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Wednesday, March 5th 2014
by Joe Francica

Janine Benyus is the author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature and founder of Biomimicry 3.8. She recently spoke at the Geodesign Summit in Redlands, Califorinia where she discussed how nature and biological phenomenon might contribute to the design and sustainability of the built environment. Editor in chief Joe Francica discussed the concept of biomimicry and what geospatial professionals can learn from nature's problem-solvers.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

It's a big week in geospatial news: Esri and Google tackle open data, DigitalGlobe's stock drops, USGS drops The National Atlas onto The National Map and Nokia talks about Mapping 2.0.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

From On the Media (NPR): A rash of state laws considered or passed in 2013 seek to rein in drone surveillance. They offer a patchwork of restrictions that seem to reflect the particular culture, or business interests, of individual states. Bob talks with Margot Kaminski, executive director of the Information Society Project and a lecturer at Yale Law School, who has surveyed the legal landscape and noticed a trend.

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

Three popular online media properties have been taking on geography and mapping since at least the last Esri User Conference last July.

Wednesday, February 19th 2014

Lauren Hood works with Loveland Technologies, a company which developed a new way of mapping Detroit. They call it "blexting" – sending teams throughout the city to text pictures and descriptions of blight to a database. Hoods says in a few months, that data will be available as an app for anyone to access, or correct. Image: One of the tens of thousands of abandoned houses in Detroit via Wikipedia, public domain.

Wednesday, February 19th 2014
by Joe Francica

Spectrum Spatial from Pitney Bowes is a modular and extremely flexible solution for location intelligence applications. In this interview with Clarence Hempfield the director for Global Product Strategy you will learn about how Spectrum Spatial can integrate with your existing business intelligence solution.

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

Is there anything new under the sun for geo-startups? What companies are the “hot commodities” and why? Does the geospatial community care for and mentor geo-entrepeneurs?

Thursday, February 13th 2014

Roger Tomlinson, the man widely regarded as the father of GIS — Geographic Information Systems — has died at age 80. Tomlinson's 1960s innovation, using computer software to overlay different types of maps on top of one another, revolutionized industry and government. Photo by Directions Magazine

Tuesday, February 11th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

The term “open” with respect to geospatial has been all over the news in the past week or so. What’s going on in open source, open data and organizations that support these open things? What should the geospatial community know about “open” in 2014 and what should members do to take advantage of the growing open geospatial movement?

Friday, February 7th 2014

Why do states have strong concentrations of liberals and conservatives? Why isn't there more mixing? New research explores the answer to these questions.

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