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Dec. 31, 2012

The greatest paper map of the United States you'll ever see
From Jan. 3, 2012: American mapmaking's most prestigious honor is the "Best of Show" award at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The five most recent winners were all maps designed by large, well-known institutions. But the 38th annual Best of Show award went to a map created by Imus Geographics — which is basically one dude named David Imus working in a farmhouse outside Eugene, Ore.More

Spies in the sky signal new age of surveillance
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
From July 31, 2012: The use of unmanned aerial drones, whose deadly accuracy helped revolutionize modern warfare high above the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, is now spreading intrigue and worry across the plains of North Dakota. Amid 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans and miles from the closest town, a Predator drone led to the arrests of farmer Rodney Brossart and five members of his family last year after a dispute over a neighbor's six lost cows. More

Tech giants compete over mapping
BBC News
VideoBrief From Aug. 21, 2012: From off-road mapping to imaging from the skies, competition is hotting up between Apple, Google and Microsoft in the mapping arena. Sumi Das looks at some of the amazing technology that makes such precision photography possible and finds out what new features the tech giants have in store.More

The Apple Maps debate and the real future of mapping
Harvard Business Review
From Oct. 16, 2012: The news of the last couple weeks about the stark differences between Apple and Google's maps have shed light on how hard it is to build a mobile map. Showing a destination that's a few hundred yards off becomes a critical flaw, and there are tens of millions of such place markers on these maps. More

Should I replace my GPS with my cell phone?
U.S. EPA (blog)
From Oct. 30, 2012: From Casey J. McLaughlin: Walking around Washington D.C. recently, I thought to myself, this is just like walking in the woods! No really, I made the connection because I was trying to use GPS navigation and not having great luck (it could be my service, but I am also illustrating a point). Cities and forests contain tall objects that obscure those magical satellites. Now my phone IS smart and does not rely solely on GPS satellites but also calculates my location using cell towers and Wi-Fi base stations. More

The shine is off Google Earth; what's next?
From Feb. 8, 2012: It's been about six years since Google Earth stimulated the imaginations of millions of people; six years since vast numbers of people, perhaps for the first time in their lives, truly understood that the Earth was round and finite. It remains an amazing tool, but somehow the shine has diminished. Although Google has introduced many new features (e.g., touring, Earth builder, an improved 3-D model for Street View, indoor imagery, etc.), none of these has the power to revolutionize our view of the world nor the ability to change, in any fundamental way, how we interact with it. More

Top 10 things you should know about GIS certification
Directions Magazine
From April 24, 2012: Are you thinking about becoming a certified GIS professional? Looking to understand how it could benefit your career? Sheila Wilson, GISP, executive director of the GIS Certification Institute, and Susan White, GISP, senior planner with the city of Fort Worth's Planning and Development Department GIS Team who currently serves on GISCI's Review and Outreach Committees, provide the top 10 things you should know about the process. More

Should all GIS users learn to code?
Directions Magazine
From Feb. 28, 2012: The number of people using GIS software today dwarfs the number of people writing the code behind it. Should those end users know at least a little about programming? Directions Magazine Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg suggests they should. More

Takeaways from Esri UC 2012
Directions Magazine
From July 31, 2012: Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg boils down this year's Esri International User Conference into just a few takeaways, including the key announcements, ideas and "feel" of the 2012 Esri International User Conference. More

Odd things happen when you chop up cities and stack them sideways
From Sept. 20, 2012: From Robert Krulwich: I don't know if it's fair to do this to a city, but let's start with Berlin. Here's Berlin as you'd see it from above. ... More