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Geospatial community feels pinch of government shutdown
Point of Beginning
The effects of the partial government shutdown already can be felt in the geospatial community. With no agreement from Congress on a government funding bill, the shutdown not only affected federal employees but also contractors that work for government agencies. The shutdown impacts almost all federal agencies, including those with strong ties to the geospatial community such as the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Obama Administration directive lifted limits on NSA domestic spying, including GPS location data
Inside GNSS
In 2008, the campaign of President Barack Obama pioneered the use of social media to power his way to the White House. In 2010, the president unleashed the National Security Agency to collect and analyze details — including geolocation derived from GPS and other positioning technologies —— of billions of American citizens' telephone calls, e-mails and social media, such as Facebook.
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What geospatial knowledge and skills should college graduates have?
Directions Magazine
At one time the thought was that a full course in GIS or geospatial technologies was the way to go for college students, even for non-geospatial majors. Now, with so many other topics crowding the learners plate, there's a move toward the use of technology and thinking across the curriculum. But the key question remains: What geospatial ideas and skills should students leaving college know?
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Why does today's age of context and quantification center on location technology?
Sensors & Systems
There's a gathering convergence of the data created by mobile devices and sensors, location technology, and systems to map and analyze the resulting information. This convergence has profound significance for how we interact with others. It is also creating a greater awareness of location for a more holistic understanding of place that will change how we manage the world.
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GITA's Next Webinar October 8
GITA
This webinar, "Hazardous Material Plume Pre-plan Maps," will utilize Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) software, Areal Locations of Hazardous Atmospheres (ALOHA) software and ArcGIS/Model Builder to provide pre-plan maps to support response to a hazardous chemical release. After entering variables related to the subject chemical and average local weather conditions into CAMEOfm, ALOHA will be used to create a release plume.
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A refresh for Yahoo Maps
Yahoo
Every day, many of us need to get from one place to another and oftentimes use Maps for help. In fact, over a quarter of search queries on Yahoo are related to local content. Today, we're excited to launch a refreshed Yahoo Maps desktop experience in the U.S.

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Reliability and resiliency are not enough
Smart Grid News
Doug Houseman is one of the world's pre-eminent power engineers and the Vice President of Innovation and Technology at EnerNex. He has produced advanced grid designs for the U.S., China and elsewhere. He says that the two familiar "R" words, reliability and resiliency, are not good enough.

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My GIS is better than yours (and other lies)
Directions Magazine
John Van Hoesen argues "neither the operating system or flavor of software should be the mechanism by which we judge the analyses or the product nor in the academic sector, how we effectively articulate and teach the fundamentals of using a GIS."

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The No. 1 reason consumers hate the smart grid is ignorance
Smart Grid News
Our industry has spent years thrashing about as we look for solutions to consumer backlash. We've come up with dozens of sophisticated customer engagement programs and outreach efforts. But a recent survey from Canada suggests that the most effective solution is simple education. At the risk of oversimplification, I'd summarize the key finding as "people are afraid of things they don't understand."
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The 2012 census of more than 89,000 US local governments
GIS User
How big is government? Well, a survey of local agencies in the U.S. may clarify that for you. The U.S. Census Bureau has just released the data and findings from the 2012 Census of U.S. Governments. The Individual State Descriptions provide the foundation of how government entities are identified and classified for the U.S. Census Bureau statistics on governments.
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How Miami-Dade will spend $11 million grant for STEM schools
South Florida Business Journal
Miami-Dade County Public Schools received a $10.7 million federal grant to create two high schools focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The U.S. Department of Education's three-year grant will help launch Biotech @ Zoo Miami and iTech @ Edison. The former school will teach students conservation biology and ecosystem management in cooperation with staff at Zoo Miami and Fairchild Tropical Gardens.
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