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GIS Education News Weekly: Mandela Map, QGIS Data, Robinson on Crimea

Thursday, March 27th 2014

Follow in Mandela's Footsteps The South Africa tourist board has created a map so visitors can follow in Nelson Mandela, footsteps. It's got a timeline, links and details needed to visit the sites. I suspect it'd also be useful for educators. And yes, you could call it a story map though Esri...

CNN, Local Media Tap Directions’ Editor for MH370 Search Expertise

Friday, March 21st 2014

Both CNN and WHNT TV in Huntsville, Alabama tapped Directions Magazine Editor in Chief, Joe Francica, for comments regarding the use of DigitalGlobe's Tomnod platform for crowdsourcing in the search of Malaysian Airlines flight 370. CNN reporter Ana Cabrera discussed with Francica what could be...

GIS Education Weekly News: Military Battle Maps, High School Drone Pilots, GeoTech Center

Thursday, March 20th 2014

Military Battle Maps MapofUs.org announced new maps on the free-for-personal use website: military battle maps dating back as far as 1775. The company is part of Genealogy Inc., based in Huntsville.the parent company of MapofUs.org. Sounds like a great resource for educators in history,...

Satellite Image Companies Rush Imagery to Analysts Searching for MH370

Friday, March 14th 2014

Satellite image data providers have rushed imagery to analysts looked for missing flight Malaysian Airlines #370. DigitalGlobe, Airbus Defence and Space as well as BlackBridge have all released imagery over the search area where authorities believe the plane may have gone down. DigitalGlobe is...

Crowdsourcing and Image Analysis for #MH370

Thursday, March 13th 2014

Inky black seas and a few white caps ... and maybe a ship. Over the last few days, I've participated in the crowdsourcing effort to find Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 via Tomnod, the imagery platform acquired by DigitalGlobe last year. So far, I've reviewed 500+ map tiles delivered by...

GIS Education Weekly News: Preservation, Addresses, Math

Thursday, March 13th 2014

New Resource of Preservation of Digital Geospatial Data Resources The Geospatial Content subgroup of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group recognized the need for introductory guidance on the challenges facing institutions regarding the collection, stewardship...

Update: Court Says FAA Doesn’t Have Oversight of Commercial UASs

Friday, March 7th 2014

The FAA has appealed the decision which stays the decision. That means legally, things stay the same as before the decision until the National Technology Safety Board makes a decision.. --- original post 3/6/14 ---- National Transportation Safety Board Administrative Law Judge Patrick...

UPDATE: Where Geospatial Meets the White House FY2015 Budget

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

The White House today released its fiscal 2015 budget and called specifically for research and development which will impact the geospatial technology market. Here are some excerpts from the budget allocations: $925 million for R&D at the Department of the Interior, including work relating...

Ignoring the FAA’s Rules on UASs and the Legal Argument for Doing So

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Last week the Federal Aviation Administration put out what it hoped was a document to clarify the laws regarding the use of UASs in the United States. It seems, per Eric Gakstatter writing in Geospatial Solutions that no one cares. His recent article describes many UAS users who are simply...

DigitalGlobe Stock Price Slammed; Earnings, Competition to Blame

Thursday, February 27th 2014

DigitalGlobe's stock (NYSE: DGI) was slammed yesterday by investors upon hearing the news that they missed Wall Street's consensus estimate and took a 27% price hit. The stock has rebounded in early trading today. Reason's given by stock analysts include not only the missed expectations to...

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