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Surveyors Rover – Land Surveyors United

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Use the Surveyors Mobile Rover to stay connected with Land Surveyors United Network from anywhere and on any device.  http://landsurveyorsunited.com/m


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Ground-penetrating radar in use along rail route - KITV Honolulu

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Ground-penetrating radar in use along rail routeKITV HonoluluArcheologists surveying the rail route before construction begins, are using cutting edge technology to help map the area.
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Surveying, Mapping and GIS

Surveying, Mapping and GIS | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it

Geospatial Technology, End to End...

Exploring all aspects of mapping and geography, from field data collection, to mapping and analysis, to integration, applications development, enterprise architecture and policy

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Surveying and Mapping Redefined

What is a Surveyor?

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Scott D.Warner, PLS's comment, August 8, 2012 9:16 PM
I am a Surveyor, at least for now. Until the geospatial professionals of the world come to a consensus on what to call themselves, I will remain stably and lucratively employed as a Surveyor. What kind of Surveyor am I? A Land Surveyor.
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Promise and Concern: The Future of Social Media and Real-Time Awareness

On Feb. 3, 2012, the U.S. State Department hosted its eighth conference in the Tech@State series. The two-day symposium focused on how social media and other internet-enabled data streams are used to create real-time awareness in different contexts, with sessions looking at analyzing large amounts of data, enhancing the understanding of consumer behavior, and live-mapping crisis situations.

 

One particularly interesting panel focused on the future of social media and real-time awareness, not only for individuals, but for a society that is still learning to deal with developments in social media, communication technologies and crowdsourced information. The speakers discussed how this pervasive technology could aid in real-time awareness, but also raised legitimate concerns about impacts on security and privacy.

 

Panelist Lou Martinage, with business intelligence firm MicroStrategy, offered the perspective of the private sector, focusing on how social media can be mined for real-time information on consumer preferences and behavior. Martinage described how MicroStrategy works with its clients to dig into the vast amounts of data available in the digital communication sphere, aggregate and analyze the information, and derive insights that can help the companies better address their customers’ needs.

 

For the past few years, MicroStrategy has been honing in on the potential of Facebook and the valuable consumer data that can be accessed through the platform. For Martinage, the primary use of Facebook is in the field of sentiment monitoring. In other words, Facebook is a spectacular tool for obtaining information on how consumers feel about a company’s product, allowing businesses to personalize marketing and commerce through promotions and offers.

 

Martinage says the culmination of this effort can be seen in a MicroStrategy application called Wisdom, which allows companies to analyze massive amounts of data to identify trends, gauge consumer confidence, and answer questions about market perception of a product or brand.

 

Others looked at the potential “dark side” of social media. Rand Waltzman, with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, pointed out that “as more life takes place in the network public sphere, the more good and bad things will happen,” highlighting privacy and national security concerns in particular. One of his main fears is the ease with which individuals can disseminate false or harmful information through the very same technologies that aid in real-time awareness and disaster relief.

 

For example, Waltzman cited Operation Valhalla in Iraq, where American troops succeeded in rescuing a hostage and confiscating weapons from a terrorist group, killing 16 members of the group in the process. However, before the troops had returned to their base, other members of the terrorist organization swooped in and rearranged the bodies onto prayer mats, took a picture using a mobile phone, and uploaded it to the social media space — making it look like Americans had killed unarmed civilians in the middle of prayer.

 

Waltzman’s concern lies in the fact that the information can reach a large number of people before the damage can actually be addressed and the false information refuted. The speed at which the internet moves is light years ahead of our capacities to monitor the information available.

 

Unfortunately, Waltzman added, social media and the internet is an environment filled with contradiction: One can attempt to protect their own privacy, but has a very limited ability to control what others may say about them. In the end, Waltzman said, the positive aspects of social media can easily be perverted, and we need to tackle the policies that are preventing us from better addressing these issues.

 

While Waltzman’s comments deserve serious consideration, the panel did end on a hopeful note, with the words of Patrick Meier, of the Ushahidi Project. Ushahidi is a platform that allows for the crowdsourcing of information through Twitter, SMS text messages, and other internet sources onto a live map that allows for real-time crisis-mapping. The success of Ushahidi in crises situations, such as the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Arab Spring uprisings, has brought the social media and emergency management community’s attention to its potential. The project is a prime example of crowdsourcing working to increase situational awareness in crisis situations.

 

Meier brought the audience’s attention to the needs of volunteers in crisis situations. Ushahidi currently does much manual crowdsourcing in real time, but developments in machine learning and natural language processing are allowing algorithms to do more work separating valuable information from useless information in the stream of text messages and tweets. Meier’s outlook is very positive, and he has given great thought to issues arising from credibility of information.

 

Overall, the mood at the conference was one of endless possibilities. Nonetheless, Waltzman raised valid concerns regarding privacy and security in the growing, interconnected network that is the internet. And while Meier and Martinage point out the immense potential for real-time awareness, we must not forget that there are very legitimate concerns that need to be addressed before these technologies can truly permeate every level of our society.

