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The new cartographers
Science
Twenty years ago, a driver lost at night would pull his car over, take out a paper map bought at a gas station, and pore over its folds under a dim light. With luck and some critical thinking, he would eventually get where he was going. Today, he'd be more likely to swipe his finger across a smart phone screen and follow directions using Google Maps.
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Engineers give America's infrastructure a 'D+'
CNBC
When it comes to maintaining and investing in infrastructure, the nation's engineers say America is seeing some progress, but still not making the grade. In its latest report card on infrastructure conditions, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a "D plus" this year, up from a "D" in 2009.
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Utilities, smart grid and geospatial technology
Directions Magazine
Oracle provides a complete suite of industry-leading utilities solutions, including customer care and billing, network management, work and asset management, mobile workforce management, meter data management and analytics applications. These help utilities worldwide prepare for smart metering and smart grid initiatives.
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Google Earth goes mobile
The American Surveyor
With the advent of accessible, Internet-connected, hand-held computing devices, the opportunity for using such devices to support fieldwork became a reality. Metzger and Willard, Inc. began using smartphones in 2010 to bring construction drawings and survey control data to the field, search record drawing data, and locate utility infrastructure.

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When will we see the first true GIS app?
Directions Magazine
When will we see the first true GIS app? Who will build it? What will it do? Can it replace the desktop and should it? What can we learn about the future from the current crop of tablets and broadband availability? Do current retina displays and $999 apps mean GIS will come to the tablet?

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Are you a map maker, a map builder, a map scripter or a map creator?
Gary's Bloggage
These days, there's so many ways that you can make a map. You can use a Javascript Maps API and put push pins on a slippy map. You can take vector data, transform it into JSON and use a different Javascript API to make an SVG map. You can load data from pretty much any source into either a desktop GIS or a visualisation tool. The possibilities are endless; maybe more endless than you might first assume.

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Congress, states propose bills on location privacy, UAVs
Inside GNSS
Congress is moving to limit the sharing of geolocation information. The Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act addresses a privacy loophole created by services like Gmail and social networking sites. Though law enforcement must get a warrant to access an archive of e-mail stored on your computer, the same protections do not exist for information voluntarily given to a third party.
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Is a geospatial user fee the answer to creating and maintaining the US National Spatial Data Infrastructure?
Directions Magazine
A Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors working group is exploring the viability of a geospatial user fee that would create a trust fund to insure the creation and maintenance the United States spatial data stores. It's not as farfetched as it might seem; there are dozens of such fees that support important government created goods and services.
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Global microgrid market growth to jump as Europe and Asia pile on
Smart Grid News
While the U.S. is the acknowledged industry leader in the global microgrid market, Europe and Asia are set to do their best to imitate that success — efforts that have led research and consulting company GlobalData to forecast the global market will almost quadruple by 2020.
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Mapping blank spots in the cheeseboard maze
IST Austria
During learning, novel information is transformed into memory through the processing and encoding of information in neural circuits. In a recent publication in Neuron, IST Austria Professor Jozsef Csicsvari, together with his collaborator David Dupret at the University of Oxford, and Joseph O'Neill, postdoc in Csicsvari's group, uncovered a novel role for inhibitory interneurons in the rat hippocampus during the formation of spatial memory.
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Big spatial data analytics for the Hadoop framework
Sensors & Systems
Looking at data without location, most of the time seems like looking at just part of a story. Including location and geography in analysis reveals patterns and associations that otherwise are missed. As Big Data emerges as a new frontier for analysis, including location in Big Data is becoming significantly important.
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Map of Stout Month and stout beer consumption at Vine Street Pub in Denver
GIS User
By Glenn Letham: I'm a huge craft beer fan and I'm always a fan of mapping beer, particularly to create a compelling, and popular, data visualization! The folks at American Sentinel University share with us that Geospatial technologies and beer share something powerful in common: innovation. American Sentinel University's Dr. Stephen McElroy, GIS program chair, participated in Mountain Sun's Stout Month to find out.
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