GITA News Hub
Mar. 20, 2012

Thought Leader Symposium offers unique learning format
Attendees at the GITA Thought Leader Symposium scheduled for May 16-18 in Keystone, Colo., will experience a unique educational format designed to maximize their personal engagement and educational takeaways. The new format will include three basic components within each 90-minute educational session: a presentation of a key technology or topic; a case study or best practice example of the technology or implementation; and a facilitated discussion involving the presenters and audience to address the issues involved, additional questions and observations.

Each component will be scheduled for 30 minutes. The "30-30-30" program design is intended to provide attendees with information to take back home and apply immediately. Participants will gain insight to the most important trends and directions of the industry, the business perspectives and implications of the topics, and practical strategies that have been applied across the enterprise by their industry peers.More

GECCo workshop concludes in Charlotte
The latest in the GITA Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration workshop series was held at the Lee S. Dukes Water Treatment Plant facilities of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities in Huntersville, N.C. on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16. More than 30 representatives of local and regional government agencies, first responder organizations, utilities and other organizations participated in the workshop, which included an emergency response scenario based on this summer's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Rob Rennie, Program Analyst with the Infrastructure Information Collection Division of DHS, gave a presentation outlining the various federal geospatial resources available to local users; Leah Schwizer, HiFLD to the Regions Information Exchange Broker for the Southeast, also provided attendees with a useful description of what an IEB can do for local government agencies, utilities and other organizations looking to acquire geospatial data.More

Thanks, Dr. Bob!

GITA President Dan Shannon, Telus, Edmonton, Alberta, presents a commemorative plaque to Past President Dr. Bob Austin, City of Tampa, Fla., at the recent GITA Board of Directors meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Austin served as president from June 2010 through December 2011. More

New book on open source geospatial technology
Locate Press
The Geospatial Desktop — Open Source GIS & Mapping, authored by Gary Sherman, is now available on the Kindle platform for download and at a discount to the print book.

Open source GIS and mapping application are in increasing demand. Created specifically to support consultants and academics needing more material on the subject, this book gives an overview of the desktop software that is currently available and dives deeply into particular cases — including scripting, analysis and day-to-day usage of products such as Quantum GIS and GRASS GIS. This is an introduction to products as well as concepts, so is well suited for beginner GIS students and intermediate users who want to expand their portfolio of options. More

FOSS4G North America Conference update!
FOSS4G North America is one month away! Due to venue restrictions (400 max!), there are a limited number of registration spaces still remaining, so sign up soon!

FOSS4G is proud of the program, which includes talks from open source developers, managers and visionaries. FOSS4G North America is a great opportunity to learn about the statue of the art and how people are putting open source to use in their organizations.

See you in D.C.! More

Facing fees, some sites bypassing Google Maps
The New York Times
When it comes to offering online maps to their users, some companies have been leaving Google Maps and setting out for less familiar territory. In the seven years since it was introduced, Google's offering of street maps, satellite photos and street-level views has become the dominant player in the world of online mapping, displacing earlier entrants like AOL's MapQuest. More

GeoSearch Inc. 2011 wage and salary survey
Directions Magazine
The "2011 Survey" marks the 20th annual wage and salary survey GeoSearch Inc. has compiled. The survey originated in an attempt to measure job categories that couldn't be found in other surveys, and it remains a unique source of geospatial compensation data. Data contained in the 2011 Survey arrives from information collected from the 133 geospatial employers who participated in this year's survey.More

Is there a mapping drone in your future?
Vector 1 Magazine
Wasn't it just yesterday that the idea of unmanned aerial platforms seemed like science fiction? With the successful deployment of drones for recent military operations, the technology has come a long way in a short period of time. While the image of the bubble-headed armed aircraft-sized drone platform is etched in our minds, these sensing platforms come in all sizes and shapes.More

Border imaging: New technology takes to skies for greater security
As public debate increases regarding the protection of national borders, so does interest in finding practical, cost-effective methods of border monitoring. Under the auspices of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, San Diego State University is advancing the use of airborne remote sensing for border monitoring by developing methods to achieve pixel-level spatial co-registration among multi-temporal image sets. More

Solar's 15 percent returns lure investors
Bloomberg Businessweek
U.S. solar developers are luring cash at record rates from investors ranging from Warren Buffett to Google Inc. and KKR & Co. by offering returns on projects four times those available for Treasury securities. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. together with the biggest Internet search company, the private equity company and insurers MetLife Inc. and John Hancock Life Insurance Co. poured more than $500 million into renewable energy in the last year. More

DoD boosts commitment to renewables, smart grid technologies
Smart Grid News
The U.S. military has been involved in smart grid technology in what seems like every possible way, from its buildings to field operations: renewable energy, batteries and storage, microgrids and more. DoD's recently released Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan strengthens that commitment considerably with ambitious targets for increased efficiency and increased use of renewables, notably in the form of biofuels. More