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Taking First Place at the 2012 National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Taking First Place at the 2012 National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
I just took home first place in the 2012 National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition at the 2012 ESRI Education GIS Conference.
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The Value of Accurate Land Information

The Value of Accurate Land Information | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
The U.S. Marine Corps is realizing increased efficiencies and cost savings by recreating, georeferencing and standardizing its property records. But just how much detail is needed?
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U.S. Air Force Teams With 2 Aussies for Mega-GPS

U.S. Air Force Teams With 2 Aussies for Mega-GPS | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
How do a couple of bass-playing Australian entrepreneurs end up building an incredibly precise positioning system that the U.S. Air Force wa...
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Land Surveyors University | Social Surveying Education | Facebook

Land Surveyors University | Social Surveying Education | Facebook | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
Land Surveyors University | Social Surveying Education.
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Geospatial technology helps small town businesses « News by PTFS (Progressive Technology Federal Systems)

Small town Illinois isn't often thought of as a hotbed for technological innovation, but if one local professor has his way, that could soon change.
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Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves

Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it

I just had an epiphany reading this article that explains how curation is the shaping out of a global brain for mankind. I've used this analogy in the past (such as recently in this TechCoktail interview) and I've always thought I was maybe sounding a bit crazy.

 

Well, good to see I'm not the only one. Thanks Eliot van Buskirk: you just made my day! 

 

And as I said in the comments on this post, the other important point that's happening is that human curators are not just passing the information: they enrich it. With context and meaning to a particular audience. So yes, this global brain we're building will be smart.

 

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Guillaume Decugis's comment, July 9, 2012 2:19 PM
@Scott - The idea in the article is that curators pass ideas in a similar manner to neurons and synapses in the human brain, forming a global brain. An idea which isn't new but which could be taking shape with the Internet, social media and... curation.
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Big idea - collective consciousness

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Hellenic (Greek Datums) - Land Surveyors United

Hellenic (Greek Datums) - Land Surveyors United | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
Hi all, this is my fisrt post...

I would like to give some information about surveying in Greece.
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Department of Defense and International Partners demonstrate and assess ... - DVIDS

Department of Defense and International Partners demonstrate and assess ... - DVIDS | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
Department of Defense and International Partners demonstrate and assess ...DVIDSEC12 is an exercise executed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency under the authority of the Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Programs, Under...
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United States Boundary Outlines (SVG format) - Land Surveyors United

United States Boundary Outlines (SVG format) - Land Surveyors United | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
These files are boundary outlines of every US state provided by Libre Map. They are in Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) format.
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Geospatial Data to Play Major Role in Smart Grid Technology ...

Geospatial Data to Play Major Role in Smart Grid Technology ... | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
By allowing the changes to be made in real time, the smart grid will be made even smarter.
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3-GIS Announces Strategic Partnership with Wiser Company - PR Urgent (press release)

3-GIS Announces Strategic Partnership with Wiser CompanyPR Urgent (press release)The partnership will leverage both 3-GIS' award winning thin client mapping solutions for the utility, telecom, and emergency management industries Wiser's geospatial...
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American Sentinel University Details Importance of Geospatial ...

American Sentinel University Details Importance of Geospatial ... | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
The geospatial revolution continues to make a growing impact on society as industries across the world have embraced geographic information systems (GIS) technology. This powerful tool is used for developing data-driven ...
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GEOINT foundation accepting nominations for excellence awards -- Defense Systems

GEOINT foundation accepting nominations for excellence awards -- Defense Systems | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual awards program.
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How Do You Define the ‘Geospatial Profession’?

How Do You Define the ‘Geospatial Profession’? | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
In a session on “Defining Our Profession” at the MAPPS Summer Meeting in Snowmass, Colo., I expected to hear insights on trends in surveying and mapping, and perhaps some ideas for an all-encompassing definition.
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A (virtual) trip to the South Pole, penguins and all - Minneapolis Star Tribune

A (virtual) trip to the South Pole, penguins and all - Minneapolis Star Tribune | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
A (virtual) trip to the South Pole, penguins and allMinneapolis Star TribuneThe Geospatial Center (www.pgc.umn.edu) uses state-of-the-art techniques to help researchers solve problems on the top and bottom of the world -- "the least mapped places ...
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GEO Huntsville: Rocket City Spreads its Geospatial Wings | GPS World

GEO Huntsville: Rocket City Spreads its Geospatial Wings | GPS World | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
Several weeks ago I attended the kick off press conference of “GEO Huntsville.” What is GEO Huntsville? It’s one of three economic development and jobs initiatives spawned by Huntsville, Alabama, Mayor Tommy Battle.
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The OGC Forms “Sensor Web for IoT” Standards Working Group - DirectionsMag.com (press release)

The OGC Forms “Sensor Web for IoT” Standards Working Group - DirectionsMag.com (press release) | Geospatial Industry | Scoop.it
The OGC Forms “Sensor Web for IoT” Standards Working GroupDirectionsMag.com (press release)The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) announced the formation of a new OGC(R) Technical Committee Standards Working Group (SWG) to advance the candidate...
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