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Ask Vic!
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Q: I have been providing services to a contractor who does a lot of work in different parts of the state. We negotiated a master services agreement and structured it so that the individual construction manager for each site can issue a task order for their particular project that references the master services agreement. I have begun to notice that each construction manager amends the terms and conditions of the task order to suit their needs ... More

Mapping malaria with satellite imagery
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From Alyson Rose-Wood, MSPH: I became familiar with the devastation of malaria at an early age — when I was living in sub-Saharan Africa as the child of U.S. diplomats. In fourth grade, I lost a friend and teacher to the disease and later on I nearly died from it myself because I didn't have access to treatment. More

Survey Summit 2012
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Survey Summit, July 21-24, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego. Still time to register and participate.

Researchers improve weather forecast using GPS data

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Using the GPS technology perfected by researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is delivering forecasts of the same accuracy 10 hours earlier. They explained that the data from GPS and low-earth orbit satellites can improve real-time weather observations and help cross-calibration of instruments. The way the atmosphere affect GPS signals gives them information on important temperature profiles. More

Canada gets complete digital elevation dataset
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Acquisition of the Canadian Digital Elevation Data, as part of GeoBase initiative, is now complete. The source digital data for CDED is extracted from the hypsographic and hydrographic elements of the National Topographic Data Base at scales of 1:50 000 and 1:250 000, or the Geospatial Data Base, or various scaled positional data acquired by the provinces and territories, or remotely sensed imagery. More

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By Gregg Marshall

When I was in college, back in the middle ages, party invitations frequently came with the notation BYOB, "bring your own booze." Now, more and more job offers come with the notation BYOD, "bring your own device."

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Trimble Dimensions 2012, November 5-7, 2012, The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada. MORE

GISSA Ukubuzana 2012. Geographic Information Science: Call for papers and training workshops. MORE

Google enhances 3-D maps: Is it enough to keep competitors at bay?
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Google's recent announcement that it plans to enhance its 3-D maps on the Android platform was seen as a preemptive strike against Apple, which is planning a similar announcement. In other recent news, some analysts and trade press are saying Verizon is paying way too much for Hughes Telematics. All of this is making for an interesting summer for the location industry. More

10 things you need to know about GPS
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Most everyone has used GPS in some fashion. But how many people know how it works? Or know about its many siblings online or coming online in the coming years? Or how good it is at determining elevation? Directions Magazine Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg rounds up what she thinks you should know about this important positioning system. More

Empower the non-GIS user with advanced geospatial functionality
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For far too long, the utility of geospatial solutions has been locked in the domain of professionals who are highly trained in GIS. While these experts play a major role in incorporating geospatial data for decision-making within the enterprise, non-GIS users are often completely disconnected from the overall geospatial lifecycle of information. GIS experts take for granted that there's a major audience of undeveloped users. More

Trimble presses FCC for final LightSquared ruling
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Four months after the FCC indicated its intention to backtrack on its conditional approval of LightSquared's terrestrial wireless broadband network, a leading GNSS manufacturer is pressing the agency to finalize its decision. Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel for Trimble, and members of a Washington law firm recently met with FCC staff, urging them to adopt the proposals contained in a public notice issued by the International Bureau. More

Will GIS in the cloud free GIS from IT overlords?
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With the announcement that ArcGIS Online is now available for subscription, we're now aware of what GIS in the cloud can include. Now that this advancement is realized, it begs examination as to the impacts it might have on GIS capability and practice. After the initial read through of the announcement, the first reaction was one of increased flexibility. More

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