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Exemplar City: A Model for Geospatial, Energy and Cyber Security

Tuesday, April 15th 2014

Exemplar City is a model that municipal governments can follow when faced with a wide variety of challenges such as responding to a local emergency or crisis, mitigating economic impacts, dealing with workforce skill or capacity issues, or facing overwhelming infrastructure demands. This article provides the framework for pilot projects supported by the City of Huntsville, Alabama and three of the city’s non-profit economic development organizations.

USGS Turns 135: Continues Mission of Science for America

Monday, April 7th 2014

Fundamental knowledge of the land and its resources is a basic need for effective government and a productive economy in any nation.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), celebrating its 135th birthday on March 3rd, serves our Nation by providing reliable scientific information that can be used in many different ways: to describe and understand the Earth; to minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; to manage water, ecosystem, energy, and mineral resources; and to enhance and protect our quality of life.

NASA Responds to California’s Evolving Drought

Monday, March 24th 2014

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.  

UAS Mapping of Cemeteries in the Czech Republic

Friday, March 21st 2014

The largest Czech unmanned aerial systems (UAS) company, in cooperation with Brno City Hall, conducted a project to capture images of adjacent cemeteries and integrate the data into a GIS system for the administrators of city cemeteries.

9 Maps that Explain the World’s Forests

Wednesday, March 19th 2014

By the time we find out about deforestation, it’s usually too late to take action.  

Land Cover Classification of Cropland: a Tutorial Using the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin for QGIS

Monday, March 17th 2014

In this article, Luca Congedo presents a tutorial for the land cover classification of cropland. In particular, he uses Landsat imagery acquired over the State of Kansas, near the city of Ulysses, using the new version 2.3.2 of the Semi-Automatic Classification Plugin for QGIS.

Worldwide Spending on Geospatial Software Grew 4% in 2012: What’s Ahead?

Thursday, February 27th 2014

Cambashi is a market research, industry analyst and consulting firm that covers the use of IT to address business issues in a variety of industry sectors. The company shared with Directions Magazinea few details from its latest GIS Observatory reports, typically only available to subscribers.Weposed some questions to Christine Easterfield, principal analyst, about the latest round of numbers and what’s ahead.

Top Articles in LiDAR Technology: A Recap of Recent News

Monday, February 24th 2014

With the completion of the 2014 International LiDAR Mapping Forum last week in Denver, Colorado, Directions Magazine's editors offer this recap of recent articles and company announcements for our readers to catch up on the latest news.

OGC’s 20th Anniversary - A Look Back at the Early Days

Friday, February 21st 2014

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this March. Senior Staff Writer Lance McKee provides this retrospective on the organization as well as the successful expansion of the initiatives it is undertaking.

What Do You See in the (Lidar Point) Clouds?

Thursday, February 20th 2014

Ross Winans observes, "

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