GITA News Hub
June. 28, 2011

Geospatial Thought Leader Series: Privacy and Location
GITA
Today’s issue of the GITA News Hub features the first in a new series of papers and reports called the "Geospatial Thought Leaders Series." The inaugural series paper, entitled, "Privacy and Location," is authored by Dan Shannon of Telus Geomatics in Edmonton, Alberta, and discusses the geospatial context of several recent cases involving sharing of public data. Mr. Shannon is currently the President-Elect of GITA.

In the coming weeks and months, this series will provide readers insight and awareness of the technology, applications, emerging trends and issues that are in the forefront of the rapidly evolving geospatial industry — from the perspective of key GITA and industry leaders. The topics will be as varied as the industry itself and will be categorized into subject matter areas for future reference.

Interested in contributing? Send your ideas for a submission to the "Thought Leader Series" to Talbot Brooks at tbrooks@deltastate.edu. Submissions should address challenges and their subsequent solutions and must follow GITA policies for publication.More

Early-bird discount deadline for FOSS4G Conference approaching
GITA
FOSS4G is the global conference focused on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial, organized by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo. This year's international conference will be held Sept. 12-16 in Denver after being held in Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia; and Cape Town, South Africa, the past three years. The last North American FOSS4G event was in Victoria, British Columbia, in 2007.

GITA is partnering with OSGeo to provide conference planning and logistical support for this year's event, which is expected to attract 1,000 attendees from around the world. Save $150 on the full conference rate by registering before this Thursday, June 30. For more information, including a detailed conference program, visit http://2011.foss4g.org/. More

Do the 'hot topics' in geospatial unite or divide us?
Directions Magazine
Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg reports about the sixth annual New York State GeoSpatial Summit, where she came away wondering if all the political, technical, economic and social challenges facing geospatial are uniting or dividing us.More

Are we going to get burned by solar energy?
Smart Grid News
It's important for utilities to have a sense of how quickly rooftop solar is likely to arrive in their service territory. When it shows up in quantity, it has big impacts on the distribution grid. Just ask the folks at San Diego Gas & Electric, which is struggling mightily with several feeder lines that have lots of solar. On the other hand, "beware the hype" seems to be the mantra of today's wary electricity consumer, as we saw with smart meters in Northern California.More

Editorial: Setting boundaries on geotracking data
Denver Post
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill in Congress to set boundaries on the use of GPS information, including requirements that police establish probable cause and get warrants before obtaining geolocation data from private companies. It's a strong and useful piece of legislation that would bring laws into line with technological advances and set clear standards for private companies and law enforcement.More

Report: $18 billion in subsidies provided to commercial GPS industry
GIS User
A report by Coleman Bazelon, a principal of The Brattle Group, shows that the commercial Global Positioning System industry has received an estimated $18 billion in implicit subsidies from the U.S. government and is essentially using the GPS satellite network at no cost. In contrast, commercial wireless broadband providers must invest billions of dollars in building and maintaining a network of transmission sites and satellites, and ensuring that there is no interference with GPS receivers. More

How are geospatial technologies impacting agriculture?
Vector 1
World population is poised to expand to 8.3 billion by 2030. An extra one billion tons of cereals will be needed by that time — in comparison to total 2011 world production of 2.3 billion tons. Water systems are currently under stress from numerous factors and urbanization is depleting the presence of the most productive lands suitable for agriculture. More

Esri creates ocean basemap
Geoconnexion
Esri created and released a new, comprehensive map of the world's oceans and coastal areas. The Ocean Basemap is now available as a cached map service in ArcGIS Online. The first basemap of its kind, the Ocean Basemap is designed to support a variety of maritime GIS applications.More

Pipelines, black swans and data governance
Vector 1
On Sept. 9, 2010, a gas transmission pipeline rupture in San Bruno, Calif., killed eight people and caused extensive property damage. The subsequent National Transportation Safety Board investigation revealed that some records in the operator's Geographic Information System were inaccurate. The finding is significant because federal law requires pipeline operators to perform data-driven risk analysis as a part of federally mandated pipeline integrity management. More

Pipeline route selection: A GIS jumpstart for international growth
Geo Place
By the end of 2011, 7 billion inhabitants will stake claim to earth's resources. Data obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show world energy consumption increasing by 45 percent from 2011 to 2035. As the world population soars to nearly 8.5 billion in 2035, energy experts emphasize that the largest energy demand will come from developing nations.More