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Unlocking the economic potential of geospatial data
Nextgov
Most people recognize the pervasive impact of geospatial technology even if they are not familiar with the terms. Location sensors are prevalent in cars, phones and even inhalers. On a daily basis, constellations of satellites provide updated images of the natural and manmade events that fill Earth's surface. Government investments in geospatial data have become a major boon to our economy and our lives.
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How will the need for geospatial skills change when there's a search engine for the planet?
Sensors & Systems
There is an explosion of readily accessible imagery and video for the globe that will soon be coming online, thanks to upstart micro satellite companies, new imaging platforms, and advances in mobile data collection from smartphones. This new flood of information will be enhanced by high-speed online platforms that integrate these inputs for faster visualization and greater insight. A key element of success for this flood of information lies in the syndication and cataloging for comparison.
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Judge strikes down small drones ban
Politico
A federal judge slapped down the FAA's fine for a drone operator, saying there was no law banning the commercial use of small drones. The judge's decision could open up the skies below 400 feet to farmers, photographers and entrepreneurs who have been battling the FAA over the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. NTSB Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled that the policy notices the FAA issued as a basis for the ban weren't enforceable because they hadn't been written as part of a formal rulemaking process.
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How location-based games help kids learn geography
Venture Beat
News about funding in the location-based gaming market is often accompanied by dollar signs signifying large numbers like $550,000, $5 million, or sometimes much more. That's because location-based games are red hot — and some companies are learning that location-based technology can be used for more than dating apps.

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Why utilities will soon be obsolete in Hawaii, California, other states
Smart Grid News
I often consult to investment firms looking for insights into the smart grid space. I recently spent time with a hedge fund trying to decide whether and when to put money into the solar industry. I told them that solar + storage would soon enable certain customers in certain areas to divorce their utilities and become self-sufficient.

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10 things you need to know about Esri's open data initiative
Directions Magazine
Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg had a valuable one-on-one conversation with Esri's Andrew Turner, the chief technical officer at Esri's R&D Center in Washington, D.C. She shares the takeaways as the company prepares to roll out the first set of tools in its Open Data Initiative.

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Geo for all: FOSS4G in geospatial education
Directions Magazine
Three years ago the Open Source Geospatial Foundation and the International Cartographic Association became partners and launched the ICA-OSGeo Labs Initiative. The network of labs focuses on education and research with free and open source geospatial technology. Directions Magazine interviewed Helena Mitasova, associate professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University, to get an update on the initiative.
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FY15 budget: GPS III procurement to slow, dual-launch funding cut
Inside GNSS
The Air Force is slowing GPS modernization and dropping part of the funding for dual launch of satellites, said defense officials describing the President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning said the Air Force would continue to "honor our investments and obligations" regarding the Global Positioning System but would "reprofile" the GPS III program so that it meets constellation sustainment demands.
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Comment period on pre-operational CNAV message opens
GPS World
A Federal Register Notice has been published allowing for a 30-day comment period on the proposed CNAV message on L2C and L5. The notice seeks comment from the public and industry regarding plans by the U.S. Air Force to broadcast pre-operational L2C and L5 civil navigation messages from certain GPS satellites beginning in April.
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CIA, NSA and others tell utilities how to up their cybersecurity
Smart Grid News
The Bipartisan Policy Center has published a new report titled "Cybersecurity and the North American Electric Grid: New Policy Approaches to Address an Evolving Threat." Its authors include a former director of both the CIA and the NSA, the former chairman of FERC and other notables. Among other things, it identifies best practices for sharing classified information — something many security experts believe is essential if the electric power industry hopes to avoid a devastating cyber attack.
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From the White House — Government 'big data' request for information
GIS User
The White House has issued an RFI on the topic of Big Data. Details are as follows — On January 17, 2014, President Obama called for senior government officials to lead a comprehensive review of the ways in which "big data" will affect how Americans live and work, and the implications of collecting, analyzing and using such data for privacy, the economy and public policy. The President requested that the review examine challenges confronted by both the public and private sectors.
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DigitalGlobe launches crowdsource search for missing Malaysian plane
The Denver Post
DigitalGlobe is enlisting the crowd to scan and tag images of more than 1,200 square miles of ocean for any visible evidence that could help locate the Malaysia Airlines 777 aircraft that went missing. The Longmont, Colo.-based earth-imagery company deployed its FirstLook service on Sunday, directing two of its five satellites to snap photos of the area in the Gulf of Thailand, where investigators suspected the plane may have crashed, and then activated its crowdsourcing platform, Tomnod.
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