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

The conference keynote: should geospatial conference organizers spend time that might be more valuably used for a single speaker to address all of the attendees? If they choose to have one or more keynote speakers, who should they choose? What make a good keynote presenter and presentation? How do organizers find them?

Thursday, April 17th 2014
by Joe Francica

On today’s podcast editor in chief Joe Francica sat down with Rob Zitz, the vice president for Intelligence and Homeland Security for Leidos at the GEOINT symposium in Tampa. Many of our listeners may not have heard of Leidos but the company was formed after SAIC split into two distinct corporations. This discussion with Mr. Zitz focuses on small satellites and the commercialization of remote sensing. Mr. Zitz has had a distinguished career. He has worked as the technical executive at the NGA, the deputy undersecretary of preparedness and national protection at the Department of Homeland Security and the deputy associate director of the US Secret Service as well as a deputy director at the National Reconnaissance Office.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

There are nine "new" earth observation satellite companies covered in a recent IEEE Spectrum article. What distinguishes them technically? What are their business models? Which ones will be around in five or ten years?

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

Brands, typically not-so-well-known ones, are using maps to drive awareness and buzz about their offerings. Is this a valid strategy? How well do these maps work? We’ll look at two offerings that appeared in the past two weeks, one about wine and one about money management, and try to tease out some best practices.

Friday, April 4th 2014

Cartographer Bill Rankin decided to explore the many maps of the Midwest, compiling them all into a single image. The final result included more than the census Bureau’s 12 states. It even included other countries.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

A deep history of maps and navigation, from the ancient Polynesians to the pinpoint GPS on your smart phone now and the pinpoint tracking to come. Among the guests on this episode of the NPR show OnPoint: Hiawatha Bray, technology reporter for the Boston Globe. His new book is “You Are Here: From The Compass To GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves.” (@watha) David Petersen, vice president of mobile advertising at YP, a search and advertising company. (@djpetersen) Udi Dagan, founder of Split, the “anti-social” app.

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

What do these words mean and how do they fit in the 2014 vision for location technology? Bluetooth Low Energy Ubiquitous Location Ambient Geography Quantified Self

Tuesday, March 25th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Last week President Obama announced the administration's Climate Data Initiative. What's in it for geospatial professionals? For the citizens of the United States? What might its impact be on other global challenges?

Tuesday, March 18th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

What are the key takeaways from the past weeks’ disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Esri’s Partner Conference and SXSW?

Thursday, March 13th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Jules White, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University served as a guest editor of the February Special Issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on the topic of augmented reality (AR). He explains the value of computer vision technology, ponders the role Google Glass will play and provides some counterexamples to the idea that AR is a solution in search of a problem.

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