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Oct. 22, 2014

GITA is on the Move!
GITA is pleased to announce it will partner on two new major North America events in 2015. In addition, under the auspices of the United Nations, GITA's GECCo program will go international for the first time in Hanoi, Viet Nam during November 2014. Taken together with the GITA Board of Directors call for nominations which is open through October 31st, and yesterday's kickoff of GITA's fall membership drive, things are on the move at GITA! More

Hundreds of uncharted cities will get maps thanks to crowdsourcing
Fast Company
Despite massive advances in cartographic technology over the past decade, a huge number of large cities around the world remain digitally uncharted territories. Places from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city with a population of 4.4 million, to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with a population of 15 million, lack online street maps. This isn't just inconvenient, but dangerous.More

Is GIS splitting?
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief Web Map Solutions' Matt Sheehan suggested last month that the GIS industry is splitting. But apparently he was not sure since he put a question mark at the end of the blog post title. So, is the GIS world splitting? More

How to enhance utility performance and value through the Internet of Things
Smart Grid News
It seems as if every few months there is a new buzzword that sweeps across industries — for example, the Internet of Things. IoT grew out of the Machine to Machine space, yet it has the potential to transform a much broader array of industries. Imagine the potential for the utility industry — cross-functional applications layered on top of connected machines could and will transform the way utilities manage and deliver power to end users. More

Galileo team raced to respond following FOC launch
GPS World
On Sept. 27, the first two Galileo Full Operational Capability satellites were handed over from the European Space Agency's Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, to the Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, which will care for them pending a final decision on their use. The satellites, launched on Aug. 22, are in excellent health and working normally. More

Army funds GPS M-code upgrades as NATO tackles interoperability problems
Inside GNSS
Pushed by Congress to upgrade to M-code, the U.S. Army is earmarking money for the new capability even as sequestration is forcing programs cuts, according to the service's top acquisition official. "We are heading towards the M-code capability," said Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology. More

Making location work for smart cities — the case for location standards
Directions Magazine
The OGC's chief engineer, George Percivall, believes there are a few relevant trends in "smart cities" and identifies the importance of open location standards to any smart city undertaking. Smart cities, as we will explain further below, exhibit "close collaboration between public, private and voluntary sector," as well as a high availability of technology and information to citizens.More

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: The 'transparent' spy org
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is a little-known organization under the Defense Department's purview that provides geospatial intelligence to the spy community. Now it is moving from providing maps to focusing on analysis.More