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?
News broke this past week that Google will buy Skybox, the Earth observation satellite company that offers high definition video, for $500 million. In addition, the FAA approved a certificate of authorization for commercial flight for drones in Alaska, and DigitalGlobe received approval from the Department of Commerce to deliver .25 meter resolution imagery, a move necessary to compete against international providers of Earth observation satellite data.
Last week Esri announced its participation in the Obama administration’s ConnectED Initiative, an effort to bring digital learning to K-12 students with the participation of the private sector. Esri stepped up to offer access for all public and private schools to ArcGIS Online. Esri says the grant could be worth as much as 1$B, perhaps the largest ConnectED commitment to date. We explore this grant's potential for the teachers and learners of the United States.
Many voices chime in to answer the question “How does one find existing services that implement OGC Web Map Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) interface standards these days?”