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Google Courts the Stratosphere with “Loon” Technology

When the “Project Loon” balloon circumnavigated the globe in 22 days this spring, it validated Google’s ambitious and highly secretive endeavor to bring Internet access to a significant portion of the world’s currently unconnected population. Freelance author Brandon Engel takes us behind the scenes of the project, revealing the potential economic impact for rural and poorly served areas where Internet access is impeded.

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Scaling FME Services for the Smaller User

Five years ago I wrote about Wayne Kocina who was building a solution that put the power of Business Analyst Online into the hands of the smaller business. Kocina did the work with his license and delivered the required maps and reports to the client at a...Read more

GIS Tackles Big Issues: Environment, Health, Climate and Infrastructure

Recent news reveals how GIS tackles “big issues” including environment, health, climate and infrastructure. Are we using the correct tools? The right data? Or is it the human touch that plays the biggest role in our success or failure on these matters?

NASA Launches OpenNEX: An Open Computing Platform, Educational Forum and Competition for Ideas on Climate Resiliency

This past week, NASA's Office of Science and Technology Policy launched OpenNEX, a program to engage both the scientific community and citizens on climate resiliency. The program consists of online lectures on climate change, labs on the basics of remote sensing...Read more

Takeaways from the 2014 Location Intelligence Summit

Two weeks ago Directions Magazine hosted the 10th edition of its Location Intelligence event. LocationTech, HERE and Oracle Spatial and Graph programs were intertwined with the event. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg shares her key takeaways.

GIS Education News Weekly: Precision Ag Degree, Bowdoin Awardee, NH Trains K-12s on ArcGIS

For Students New Precision Ag Degree First in Ohio The Ohio Board of Regents has approved Clark State Community College’s Associate of Applied Science degree in precision agriculture, allowing the college to begin enrolling students to the two-year program and...Read more

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