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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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Modeling a changing American landscape
USGS via Sensors & Systems
Land change is a signature activity of human civilization. Since the dawn of history, people have purposefully converted natural landscapes to human-dominated areas. Typical motivations for land change are cultivation (e.g. slash-and-burn fields, rice paddies, modern farms); occupation (villages, cities, housing developments); and other cultural and economic pursuits (roads, schools, airports).
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UAS industry leaders participating in UAS Mapping 2014 Reno
UAS Mapping 2014 Reno
The first UAS technical symposium sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing announces that industry leaders in the UAS commercial industry are onboard for UAS MAPPING 2014 RENO! The technical program has been designed to provide practical information on sensor types and platforms as well as soup-to-nuts details on planning a mission, controlling the mission, flying the mission, and processing the data.
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Smart cities disconnect? Survey finds most in U.S. don't know the term
Smart Grid News
Do residents think their city is as smart as city officials do? A new survey finds the answer is probably not. In fact, few people have even heard of the term "smart cities." That's according to Roberta Gamble of Frost & Sullivan, writing for Meeting of the Minds on preliminary results from a recent survey of 1,000 people in the U.S.
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Geospatial companies! Is your homepage doing its job?
Directions Magazine
By Adena Schutzberg: In 1995, I had a job interview with a company about which I knew very little. A good friend used something called Mosaic (an early Web browser) to access and print out the company's website. It had five pages. Those pages most definitely helped me as I prepared for the interview and ultimately got the job.
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Is the convergence of geospatial technology ripe to cause disruption in natural resource industries?
Sensors & Systems
A new population projection from the United Nations pushes past predictions beyond marks made just a decade ago. The new numbers show that we have an 80 percent chance of reaching 11 billion people by 2100, up from today's 7 billion number, and well beyond the prior estimate that showed growth rates leveling off. With these numbers, there's a need to consider the carrying capacity of our planet with an eye on our raw resources.
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Microsoft back in the geo game?
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief Microsoft seems to be finally making waves in geo: Bing Maps Favelas; Azure Search; Power BI Visualization. Does all this point to a renewed focus on geospatial for consumer and enterprise?
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GNSS position estimates
Inside GNSS
Q: How do measurement errors propagate into GNSS position estimates?

A: Not surprisingly, GNSS positioning accuracy is largely dependent on the level of measurement errors induced by orbital inaccuracies, atmospheric effects, multipath, and noise. This article discusses how, specifically, these errors manifest as position errors.

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IRNSS signal in space ICD released
GPS World
The Indian Space Research Organization has released Version 1 of the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System Signal in Space Interface Control Document for the Standard Positioning Service. The document provides information on the signals and structures of the IRNSS system, including signal modulations, frequency bands, received power levels, the data structures and their interpretations, and user algorithms.
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