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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.

Thursday, March 13th 2014
by Adena Schutzberg

Jules White, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University served as a guest editor of the February Special Issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on the topic of augmented reality (AR). He explains the value of computer vision technology, ponders the role Google Glass will play and provides some counterexamples to the idea that AR is a solution in search of a problem.

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, 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.

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.

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