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July 16, 2015

Industry Insights: New NASA Earth Science Missions Expand View of Our Home Planet

By Steve Cole, public affairs officer, Earth Science Division, NASA (www.nasa.gov), Washington, D.C. Four new NASA Earth-observing missions are collecting data from space—with a fifth newly in orbit—after the busiest year of NASA Earth science launches in more than a decade. On Feb. 27, 2014, NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the

July 16, 2015

Industry Overview: Are You Poised for Opportunity?

When looking at all the coming changes to the geospatial technology tools and inputs that are emerging and immediately over the horizon, there’s a mixed feeling of excitement and trepidation. How will all of these new data-collection platforms, workflows and analytics impact the world of today’s practitioners as well as the vendor community?

June 11, 2015

Defense Watch: Taking an Agile Approach to Sustaining 
NGA’s Analytic Power

By Michaela Mesquite, Analysis Technology Executive Team, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. When satellite imagery was novel and through the early years of geographic information system (GIS) computing, the predecessors to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) stood nearly alone in the world of remote sensing and GIS technology. Now geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is commercialized,

June 11, 2015

Industry Insights: Considering the State of Geography and Geospatial Intelligence Research

By Richard M. Medina, assistant professor, and George F. Hepner, professor, Department of Geography, University of Utah (www.geog.utah.edu), Salt Lake City. Today’s research environment is one in which basic research and understanding aren’t valued as much as engineering and tech-nology. Regarding geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), in many cases there’s more interest in capability-driven technologies rather than working

June 11, 2015

Industry Overview: Geospatial Datasets Are Going 
from Big to HUGE!

There’s no doubt that geospatial datasets are a prime example of “big data.” Clearly, when the goal of the geospatial industry is to record Earth’s changes through mapping and geospatial products and services, a planet-sized dataset can’t be small. The fact that the world is constantly changing and there’s continual innovation in the sensors and

April 5, 2015

UAS Innovations: Using Drones for Good—Humanitarians in the Sky

By Patrick Meier, an internationally recognized thought leader on humanitarian technology and author of the new book Digital Humanitarians. He directs QCRI’s Social Innovation Program, where he partners with international organizations to develop next-generation humanitarian technologies. The view from the sky is hugely important for disaster response. Indeed, humanitarian organizations have been using satellite imagery

April 5, 2015

Industry Insights: Gaining True ROI on Geospatial Technology Investments

By George Demmy, chief technology officer, TerraGo Technologies (www.terragotech.com), Sterling, Va. Geospatial technology professionals built an industry on understanding the importance of data in a geographic context and facilitating decision-making by gathering and analyzing such data. The industry continues to grow because these professionals communicate results in ways that take some of the mystery out

April 5, 2015

Industry Overview: Engaging Earth Observation Practitioners with Renewed Vigor

With the purchase of Earth Imaging Journal this past quarter, our V1 Media team has been enjoying the spark of energy that comes from a new endeavor. We hope you’ve enjoyed a subtle fresh spin on the coverage and have had a chance to explore some of the new ways you can consume our content.

February 21, 2015

Defense Watch: NGA Supports Ebola Crisis

By Paul Frommelt, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va. In response to the needs of lead federal agencies and partners fighting the Ebola virus, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on Oct. 23, 2024, began providing unprecedented online access to its unclassified geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) products and services through a public-facing website

February 21, 2015

Industry Insights: Updated Lidar Base Specification Urges Consistent Data Collection Practices

By John R. Hughes, editor, Earth Imaging Journal, Denver. In late 2009, a $14.3 million allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for new light detection and ranging (lidar) elevation data prompted the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Program (NGP) to develop a common base specification for all lidar data acquired for The

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