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Thursday, April 17th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

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.

Thursday, April 3rd 2014
by Joyce Tam

Companies that grasp how to strategically leverage advanced analytics and location intelligence stand to drive efficiencies, improve customer service and boost profits. Trimble’s Joyce Tam, director of product management, provides eight key developments that will alter how the emerging workforce does business.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014
by David Arctur

In mid-January 2014, results of phase 6 of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP) were presented at the 10th Summit of the Group on Earth Observation in Geneva. Author, Dr. David Arctur managed a yearlong project within AIP-6, to advance the Water Societal Benefit Area (SBA) of GEOSS. This article discusses the results of the project.

Monday, March 31st 2014
by Joe Francica

At the celebration of the Open Geospatial Consortium's 20th anniversary banquet, numerous remembrances were delivered on behalf of founders and benefactors such as David Schell and many others. However, it was Dr. Chris Tucker, founder of MapStory and current OGC board member, and Steve Liang, of the Universary of Calgary, who articulated the vision for the next 10 years.

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