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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, "

The Fantastical Life of a GIS Analyst

Monday, February 10th 2014

What do climate modeling, malaria and black rhinos have in common? It turns out that Geographic Information Systems can be adapted to study all three. Wherever GIS is being used for humanitarian purposes, senior programmer analyst Joe Nigro is never too far away. Here's his story.

GEOINT Symposium Pushes Forward Despite Setback

Monday, February 3rd 2014

Last October, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s GEOINT Symposium, one of the largest geospatial technology conferences of the year, was postponed, primarily as a result of the government shutdown. As the USGIF prepares to convene the event this April, CEO Keith Masback explains why the event provides a vital opportunity for businesses and government agencies to get back on track.

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

Thursday, January 30th 2014

Satellite images are like maps: they are full of useful and interesting information, provided you have a key. They can show us how much a city has changed, how well our crops are growing, where a fire is burning, or when a storm is coming. 

On How to Read a (Good) Map

Monday, January 27th 2014

Just as you shouldn’t trust everything you read or see on television, you should never blindly trust information just because it is on a map.

Data Sharing Leads to Powerful Tools for Fighting Fire

Thursday, January 16th 2014

Once considered a problem for remote western forests, wildfire is now routinely affecting communities. People regularly build homes in wildland areas known to firefighters as “the WUI,” short for wildland-urban interface and pronounced woo-eee. Fire managers must be able to identify and locate homes at risk in the WUI in order to successfully fight fire there. It’s no secret that wildland fires have become larger and more destructive over the last two decades. More than 9 million acres were burned in 2012, and the 10-year average acreage for wildfire stands at 7 million annually. A host of problems are associated with fighting wildfires in this environment. Wildland fires adjacent to populated areas are more expensive to suppress, tend to involve multiple jurisdictions and often damage private property and homes. Readily combustible landscaping and building materials, household hazardous materials, utility lines and limited road access puts firefighters at higher risk in these areas too.

Top 10 Videos on Geospatial Information Technology

Wednesday, December 25th 2013

You can find videos on all kinds of topics related to geospatial information on YouTube and Vimeo. We've selected the top 10 that might be of most interest to you!

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