Thought Leader Symposium: Program update
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Have you made plans to attend GITA's Thought Leader Symposium, scheduled for May 16-18 in Keystone, Colo.? Here's a sampling of the educational program being assembled to address the primary Symposium theme, "Driving Business Excellence through Enterprise Technology Integration":
  • Making Data a Corporate Resource
  • Principles for Applying Open Source Geo Toolkits
  • GIS Enabling Smart Grid 2.0
  • Leveraging Geospatial to Make Sense of Big Data
  • A Strategic Approach to Enterprise Asset Management
... and more! Check out the GITA website to learn about the newest additions to the program sessions.

Complete information about the Thought Leader Symposium, including registration and information about accommodations at the Keystone Resort, is available on the TLS website.
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Why membership in GITA is important to me
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By Jerry King, Secretary, Executive Committee, GITA Board of Directors

Over the years, my membership in GITA has provided me with access to conferences, workshops and other educational forums to exchange ideas and keep up with changing technologies. At the same time, it has allowed me to gather feedback from the user community on current solutions and to identify requirements for new solutions. GITA is also a great source for continual learning and professional development — and the association offers a great forum for sharing and gathering best practices. I also value the networking opportunities provided by my participation in GITA, and I know that many of the friendships and professional relationships that started as a result of participation in GITA will last throughout my entire career. These are some of the reasons that I belong to GITA — and why I believe that you, too, should consider GITA membership.

Jerry King is Vice President, Bentley Systems, Inc., located in Richmond, Va.


Consider the benefits of GITA membership for yourself ... and your organization
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Learn more about the new GITA and what membership in the association can do for you by visiting our new website. The benefits of individual membership, as well as association and event sponsorship have been revamped and upgraded to provide you and your organization more value than ever! Questions? Contact info@gita.org for more information.

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Galileo's surveying potential
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New Galileo signals have great potential for pseudorange-based surveying and mapping in both optimal open-sky conditions and suboptimal under-canopy environments. This article reviews the main features of Galileo's E5 AltBOC and E1 CBOC signals, describes generation of realistic E5 and E1 pseudoranges with and without multipath sources, and presents anticipated horizontal positioning accuracy results. More

Arlington National Cemetery using geospatial mapping technology
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Officials at Arlington National Cemetery are using new geospatial mapping technology to manage the cemetery's operations. The cemetery's executive director, Kathryn Condon, testified recently at a congressional panel. She said Arlington, which oversees nearly 30 burials a day, is the first national cemetery to implement the technology. More

Does digital cartography have more value than non-digital mapping?
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A lot has been written about digital cartography over the years. Most of it relates to the advantages that digital cartography provides as compared to non-digital mapping, including improved collaboration, less redundancy, greater efficiency in production, etc. As mobility technologies develop, the need for "going digital" increases. This is becoming the case as we begin to see tablets and other portable devices begin to outsell laptops and desktops. More

What is GIS?
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What exactly is GIS? Always a good question and topic of discussion it seems. To this day, professionals still can't decide if GIS is a profession, a tool or a niche area, but one thing is for sure — the question always generates some discussion. A look at some popular/common descriptions of GIS: A geographic information system integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. More

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Military intelligence redefined: Big data in the battlefield
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The U.S. military has long had a complex, symbiotic relationship with business technology and industrial innovation. With stunning advances like the Internet and, more recently, drone technology, the armed forces often appear to be leading the charge to create the hardware and software of the future. But the growing analytic power used by corporations and institutions to crunch consumer data may be driving a paradigm shift in modern warcraft. More

An analysis of geospatial banner ads
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How are advertisers in the geospatial marketplace using banner ads? Directions Magazine Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg suggests advertisers have room for improvement when considering their "calls to action" and the nature of their landing pages. More

Border imaging: New technology takes to skies for greater security
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As public debate increases regarding the protection of national borders, so does interest in finding practical, cost-effective methods of border monitoring. Under the auspices of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, San Diego State University is advancing the use of airborne remote sensing for border monitoring by developing methods to achieve pixel-level spatial co-registration among multi-temporal image sets. More

Illinois takes steps to become a major smart grid hub
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In a smart move other states should emulate, Illinois is using its upcoming smart meter rollout to promote itself as "a hub for the R&D, manufacturing, development and financing of smart grid and energy projects," said Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at the Illinois Institute of Technology. "Illinois will now have the most comprehensive smart grid deployment in the U.S., and we can use our existing intellectual and human capital to ensure we serve as a model for the rest of the world." More
 
 


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