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Monday, April 21st 2014
by Peter Batty

Peter Batty spent an April weekend in Washington DC for State of the Map (SotM) US, the OpenStreetMap conference. He reports that sold out with around 500 attendees, making it the largest OpenStreetMap event yet. He recaps items that he thought were of interest.

Monday, April 21st 2014
by Joe Francica, Wes Stroh

Last week in Tampa, Florida, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) convened the postponed 2013 GEOINT Symposium. The event drew close to 5000 attendees and over 270 exhibitors. Directions Magazine offers a recap of the event through numerous reports.

Thursday, April 17th 2014

Herein are prepared remarks provided by Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Rupersberger (D-MD, 2nd) for his presentation at the GEOINT 2013* Symposium in Tampa, Florida on April 17, 2014. 

Thursday, April 17th 2014
by John G. Van Hoesen

Educator John Van Hoesen introduces StoryMap.js, “a stunningly simple tool for creating beautifully designed stories on the Web,” from the Knight Lab at Northwestern University.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014
by Chris Johnson, Joe Francica, Jay Newkirk

Exemplar City is a model that municipal governments can follow when faced with a wide variety of challenges such as responding to a local emergency or crisis, mitigating economic impacts, dealing with workforce skill or capacity issues, or facing overwhelming infrastructure demands. This article provides the framework for pilot projects supported by the City of Huntsville, Alabama and three of the city’s non-profit economic development organizations.

Monday, April 14th 2014
by Elizabeth Boatman and Maria C. Zacharias

Census Explorer, a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods, is powered by Social Explorer, a data visualization tool developed by NSF-funded sociologist Andrew Beveridge.

Thursday, April 10th 2014
by Directions Staff

State of the Map U.S. runs April 12-13 in Washington, D.C. It’s the U.S. event for users of the “emerging major global geo data source,” OpenStreetMap. Directions Magazine asked Alex Barth, secretary of OpenStreetMap United States Inc., to provide a preview.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014
by Helene Ragovin

What do a commuter taking a detour on the way to work and a youngster fashioning a bird out of a sheet of brightly colored paper have in common? They’re both depending on spatial cognition to complete a task. The trouble is that some of our beloved electronic devices could be a detriment to spatial cognition. Tufts University psychologist Holly Taylor and her colleagues study spatial cognition and comprehension. They tackle the effect of navigational aids on memory and whether learning the Japanese paper art origami can increase children’s abilities in all sorts of practical fields such as science, technology, engineering and math. In this interview she shares some of what they've learned.

Monday, April 7th 2014
by Jon Campbell

Fundamental knowledge of the land and its resources is a basic need for effective government and a productive economy in any nation.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), celebrating its 135th birthday on March 3rd, serves our Nation by providing reliable scientific information that can be used in many different ways: to describe and understand the Earth; to minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; to manage water, ecosystem, energy, and mineral resources; and to enhance and protect our quality of life.

Friday, April 4th 2014
by Lucie Kendell

Canada’s first Geospatial Advancement Conference brought together Canada’s leaders in geomatics to further the discussion on developing a national geo strategy in light of the country’s rapidly accelerating Geomatics/GIS industry. Lucie Kendell shares the event takeaways.

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GEOINT Takes Center Stage in National Security: A Recap of the GEOINT Symposium 2013*

Last week in Tampa, Florida, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) convened the postponed 2013 GEOINT Symposium. The event drew close to 5000 attendees and over 270 exhibitors. Directions Magazine offers a recap of the event through numerous reports.

Batty: Another Great State of the Map Conference
Small Sats and Commercial Remote Sensing: A conversation with Rob Zitz, Vice President, Leidos
Congressman Ruppersberger: GEO-INT Prepared Remarks
Digital Storytelling Made Easy: StoryMap.js
Nine New Satellite Companies: Which Will Make it?
Exemplar City: A Model for Geospatial, Energy and Cyber Security
Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
State of the Map U.S.: Celebrating the Emerging Major Global Geo Data Source

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