIS to involve everyone to see the context as well as the content of our work. Putting this in perspective, Dangermond listed many federal government applications from defense to agriculture.
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NAPSG notice: Save the date for Emergency Response Spatial Tools Workshop
NAPSG
Tentative Date: April 17
Location: Bay Area (location TBD) and via web participation
Please mark your calendar for this important event, which will focus on helping local first responder agencies use and share spatial incident response data with other local agencies and with regional, state and federal agencies in California.

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The state of CAD and GIS integration
Directions Magazine
Two blog posts prompt me to revisit what at one time was my main work focus. First I saw a post from Tiana Warner at the Safe Software blog. Then I saw a post from Gene Roe at LiDAR News.

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Utilities: The 9 things to worry about most
Smart Grid News
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, who themselves have talked with hundreds of utility professionals over the past year.

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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.

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The 10 essentials of a great smart grid plan
Smart Grid News
Some utilities are just getting started on their smart grid journey. Others are well on their way. But all utilities will benefit by reviewing the best practices recommended by John Finnigan of the Environmental Defense Fund. Why look to EDF for advice? For one thing, the organization has some of the country's brightest energy minds on payroll.
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Poll reveals range of European attitudes on GNSS-guided automated vehicles
Inside GNSS
Results from a Eurobarometer poll show general support for space activities among European residents, but intriguing national and demographic differences in attitudes toward GNSS-based automated vehicles. More than two-thirds of respondents in The Netherlands (69 percent) said they would be ready to use automated vehicles guided by satellite-based navigation systems within 20 years, as would 65 percent in Denmark.
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Geospatial revolution
The Huffington Post
Most of us involved in the ocean are aware of GPS, the Global Positioning System technology that enables precise placement in space and time to enhance navigational accuracy and the resultant safety. Ships no longer navigate by dead reckoning or even by sighting the sun or stars; indeed, celestial navigation is no longer taught at the maritime academies as constant accurate positioning can be placed on viewable electronic charts.
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The fantastical life of a GIS analyst
Directions Magazine
What do climate modeling, malaria and black rhinos have in common? It turns out that Geographic Information Systems can be adapted to study all three. Wherever GIS is being used for humanitarian purposes, senior programmer analyst Joe Nigro is never too far away. Here's his story.
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Global geography community will miss Dr. Roger Tomlinson — the father of GIS
GIS User
A loss to the community ... regrets to share that Dr. Tomlinson has passed away. ... Tomlinson is generally recognized as the "father of GIS." He is the visionary geographer who conceived and developed the first GIS for use by the Canada Land Inventory in the early 1960s. This and continuing contributions led the Canadian government to give him its highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, in 2001.
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Galileo achieves in-orbit validation
GPS World
The in-orbit validation of Galileo has been achieved, according to the European Space Agency. Europe now has the operational nucleus of its own satellite navigation constellation in place — the world's first civil-owned and operated satnav system.
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