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Sep. 9, 2014

GITA's September events need YOU!
It's a barn burner lineup of absolutely great GITA fall events where you can expand your professional knowledge and network with some of the stars of the industry.

Sept. 15-16, EnerGIS 2014 Conference, Cannonsburg, PA. A handful of tickets remain for the premier geospatial event in the region. This year's Mid-Atlantic Chapter's Conference will feature presentations on: wind power, oil and gas field development, GIS mobility for natural gas utilities, web-based GIS applications for electrical transmission systems, cloud based data management solutions, and much more. Don't wait — when we say a handful of seats remain, we mean a handful of seats. Details here.

Sept. 16, Webinar: Water System Seismic Fragility. This is going to be a cutting edge discussion about water system planning for earthquakes. Experts from East Bay Municipal Utility District will share their hard won insights. Don't miss it! (Unless you are attending EnerGIS 2014 ...) Details here.

Sept. 24, Waukesha, WI, "Asset Management & GIS" Seminar. Calling all geospatial Cheeseheads and professionals from surrounding states! The Wisconsin Chapter of GITA and American Transmission Company have an absolutely great morning of presentations lined up in a great facility. Luncheon and back slapping to follow. Details here.

Sept. 29-30, Vancouver, BC, Making $ense of Integration Conference. It's the Grand Daddy of GITA regional conferences and this year it's taking place in one of the world's most beautiful cities! Amazing lineup of top flight speakers — why are you waiting to sign up? Tell the boss you gotsta to go! Details here. More

Library of Congress plans geospatial search engine
The Library of Congress may soon have search engine software that can locate and manage geospatial information in and outside the library system and work with a variety of geographic mapping and analysis tools. The LOC said it needs the ability to locate, inventory, audit, index, search and generate reports and usage statistics, as well as easily exchange geographic information on local and remote file storage systems or servers.More

Observing Earth today and tomorrow: A national plan
Directions Magazine
Humans have been observing Earth for a very long time simply because the conditions of the Earth are basic to our survival and our prosperity. Even the most ancient written records are filled with accounts of great floods, famines, and earthquakes. When to plant and when to harvest, how to use precious water resources most effectively, and ways to avoid natural disasters are all age-old challenges that have encouraged Earth observation from the beginning of civilization.More

Air Force weighs switching to multiyear GPS procurements
Inside GNSS
The Air Force says it might ask Congress for permission to implement bigger buys of GPS satellites beginning in fiscal year 2016 once it sorts out whether to drop Lockheed Martin as the GPS III prime contractor and switch to a different manufacturer for the navigation payload. More

Smartphones and the uncertain future of 'spatial thinking'
By Henry Grabar: Like most New Yorkers, I spend an inordinate amount of time in transit. I have an unlimited Metrocard and a Citi Bike key, two bicycles and a motorcycle, and a dozen pairs of shoes. Proper wayfinding is my lifelong neurosis, as if a personal score could be tallied from the 10,000 rounds of Navigation I've played against the city.More

Taking NASA-USGS's Landsat 8 to the beach
Directions Magazine
Some things go swimmingly with a summer trip to the beach — sunscreen, mystery novels, cold beverages and sandcastles. Other things — like aquatic algae — are best avoided. The Landsat 8 satellite is helping researchers spot these organisms from space, gathering information that could direct beachgoers away from contaminated bays and beaches.More

White House taps Google's Megan Smith to take CTO reins
President Barack Obama has named Megan Smith, a top Google executive who helped oversee some of the search giant's most daring research, as the country's next chief technology officer. Smith received the official nod to replace Todd Park, who relinquished the CTO role last month to take on a new role as the government's leading emissary in Silicon Valley. More

All eyes on Galileo
GPS World
The year 2014 is most certainly the Year of Galileo. After rising up from near elimination in 2008 due to much confusion about how to fund it, the European Union, that same year, decided to allocate 3.4 billion euros to fund the ground infrastructure and the initial satellites. Unlike the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS systems, Galileo is civilian-funded as opposed to being funded primarily from defense budgets. More

GIS gaining enterprise-wide use
Spatial Source
Geospatial technology is moving out of the backroom and into the frontline of everyday business operations, according to an international expert. A technical evangelist for Esri, Nate Bennett is at the coal-face of integrating the ArcGIS platform into the world's most important enterprise systems such as Microsoft Office, SAP, Salesforce and IBM Cognos.More

Electric power: Why you'll soon be collaborating with water utilities
Smart Grid News
The California drought is highlighting the energy-water nexus. That's the nerd name our industry uses to describe the interdependence between water and electricity. (And we'd better find a better term soon, because that one's not going to cut it when communicating to consumers and policymakers). More