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Webinar: The Four Eras of Commercial Satellite Imagery
GITA
When: Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. CST
Presenter: Jack Hild, Hild Enterprises LLC
This presentation reviews the evolution of capabilities delivered by electro-optical satellite imagery from the perspective of resolution, accuracy, speed of delivery and content. Each "era" has had a profound impact on the value satellite imagery can have on a wide variety of user missions. With numerous examples from the US commercial satellite industry, the presentation will provide attendees with a good understanding of the many improvements since the launch of Ikonos in 1999 as well as a glimpse into the future of earth observation.
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Modeling a changing American landscape
Directions Magazine
Through time the surface of the earth has become a mosaic of natural and cultural landscapes. Each patch of the mosaic forms part of a diverse, yet interconnected set of landscapes ranging from relatively pristine natural ecosystems to completely human-dominated urban and industrial areas. The scale of landscape change ranges from local to regional to global changes.
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Congressman calls for subcommittee to have primary jurisdiction over federal geospatial activities
Directions Magazine
Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado sent a long letter to Doc Hastings Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources essentially asking that a subcommittee under that one be put in charge of federal geospatial activities. Lamborn is the chair of the existing Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources and wants his committee to take on the task and be renamed the Subcommittee on Energy, Mineral and Geospatial Resources in the 114th Congress.
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Have we progressed beyond geospatial arrogance?
Sensors & Systems
A conversation that took place at the industry's largest geospatial gathering this summer is hard to erase from memory. There, a long-time industry veteran who is well respected to the point of holding office in a major industry association and giving many keynote addresses at regional events made a statement along the lines of, "we need to get over ourselves."
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Report shows rapid and widespread adoption of open data by governments
GIS User
Socrata has announced the launch of the Socrata 2014 Open Data Benchmark Reportdesigned to measure and report public-sector use of open data in the United States. The report reveals that an increasing number of public-sector organizations have embraced open data as a way to boost visibility into government decision-making and performance.
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Utilities agree on tough times ahead (but disagree on future of transmission)
Smart Grid News
Utilities are generally pessimistic about their future role in the effort to expand the U.S. electric grid and make it stronger. They believe they will be on the losing end as new competition becomes increasingly involved in the initiative. But they disagree strongly about what the future of energy transmission will look like and how much change to expect, according to a survey from Mortenson Construction.
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GPS and relativity
GPS World
VideoBrief An educational video by the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics shows how GPS, a navigational tool that can pinpoint your location to within a few meters, incorporates a number of effects from Einstein's theory of relativity.
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UK eLoran now in operation to back up GPS
Inside GNSS
Technology to counter the threat of GNSS jamming is now available at Dover and along the east coast of the United Kingdom as the island nation continues to implement an enhanced Loran (eLoran) system that is setting an example for the world. The General Lighthouse Authorities of the U.K. and Ireland announced the initial operational capability of U.K. maritime eLoran.
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