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Join GITA's FREE Webinar on Oct. 14
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The Value of Effective Data Construction for Rural Communities
When: Tuesday, October 14
Time: 1:00 PM CDT
Who: Thomas B Sanford, GIS Manager of Golden Triangle Planning and Development District & Scott L Trapolino, GISP, GIS Analyst, DeSoto County, MS


Golden Triangle Planning and Development District is a regional organization which values the collection and application of geospatial data for use in local government operations, planning and development activities, and rural development. They have focused on the collection of base data such as streets, structure polygons, address points, and street-level photographs for the promotion of economic growth and development in Winston County, Mississippi. Such data collection has required a unique brand of ingenuity as local financial resources are extremely limited due to extreme poverty and while the benefits of using geospatial information technologies are generally agreed upon as a good idea, their true value was not necessarily realized until the area was struck by a massive EF-4 tornado on 28 April 2014. This webinar will focus on the value proposition for collecting and using geospatial data in rural communities, how geospatial technologies were applied in a life-saving manner immediately after the tornado struck, and their use to greatly enhance the filing of damage claims and aid the overall recovery effort.
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MAPPS applauds introduction of Digital Coast Act in US Senate
Directions Magazine
A bill to establish a "Digital Coast" program whereby the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration develops a coordinated and comprehensive national mapping effort for coastal, State and territorial waters of the United States has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, earning praise from MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms.
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With Army's geospatial tool, new terrain is familiar terrain
Defense Systems
The Army is using its own kind of Google Street View to help commanders, engineers and analysts judge the lay of the land before moving into new territory and identify such thing as the best routes for troop movements, the location of arable land or the availability of water sources.
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Falling prices will spur innovation, competition in high-precision GNSS market
Inside GNSS
The high-precision GNSS industry should expect to see industry consolidation and a scramble for new markets and innovations as prices for high-end chips and modules continue to slide, experts told attendees at a ION GNSS+ panel discussion in Tampa, Florida. The falling prices could strain R&D budgets, they noted, but could also create opportunity as high-end receivers come within reach of emerging industries.
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By Jesse Berst: It was about three years ago that I first started warning utilities that smart cities would soon be part of the conversation. I wanted to share this recent announcement from Silver Spring Networks as a reminder that the trend is gathering momentum.
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US Strategic Command confirms fall of Russian military satellite
RIA Novosti
Russian reconnaissance satellite Kosmos-2495 reentered the atmosphere and crashed last week, a spokesman for the U.S. Strategic Command told RIA Novosti on Friday. The Russian Defense Ministry has previously denied media reports of a Russian military satellite, allegedly exploded above the United States. The Kosmos-2495 was launched on May 6, 2014.
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Mapping could help stop Ebola's spread
Directions Magazine
Whether it's the Black Death of 1350 or the Ebola virus in West Africa, one thing deadly pandemics have in common is that their progress takes a geographical course. But researcher Lars Skog at KTH Royal Institute of Technology is one of those developing geoinformation systems that can help health workers predict the spread of a disease and stop it.
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China to join effort on aircraft satnav standards
GPS World
Europe's EGNOS augmentation system sharpens the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals so they can safely be used for landing approaches across a growing number of European airports. But aviation is a global enterprise — so the aim is to develop a seamless network of augmentation systems in future.
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