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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.

Monday, March 31st 2014
by Directions Staff

Shopcloud’s new indoor positioning system, Inside, uses “amazing new technology [that] will blow your mind.” The smartphone solution is “easy to implement, doesn’t require any hardware, is free for end users, and most critically is far more accurate than other solutions.”

Monday, March 31st 2014

Ralph Straumann and Christoph Graf of Ernst Basler + Partner Ltd. in Switzerland attended the Esri Partner Conference and the Esri Developer Summit in Palm Springs in March.They report on, and assess some of the trends that they identified.

Thursday, March 27th 2014
by Mike Foster

Mike Foster offers five simple habits that will improve map reading abilities.

Wednesday, March 26th 2014
by Stephen Keen

Author Stephen Keen thinks we have a problem in using the term “GIS.” “The challenge that we face by using the term ‘GIS’ to describe our profession is that it means so many different things to so many different people.” With tongue partially in cheek, he describes how GIS addresses a whole array of technologies and methodologies, and the need to differentiate ourselves as professionals.

Monday, March 24th 2014
by NASA

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.  

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