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Monday, July 21st 2014
by Ralph Straumann

Ralph Staumann thinks crowdsourced data can be very valuable. But, he warns, "Be careful when using crowdsourced data and don’t be ensnared by great visualisations."

Monday, July 14th 2014
by Joe Francica

OmniEarth, a consortium created by HarrisDraper Laboratory and Dynetics, is developing a constellation of 18 satellites (15 within the constellation, 3 on-orbit spares) that will image the Earth daily. Editor in Chief Joe Francica spoke with executives from OmniEarth and Dynetics to get the full story.

Saturday, July 12th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Learn ArcGIS is Esri’s new website for teaching GIS to both new and existing users. It embraces a new corporate-wide goal of teaching through problem solving rather than via rote “button pushing.”  Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg has an exclusive look at both the educational vision and the site itself.

Thursday, July 10th 2014
by Directions Staff

Ubisense’s latest product, myWorld 2.0, integrates Google Maps for Business technologies to enhance an enterprise’s operational awareness. Directions Magazine interviewed Peter Batty, co-founder and CTO of the geospatial division of Ubisense, to explore the product and how the company works with its customers.

Thursday, July 10th 2014
by Ray Purdy

The US government has lifted restrictions on the use of high-quality satellite images. The move, says Ray Purdy of University College London, will be welcomed by industry but could have serious privacy implications for the man or woman on the street.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014
by Eric Pimpler

Trainer Eric Pimpler shares his list of the ten most common Python errors. The list may be particularly valuable to beginner level Python programmers working with ArcGIS, but more experienced coders might find some valuable reminders.

Monday, July 7th 2014
by Jakub Karas

At the end of May 2014, UPVISION, a Czech unmanned aerial vehicle and mapping company, conducted a UAV survey of a landslide on Highway D8, currently ​​under construction near the city of Litomerice, in the northern part of the Czech Republic. UPVISION’s president, Jakub Karas, explains more about the unique mapping mission using the company’s hexacopter.

Thursday, July 3rd 2014
by Jon Campbell

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a satellite-based rainfall monitoring dataset specifically designed to support the early detection of drought around the world.

Developed as a partnership between the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Climate Hazards Group, this new dataset allows experts who specialize in the early warning of drought and famine to monitor rainfall in near real-time, at a high resolution, over most of the globe (from 50°N to 50°S).

Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
by Jon Campbell

To mark an extremely successful first year of space operation for Landsat 8, the scientists and imagery experts at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have selected 10 sets of images that demonstrate the broad range of changes on the land that Landsat 8 has observed in its first year and compiled them in a special collection — the Landsat 8 Yearbook.

Tuesday, July 1st 2014
by Cheryl Pellerin

The highly secretive Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has streamlined and put aspects of its acquisition process online to take advantage of talent and technologically “disruptive” ideas available outside its usual vendor circles. This article describes the DIA's The Open Innovation Gateway as well as the National Geospatial-intelligence Agency's GEOINT Solutions Market place, both represent new ways that each agency hopes will change the way the private industry works with these two intelligence agencies.

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