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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.

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.

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