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A note from the president
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I am pleased to say that rumors of GITA's demise are much exaggerated! As with the technology we use, change is inevitable. Moving from an organization with a full-time paid staff to one driven principally by volunteers is a complex maneuver requiring the transition of our website, databases, former staff functions and hundreds of other details. Your patience and loyalty to GITA are sincerely appreciated.

With the assistance of SharedGeo and dozens of dedicated volunteers, the GITA Board of Directors has mapped out an ambitious plan for the future that will refocus our efforts and energies from that of a conference-centric model to one which better serves the professional educational needs of our individual and corporate members. Look for new educational content on the website, webinars, opportunities to interact with GITA representation to bodies such as the GIS Certification Institute and National Geospatial Advisory Committee, exciting new research and best practice projects, and professional networking and discovery opportunities.

We will announce more information about these changes as they are unveiled over the coming months — look for fact sheets which will help individual members, corporate members, chapter leadership and the media understand GITA's evolution. In the meantime, volunteers are needed to help with Awards, IT, Membership, Communications, Education, Governance, Finance, Research and Events Committees, including preparations for our 2013 Oil and Gas Conference. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an e-mail to president@gita.org and we'll find a spot for you on the team!

Thanks,

Talbot Brooks,
GITA President


Bridging the gap between scientists and policy makers: Whither geospatial?
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"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms." More

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Latest draft legislation for drones from US House of Representatives
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New draft legislation in the House of Representatives is attempting to restrict the private use of drones, making it a misdemeanor to use a UAV to photograph a person or their property without their explicit permission. More

New ideas discussed at the annual LiDAR conference
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By Todd Danielson: I very recently returned from the International LiDAR Mapping Forum held in Denver from Feb. 11-13. I go most years, as it's usually held nearby in Denver, and it's one of my favorite conferences to attend. One reason is because it's such a manageable size. Yes, it's been growing every year, but it's still a relatively small gathering — it's held at a hotel rather than a large convention center. More

Esri's Jack Dangermond on marrying maps with big data analytics
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When Jack Dangermond started Esri in 1969, he was among a relative handful of people pursuing a career in geographic information systems who thought computer-generated maps were cool. Now, with the kudzu-like spread of maps in smartphone apps and Web mashups, it's as if the rest of the world has come around to his way of seeing. More

Air Force awards Boeing contract to continue GPS modernization
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded The Boeing Company a $51 million to continue modernizing the GPS satellite constellation for up to five more years. The contract covers GPS IIF satellite shipment to the launch site in Florida, pre-launch preparation, post-launch checkout, handover and on-orbit support. It has an initial one-year term with four one-year options. More

Every meteorite fall on earth mapped
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Or at least those we know about. And where are the known meteorite landing places on earth? These impact zones show where scientists have found meteorites, or the impact craters of meteorites, some dating back as far as the year 2,300 B.C. The data is from the Meteorological Society and doesn't show those places where meteorites may have fallen but not been discovered. More

Smart grid essentials: Keeping up with energy storage
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You can't swing a dead battery without hitting a news story about the latest advances in EV or grid-related energy storage. And while venture capital investment in clean tech generally slowed down in 2012, it certainly hasn't stopped — and that means R&D hasn't either. More

Researchers see ionospheric signature of North Korean nuclear test
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The explosion of an underground nuclear device by North Korea disturbed the Earth's ionosphere. The blast generated infrasonic waves that propagated all the way to the upper atmosphere, causing small variations in the density of electrons there. More


 



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