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Industry Insights

June 12, 2014

How Should We Teach Geospatial Analysis?

By Jason Moll, Office of Corporate Communications, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (, 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

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

Landsat 8 Celebrates High-Flying Rookie Season

By Jon Campbell and Rebecca L. Johnson, U.S. Geological Survey (, Reston, Va., and Kate Ramsayer, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (, 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

February 14, 2014

Is LiDAR Disruptive Technology?

By Patrick Cunningham, president, Blue Marble Geographics (, 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

June 26, 2013

Examining the Potential of CIVIL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

UASs are valuable for a variety of civil and humanitarian uses By David Yoel, founder and CEO, American Aerospace Advisors (, Radnor, Pa. Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) have proved to be valuable assets for the warfighter. Today, they’re emerging as new and potentially useful tools for civil and humanitarian applications. UASs range in size from

June 26, 2013

Surveying Uncharted Territory

Digital map publishers are breaking new ground in a mobile world. By Ted Florence, president, Avenza Systems (, Toronto. During the last few thousand years, mapmaking moved from drawings on the ground to cave wall etchings and then to parchment and paper. In a digital age, maps are continuing to evolve in how they’re published,

June 26, 2013

Going Mobile

Forward-thinking organizations are embracing next-generation mobile solutions to empower geospatial workflows. By Mladen Stojic, vice president, Geospatial, Intergraph (, Norcross, Ga. Mobility has reached near ubiquity. This year, Gartner Group estimates that more people will access the Internet through mobile devices than through traditional desktop systems. Today’s organizations require mobile solutions with flexibility and depth

June 26, 2013

Meet the New Remote Sensing Professionals

New job titles provide employment structure and related skills in this expanding sector of the geospatial industry. By John Johnson, GIS Workshop (, Encinitas, Calif. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) formally recognized the remote sensing field. This came about with the department’s creation of two new standard occupational

June 26, 2013

Demystifying CLOUD COMPUTING for Remote Sensing Applications

Cloud computing is a powerful, unique value proposition that can transform massive Earth imagery datasets into useful information for users worldwide.  By Kumar Navulur, Dan Lester, Amanda Marchetti and Greg Hammann, DigitalGlobe (, Longmont, Colo. On-demand solutions for global geospatial challenges require fast access to Earth imagery and the ability to scale information extraction and

June 26, 2013

USGS UAS Program Does More with Less

By Michael E. Hutt, U.S. Geological Survey UAS Project Office (, Denver. The Department of the Interior (DOI) manages more than 500 million acres of surface land, or about one-fifth of U.S. land. Within DOI, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides impartial information on ecosystems, natural hazards, water resources, energy, climate, land use change and

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