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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.

Monday, June 30th 2014
by Phil Archer

Held in London in March, the Linking Geospatial Data Workshop was billed primarily as a joint exercise between the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and W3C as part of its role within the SmartOpenData project. It was supported and encouraged by the UK Government's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ordnance Survey and Google Maps who hosted the event. It came about through a desire to make better use of the Web as a platform for sharing and linking Geospatial Information (GI) alongside but not instead of existing GI systems.

Monday, June 30th 2014
by Kathryn Hansen

Anyone living in a major U.S. city for the past decade may have noticed a change in the air. The change is apparent in new NASA satellite images unveiled this week that demonstrate the reduction of air pollution across the country.

Wednesday, June 25th 2014
by Directions Staff

Prof. Josef Strobl of the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg has been a pioneer of GIS education, both at his institution and via the online UNIGIS effort, for decades. Directions Magazine asked him about the use of Oracle Spatial and the state of the art in online GIS teaching and learning.

Wednesday, June 25th 2014
by Kate Ramsayer

To build a satellite that will measure all the bumps and dips of our dynamic Earth, engineers started with a black box, built of a composite honeycomb material to make it as light as possible.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Some 360 users and more than 100 Safe Software staffers attended the 2014 FME International User Conference in Vancouver, BC. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg enjoyed the energy, commitment and playfulness of the hosts and attendees. She shares her takeaways.

Monday, June 23rd 2014
by Directions Staff

Envitia has released MapLink Pro 8.0, an SDK designed to deliver a wide range of mapping capabilities including visualization, terrain analysis, geometry editing, 3D and web services. Directions Magazine asked Envitia’s Matthew Wood to provide specific details on the new product.

Monday, June 23rd 2014
by Joe Francica

MapInfo was an unbeatable company and product name because it delivered exactly what users expected – maps and information, until its parent company, Pitney Bowes, attempted to push its brand forward. Now, with a change in management and vision, the name and maybe the company mojo are back. Editor in Chief Joe Francica spoke with customers and partners about the coming changes at the “rejuvenated” MapInfo User Conference, which was held in Memphis June 11-13.

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