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Thursday, September 18th 2014
by National Public Radio

A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time. Image: "Henricus Martellus' World Map" by Henricus Martellus (Heinrich Hammer) - [1] [2]. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Henricus_Martellus%27_World_Map.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Henricus_Martellus%27_World_Map.jpg

Monday, September 15th 2014

In this interview, Barbara Ryan, the Secretariat Director of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Geneva, Switzerland. discusses the expansive mission of GEO with editor in chief Joe Francica. GEO provides information about earth science and technology for policy makers worldwide. GEO's Members include 92 Governments and the European Commission plus 67 intergovernmental agencies are. Projects range from the Asian Water cycle initiatives to Global Drought Early Warning to Biomass monitoring. After graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland with a degree in geology in 1974, Ms. Ryan joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and eventually became the associate director for geography at the USGS, responsible for the agency´┐Żs remote sensing, geography and civilian mapping programmes, including the Landsat satellites.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

"Today, signage and other queues to help you find your way come from the field of environmental graphic design, or "wayfinding." Chances are that any signs in an airport, in a hospital, or on a freeway, were created by professional wayfinders." A discussion of wayfinding queues built into today's modern architecture. From 99 Percent Invisible, an awesome podcast about design.

Monday, August 4th 2014
by Joe Francica

In this interview with the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Ms. Letitia Long, editor in chief Joe Francica discusses the expanding mission of the NGA for domestic homeland security as well as to support intelligence gathering around the world. Ms. Long discussed some of the issues important to her such as providing the warfighter with mobile applications and developing a more immersive experience for the analysis of geospatial information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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