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May 31, 2011

GITA, Utilimetrics sign MOU, agree to partner
GITA
On May 1, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Geospatial Information & Technology Association and Utilimetrics, a non-profit educational association formerly known as the America Meter Reading Association, was signed. The MOU sets forth some basic parameters for establishing an agreement to pursue collaborative endeavors of mutual interest to each organization.More

GITA marks 2 decades of geospatial pipeline education
GITA
This October, oil and gas industry professionals from across North America and around the world will convene in Houston for the 20th annual "GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference." Produced and sponsored by the Geospatial Information & Technology Association, this event will culminate two decades of information exchange in a unique, increasingly important energy industry niche.More

A labor of wonder: Mapping 19,993 trees in Central Park
The New York Times
Every year about 37 million people go to Central Park, and, finding themselves surrounded by 23,000 trees, most do not know their sassafras from their euonymus. But Ken Chaya and Edward Sibley Barnard are not like most people. Spend two hours walking the oxygen-infused oasis with this pair as quirky as the Quercus prinus (chestnut oak), and it's as if all of your senses are on steroids. More

10 cities adopting smart grid technology
U.S. News & World Report
The nation's power grid is being renovated as the country moves towards smart grid technology. The upgrade will facilitate a range of new technologies, from more efficient appliances to solar and wind farms. While it will take decades for the entire grid to wise up, it is already a reality in dozens of cities around the country, as utility companies operate pilot programs to test the technology before rolling out the systems nationwide. More

Enhancing engagement in geospatial presentations
Directions Magazine
Did you sleep through the last geospatial presentation you attended? Was it the presenter? Was it you? Was it the content? The format? It may be something else: a lack of attention to engagement. Here are some observations and suggestion about how presenters at geospatial events can actively engage attendees in thinking and learning.More

Google Maps: 5 reasons Apple, others shouldn't try to compete
ZD Net
At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, Google V.P. of Location and Local Services Marissa Mayer fielded some questions about the widespread popularity of its mapping app, specifically what might happen if Apple rolled out its own map app and booted Google Maps in favor of its own product on iPhones and iPod Touches.More

Down the lines: Our delicate electrical grid
Smart Grid News
The nation's crumbling electric grid is the focus of this video report created as part of PoweringANation.org, a project through the School of Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. Through interviews with industry leaders, the report explains how electric consumption is increasing dramatically, and the construction of power lines has fallen far behind, setting the stage for more serious and frequent blackouts in the coming years.More

What is GPS good for?
GPS World
As a resource for policy-makers and other interested parties seeking to understand the role and potential of GPS in the U.S. economy, security, defense, safety, infrastructure, and overall national interest, we present this compilation of stories on real-world applications of GPS technology. More

LightSquared Las Vegas test towers flawed, FCC filing shows
GPS World
Results from the LightSquared/GPS testing just concluded in the field near Las Vegas may produce overly optimistic results regarding the effects of the LightSquared signal on GPS receivers. This is because the LightSquared equipment may be broadcasting at lower-than-planned levels for its initial deployment on cell towers across the United States. More

How do geographic information, mapping and GIS connect with news media today?
Vector 1 Magazine
News media today are evolving to include more geographic related information into a continuous news stream that is globally live. The origins of stories and breaking news events are being plugged into both professional and consumer oriented tools and technologies. A digital conduit strings together rapidly innovating tools, historical information with current happenings, whose ingredients are timeliness, awareness, wisdom, transparency and observation.More