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GIS Government Weekly News: PA Gets Coordinating Committee, Open Data Catalog, Vote in Vermont

Wednesday, October 29th 2014

PA Gets a GIS Coordinating Committee Only three U.S. states (and commonwealths) do not have a geospatial coordinating council. But Pennsylvania soon will should the state bill be signed into law. A local paper has the story. Campbell County's 1% Tax Map Campbell County, Wyoming put out a...

Weather Radar Captures Antares Rocket Explosion

Tuesday, October 28th 2014

Correction Oct 29: Updated to clarify Satellite vs. Ground Rader. Thanks to reader Robb for pointing out the error. --- Baron Services, a weather technology company, captured the explosion of the Antares launch on weather radar. Baron’s most accurate weather radar technology gives...

NGA Update: New Director’s Mission; Ebola; and Gamification Software to GitHub

Friday, October 24th 2014

During the last two weeks, there has been a flurry of news from the National Geospaial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) starting with new director Robert Cardill's intentions for the agency. Cardillo stated: Our business has never been more complex. Our profession has never been more competitive....

GIS Health News Weekly: Birthing Resources in Ontario, CDIFF, Mapping Bats

Friday, October 3rd 2014

Birthing Resources in Ontario The regional children's hospital has birthed a new mapping tool [right] to provide parents and parents to be with detailed information on all birthing centres in Ontario. GIS in Monitoring and Evaluation of Disease Folks in the know about Rugg's Staircase...

GIS Government Weekly News: Florida Oil Spill Map, Boston Solar, Tracking Homeless via GPS

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

Florida's Oil Spill Response With a goal of more transparency, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, launched an interactive map complete with photos and descriptions of projects that have been completed, and those in...

GIS Education News Weekly: Beyond Mapping, ISS Photos, Yale Properties

Thursday, September 4th 2014

Beyond Mapping Compilation All of the pre-2013 articles from Joseph K. Berry's Beyond Mapping column from Geoworld are now available in four online or print volumes. The nearly 1000 pages and more than 750 figures in the Beyond Mapping Compilation Series provides a comprehensive and...

And Now Google Does Drones - Project Wing

Friday, August 29th 2014

Google, too, is experiementing with drones. From the Google X team comes "Project Wing." Several media outlets reported today Google's experimentation with package delivery using their own drone design. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google said a 5-foot-wide single-wing prototype...

Getting Schooled on UAVs, FAA Policy and Reality

Monday, August 18th 2014

Last week, I chaired a workshop on geospatial intelligence, part of the Space and Missile Defense Symposium's STEM program. During the morning session we focused on domestic homeland security and convened a panel of public safety officials from the Huntsville, Alabama region. Panelists included...

UAVs vs. Small Sats - Which has the more viable business model today?

Monday, August 11th 2014

In an article published today in the Wall Street Journal, John Hickey, the No. 2 safety official at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), told a United Nations meeting over the weekend that regulatory approval to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) alongside commercial aircraft is "not...

White House: Tackling Data from Earth Observation Systems & Reviews Apps for Disaster Response

Tuesday, July 29th 2014

The White House is keeping busy. In two separate efforts the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is reviewing geospatial technology initiatives in earth observation systems and in disaster response and recovery. On July 18th, the OSTP released a report on the National Plan for Civil...

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