GITA announces 2012 membership program
Take this opportunity to join GITA — or renew your professional individual membership in the association now — and save some money before Jan. 1.
As News Hub readers will know, we've been revisiting and revising all of GITA's membership categories to enhance your professional development and networking, and to keep you abreast of industry developments, technology and news. We want to take this opportunity to tell you about how you can join GITA or renew your membership and also give you some good reasons why you should do so before the end of this year!
GITA individual membership includes discounts to 2012 GITA events and products, opportunities for professional networking (in North America and internationally), as well as access to the weekly GITA News Hub newsletter, featuring association developments, industry news and announcements — and there's more to come in 2012, including:
We appreciate your confidence in GITA and we look forward to having you as a part of the association in the coming year. If you have any questions, please contact James Sakamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open positions — Austin, TX
SAM, Inc., a leader in full-service geospatial data solutions, with offerings in surveying, terrestrial, mobile and airborne LiDAR, photogrammetry, GIS, SUE, Utility coordination and construction services is currently seeking a Director of Operations and a Director of Sales for their geospatial solutions division. Learn more about the positions at the links below.
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CL&P vows to share more data with towns
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Connecticut Light & Power will share some of its sensitive infrastructure data with towns and cities in an attempt to develop regional preparation for natural disasters. And a co-chairman of the governor's Two Storm Panel put the onus on following up on the effort with the chairman of the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems Council, including the possibility of requesting permission from state regulators. More
GSA, agencies create common 'landing zone' for geospatial data
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The General Services Administration is working with several federal agencies to provide a common, cloud-based infrastructure where agencies can access geospatial data, in an effort to lower storage costs and reduce duplication. GSA recently entered into an agreement with the agriculture and interior departments as well as the Environmental Protection Agency to move geospatial data from the geodata.gov portal into data.gov, said David McClure, associate administrator with GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. More
Oregon, Montana, Utah, Colorado to share GIS data
Government Technology Share
Oregon stores a vast amount of geospatial data, which will grow exponentially as the state finds new ways to use location-based information. Oregon CIO Dugan Petty hopes to cut the cost of housing GIS data by joining with three other states in a joint cloud-based storage initiative. Led by Montana, Oregon, Utah and Colorado have joined the effort, which has been dubbed the Multi-State GIS Cloud Services Assessment Team. More
US government evaluating GPS interference tests
TWICE via Geospatial World Share
The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration is analyzing the results of tests designed to study whether LightSquared's proposed terrestrial LTE network will interfere with the operation of GPS receivers devices used for marine and outdoor recreation activities. LightSquared has said that previous testing showed that planned modifications to its network deployment would "resolve interference" with all but high-precision GPS devices. More
Breakthrough maps path to rainforest protection
As the latest climate summit in Durban, South Africa, tries to address forest degradation and reducing deforestation emissions, the Rainforest Foundation U.K. unveils a powerful new tool that could help prevent rainforest destruction, one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The new website provides, for the first time, accurate interactive maps showing the location of communities living in the forest, and how and where they are using forest resources. More
Wikileaks unveils the selling of surveillance, sort of
The WikiLeaks submission system may still be incommunicado, but the secret-spilling site has woken up to release a trove of marketing documents from surveillance companies hawking their wares to governments. The site published 287 documents that it says are part of a larger cache that reveal price lists, manuals and marketing claims from companies like Blue Coat, whose spying technology is being used by Syria, as well as Nokia-Siemens, Lucent and other large technology firms that have been criticized in the past for selling their wares to oppressive regimes. More
App maps out Rutgers campus danger zones
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Participants in Rutgers University's crime prevention event "R U Safe?" recently created a map of the campus, highlighting areas most prone to crime using a smartphone application called "Mobile Mappler." The app allows users to select areas where they feel vulnerable to crime, and pinpoints at-risk areas on a Google Earth template available online as a resource to help maximize safety. More
Smart grid market continues strong, researchers say
Smart Grid News Share
Research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan revealed that the smart grid market continues on its strong growth path. The growth rate was a blistering 59.7 percent in 2010, climbing to $23.97 billion, according to principal consultant Farah Saeed. Although the rate has now peaked, "growth will stabilize at a compound annual growth rate of 26.6 percent between 2010 and 2017," still a tremendous rate when you consider that the U.S. economy is growing at less than 3 percent and even China at less than 10 percent. More