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Secretary of Defense names new director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Directions Magazine
The Department of Defense announced Robert Cardillo as the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The current director, Letitia A. Long has announced her decision to retire later this year after four years at the helm of the agency and more than 35 years of government service. Long took the reins at NGA in August 2010.
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Roger Easton, father of GPS, dies at 93
Tech Crunch
Roger Lee Easton, Sr., the father of GPS and pioneer of modern day navigation, died May 8 at his New Hampshire home, according to BusinessWire. After attending Middlebury College and the University of Michigan, Easton began work as a physicist in 1943 in the U.S. Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where he would spend the rest of his 37-year career. In 1955, he had a part in writing the proposal for the Vanguard Project, which was a satellite program for the International Geophysical Year.
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Geospatial data licenses: Key considerations for non-lawyers
Directions Magazine
VideoBrief This presentation by Kevin Pomfret from the Center for Spatial Law and Policy will identify the main components of a license agreement and discuss how each component applies to geospatial data. It will also highlight some of the unique issues associated with the licensing of geospatial data, such as copyright and privacy. The presentation was developed for non-lawyers, so it will have minimal legal jargon.
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Solid growth expected in several smart grid markets
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The news for smart grid sectors is generally good in this selection of market research updates. In response to customer demand, the market for fault location and service restoration after storms is expected to almost double in less than 10 years.

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2014 Open Data Summit top 10 most wanted municipal datasets
Datalibre.ca
Participants at the 2014 Open Data Summit in Vancouver this year put their heads together to come up with a list of desired open data datasets.

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DigitalGlobe eyes $400 million market for high-res images
Reuters
For satellite imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc, a $400 million-a-year global market awaits as soon as the United States relaxes regulations on the sale of higher-resolution images. That day cannot come soon enough for the only provider of commercial satellite images in the United States.

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How might NGA's immersive mission impact mainstream geospatial technology?
Sensors & Systems
At the recent International Space Symposium, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Letitia Long, set forth the mapping agency's mission to move beyond integration and toward immersion through next-generation mapping and location technologies. This bold future direction is being made in an austere budget environment where programs that don't meet this mission will lose funding.
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Russia turns off data from IGS GPS tracking stations
GPS World
As announced by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on May 13, GPS tracking stations co-sponsored by U.S. interests have stopped making their data available to scientists and others. The tap on the flow of data from 11 stations was turned off starting May 31. The data flow included hourly and daily data files from the stations as well as the real-time flow of data over the Internet.
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NATO HQ launches interactive web map based on Esri technology
GIS User
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has just released "NATO on Duty," an interactive, multi-media web map based on Esri's GIS software. "The purpose of the map is to illustrate to the general public the wide-range of NATO's work, both in terms of geography and in terms of the activities we carry out," says Pino Nobile, Geo Section head at NATO headquarters.
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Google-backed global broadband venture secures spectrum for satellite network
Space News
A company based in Britain's tax-friendly Channel Islands and backed by Google and the founder of satellite broadband trunking provider O3b Networks has secured radio spectrum rights to build a low-orbit satellite constellation to provide global broadband to individual consumers, industry officials said. The company has picked up Ku-band spectrum initially planned for use by a now-defunct company called SkyBridge to launch a constellation of 360 small satellites for a global Internet service.
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