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Wednesday, October 15th 2014
by Denise McKenzie, Ron Exler

The Directions Magazine webinar, Making Location Work for Smart Cities – the Case for Location Standards, attracted 575 global registrants on September 3, 2014. In this article, Denise McKenzie, executive director for OGC’s Communications and Outreach Program, and Ron Exler, OGC’s senior consultant, discuss the ongoing efforts involving “smart cities” and how location standards from OGC play a central role in implementations.

Monday, October 13th 2014
by Hany A. Hassaballa

Planning and implementing a successful solid waste management strategy require collecting a large amount of solid waste data and assets with static or dynamic locations. This article by Geodecisions senior GIS analyst Hany Hassaballa highlights the use of GIS technology in modern solid waste management operations.

Thursday, October 9th 2014
by Mike Vanhook

The 2014 National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) annual meeting focused on coordination and partnerships among the state coordinators, with an emphasis on data sharing, open source solutions and the importance of involving local government GIS coordinators. NSGIC member Mike Vanhook provided a synopsis of the meeting.

Thursday, October 9th 2014
by Arizona State University

World leaders face multiple barriers in their efforts to reach agreement on greenhouse gas emission policies. And, according to Arizona State University researchers, without globally consistent, independent emissions assessments, climate agreements will remain burdened by errors, self-reporting and the inability to verify emissions progress.

Wednesday, October 8th 2014
by Rich Fenker

How much of a supporting factor is location in retail sales forecasting models? In this overview of different models and approaches, Rich Fenker, principal of, provides his perspectives on which models most often produce success and which may result in “dogs.”

Monday, October 6th 2014
by Benjamin Clement

Are street addresses obsolete? There are times when they are useless in an emergency. Carbon County, Utah GIS manager Benjamin Clement provides details about a flooding incident in his county where standard addresses became part of the problem. Then he provides his solution.

Thursday, October 2nd 2014
by Catherine Burton

Contributing columnist Catherine Burton interviewed Michael Carson, GIS manager at the City of Burbankwhere, as in many cities, GIS work continues to be a critical element in city administration and planning.

Wednesday, October 1st 2014
by Joyce Tam

CSX Corporation operates trains over 23,000 route miles in 23 states. The company has implemented a new fleet management solution that is reducing carbon emissions, improving safety for its employees and evaluating the implications of operating trains in multiple tax jurisdictions. It’s a solution that has CSX barreling down the right track.

Monday, September 29th 2014
by University of Cambridge

Researchers have created a "large-scale zoning plan" that aims to limit the environmental costs of road expansion while maximizing its benefits for human development.

Thursday, September 25th 2014

A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions -- can area larger than the state of Wisconsin -- experienced changes in land cover, including a decline in wetlands and forest cover with development a major contributing factor.

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