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4 grid breakthroughs utilities need to know about (including one for smartphones)
Smart Grid News
Across the country, electric utilities are investing in innovative technologies to optimize the electric grid and shape the future of how energy is delivered, managed and used. These innovations are merging previously separate power, information and telecommunications systems to form an intelligent, resilient, modern and digital grid.
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NAPSG Foundation Virtual Training: Federal GeoCONOPS
NAPSG Foundation
Join NAPSG for a virtual training session, the third in our 2014 series. This session will cover the Federal Geospatial Concept of Operations, or GeoCONOPS.

The Homeland Security GeoCONOPS is a multiyear effort that provides a strategic roadmap and knowledge base to understand, and improve, coordinating geospatial activities across the entire spectrum of the Nation: from federal, to state, and local governments, to private sector and community organizations, academia, the research and development industry and citizens in support of Homeland Security and Homeland Defense. The intended audience for this document is the entire geospatial community supporting the missions of the federal government under The Stafford Act, the National Response Framework and Presidential Policy Directive 8 and PPD-21. This includes stakeholders and actors representing the Emergency Support Functions, the Joint Field Offices, Federal Operations Centers, the disaster preparedness exercise and evaluation community, and those involved in other NRF missions. Individuals representing these groups and activities have been extensively engaged in providing input for this document.

This virtual session will provide the NAPSG community with an overview how the GeoCONOPS can be used to provide a mission blueprint of the geospatial resources and capabilities available for support in the Homeland Security Enterprise. The session will consist of a status update on the latest version and associated annexes; as well as provide users with demonstrations on accessing the GeoCONOPS Website and training modules.

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Urban physics
MIT News via Directions Magazine
Franz-Josef Ulm and a colleague were taking a break from a tough problem one afternoon when they spotted an aerial photograph of a city and had an epiphany. Instantly, they made a connection.

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'Don't touch me,' said Canada. 'I won't!' said the USA.
NPR
The U.S. and Canada may be as lovey-dovey as two neighbors can get, but according to a charming video history by CGP Grey, both countries agreed to tuck themselves a little bit in, 10 feet back for America, 10 feet back for Canada, creating a corridor of open, surveillable, clear space between them.

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Utilities: Why you may be negligent about your GIS
Smart Grid News
For many utilities, Geospatial Information System data represents an underutilized asset. For most of its history, GIS was just the way people obtained maps — a very fancy and expensive way to put dots and lines on paper. That is slowly changing.

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President's Council report on big data and privacy points at location technologies
Directions Magazine
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology offered a report on big data and privacy last week. The authors wove geospatial technologies including LiDAR, satellite imagery, drones, and digital city models into their exploration and recommendations. But the challenge remains regarding data, including geodata: how should the government reconcile the benefits of big data and the challenges of ensuring privacy?
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Where's the whammy in WAMI and other motion imagery inputs?
Sensors & Systems
Wide Area Motion Imagery is a growing data source in the geospatial intelligence arena. There are a number of interesting platforms and programs from the Gorgon Stare that captured several square kilometers to the Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance system with coverage of more than 100 square kilometers.
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    Utilities: Why you may be negligent about your GIS (and a program that can help) (Smart Grid News)
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USGS has a new way of displaying geospatial datafeeds of their hydrography datase (USGS via GIS User)
Map of the climate (WVTF-FM)
Effort to exempt satellites from Russia sanctions complicated by latest from US State Department (Space News)

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National Climate Change Viewer unveiled
GIS User
Something news from the US DOI in this climate viewing tool — The new tool gives citizens and resource managers the opportunity to look at climate-driven impacts on watersheds and map projected changes at the local, regional, state and watershed levels. The USGS National Climate Change Viewer includes the historical and future climate projections from 30 of the downscaled models for two of the RCP emission scenarios, RCP4.5 and RCP8.5.
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Woolpert becomes a Google Enterprise Maps authorized partner
Trenchless Technology
Woolpert, a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm, has announced that it has become an authorized partner of solutions based on Google's Maps for Business technologies. This new designation from Google enables customers to more easily assess a partner's expertise advising on and deploying Google products.
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Next Galileo satellites arrive in French Guiana
GPS World
The first two Galileo Full Operational Capability satellites arrived safely at a clean room in Kourou, French Guiana, on May 7 in preparation for launch this summer. Named "Doresa" and "Milena," the two Galileo FOC satellites arrived at the Félix Éboué international airport in French Guiana. Europe's two latest Galileo navigation satellites touched down at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana packed safely within protective and environmentally controlled containers.
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