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Wednesday, October 22nd 2014
by Lora Fleming

As the world wakes up to the power of data, we need to start working out how to join up all this information. We need to turn it into meaningful findings that will help us to make changes to the way we live. A new technique is emerging as part of this quest – the data mashup. This approach to linking data could help us shed light on phenomena such as the health impacts of climate change.

Monday, October 20th 2014
by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

In war-torn Syria, five of six World Heritage sites now "exhibit significant damage" and some structures have been "reduced to rubble," according to new high-resolution satellite image analysis by the nonprofit, nonpartisan American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Monday, October 20th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

How do geospatial companies use their homepages in 2014? Do visitors get the information they need? Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg grades 11 company efforts.

Thursday, October 16th 2014
by Joe Francica

Viewers of the recent Olympic Games probably saw 3D building models used by NBC TV. Those graphics were developed by AEgis Technologies. On its 25th anniversary, co-founder, president and CEO Steve Hill sat down with Editor in Chief Joe Francica for an update on where his company is headed.

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.

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