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Sept. 13, 2011

Thank you to this year's GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference sponsors
GITA would like to thank Esri, MJ Harden, Oracle Spatial, Global Information Systems, New Century Software and Petroleum Geographic for their support at this year's GIS for Oil & Gas Conference in Houston. Make sure to check out this year's Solution Spotlight presentations, by Pictometry and Western Data Systems, where you can hear about the latest technology directly from the source. The full educational program and conference schedule can be found here. Register now — the early bird deadline is coming up Sept. 21! More

FOSS4G 2011 off and running
The largest Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial Conference ever got off to a great start Monday morning in Denver. Follow the latest developments on the Twittersphere at!/search/foss4g. More

GPS World files FOI request for US government LightSquared letters
GPS World
GPS World has learned that several federal agencies have written official statements to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration regarding the operational and economic impacts of the LightSquared terrestrial signal on GPS services, and has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with NTIA to obtain them. One source who has seen the agency letters termed them "very powerful."More

Why should open geospatial data and software be taken seriously?
Vector 1 Media
The OpenStreetMap and FOSS4G communities will converge this month to cover open data and open source software, with a focus on development tools, applications and shared objectives. The combined audience of more than 1,000 users and contributors from around the globe (200 for SOTM and more than 840 for FOSS4G) speaks to a vibrancy in tough economic times, and should make you wonder what you're missing if you've brushed aside this community in the past.More

GIS community looks back at 9/11
Directions Magazine
The editors of Directions Magazine have compiled a list of articles that looks back at the GIS community's response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Readers will find photos, maps and imagery from the work performed by the local and state government agencies and universities that supported recovery efforts. More

Assessing the risk: Web-GIS based risk management of water, wastewater pipeline failures
Trenchless International
Advanced pipeline risk management is contingent on accurately locating the buried pipelines, the environment and also the physical condition of the pipelines. A web-GIS based state-of-the-art platform provides a robust way to assess the risk associated with the failure of water and wastewater pipelines.More

GMES: What's it all about?
In the first of a two-part article, Dr.Clive Farquhar outlines the scope of one of the most ambitious earth observation programs ever contemplated ... one that will help shape the future of our planet for generations to come.More

Smart meter wars: Battle moves to interoperability
Smart Grid News
In the early days, meter vendors focused on functionality, building systems that deliberately walled off competitors. Today, the battle is shifting as we enter into the open standards phase. Utilities are beginning to demand plug-and-play compatibility. Itron gets this. Itron partnered with Cisco in September 2010 to define an IP-based, open standards communications platform. Elster gets it, too. More

Best practices for big data in smart distribution grid
The Energy Collective (blog)
It's big, complex, mission-critical, constantly in flux and experiencing a convergence of information technologies and operations technologies. The distribution grid is the link of the electricity supply chain from the substation to the residential or commercial meter.More

Qatar implements geocentric budgetary system
With its wealth in oil and natural-gas reserves, resulting in an expansion in trade and investment, the small Middle Eastern nation of Qatar has seen its population more than triple to 1.7 million in fewer than 15 years. This population growth has sparked an unprecedented boom in construction and infrastructure development projects. More

Enterprise GIS monitoring helps Honolulu provide 'water for life'
Ka Wai Ola, "Water for Life," is more than a slogan for the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. It represents the heritage of the Hawaiian Islands' earliest inhabitants and describes the enormous responsibility of BWS as stewards of the islands' freshwater supplies. Despite being surrounded by thousands of miles of salt water in every direction, the citizens of Oahu have access to an extremely dependable and high-quality supply of fresh water. More

Report: Nearly half of PC users acquire software illegally most or all the time
GIS User
Nearly half of the world's personal computer users acquire software through illegal means most or all of the time, and in developing economies the figures are much higher, according to the most extensive survey ever undertaken on PC users' behaviors and attitudes toward software piracy and intellectual property rights. The Business Software Alliance released detailed findings from the groundbreaking study on its official blog, BSA TechPost. More