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Oct. 8, 2013

Reshaping the future: Cities of tomorrow (with Foursquare data)
CBS News via Directions Magazine
VideoBriefBy 2050, the number of people living in cities will double, creating problems that governments and citizens must adapt to in order to survive forcing urban planners to come up with new ways to tackle these growing pains. Anthony Townsend, author of "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia," and David Blackman, director of geospatial engineering for Foursquare join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss these impacts.More

GISCI releases exam development process summary
GIS Certification Institute
To strengthen the GISP certification program and advance the GIS profession, GISCI is developing an exam component for the GISP certification process. The exam is based on the Geospatial Technology Competency Model Tier 4, Geospatial Core Technical Competencies. Because the GTCM is exemplary, in order to develop the detail needed as a foundation for an exam, GISCI is basing its exam development on job analysis, a standard practice of certifying organizations. More

NISC webinar rescheduled
NISC webinar rescheduled! GeoCONOPS: What is Means for State and Local Officials will be held on Thursday, Nov. 14,. GeoCONOPS defines federal geospatial capabilities in support of state, local and tribal authorities across the entire emergency management cycle. More

The impact of government shutdown on geospatial business
Directions Magazine
AudioBriefHow is the government shutdown affecting those in the geospatial workforce? Could this be a teachable moment about the importance of geospatial data and technology?More

Utilities dumbstruck by big data from smarter grid
As the electric grid gets smarter, vast quantities of data are arriving at utility companies that have no idea what to do with them, according to electric industry experts. Electric utilities already possessed 194 petabytes of data by 2009, according to one estimate (the entire collection of the Library of Congress is believed to amount to about 3 petabytes), and every day more terabytes are showing up at utility company data centers nationwide.More

Relying on a federal paycheck during the shutdown
The Washington Post
The government shutdown jeopardizes the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers who were sent home. The federal government has almost 2 million employees. Civilians who remain on the job will be entitled to their salaries, but might not be paid on time. President Obama has signed a bill that ensures that certain members of the U.S. military and U.S. Coast Guard will be paid during the shutdown.More

Meet the new remote sensing professionals
Directions Magazine
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration formally recognized the remote sensing field. This came about with the department's creation of two new standard occupational classification codes for "Remote Sensing Technicians" and "Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists."More

What geospatial knowledge and skills should college graduates have?
Directions Magazine
At one time the thought was that a full course in GIS or geospatial technologies was the way to go for college students, even for non-geospatial majors. Now, with so many other topics crowding the learners plate, there's a move toward the use of technology and thinking across the curriculum. More

Geospatial community feels pinch of government shutdown
Point of Beginning
The effects of the partial government shutdown already can be felt in the geospatial community. With no agreement from Congress on a government funding bill, the shutdown not only affected federal employees but also contractors that work for government agencies.More

Twitter's data business proves lucrative
The Wall Street Journal
In its IPO filing, Twitter Inc. disclosed how much the microblogging platform earned from a lesser-known side business: $47.5 million came from selling off its data to a fast-growing group of companies that analyze the data for insights into news events and trends. That is a small amount compared with the revenue generated from advertising, but Twitter's data business has rippled across the economy.More

Shipments of wearable technology devices will reach 64 million in 2017
GPS World
Sales of smart glasses, smart watches and wearable fitness trackers reached 8.3 million units worldwide in 2012, up from 3.1 million devices in the previous year, according to researchers at Berg Insight. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent, total shipments of wearable technology devices are expected to reach 64.0 million units in 2017.More

Harm claim thresholds may be coming for GNSS
Inside GNSS
A group of top frequency experts recommended that the Federal Communications Commission conduct a pilot test of the concept of "harm claim thresholds," an approach that requires receiver manufacturers to build devices capable of withstanding a predetermined level of interference from users in adjacent frequencies. The concept was floated earlier this year by a committee of the FCC's Technical Advisory Council. More

The Curt Brown Chronicles: Land movements and boundaries
The American Surveyor
Curt was always fascinated with the unexpected and the unexplained. Many of his concerns were to be shaped by laws that yet to be written; eventually some rules would evolve and he often wondered how that would happen. While many of the laws that govern our land are derived from Roman laws and those from England, others were home grown, as the seeds were planted in New England and later, after the United States developed the sectionized system of land subdivision, from our own country. More