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Thursday, September 25th 2014
by Jon Campbell

A recent White House-led assessment found that Landsat is among the Nation’s most critical Earth observing systems, second only to GPS and weather. A new USGS study, Landsat and Water — Case Studies of the Uses and Benefits of Landsat Imagery in Water Resources, provides examples of why Landsat is so valuable.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014
by Tim Garcia

“Thinking outside the box” can be cliché, but you rarely hear the phrase, “think inside the box.”Tim Garcia, vice president of business development for Moasis Global, looks at a new way of using demographic information and consumer behavior data for mobile marketing.

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014
by Jon Campbell

Today, September 23, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior) released a collection of higher-resolution (more detailed) elevation datasets for Africa. The datasets were released following the President’s commitment at the United Nations to provide assistance for global efforts to combat climate change. The broad availability of more detailed elevation data across most of the African continent through the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) will improve baseline information that is crucial to investigating the impacts of climate change on African communities. 

Monday, September 22nd 2014
by Nick Williams

In this article, Nick Williams, a trainer at Acuity Training, walks through the steps necessary to carry out an analysis of crime data using MapInfo.

Monday, September 22nd 2014
by David Callahan/The Royal Institute of Technology

Whether it’s the Black Death of 1350 or the Ebola virus in West Africa, one thing deadly pandemics have in common is that their progress takes a geographical course. But researcher Lars Skog at KTH Royal Institute of Technology is one of those developing geoinformation systems that can help health workers predict the spread of a disease and stop it.

Thursday, September 18th 2014
by Carl Blesch

Computer experts at Rutgers find that speed data collected by some insurance companies could compromise a customer’s privacy.

Thursday, September 18th 2014
by Idaho State University

Firefighter have tapped a GIS-satellite imagery decision support system designed by Idaho State University’s GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Training and Research Center and NASA to help with planning wildfire recovery.

This system will be expanded for use throughout the western United States so it can used to help fire managers battle the large types of blazes that have occurred in Oregon, Washington and California this summer.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014
by Puneet Kollipara

A programme that dispatches student researchers to train civil society organisations in the developing world in data handling skills so that they can track aid and development spending in their locality is expanding this year. AidData’s Summer Fellows programme entails sending 'student fellows' for two to three months during the US summer to organisations around the world. Here's some of the work they did.

Thursday, September 11th 2014
by Juan Marin

Why would anyone want different versions of data? Don’t we all want data we can trust, that doesn’t vary from copy to copy? The answer is yes, sometimes. Boundless CTO Juan Marin explains how GeoGig can manage versioned geodata.

Thursday, September 11th 2014
by Katy Rossiter

Understanding geographic relationships is key to understanding how to properly use Census Bureau data. This article sheds some light on how these different entities relate to one another. It focuses on geographic relationships that exist below the national level, such as ZIP Code tabulation areas and school districts.

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