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Call for abstracts for 2013 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference & Exhibition
GITA
The Advisory Board is now accepting abstracts for the 2013 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference & Exhibition. We invite you to submit an abstract no later than June 9.

Celebrating its 22nd year, GITA's Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference & Exhibition has provided an invaluable forum for oil and gas pipeline industry professionals to interact with each other on a personal basis.

Over the years, this has been considered an important industry forum for practitioners, suppliers and solution providers.
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Open source crusade blocks geospatial standard
iTnews
An open standard proposal by mapping giant Esri has failed after a backlash from open source developers within the geospatial community led it to withdraw from the process. Esri, with around 30 percent market share in geographic information systems, has over 1 million users and 350,000 customers, most of whom use its ArcGIS software.
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In the spotlight: Keith Masback, U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
Washington Business Journal
This week's edition of "In the Spotlight" features Keith Masback, CEO of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation in Herndon, Va. Masback was promoted from president to CEO.
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Cost in space: Funding halt leaves Australian satellites up in air
Sydney Morning Herald
Australian engineers have designed a satellite system that can map the water content of soil across the entire continent every three days. But it may never be deployed in Australia because the federal government does not support building, launching or owning its own satellites.
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White House launches federal digital strategy
Nextgov
The White House's long-awaited Digital Strategy aims to ensure agencies manage mobile devices safely and affordably and to give citizens mobile access to everything from government websites and applications to raw survey and satellite data.The strategy is titled, "Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People."

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Top 10 awesome features coming in new Google Maps
GIS User
I'm sure more than a few of you have been catching the 2013 Google I/O livestream, unless you happen to be there in person (lucky you). It's always a treat to hear about Google and what's coming next. For myself I was interested to hear all about the future of Google Maps and Google Maps for mobile. Google has reinforced that Maps are all about exploring and discovering, especially on mobile.

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Privacy and personal geographic data
Directions Magazine
At the Creating the Policy and Legal Framework for a Location-enabled Society conference in Boston, Kirk Goldsberry, who is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard, gave a fascinatng presentation with the help of two of his students on the topic of personal geographic data and privacy.

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Europe's GNSS program: Interview with European Commission vice president
Inside GNSS
A former officer in the Italian Air Force, Antonio Tajani has been vice-president of the European Commission since May 2008. Tajani is, however, also the current European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, which makes him top man at the European Union directorate-general that oversees the Europoean GNSS programs, particularly Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.
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Lawsuit details alleged waste at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Federal Times
The watchdog for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is investigating a whistle-blower's complaints about fraud and waste atop the agency, including details of a 2011 "Family Day" event that cost more than a quarter million dollars, according to court records. The inspector general's probe began after a former contract employee said she was fired last year after raising concerns.
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Landsat 8 set to extend long run of observing Earth
Directions Magazine
NASA launched the Landsat Data Continuity Mission satellite on Feb. 11. Since then, NASA mission engineers and scientists, with USGS collaboration, have been putting the satellite through its paces — steering it into its orbit, focusing the instruments, calibrating the detectors and collecting test images. Now fully mission-certified, the satellite will be transferred to USGS operational control and renamed Landsat 8.
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Better late than never: Hacking with good intentions
Geoplace
"Better late than never" is a pretty solid "truism." Unless you barely made it to something that then became a disaster, better late than never works, so I'm pressing on with this note's topic. I just found out, via a press release from Esri, about The National Day of Civic Hacking. It raised my interest, because I'm old enough to think of hacking as only a bad thing, like from the 1983 movie "WarGames."
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Alberta open data portal #OpenGov opens data to the masses
GIS User
A fine mainstream media report on a new OpenData resource from Alberta, Canada, has surfaced on the CTV web portal. What I like really like about this report is that it is quite accurate and truthful, getting right to the point and describing exactly why open data is important to users and the business community. The report interviews a local consultant who describes several projects he's accomplished thanks to the use of new open data products.
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Finally! More help for financing energy efficiency
Smart Grid News
Everybody agrees that financing is the biggest hurdle to getting more energy efficiency projects underway. But everybody sits around hoping somebody else will do something about it. Now Noesis Energy is building a "marketplace" where energy efficiency buyers can locate a variety of financing options, from loans to leases to performance contracts and more.
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