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6 steps to IT policy excellence
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Organizations need to take a systematic and proactive approach to risk mitigation if they are to be better prepared to satisfy evolving legal and regulatory requirements, manage the costs of compliance and realize competitive advantage. Achieving and maintaining policy compliance becomes more difficult to sustain as organizations grow, become more geographically dispersed and more highly regulated. But, it doesn't have to be this way. More

Surveying the underground
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How do you measure and map what you cannot see? Underground utilities reveal little of their true form and extent from sparse surface clues and often-questionable records. Legacy tools and methods have left surveyors with few choices but extrapolation from records or costly and disruptive excavation to precisely locate and describe these features. More

Share of workers in tech fields falls
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The share of American workers in the science and engineering professions fell slightly in the past decade, ending what had been a steady upward trend in the proportion of workers in fields associated with technological innovation and economic growth. The share of American workers with science and engineering expertise — crucial in an increasingly high-tech economy — fell slightly during the past decade, according to a new analysis of Census Data. More

Construction spending slips 0.9 percent in July
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Further signaling a lackluster national economy, construction spending — which includes both nonresidential and residential building — decreased 0.9 percent in July, but is up 9.3 percent year over year, according to the Sept. 4 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Meantime, nonresidential construction spending fell 0.6 percent in July, with outlays slipping to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $563.2 billion. More

Are you a geogeek?
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Do you consider yourself a geogeek? Is that a positive or negative term in our industry? What about outside our industry? Do you have a definition for it? Directions Magazine Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg looks at the term "geogeek" and how it's used around the Web. More

Geospatial data sharing: Guidelines for best practices
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The National States Geographic Information Council strongly believes that open sharing of geospatial data is in the best interest of our communities, states and nation. One of our goals is to make all non-sensitive geospatial data, produced or maintained using taxpayer funds, a part of the public record. More

How Google and Apple's digital mapping is mapping us
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Over the last few years, at the kinds of conferences where the world's technological elite gathers to mainline caffeine and determine the course of history, Google has entertained the crowds with a contraption it calls Liquid Galaxy. It consists of eight large LCD screens, turned on their ends and arranged in a circle, with a joystick at the center. More

3-D mapping of Isaac water levels
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A new technology is being deployed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists to map urban flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac. Called "terrestrial lidar," or "T-lidar," this new capability will enable scientists to collect highly detailed information in select population areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama where the hurricane had the greatest impact. More

NOAA funds studies of weather warnings, social media, Internet tools and public participation
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How do people sift important weather information out of the incessant buzz of 24/7 social media, text messages, smart phone app alerts, overflowing email inboxes, the blogosphere, and traditional print and broadcast media? Four new research awards funded by NOAA seek to answer this question and to improve the way potentially life-saving weather warnings reach those who need to act on them. More

US officials explore use of Galileo PRS
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The United States and the European Union are talking about how U.S. agencies might use the secure signal planned for Galileo to better fulfill their various responsibilities. Informal discussions on using the Public Regulated Service, or PRS, began after the European Commission released guidelines for accessing the service last fall. More

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