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July 21, 2014

NGA’s Long Touts GEOINT Immersion

By Jacquelyn Karpovich, Office of  Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Springfield, Va.   According to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Letitia A. Long, the agency’s transformation from a static product provider into a dynamic resource for geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) services is happening in a variety of ways. During a speech at the U.S. Geospatial

June 12, 2014

How Should We Teach Geospatial Analysis?

By Jason Moll, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (www.nga.mil), Bethesda, Md.   The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Penn State University entered into the fourth of a five-year partnership in January 2014 designed to improve how geospatial analysts learn and practice their craft. Researchers from the two organizations involved in the cooperative research

June 12, 2014

A Great Time for Earth Observers

In less than four months, DigitalGlobe plans to launch its WorldView-3 Earth observation (EO) satellite. In addition to offering 0.31-meter-resolution panchromatic and eight-band multispectral imagery, WorldView-3 was licensed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect eight-band short-wave infrared (SWIR) imagery, making it the only EO satellite with such capabilities. WorldView-3 imagery is

June 12, 2014

Open Standards Benefit Earth Imaging Community

By Peter Baumann, Jacobs University Bremen, chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Coverage Service Standards Working Group, and Lance McKee, OGC senior staff writer.   his year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), an international industry consortium of 477 companies, government agencies and universities participating in

April 9, 2014

Reflecting on Dr. Roger Tomlinson’s Contributions to GIS

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” —Plato, The Republic On Feb. 9, 2014, Dr. Roger Tomlinson passed away at the age of 80. Anyone who has spent much time around a geographic information system (GIS) likely is familiar with Tomlinson’s anecdotal standing as the “Father of GIS.” Born in Cambridge, England,

April 9, 2014

Landsat 8 Celebrates High-Flying Rookie Season

By Jon Campbell and Rebecca L. Johnson, U.S. Geological Survey (www.usgs.gov), Reston, Va., and Kate Ramsayer, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (www.nasa.gov/center/goddard), Greenbelt, Md. It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the launch of Landsat 8. On Feb. 11, 2013, NASA launched the Earth-observing satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The

April 9, 2014

Tracing GEOINT’s Evolution

By S. Eugene Poteat, president, Association of Former Intelligence Officers (www.afio.com), Falls Church, Va. From its early beginnings, technology has been the common thread that has advanced geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to where it is today. The CIA’s U-2 photoreconnaissance airplane was shot down on May Day, 1960, over the Soviet Union, ending its four-year career.

February 14, 2014

Seeking a Technology Edge

Technology is developing so rapidly that it’s becoming more and more challenging to put a value on it. For instance, reflect on Google’s 2012 purchase of Motorola Mobility for around $12.5 billion. The acquisition gave the company access to more than 17,000 patents, plus 7,500 more that were awaiting approval. Admittedly, part of Google’s strategy

February 14, 2014

Emerging Space Programs Pursue Earth Observation Investment Strategies

By Adam Keith, director of Space and Earth Observation, Euroconsult (www.euroconsult-ec.com), Montreal, Canada. From 2003–2012, 164 Earth observation (EO) satellites, including those for meteorology purposes, were launched by civil government and commercial entities from 32 countries. This number is expected to expand to 360 satellites from 2013–2022, generating $35.8 billion in manufacturing revenues. New government

February 14, 2014

Is LiDAR Disruptive Technology?

By Patrick Cunningham, president, Blue Marble Geographics (www.bluemarblegeo.com), Hallowell, Maine. The use of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data has taken center stage in geospatial technology during the last few years. LiDAR data collection hardware vendors and service providers, who historically supplied imagery or survey services, have teamed to offer numerous options for collecting and

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