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Nov. 29, 2011

GISCI board issues position on GIS profession
The Board of Directors of the GIS Certification Institute has issued the GISCI position on the GIS profession in relation to other geospatial professions. The position states in part:

The full position statement can be found on the GISCI website.

This position approved unanimously by the Board of Directors. It was also reviewed and approved by all five of the GISCI member organizations: the Association of American Geographers, the Geospatial Information & Technology Association, the National States Geographic Information Council, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and the Urban and Regional Systems Association. More

Going places with GIS and geography in education
Directions Magazine
Long-time educator Barbaree Duke has been integrating GIS into her classroom since 2000. As a staffer for the National Council for Geographic Education, she actively advocates the use of GIS for geography education in the K-12 environment. Here she offers her thoughts on why that strategy makes sense and what you as a GIS professional can do to support geography education.More

Smart grid engagement: What customers expect
Smart Grid News
Smart grid technologies can enhance the existing transmission and distribution system to help ensure low cost and reliable power for consumers and businesses. That value proposition has been defined and articulated from the perspective of the electricity sector and regulatory bodies, and it has led to numerous pilot tests and implementations. More

Making utilities data fit for purpose
From legislative obligations and responsibilities to a highly competitive market, the pressure to deliver on many fronts has made the utilities one of the most receptive and willing adopters of recent technological developments in the data capture and mobile mapping industry.More

Increase automation and accuracy of remote-sensing feature extraction
Today's geospatial analysts have a large array of tools and technologies available to rapidly and efficiently access, prepare and exploit remotely sensed information. However, they're increasingly unable to keep up with the large volumes of available information and the ever-increasing demands for extracted information. As a result, a different approach is needed to increase analytical efficiency and accuracy. More

Events of interest for the geo tech professional
GIS User
Online webinars are a popular form of professional development and are being offered by many players in the GIS/geo tech industry. A number of webinars are scheduled for the near future and GIS User has provided a quick look at some of the events that you might wish to consider attending.More

Higher-resolution India maps by 2014
Live Mint
The Survey of India, the country's apex map authority, plans to release by 2014 a series of maps that are 25 times more detailed than the current ones. This will benefit India's nascent geospatial industry as well as the states that are trying to use three-dimensional maps to dispense public services.More

Interactive map: Texas cities at risk of running out of water
Texas Tribune
Eighteen communities across Texas, including the Austin suburbs of Leander and Cedar Park, are on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's "high priority" water list, which covers cities and towns that either could run out of water within six months if nothing changes (like rainfall or a new pipeline connection) or do not know how much water they have remaining.More

New Orleans police use new map tool, where big blobs mean trouble
New Orleans Times-Picayune
The printouts scattered across New Orleans Police Commander Robert Norton's desk resemble weather forecasts, with blots of color hovering over his domain: the city's 1st Police District. There is blue and red, light and dark. The biggest blotches mean bigger problems, clouds of trouble he needs to move elsewhere.More