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GITA Board of Directors Election
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Cast your vote December 2 through December 13 for the 2014 GITA Board of Directors. Electronic ballot was sent by email on December 2. All members in good standing are encouraged to vote! If you believe you are entitled to vote and have not received a ballot, please send an email to governance@gita.org.
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GITA FREE Webinar Series: December 2013
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Living in a Golden Age of Web Mapping

When: Monday, December 9
Time: 3:00 PM Central Time
Who: Xavier J. Irias, PE,Director of Engineering and Construction, East Bay Municipal Utility District
Do we live in a golden age of web mapping? What makes an age "golden" anyway and why do we care? These questions and more will be explored. Along the way we will see how the history of the Roman Empire can inform our modern-day geospatial aspirations. We will view life not from the eyes of a Roman emperor/CEO, but through the eyes of a citizen/regular user. Roman citizens navigated treacherous political currents, seeking to thrive amidst struggles for imperial succession. As geospatial professionals, we navigate equally deep waters as we make key technology choices. Which software platforms should we invest in? Which tools should we use? Which mapping standards are the most important: ESRI REST, WMS or something else? Which languages: Javascript, Flexor Silverlight? The webinar will outline key strategies for success in this, the golden age of web mapping.

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Well Status and Classification

When: Thursday, December 19
Time: 1:00 PM Central Time
Who: Trudy Curtis, CEO, PPDM Association
Well status and classification values are used to help group wells on the basis of information about the state or function of each well. Created independently by many organizations and agencies over many decades, these values include some of the most widely abused terms in the oil and gas industry. Indeed, many different terms and definitions are used with very little consistency in terms of terminology or usage (intended meaning). Most sets of terms or codes are defined poorly, or contain no definition at all. For example, "active" is a commonly used well status value that has many different intended (and usually undocumented) uses across regions, companies, software application or operational divisions. This results in miscommunications that have a real impact to the bottom-line of a business. Working collaboratively with industry, the Professional Petroleum Data Management (PPDM) Association has decomposed well status information to identify the different kinds of information contained in a well status value. This presentation will explore this concept and the many interrelated issues.

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Amazon contemplates drones for last mile delivery: Implications for geospatial industry
Directions Magazine
There was a lot of "Gee whiz!" and corny jokes about Sunday night's announcement from Amazon that the retailer is considering using drone to deliver packages to its customers' doorsteps. CEO Jeff Bezos in an interview on 60 Minutes described drone delivery within 30 minutes of order could happen within the next five years. The company statement was a bit more aggressive, expecting implementation within two years.
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Pinterest adds Pin Maps
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Have you checked out the Pinterest Pin Maps option yet? You may be somewhat surprised when Pinterest encourages you to search on the map. Essentially, this feature lets you create a custom board that is on a map UI.

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Geospatial data project lets anyone put almost anything on a map
Sensors & Systems
A powerful Web-based system enabling people worldwide to better predict such things as damaging floods and potential effects of climate change is the goal of a $4.5 million, four-year project begun by Purdue University researchers.

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GPS III prototype proves compatibility with existing constellation
GPS World
The Lockheed Martin prototype of the next-generation GPS satellite, the GPS III, has proven that it is backwardly compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit.

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What does the launch of more than 60 microsatellites in one week mean for the future of Earth observation?
Sensors & Systems
Last week, two rockets launched a combined 61 micro satellites, with many of them focused on Earth observation missions. This unprecedented explosion of low-Earth orbit satellites marks a wave of lower cost observation platforms that trade reduced longevity for nimble and flexible deployment and more tailored observations.
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GIS, mapping and the Internet of things
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AudioBrief How will maps interact with the Internet of Things? Will we cause actions with maps? Will a simple spatial query change traffic lights or lock gates?
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What's to come: the IoT's role in smart grid evolution
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The next question is not "When will the IoT get here?" The smart grid IoT is already with us. Instead, the question should be "What is the next IoT and how will it benefit people?" This article is the fourth discussion about the tight synergy among silicon, security, the IoT and smart grid. Indeed, security lies at the heart of an IoT and if an IoT can be adequately protected, the rewards to society could be dramatic.
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Urban positioning on a smartphone
Inside GNSS
The poor performance of GNSS user equipment in urban canyons in terms of both accuracy and solution availability is a well-known problem that arises where there are tall buildings or narrow streets. This situation is worse in the cross-street direction than in the along-street direction. The accuracy in the cross-street direction can be of great importance to daily life.
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Galileo's first 2 FOC satellites endure simulated space tests
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ESA's newest Galileo satellite has emerged from five weeks of simulated space conditions. On Friday, a hatch slid open to end its thermal-vacuum test, a milestone on the way to orbit. The satellite was placed in the 4.5-meter-diameter Phenix chamber in ESA's ESTEC Test Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in late October. Once inside, the air was pumped out to create a space-quality vacuum.
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