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NCEES seeks responses to Professional Activities and Knowledge Study related to the Fundamentals of Surveying exam
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NCEES is conducting a survey to improve our understanding of the current knowledge required for newly graduated surveyors and surveyors in training, and allow us to make sure the Fundamentals of Surveying examinations reflect current best practice. Your answers will be treated confidentially, and reported only as grouped data. Be assured that your input adds to the integrity of the process. We appreciate you sharing your expertise with us. It is important to capture as many aspects of fundamental surveying as possible. It should take less than 30 minutes to complete the survey. If you need to complete the survey in more than one session, you may return to the survey if you use the same computer and have "cookies" enabled. The survey will return to the place you last exited. Please DO NOT hit "Done" on the very last page of the survey before completing the survey, otherwise, you will not be allowed to go back. When you are ready, click the following link, or copy it and paste it into your browser. More

Global geospatial group to promote equitable data access
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The U.N. has set up an expert committee and a program on global geospatial information management under its Economic and Social Council to encourage international cooperation and establish best practice on the use of geographic data, collected by technologies such as remote sensing and the global positioning system. The decision, announced last month, was triggered by a report earlier this year by the U.N. secretary-general that concluded that many developing countries have a "serious lack of institutional capacity to harness the enormous potential of geospatial information technologies and to build a sustainable national infrastructure." More

RISPLS petition for the removal of 'Engineering Surveys' from the NCEES Model Law
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The Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors (RISPLS) petition the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for the removal of the term "Engineering Surveys" and following definition from the NCEES Model Laws found at Chapter 110.20 Definitions, Section A, Paragraph 5: "Engineering Surveys" to include all survey activities required to support the sound conception, planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of engineered projects but exclude the surveying of real property for the establishment of land boundaries, rights-of-way, easements, and the dependent or independent surveys or resurveys of the public land survey system." More

Podcast: The consumerization of geospatial
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The buzzword of the month is "the consumerization of IT" and while it's not exactly true for geospatial, it's very close. This more accessible implementation of IT tools impacts both GIS professionals and those who use the technology more informally. What are the implication of these trends? Our editors have different views of the future. More

Big data: It's about the data, not the big
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Big data is not about volume, though it may certainly be voluminous. The accent is really on the second part, the data. The term applies to many new and varied data sources such as RFID, Geospatial, Smart meters, social network data, and web logs. Yes this data can be big but more importantly it provides a source of very rich analytical opportunity. More

State of the JTS Topology Suite: A conversation with Martin Davis
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Did you ever wonder how geospatial software developers get into that line of work? In this interview, CloverPoint's Amber Weber sits down with Martin Davis, the primary designer and developer of the JTS Topology Suite.Davis,who will be presenting at the 2011 FOSS4G conference, talks about his growth into a developer and his work on JTS Topology Suite and JUMP. Their discussion will be of interest to students, career changers, geo software users and open source fans alike. More

Geolocation and privacy: Are we going the right way?
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The concept of geolocation privacy is now receiving a good deal of attention in the United States. For example, nine bills are being considered on Capitol Hill that would would regulate the collection, use and/or transfer of geolocation information. Many of the bills include geolocation as part of larger privacy bills and treat an individual's geolocation information the same as an individual's social security number or financial records. Some in the geospatial community believe that this legislation would only impact those involved in wireless communication or in providing location-based services. More

Augmented reality for driver navigation goes intercontinental
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Wikitude Drive, the first and most successful augmented reality app for turn-by-turn driver navigation, launched in the US two weeks ago. This roughly doubles the potential market for Wikitude Drive and marks a significant international expansion for its developers. However, AR navigation still has a long way to go before it becomes mainstream. More

Do you depend on GPS to make money?
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The LightSquared issue refuses to go away. After the presentations by LightSquared and the Coalition to Save Our GPS at the Survey Summit in July, it seemed that if LightSquared stayed in the lower band of the two bands adjacent to GPS, its plan might work. Since then, it has become apparent that even that band is unacceptable. More

Construction may see brief bounce from Irene
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Hurricane Irene didn't turn out to be the $15 billion disaster experts predicted, but it's still a financial headache for home and business owners along the Eastern Seaboard. Catastrophe analysis firm Kinetic Analysis Corp. offered an initial damage estimate of $7 billion, with the possibility of an extra $1 billion in damages if flooding in the Northeast is severe. The silver lining for these battered local and regional economies is that the storm could provide an employment bump for the beleaguered construction industry. More

Surveyors Historical Society's 2011 Rendezvous
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The 15th Annual Surveyors Historical Society Rendezvous will be held at Shawnee Resort and Conference Center near Friendship, Ohio, Sept. 14- 17. Rendezvous 2011 is co-sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors and the Southwestern Chapter of Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio. The subject of Rendezvous 2011 will be Pioneer Surveyors of 1770s in the Ohio Valley & Kentucky Frontier, The Indian Nation, and The Ohio Erie Canal. More

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