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LIS: GIS' poor cousin
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Land Information Systems (LIS) is considered a subset of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Many years ago, the two terms were often considered to be on a more-or-less equal footing. Today, GIS dominates, and LIS appears to be a niche. What does this mean for the work that LIS are required to do? What are the larger consequences for our society, as well as for the surveying industry? More

Is your health insurance renewing soon?
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Your ACSM membership lets you take the first step toward lowering your costs. Members can receive a FREE, no obligation quote through our partner, Mass Marketing Insurance Consultants, Inc., which specializes in providing individual and group health insurance to association members. If your health insurance plan is renewing, this is an excellent opportunity to obtain an alternative health insurance quote to compare against your health insurance renewal. More

2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards
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The National Society of Professional Surveyors is proud to announce recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards. The winner for State Society Magazine is The California Surveyor. The winner for Website is the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS). More

AF space commander: GPS III, OCX delayed
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Launch of the first GPS III satellite has slipped to 2015 and completion of the ground control system is now delayed by up to two years, according to the chief of the Air Force's space operations. "We'll be ready to launch the first GPS III in 2015, but it now appears the next generation GPS Operational Control System, or OCX, won't be ready for about a year or two after that," said General William L. Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command. More

Bankrupt wireless firm LightSquared cuts employees, but not lobbyists
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Wireless startup LightSquared has laid off nearly half of its workforce and filed for bankruptcy, but isn't parting with its extensive network of Washington lobbyists. Philip Falcone and his investment firm, Harbinger Capital Partners, invested billions of dollars in LightSquared's plan to build a high-speed wireless network that would have served more than 260 million people, but federal regulators denied it permission to launch in February. More

DigitalGlobe, GeoEye jump on nod for imagery funding
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DigitalGlobe Inc and GeoEye Inc on Friday welcomed a decision by the Senate Armed Services Committee to authorize continued funding for commercial imagery purchases, a move that sent the two companies' shares sharply higher. Both DigitalGlobe and GeoEye provide digital imagery services to U.S. military and intelligence agencies and are working on next-generation satellites to double their capacity. More

The GPS dot and its discontents
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What is the predictable endpoint of the trend toward ever cheaper, ever smaller, and ever more sensitive GPS receivers? It's the GPS dot: a miniature GPS tracking device that we'll buy in bulk and stick on almost everything of value that we own. But the dot has a dark side: the capability it enables for secret and potentially malicious tracking of others. More

Towards a global licensing framework for geospatial data
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Is it time for a global licensing framework for geospatial data? The GSDI Legal and Economic Working group thinks so and offered a presentation and a way forward at the GSDI 13 conference held in Quebec City. The effort aims to harmonize existing licensing without changing fundamental access policies and funding models and be compatible with the differences in national legal systems. More

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