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Thousands of geo professionals convene in San Diego
GIS User
If location technology is your thing, then San Diego is the place to be, or watch, this week as about 15,000 developers, geo technologists, modelers, technicians and other geo professionals convene for the annual Esri user conference. The weekend saw special pre-conference mini conferences, like the survey summit and 3D Summit, and many more events are planned, like the EDU summit, business summit and more.
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SAP, Esri build stronger mapping ties
Information Week
SAP and Esri jointly announced the general availability of new integrations between key platforms and applications of SAP and the geospatial services and content of Esri. SAP and Esri have been partners for many years, and several of their tools and applications have been adapted to work together — sometimes with the aid of third-party integrations.
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The future of education: Geography matters — but so do other things
Directions Magazine
Chris Swanson, the Vice President of Education Week; Cindy Marten the Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District; and Dr. Helen Soulé, Executive Director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, addressed "Opportunities and Challenges in K-12 Education" in the first Esri Education GIS Conference plenary. One educator described this session as a "repeat" of "professional development talks" he'd seen.
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Harbinger sues US government over LightSquared
Inside GNSS
Harbinger Capital Partners, a hedge fund controlled by Phil Falcone that acted as the primary financial backer of LightSquared, is suing the United States government over the failure of the proposed terrestrial broadband wireless network that would have broadcast in RF spectrum adjacent to GNSS L1 frequencies.
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Open data: A policy required for emergency response and management
Directions Magazine
No less than three speakers in the morning session of the Senior Executive Seminar at the Esri User Conference spoke on the need for an open data policy for emergency response. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere of the Department of Commerce and a NOAA administrator said that data, freely shared, is a public good and is a cornerstone of U.S. policy as well as a fundamental way of doing business.
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Why nanogrids may be bigger than microgrids
Smart Grid News
Nanogrids are "big business" compared to microgrids, says Navigant Research as reported by FierceSmartGrid. What's more, they have the potential to strongly influence the future of microgrids and even the "macrogrid" as well. In fact, developing nations may leapfrog the U.S. and the rest of the developed world in nanogrid deployment. After all, many countries are skipping the landline telephone and jumping directly to mobile technology.
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GIS technology helps eradicate polio
Information Week
In the battle to eradicate polio, even a 99 percent success rate is failure. But the World Health Organization expects that the efforts of its dedicated professionals — combined with vaccines, other local and international resources, and tools such as geographic information systems — will eradicate the crippling and potentially deadly disease worldwide by 2018, according to Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO's assistant director general.
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National Map Open Data initiative launched in Australia
Spatial Source
The Australian Government launched what it calls the "National Map Open Data" initiative, which aims to give users access to a single platform for Government geospatial datasets, including those from the Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and data.gov.au. The geospatial data is presented in-browser as a map — based on Cesium, and using Bing imagery as the base map — which enables users to see the available data before they extract it.
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Top 10 promises of wearables for greater geospatial awareness
Sensors & Systems
The wearables are certainly coming. We've seen the future in Google Glass, and the Android wear watches that are extending our handheld devices to be more hands free. We know that there is great value in extending technology to be more in tune with our actions and less intrusive to our navigation.
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