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Dec. 20, 2011

The future is now: A GIS driven common operating picture at California ISO
In 2009, the California Independent System Operator Corporation, an entity that manages 80 percent of the power grid in California, commenced construction of a state-of-the-art control center that incorporates situational intelligence. Central to these efforts was the introduction of geospatial displays that function on several levels, to include displaying real time information about Emergency Services Sector-related events and disasters. The company that built the system for California ISO, Space-Time Insight, has recently released a series of videos documenting the effort.
— GITA Board Member Steve SwazeeMore

Project GEMENI partnership announced
GITA and GPC-GIS, a private sector consulting company based in Abu Dhabi, have jointly announced the formation of a collaborative partnership to design, develop and conduct educational events. "Project GEMENI" was created to raise the awareness, knowledge, expertise and professionalism of the rapidly evolving geospatial workforce in the Middle East and North Africa Region.More

What is the point of certification?
Becky Shumate, GISP, Operations Manager at PennWell MAPSearch in Houston, and one of GITA's representatives to the GIS Certification Institute, shares her insight on what you can do for your profession.More

NSGIC issues best practices guide
The National States Geographic Information Council recently issued a four-page recommendation of best practices for data distribution policy of government agencies. This guideline document articulates NSGIC's core principle: "Access to public records is an essential component of our democracy that keeps citizens informed and our government accountable. These records include geospatial data produced or maintained using taxpayer resources." It concludes with the recommendation that "calls on government administrators, geospatial professionals and concerned citizens to further advance the use of important geospatial data assets and to ensure that they remain freely accessible.

You can download NSGIC's recommendations by clicking here.More

The top 10 GIS stories of 2011
Directions Magazine
Each year Directions Magazine Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg picks out 10 events, ideas, themes, products, etc., that stood out over the preceding 12 months. This year, she found just nine.More

Tests show LightSquared interference with 75 percent of GPS receivers
GPS World
U.S. government tests conducted in November showed that 75 percent of GPS receivers examined were interfered with at a distance of 100 meters from a LightSquared base station. The report states that "No additional testing is required to confirm harmful interference exists," and "Immediate use of satellite service spectrum for terrestrial service not viable because of system engineering and integration challenges."More

First Galileo navigation satellite begins broadcasting
Vector 1 Magazine
Engineers are analyzing the first signals from a Galileo navigation satellite after its payload began switching on last week for testing, according to the European Space Agency. So far, the navigation system on the first satellite to be tested has checked out fine. Several more weeks of testing are planned before officials move on to the second satellite. More

Smart grid winners, losers (and fence-sitters) 2011
Smart Grid News
It wouldn't be the end of another year without a look back — and that's what Smart Grid News' annual list of smart grid winners, losers and fence sitters is all about. Take a look, and then use the comment form to agree, disagree or add your own suggestions. More

Let's talk sensors
The virtual explosion of sensor data, from cellular to smart-infrastructure devices (think SCADA or Smart Grid), has provided a wealth of new sources for geospatial data. Much fieldwork to date has focused on building core capabilities and extensive basemap data, but acquiring new data has been a time-intensive and cost-intensive process (e.g., aerial photography, remotely sensed satellite data, field surveys, etc.).More

Maps of all kinds can chart a course in learning
Chicago Tribune
Maps and nautical charts haven't always been available to children. For many centuries, atlases sat mostly on the shelves of libraries and the wealthy, says Richard Panchyk, author of "Charting the World: Geography and Maps from Cave Paintings to GPS." In addition to exploring the colorful and profound history of cartography, Panchyk's book includes many related activities.More

More than 100 tablets introduced — why you can't name them
GIS User
The year 2011 will go down in history as a great year for tablets — mostly for Apple's iPad, however. Not all tablet vendors fared as well as Apple. It's not a lack of products that prevented Android tablets from taking market share away from Apple this year. By our calculations, more than 100 tablets were introduced since the iPad; however, we defy even the most tech savvy of you to name more than a few of them.More

Mobile social media users to reach 1.3 billion in 2016
A new report from Juniper Research finds that the continuing increase in smartphone adoption and the rise of geosocial networking will push the number of mobile social media users from 650 million this year to 1.3 billion by 2016; more than the total number of social media users on all platforms today.More

Open source use in government is healthy
The Australian Government Information Office has reported a healthy level of open source software use within government agencies during the past year. According to Brian Catto, director, architecture and emerging technologies at AGIMO, the agency's annual ICT survey of agencies created under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 found that almost 60 agencies were using open source software.More