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Winners announced for the NSPS 2014 Map/Plat and Journalism competitions
Each year, NSPS sponsors national competitions in several categories. The compilation of the judges' respective score sheets have been tabulated, and the winners have been notified for both the Map/Plat and Journalism competitions.

Each competition drew a significant number of entries, with Map/Plat garnering 42 individuals submittals, and Journalism 28.

The results: Map/Plat Journalism

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NSPS Radio Hour June 30, 2014
NSPS has posted a number of pieces about the "Digital Coast Act" that is soon to be introduced in the U.S. Congress. Join host Curt Sumner as he discusses the details of the Bill, and how it affects surveyors, with NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John (JB) Byrd. Byrd will inform listeners how they can urge their respective legislators to co-sponsor and/or support the legislation.

If you are unable to listen to the show when it is being broadcast, listen to the archive of the show at Archives for each show are typically available for listening within a few days after the show airs.

During the show, listen for the "key question" and be the first to email the correct answer to to win a $50 gift certificate from our sponsor, Parker Davis Quik Stakes. No purchase is required to receive the gift certificate. Winners limited to once every three months.

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Want UAVs?
Beginning Monday, July 7, the NSPS Radio Hour will feature a three-part series on UAVs. The first show will be an overview of general information about UAVs, as related to surveying/surveyors, presented by NSPS Government Affairs Consultant John Palatiello. The guest for the second show (July 14) will be attorney Greg Winton, Esq. with the Aviation Law Firm, who will discuss the legal issues associated with applying for a permit, and the rules for utilizing UAVs in practice. The third show (July 21) will feature Jeff Lovin, Director of Geospatial Services at Woolpert, speaking about the applications in surveying practice for the use of UAVs.

Mark your calendar now for this informative series about an exciting new technology.

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Obama administration's MAP-21 proposal introduced in U.S. House
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the President's Grow America Act, by request. H.R. 4834 is President Obama's four-year, $302 billion transportation proposal, a reauthorization bill to succeed MAP-21. Petri is the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman, while Norton is the Ranking minority party member.
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FTC clarifies 'precise geolocation data' in privacy policy
On behalf of surveyors, NSPS worked with other geospatial associations and Senator John Thune (R-SD) in securing clarification of the term "precise geolocation data" as used in the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) March 2012 report on consumer privacy. In response to questions by Senator Thune, FTC provided new guidance regarding requirements by firms that collect, store, or disseminate "precise geolocation data." FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez noted that firms must comply with FTC recommendations, "unless the data practice is consistent with the 'context of the interaction' between the consumer and the company." Under this approach, whether a company should provide a consumer choice mechanism "turns on the extent to which the practice is consistent with the context of the transaction or the consumer's existing relationship with the business, or is required or specifically authorized by law." Mapping for an E-911 or emergency response management system would generally fall within the 'context of the interaction,' and therefore companies that collect and use geolocation information for these purposes do not need to provide a consumer choice mechanism."

She went on to point out, "When members of the geospatial industry collect addresses, parcel information, or other geolocation or survey data that is tied to public land records, this practice would generally fall within the 'context of the interaction' standard. As any consumer who has purchased a house knows, public land record data is collected, used, and linked to specific consumers as a matter of course in connection with real estate transactions as well as property tax assessments and similar purposes. Accordingly, companies that collect and use this data for these purposes would generally not need to provide a consumer choice mechanism."

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Requirements for licensure as a Professional Surveyor
Jeff Stromberg, PLS, a Geomatics student at Utah Valley University is conducting a study. He asks NSPS News & Views readers to please take a moment to answer a short (10 minutes or less) poll which is intended to find out the opinions of Professional Land Surveyors across the country regarding what should be required to obtain a professional license in land surveying. Jeff says, "I know your time is valuable, and I thank you in advance for taking this survey."
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NSPS 2014 fall business meetings site/dates announced
Contract negotiations have been completed for the NSPS 2014 Fall Business meetings to be held in Overland Park, KS in conjunction with the joint Kansas (KSLS)/Missouri (MSPS) conference. Due to availability of meeting space the NSPS meetings will begin on Wednesday October 22 and run through Friday October 24. The dates for the joint KSLS/MSPS conference are October 23-25, but there will be ample opportunities for interaction among attendees.

NSPS will follow its current Fall meeting schedule with Committee/Foundation/State Executives meetings on Wednesday, followed by the NSPS Board of Governors on Thursday, and the NSPS Board of Directors on Friday.

Information for making hotel reservations will be available soon!

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2,600 attend FIG Congress in Malaysia
The XXV FIG Congress was held July 16-21 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with over 2,600 in attendance representing over 100 countries. 43 attendees were from the USA.

John Hohol, NSPS Head of Delegation, presented a joint proposal by NSPS and CLGE (European Council of Geodetic Surveyors) to the FIG General Assembly requesting FIG establish an annual Global Surveyors Week celebration to coincide with National Surveyors Week in the USA. This will be voted on at the 2015 FIG Working Week in Sofia, Bulgaria.

John Hohol was also appointed by FIG as an FIG Honorary Member. He is only the fourth American to receive Honorary status in the 136 year history of FIG. Jerome (Jerry) Ives was named an FIG Honorary Member in 2012. William (Rad) Radlinski was named an FIG Honorary President in 1974 and Robert (Bob) Foster Honorary President in 2003.

Pictured with FIG President Teo CheeHai are NSPS members in attendance at the XXV FIG Congress. L to R: Jon Gustafson (MN- FIG Foundation Young Surveyor Fellowship recipient), Jon Warren (WA- NSPS President-Elect, NSPS Delegate to FIG Commission 5), Lilly Capell (AK), John Hohol (NSPS Head of Delegation, NSPS Delegate to FIG Commission 7, FIG Foundation President), John Hamilton (PA- NSPS Delegate to FIG Commission 6), Steve Frank (NM- FIG Commission 2 Chair), FIG President Teo CheeHai, Bob Foster (MA- NSPS Delegate to FIG Commission 3, FIG Honorary President), Steve Nystrom (FL- NSPS Delegate to FIG Commission 9).

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Employment opportunities
Employment opportunities are posted on the NSPS website.

Employers interested in posting job opportunities on the NSPS website should contact John D. Hohol at

Upcoming seminars/conferences
Due to the volume of requests we received to publish information about State Society conferences, use this link to access the information from the NSPS website.

Skybox: Google Maps goes real-time — but would you want a spy in the sky staring into your letter box?
The Independent
When planning a road trip or buying a new house, it has become routine to scope out the area on Google Maps. But what if the images you found weren't blurry, dated snapshots — but live and crystal clear? Imagine cruising down the motorway, looking for traffic jams 50 miles ahead or scoping out your first born's university digs, noting that the pub across the road attracts a big outdoors crowd after 10.
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When drones fall from the sky
The Washington Post
More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation. Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons.
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Spy satellite agency wants to tap video game technology
USA Today
The National Reconnaissance Office, the secretive agency that launches and runs the nation's spy satellite system, is looking at technology developed by the video game industry to help it improve how it gathers and analyzes intelligence data, according to a research proposal. The NRO wants to tap into the video game industry's "innovative algorithms" and "enhanced visualization techniques," the proposal said.
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ESA recognizes first Galileo navigation fixes
GPS World
Billions of satnav position fixes are performed daily, but determining your place in the world using Europe's Galileo system is quite new. Because of this, in March the European Space Agency offered to issue certificates for the first 50 Galileo fixes. Responses to the offer came from around the world. While half the applications came from Galileo's home continent, others came from Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, New Zealand, Russia, the United States and Vietnam.
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