Top 5 Directions Magazine Government Articles from Fall 2012

December 26, 2012
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1. How will Declining Federal Budgets Impact the Geospatial Market?

Federal projects and their funding often bring significant revenue to private geospatial companies. In the current economy, that's likely to change. Are companies that lose out on this funding prepared to "pivot" toward more commercial customers?

2. Whom did the MAPPS PAC Support in this Year’s Election Cycle

 

Today MAPPS announced how it supported candidates for office via its political action committe (MAPPS PAC). So, whom did the PAC support?

 

3. Update: Google Pushes Out Public Alerts and Amber Alerts

These new alerts may have slipped by since so many people are dealing with the impact of Hurricane/Storm Sandy. The word is that Google planned to launch the Public Alerts for weather related emergencies later in the year, but did so this week around the pending storm.

4. URISA Celebrates the Past at GIS-Pro 2012, Whither the Future?

URISA’s 50th anniversary event, GIS-Pro 2012, celebrated the past in a respectful, conservative way with familiar themes, presenters and awardees. Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg asks, does this provide a glimpse into its next 50 years?

5. USGS Report on Crowdsourcing for The National Map

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has historically sponsored volunteered data collection projects to enhance its topographic paper and digital map products. This report describes one phase of an ongoing project to encourage volunteers to contribute data to The National Map using online editing tools. 

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