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Online media tackle geography and mapping
Directions Magazine
Three popular online media properties have been taking on geography and mapping since at least the last Esri User Conference last July. James Fallows American Futures project is partnership between The Atlantic, Marketplace and Esri. Wired's MapLab follows two bloggers who "indulge their obsession with maps and chronicle their quest to become mapmakers." Reddit's MapPorn page shares a variety of interesting maps.
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Why LiDAR has become the go to technology for utility corridor mapping
Directions Magazine
In December, Infotech Enterprises and DTS GIS participated in a Directions Magazine webinar to present a cost-effective solution to the NERC-mandated transmission line monitoring. This webinar sparked more good questions than could be answered during the allotted time. Here those answers are presented in detail.
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What impact will Google's new mapping phone have on our digital realities?
Sensors & Systems
Google has just released details of an initiative dubbed Project Tango that provisions an Android smartphone with the ability to map and remember location. The phone builds on the company's model of harnessing Android phone users in combination with phone sensors to inform applications, to date this capacity populates maps with traffic volume and speed. This next-generation onboard sensor fusion adds 3-D mapping capacity.
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How distracted are you by social media?
GIS User
A new web service helps employers determine just how distracted employees are with Twitter, Facebook and emails — enter Webrate. The application gives users two options to block the internet.

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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.

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Why the world needs OpenStreetMap
Directions Magazine
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.

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Making sense of sensors
GPS World
At the turn of the century, the premise was that GPS was revolutionary, would work everywhere we needed it, and everything else was old hat. Turns out that we need something that works indoors and in critical outdoor applications without a clear view of the sky, like downtown cores, dense forests, and in-and-out of coverage places like mountain valleys.
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At last! Help for the smart grid skills gap
Smart Grid News
It's been an open secret in the electric power industry that we are suffering from a severe workforce issue. Expert workers are rapidly retiring, yet we don't have the trained staff to take their places. In fact, the challenge has grown so great that it has attracted attention — and assistance — beyond the borders of our industry. To be fair, the effort below does not focus exclusively on electric power utilities.
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Domino's Pizza gets customer specific using geospatial analytics
ZD Net
Data integration and analysis has become a core business function for Domino's Pizza since a customised business intelligence solution that relies on geospatial functionality was developed by Pitney Bowes. Speaking at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Information Management Summit today in Sydney, Pitney Bowes customer information and management consultant Ravi Nath said that over a two-year period, the company worked with the pizza chain to turn its information management to information intelligence.
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GPS IIF-5 heads for orbit
Inside GNSS
The U. S. Air Force successfully launched the fifth GPS Block IIF satellite Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle, the satellite was lifted toward orbit at 8:59 p.m. (EST), targeted for slot 3 of plane A of the GPS constellation. The spacecraft will replace a 16-year-old GPS Block IIA satellite, which was launched in November 1997.
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