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Nov. 20, 2012

GITA cooperating in NAPSG event
GITA
The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation is holding a West Coast Summit from Dec. 13-14 in Livermore, Calif., just outside of Oakland and San Francisco. This two-day event will bring together current and new NAPSG partners from Western and West Coast states, across all disciplines and levels of government. The summit will provide you with an opportunity to learn about geospatial information sharing in the West and to interact with other public safety officials. Topics include:

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Now that the election is over, are geospatial practitioners better off?
Sensors & Systems
It's been a couple of weeks since the election outcome, and it's fitting to take a look at some of the implications of the election for geospatial practitioners. While it's impossible to know what types of policies would have been enacted by an unelected candidate, it is fitting to consider some of the policy directives under the president's first term that will continue.More

Using digital maps to study disaster preparedness and history
NPR via Directions Magazine
AudioBrief This week on WNYC's New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi speaks with Steven Romalewski, director of the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center, about mapping before and after Sandy. Plus, a visit to the map room at the New York Public Library. Cartographers there are working with NYPL Labs to put old maps online and make them useable in the digital age thanks to a process known called "map warping."More

To boldly go where no map has gone before
Geoplace
From Joseph Berry: Several previous "Beyond Mapping" columns described a mathematical framework for quantitative analysis of mapped data. Recall that spatial analysis operations investigate the "contextual" relationships within and among maps, such as variable-width buffers that account for intervening conditions. Spatial statistics operations, however, examine the "numerical" relationships to uncover inherent geographic patterns in data. More

LightSquared tries new route to wireless broadband, later for nearby GPS band
Inside GNSS
With the election finally over, and the chain of decision makers now largely clear, the spectrum war between LightSquared and the GPS community is heating up again with new fronts opening at the Federal Communications Commission and Congress. The focus of the action are changes to rules governing spectrum and receivers that, if enacted, could enable LightSquared to move forward with its plans for a high-powered, terrestrial broadband network.More

You should 'be inspired' by infrastructure projects
Directions Magazine
From Joe Francica: Last week I attended Bentley System's "Be Inspired" Awards Conference, where the company presents the finalists and award winners for the top engineering and infrastructure projects submitted from around the world. Having adjudicated this competition in past years, I can tell you from personal experience that the imagination, creativity and hard work that goes into these projects are true examples of human ingenuity.More

Smart grid data: Should the US be more like Europe (think centralized)
Smart Grid News
The U.K. parliament is about to consider measures to create a data communications company that will centralize all the consumption data from the country's electricity and gas meters, according to a report from U.K.-based Energy Efficiency News. Gas and electricity suppliers will be required to use the company to communicate with residential smart meters and can optionally use it for commercial and industrial, too.More

Nokia's 'Here' maps hit Apple's iOS app store
Huffington Post
Nokia's new Here mapping service is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iOS app was made available on Tuesday just seven days after its wider unveiling. But while the phone giant's new maps have been praised by many since their launch, the iOS app has come in for early criticism.More

Latest Galileo IOV satellites on orbit
GPS World
The Galileo In-orbit Validation satellites launched on Oct. 12 (Flight Model 3 and 4), have now been positioned in their designated orbits, according to tracking data from the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center. A plot of the IOV constellation is now available.More