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Oct. 7, 2014

Toward a unified PNT — Part 1
GPS World
The next generation of navigation and positioning systems must provide greater accuracy and reliability in a range of challenging environments to meet the needs of a variety of mission-critical applications. No single navigation technology is robust enough to meet these requirements on its own, so a multisensor solution is required. Four key challenges must be met: complexity, context, ambiguity and environmental data handling.More

Join the second annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference on Oct. 16-17
Mississippi Assocation for Spatial Technologies
Stuck in the office? Out of state conferences too expensive to consider? Tired of co-workers thinking of you only as "that crazy map person"?

There is still time to register for the 2nd Annual Mississippi Geospatial Conference to be held Oct. 16-17 on the Gulf Park Campus of USM in Long Beach.

You owe it to yourselves both professionally and personally to take some time and find out what your peers are doing. It is also a fantastic opportunity to either brag about what has been working for you or chronicle the challenges you face in day-to-day efforts. Your family may nod politely when you tell them of your day, but attendees may be able to provide clever work-arounds or point you towards better resources.

Registration: http://www.mastgis.org/home/conference-registration/

Topics for 15 minute presentations: david.h.holt@usm.edu More

Vietnam: UN-SPIDER Workshop and Exercises scheduled in November
UN-SPIDER
As a follow up of the Technical Advisory Mission conducted by UN-SPIDER to Vietnam in March 2013, UN-SPIDER has planned a workshop and exercises in Vietnam from Nov. 10-15. These activities support the implementation of the recommendations made during the 2013 mission, which included capacity building.More

A new reward from the USGS for crowd sourcing citizen scientists
GIS User
An update from the USGS on their crowd-sourcing efforts: The National Map Corps data volunteers continue to make significant additions to the USGS's ability to provide accurate mapping information and data to the public. To reward those citizen scientists, TNM Corps has issued virtual badges to those participants that reach certain point (structure data submission) levels.More

Tally ho! The hunt for GNSS innovations
Inside GNSS
On display in the Smithsonian's "Time and Navigation" exhibit in Washington D.C. is the world's first GPS-enabled cell phone. It was developed in 1995 by NAVSYS Corporation, a Colorado GNSS and inertial R&D company, as part of the push to build a national emergency notification system for mobile users, E911. More

From NIST: the final version of smart grid interoperability standards has arrived
Smart Grid News
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published its NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0, a document that reflects advances in smart grid technologies and developments from NIST's collaborative work with industry stakeholders. Revisions to its guidelines for smart grid cybersecurity are available as well. More

Addressing the madness of addressing
Directions Magazine
By Benjamin Clement: A few weeks back we had a flooding event here in Carbon County, Utah. A hotline was established, and folks started calling in for help and to report damage. My GIS department was tasked with the usual chore of mapping the locations of all the calls to help coordinate the response.More

Teaching a flipped GIS course: Challenges and opportunities
Directions Magazine
How does blended learning, flipped classroom concepts and other newfangled education thinking work in GIS? Penn State's Alex Klippel provided some insights via a webinar. It was part of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science series and titled "Blended Learning in a GIScience Course: Lynda and Sketch-based Geo-spatial Learning Objects."More