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Wednesday, July 30th 2014
by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Department is using GeoSHAPE tool that will soon be available to assist countries and organizations dealing with the deadly consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters and humanitarian crises, experts from DoD. The open-source tool is not directly related to shapefiles; the acronym stands for geospatial tool for security, humanitarian assistance and partnership engagement.

Wednesday, July 30th 2014
by Ed Freyfogle

A gathering of the European OpenStreetMap communit, State of the Map Europe,  took place in Karlsruhe, Germany in June. Hundreds of attendees met to discuss various aspect of the project. Ed Freyfogle details how OpenStreetMap (OSM) has come a long way.

Tuesday, July 29th 2014
by Directions Staff

Did you miss the news from the Esri International User's Conference, July 14-17? Directions Magazine's editorial staff was there covering all the action from the Senior Executive Seminar, the Education GIS Conference, the Business Summit and the main plenary sessions. Here are links to 10 articles that will summarize the top news and more.

Monday, July 28th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Esri is growing. Its user base is growing, too. In any relationship, as the partners grow and change, new challenges appear. Some of these challenges reared their heads at this year’s Esri International User Conference. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg explains.

Monday, July 28th 2014
by George Percivall

Many voices chime in to answer the question “How does one find existing services that implement OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) interface standards these days?” 

Thursday, July 24th 2014
by Directions Staff

Survey India 2014, July 9-10 in Delhi, first of its kind conference and exhibition on land survey and mapping focused on the new and upcoming equipments for surveying. Initiated with the objective to bring together the government departments, PSUs and industry users of land survey and mapping, it received an overwhelming response with over three hundred delegates participating in the conference and visiting exhibition.

Thursday, July 24th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg attended Esri’s 15th annual Education GIS Conference last week in San Diego. She shares some ideas and innovations from the conference sessions and a suggestion for next year.

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
by National Climatic Data Center

Following the first official day of summer, many areas in the United States are approaching their highest temperatures for the year. To give you a better idea of the warmest time of year for your area, NCDC has created a new “Warmest Day of the Year” map for the contiguous United States.

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.

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