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OGC identifies geospatial megatrend and some ripe issues
Directions Magazine
Countless companies and organizations have "scaled" in the world of the Internet and Web by building on the basic open standards of the Internet and Web. Open standards enable large networks of interoperating systems that create opportunities for "scaling.” OGC senior staff writer Lance McKee provides an update on the issues in which the organization's Board and Planning Committee see potential for further promotion and development of open standards.
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Difficult task: Placing an economic value on GPS
Inside GNSS
The nation's leading GPS experts are struggling to quantify how the world's premier navigation and timing system affects the U.S. economy, an effort critical to building a political firewall around GPS spectrum in the face of ballooning demand for broadband capacity. "It is an impossible question," said James Schlesinger, chairman of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board.
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NGA maps the future of geospatial intelligence
Defense Systems
In 2012, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency released its 2013-2017 Strategy documenting the agency's near-term vision for where it is going in the early 21st century. The five-year plan, which lays out NGA's strategic objectives and priorities, was driven by newly appointed NGA Chief Operating Officer Ellen McCarthy, who at the time had just returned to government service from industry.
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The 10 changes utilities will face in 2014
Smart Grid News
IDC Energy Insights has come out with its annual forecasts for utilities. Some of them are so obvious and general as to be useless. And some of them are cloaked in a thick layer of analyst-speak. But scattered amongst the silly stuff are several predictions that provide a good reminder of the challenging times ahead.

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Why utilities are terrible at GIS
Smart Grid News
Consultant Geoff Zeiss just put out a lengthy, thoughtful blog that encapsulates the geo-spatial problems faced by utilities all over the world. Geoff is polite, so he emphasizes the challenges without harping on the fact that most utilities are failing miserably to meet them.

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Predictions for the geospatial marketplace 2014
Directions Magazine
This week our editors score themselves on how well they did with last year's predictions in the geospatial marketplace in 2013. Then, they step up to plate and make predictions for 2014.

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Apple hints at future Maps app in 'layered map' patent filing
Apple Insider
Apple's "Interactive Map" patent filing details a mapping program that enables users to dynamically adjust and view different "layers" of content pulled from the Internet. Examples include commuting, tourism and weather map layers, among others. According to the document, the map would be able to emphasize any surrounding features of a selected point of interest, which in many cases will be a user's current position.
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Advocating for geography education
Sensors & Systems
A recent opinion piece by Kirk Goldsberry, visiting scholar at Harvard University, gained a good deal of attention because it advocated for a return of a geography department to that august institution. Sensors & Systems special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Goldsberry about his background, about the need to reveal spatial patterns, and about the importance of geography.
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Celebrate the holidays with interactive Esri #BestXmasEver map
GIS User
Esri has created two holiday maps that you can embed or share as part of your holiday and Christmas coverage. Esri's Smithsonian Folkways Holiday Music Map is a singing map that lets you explore traditional holiday songs from the Smithsonian Folkways collection. Listen to 56 tracks across 24 countries celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa.
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Raytheon receives $16 million contract for miniaturized airborne GPS receivers
GPS World
Raytheon Company has received a $15.8 million contract order for its MAGR 2000-S24 miniaturized airborne GPS receiver. The order, which includes new production and sustainment of existing systems, is the first under an Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity contract awarded to the company in September 2013 by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
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