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Will there be backlash to free open location data when more for-profit providers pounce?
Sensors & Systems
The justification behind free and open municipal data largely centers around improved transparency between government and citizens, and the means for the citizen to create apps to better serve their own and other people's needs. While this ambition is being fulfilled, there are also those aggregating open information in larger datasets with the intent to sell. Do these two cultures clash?
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The NGA's expanding mission: An interview with director Letitia Long
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief In this interview with the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Letitia Long, editor in chief Joe Francica discusses the expanding mission of the NGA for domestic homeland security as well as to support intelligence gathering around the world. Long discussed some of the issues important to her such as providing the warfighter with mobile applications and developing a more immersive experience for the analysis of geospatial information.
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DoD, partners share mapping technology for disaster relief
Directions Magazine
The Defense Department is using GeoSHAPE, a tool that will soon be available to assist countries and organizations dealing with the deadly consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters and humanitarian crises, experts from DoD said. The open-source tool is not directly related to shapefiles; the acronym stands for geospatial tool for security, humanitarian assistance and partnership engagement.
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5 DARPA projects to break the military's dependence on GPS
GCN
DARPA, whose early investments in geospatial positioning systems led to the explosion of the technology across government, is doing a what-if exercise: What happens if military units are facing a threat, and GPS becomes vulnerable or unstable because of solar storms or jamming? To pursue countermeasures, the research agency is putting its budget into programs that could provide critical geospatial data to troops when GPS was unavailable.
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How mapping can improve risk understanding from natural catastrophes
The Daily Telegraph
Some 130 catastrophic events caused an estimated $54 billion in economic losses and $22 billion in insured losses in the first six months of the year, according to Impact Forecasting. In each of these events, mapping has been important in understanding the timeline of the event, the damage caused and the geographical extent of human and economic losses.
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Tasking your own satellite for data collection ... there's an app for that!
GIS User
Yes indeed, recently, at the ESRIUC, Esri business partner, Airbus Defense and Space showed off their newly launched service that enables ArcGIS users to easily task a satellite (Pleiades and SPOT) for data collection over any area of interest. the service is now available through the ArcGIS Marketplace and boasts that users will receive their data within 30-60 days.
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GPS IIF-7 launched safely into orbit
GPS World
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh GPS IIF satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, August 1 (03:23 UTC, August 2), from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Boeing-built satellite has sent the signals to controllers that confirm it is currently operating properly within the constellation.
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Smart city technology will reach $27.5 billion in annual revenue by 2023
Environmental Expert
Creating more sustainable, resilient and livable cities is of vital importance to nations around the world. In particular, the rapid urbanization of Asia and Africa is driving strong growth in the market for smart city technologies that can connect and modernize power grids, water treatment and transfer systems, transportation management systems and energy efficient buildings.
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