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Call for Abstracts deadline extended to Feb. 21
GITA
The Advisory Board is now accepting abstracts for the 2014 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference & Exhibition. We invite you to submit an abstract no later than Feb. 21.

Celebrating its 23rd year, GITA's Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference & Exhibition has provided an invaluable forum for oil and gas pipeline industry professionals to interact with each other on a personal basis.

Over the years, this has been considered an important industry forum for practitioners, suppliers and solution providers.
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NGA transforms into dynamic geospatial service provider
Federal News Radio
Few of the 17 intelligence agencies across the government have experienced such a dramatic evolution over the last decade as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The technology boom that led to big data, mobility and cloud computing raised the stature and importance of the NGA to both the intelligence and Defense Department Communities.
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Why the world needs OpenStreetMap
Directions Magazine
By Serge Wroclawski: Every time I tell someone about OpenStreetMap, they inevitably ask "Why not use Google Maps?" From a practical standpoint, it's a reasonable question, but ultimately this is not just a matter of practicality, but of what kind of society we want to live in. I discussed this topic in a 2008 talk on OpenStreetMap I gave at the first MappingDC meeting.
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NGA director's remarks at the Esri Federal GIS conference
Directions Magazine
VideoBriefNational Geospatial-Intelligency Agency Director Letitia Long's remarks at the Esri Federal GIS conference.
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Are maps the route to financial success?
BBC News
Charts, globes, atlases and street plans are becoming ever more collectable as paper maps are slowly replaced by smartphones and satellite navigation. Investors may be tempted down this route as a result, aware that they could lead to financial gain but, as with all investments, there is a chance of a fall in value.

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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.

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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.

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How have our tools to map, monitor and understand the Earth evolved and aided understanding?
Sensors & Systems
The aligned technologies that image, model, map and represent our world have continued to evolve, with great leaps forward in the past, but no greater technological leaps than we're experiencing now. There's a rich history of the pioneers that have invented the tools and techniques that continue to illuminate our measurement, monitoring and understanding of our planet and our infrastructure.
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GPS satellite launch set for Thursday
GPS World
The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket family will launch a new GPS IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral on Thursday night. Liftoff is scheduled for Thursday at 8:40 p.m. EST, at the start of a 19-minute launch opportunity, according to the United Launch Alliance. The window is timed to deliver the GPS IIF-5 satellite directly into Plane A of the navigation network 11,000 miles above Earth.
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Breakthrough? Why and how to triangulate your data
Smart Grid News
We already collect reams of data from meters and substations. Yet there is still a "missing link" — a portion of the grid that remains largely invisible. I'm referring to the stretch between the substation and the meters. The U.S. alone has 2.2 million line miles between substations and meters along with 50 million distribution transformers.
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The world's most powerful 3-D laser imager
MIT Technology Review
Airborne laser scanning has produced stunning maps and insights in the last few years. Among others, it revealed the faint outlines of a vanished medieval city street grid obscured by the jungle surrounding Cambodia's Angkor Wat, a feat that required 20 hours of helicopter flight time to map 370 square kilometers to a resolution of one meter.
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