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For what it's worth!
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From David Holland, LS, NSPS Governor, Virginia: This year's San Diego Esri/ACSM/NSPS Survey Summit was informationally excellent and well worth the trip. The Survey Summit is an annual meeting held at the San Diego Convention Center the weekend prior to the annual Esri International Users Conference. However, less than 250 land surveyors attended this year's Survey Summit compared to 15,000 attendees at the Esri UC. More

Myth No. 1: GIS costs too much money to get into
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Before dispelling this myth, we need to have a discussion of what makes up a robust GIS system. There are three parts: a database, a mapping engine and, finally, a linkage. Each of these three parts is vital to making a GIS a viable solution for the needs of a land surveying business. And while the database and the mapping engine each have advantages to implementation, there is no magic until the linkage is brought to bear. More

How do GIS professionals stack up against others?
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We're all being asked to take on more responsibilities, often with the same or even fewer resources. From time to time, we all wonder how we stack up against others in our occupation — not only in terms of financial compensation but also how we fit in demographically. In this article I'd like to share the results of a recent GIS salary survey conducted by GeoSpatial Training Services as well as highlight various resources that you can use to answer some key questions. More

Does GIS in the cloud wrest power from back room controllers?

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A few months ago, we asked, "Will GIS in the Cloud free GIS from IT overlords?" While that column focused on issues of stunted creativity at the hands of those that control hardware and network access, it failed to address the very real issue of data gatekeepers who strictly limit access to geospatial information. Without open systems, we greatly diminish the potential of GIS to help us quickly reach a consensus for taking action. More

'Spoofed' GPS signals can be countered, researchers show
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From cars to commercial airplanes to military drones, global positioning system technology is everywhere — and Cornell researchers have known for years that it can be hacked, or as they call it, "spoofed." The best defense, they say, is to create countermeasures that unscrupulous GPS spoofers can't deceive. More

Australia creates world's first continent-scale mineral maps
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The new suite of mineral maps, which were generated from a 10-year-old archive of data collected by American and Japanese space agencies, will enable mining companies to increase the efficiency and viability of their exploration efforts. More

Accessing your sources of information
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Surveyors communicates with the geospatial community via numerous communication vehicles. Interested to check some of them out? More

How to use iPhone and freeware apps to geotag a lot of image files
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As flood waters rose on the Missouri River in July 2011, emergency management officials needed to quickly access images for monitoring flood stages and for search and recovery. But how to do it fast and on a miniscule budget? Jeff Herzer, a GIS graduate student and former assistant chief telecom engineer at Missouri State Highway Patrol, gives us his method for geotagging photographs and assigning lat-long coordinates to each image ... all for $5! More

How the public actually uses local government Web maps
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With ever-present budget pressures, GIS heads are wrestling with which combination of server admin and paid cloud subscriptions (ESRI, Google, MapBox, CartoDB, et. al.) make the most financial sense as well as serving user needs. A few weeks back Tobin Bradley at Mecklenburg County, N.C., wanted to determine how visitors used the Google API options such as Street View, Traffic and Google Earth view. Answer: between 2.2 percent and 3.5 percent. More

NASA 'itching to move' on Mars as it charts course for Curiosity
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NASA's newest rover Curiosity has yet to make its first move on Mars, but scientists said they are already mapping out possible driving routes to a Martian mountain. Since landing in Gale Crater near the equator last week, the nuclear-powered rover has been busy getting a head-to-wheel health checkup while parked. It touched down about 5 miles from Mount Sharp where signatures of past water have been spotted at the base. More

Salina Seminar Series 2013

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The Salina Chapter of the Kansas Society of Land Surveyors, Inc. invites you to a seminar on Jan. 10-12, 2013, featuring a session on the "The Art of Surveying." Call 785-826-8958 for more information.

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