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Wednesday, May 28th 2014

It is illegal in the U.S. to operate a drone for cash. That's the position of the Federal Aviation Administration — which is in charge of protecting air space. But at least one industry has decided that it doesn't care and it's going to put drones to work anyway: the film industry.

Tuesday, May 27th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Last week National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia Long said the government would approve DigitalGlobe's request to sell higher resolution imagery (25 cm). What might that mean for other companies in that part of the market?

Tuesday, May 20th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

We have some geospatial mysteries to explore: Why did Trimble acquire WeoGeo? Why is Strava selling its users' data to organizations interested in infrastructure for cycling?

Tuesday, May 13th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) offered a report on big data and privacy last week. The authors wove geospatial technologies including LiDAR, satellite imagery, drones, and digital city models into their exploration and recommendations. But the challenge remains regarding data, including geodata: how should the government reconcile the benefits of big data and the challenges of ensuring privacy?

Saturday, May 10th 2014
by Directions Staff

Mr. Agendra Kumar is the President of NIIT GIS Ltd (Esri India), a joint venture between ESRI Inc., USA and NIIT Technologies (NTL), India. He has over 25 years of experience in IT business management and has served as the country head of several multinational technology companies. Before joining NIIT GIS, Agendra was the Managing Director of SGI in India. He has been associated twice with SGI (earlier known as Silicon Graphics Inc) with a prior stint as Director, Sales during 1994-2000. In between he worked as Managing Director of Veritas India and upon its merger with Symantec Corporation took on global account management responsibilities for Asia Pacific and Japan region.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014
by Joe Francica and Adena Schutzberg

Esri’s latest press release for Explorer for ArcGIS revives the old “GIS for Everyone” tagline that first appeared in the early 1990s to describe ArcView. What exactly did "GIS for Everyone" mean then? What does it mean now?

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

News you might have missed: Elon Musk wants into government spy satellite contracts. USGS updates cartography and markets to developers. Location-based advertising is growing at remarkable rates. Esri’s Open Data Initiative quietly goes to beta.

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?

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