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Jan. 10, 2012

GITA returns to Keystone with Thought Leader Symposium on Technology Integration

By Bob Samborski, Executive Director

It is with a great deal of excitement and anticipation that we announce today our first "Thought Leader Symposium on Achieving Business Excellence through Enterprise Technology Integration." Symposium dates are May 16-18, 2012.

This special event has been designed to address the increasing desire of utilities, government agencies and other infrastructure-related organizations to leverage their geospatial investments to better integrate their other existing technology solutions.

If there is a single theme to the many discussions I have had with association members and stakeholders — users and vendors alike &3151; since our last annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, it is that the assorted technology solutions they rely upon to fulfill their core missions do not work together as well as they should. As the GITA Board of Directors and staff confronted the challenges of a changing geospatial industry and evolving member needs over the past six months, it became apparent that a wholesale change in the association's organization and educational mission was overdue. If GITA is to continue to be relevant to its members, a "rebirth" of the association is required.More

Bay Area GECCo workshop registration now open!
Geospatial practitioners and infrastructure stakeholders in the greater Bay Area of San Francisco and Oakland are invited to indicate interest in participating in the upcoming Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration (GECCo) Workshop conducted by GITA in conjunction with the US Department of Homeland Security.

The Bay Area GECCo is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26 and 27, at the offices of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, located at 375 Eleventh Street, Oakland, Calif.

An informational website has been set up to manage event attendance: You will find a GECCo program agenda, registration information and additional information about the objectives and purpose of the GECCo initiative on this site. More

Innovation: Know your enemy
GPS World
GPS jamming is a continuing threat. A detailed understanding of how the available jammers work is necessary to judge their effectiveness and limitations. A team of researchers from Cornell University and the University of Texas at Austin reports on their analyses of the signal properties of 18 commercially available GPS jammers.More

Industry outlook 2012: The year of the cloud?
It seemed that 2011 was more stable than the last couple of years, but that doesn't mean everything was rosy. Times continue to be tough financially throughout the world, and the geotechnology sector still is no exception (although it continues to fare better than the general economy). Unfortunately, young people, particularly those just out of college, have been especially hard hit by the recession of the last few years.More

Chinese smart grid storage project could be a template for US
Smart Grid News
Want to see the future of smart grid storage? Look to China, which just completed a project that could be a template. It uses a 36 MWh energy storage system to integrate 140 MW of wind and solar, making it the country's largest smart grid storage facility. Plus, it helps provide support to the transmission system. You can expect to see similar smart grid storage efforts in the U.S. in those states where the renewable portfolio standard is above 10 percent. More

The big list of GIS, mapping and Geo Tech events for 2012
GIS User
Here we are well into 2012 and that means another year of conferences, events, MeetUps, Devmeets, hackathons and more. With budgets tight, a rough economy and conferences coming and going by the wayside, there are a number of choices to be made. Which event will you hit? Where to allocate your budget? Where will you get the most bang for your travel money?More

EnhancedView: Why entire geospatial industry should care
Directions Magazine
The cuts proposed for the U.S. defense budget could have a significant impact on the commercial remote sensing industry as well as the entire geospatial ecosystem. Kevin Pomfret of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy offers his insights on the potential impacts of the current budget negotiations in Washington.More

Esri releases National Geographic World Map
In cooperation with National Geographic, Esri released the National Geographic World Map. Esri and National Geographic collaborated to produce a distinctive basemap that reflects National Geographic's cartographic design, typographic style and map policies. Designed to be aesthetically pleasing, the National Geographic World Map is for users who want to display minimal data on a vibrant, highly detailed background. More

In a networked world, why is geography of knowledge still uneven?
The Guardian (blog)
Digital information — photographs, blogs, videos, tweets, Wikipedia articles, reviews, descriptions, stories and myriad other types of content — surrounds us. The amount of (mostly unpaid) human labor behind this content is astonishing. These online layers of content matter for many reasons.More

Open source maps gain ground as Google paywall looms
Nestoria is one of those companies that was told it would have to start paying real money for Google Maps. When Google couldn't tell it exactly how much, Nestoria kicked Mountain View to the curb and switched to OpenStreetMap, a free, collaborative effort to map the globe. But that's only part of the story. Nestoria's "free and open" map data is actually served up by MapQuest.More