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Tuesday, July 29th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Location sharing is back in the news as new apps try to offer better mousetraps for sharing one’s location with friends and family. We look at PlaceUs and Jink. Meanwhile two well-known players, LinkedIn and Google, add location sharing where it’s not been before. Do these new and enhanced entries suggest location-based services are maturing?

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Microsoft, IBM, Apple and SAP have been making huge investments in geospatial technology and in some cases, working together. Are there implications for a new era in enterprise spatial analytics? Is this the dawn of true big data geospatial analytics?

Monday, July 14th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

As is our tradition, we discuss what we consider the highlights and takeaways from the opening plenary sessions at this week's Esri International User Conference.

Tuesday, July 8th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

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?

Tuesday, July 1st 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Among the details of the proposed 2015 U.S. transportation bill is the potential for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to oversee and perhaps regulate navgiation applications on mobile devices. Is that a good idea? Who might benefit? And how might this impact the geospatial industry?

Tuesday, June 24th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

The latest iteration of the URISA Salary Survey prompts us to ask about the state of the GIS profession. What evidence is there that there is such a profession? That there should be one?

Tuesday, June 17th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg and Joe Francica

News broke this past week that Google will buy Skybox, the Earth observation satellite company that offers high definition video, for $500 million. In addition, the FAA approved a certificate of authorization for commercial flight for drones in Alaska, and DigitalGlobe received approval from the Department of Commerce to deliver .25 meter resolution imagery, a move necessary to compete against international providers of Earth observation satellite data.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

With a change at the top of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and a broader mission, we discuss what’s ahead for the leading geospatial technology agency in the U.S.

Thursday, June 5th 2014
by Joe Francica

In this podcast with Eric Cadora, the director of the Justice Mapping Center, we explore how understanding spatial phenomena of incarceration radically helped shift the conversation of policy makers and allowed them to not only see concentrations of those who entered prison but also how much it was costing local governments. Cadora characterized these areas from which a high volume of incarcerated individuals came as "million dollar blocks" because officials knew how much it cost per person. In this fascinating discussion listen to how maps helped citizens and policy makers view the criminal justice system.

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Last week Esri announced its participation in the Obama administration’s ConnectED Initiative, an effort to bring digital learning to K-12 students with the participation of the private sector. Esri stepped up to offer access for all public and private schools to ArcGIS Online. Esri says the grant could be worth as much as 1$B, perhaps the largest ConnectED commitment to date. We explore this grant's potential for the teachers and learners of the United States.

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