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Land Surveying, being one of the oldest professions in existence, is practiced at a local level, state level, national level, and globally.
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USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards (EQ ShakeMap | M 4.2 - 80.7 km (50.1 mi) WNW of Ferndale, CA http://t.co/BXtSSZ38...
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Surveying.org And Land Surveyors United Sitting in a Tree

Surveying.org And Land Surveyors United Sitting in a Tree | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
survey, TOPO MAPS, topology maps, USGS topographic maps, USGS maps, GIS maps, GIS,map utilities, NGS, State Plane, NGS Control, survey control, vertcon, nadcon, NGS, KML, NGS Control Marks, Google Earth, Horizontal Control, Vertical Control, principal...
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BAE Systems nav system to rival GPS? | Air Traffic Management | Air ...

BAE Systems nav system to rival GPS? | Air Traffic Management | Air ... | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
UK defence firm BAE Systems has developed what it claims to be a new positioning system to rival current technologies such as GPS, relying on the same signals used by mobile phones, TVs, radios and wi-fi rather than ...
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LightSquared Backer Falcone Charged By SEC With Securities Fraud | Eric Colburn, PLS

LightSquared Backer Falcone Charged By SEC With Securities Fraud | Eric Colburn, PLS | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
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Holland Hit by a Wave of Geospatial Conferences - DirectionsMag.com (press release)

Holland Hit by a Wave of Geospatial Conferences - DirectionsMag.com (press release) | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
Holland Hit by a Wave of Geospatial ConferencesDirectionsMag.com (press release)The center of the geospatial technology conferences in Europe seems to be gravitating toward Holland. Jan Willem van Eck provides a synopsis of recent events ...
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Professional Land Surveyor Vlog 004-Survey Earth in a Day Interview | Eric Colburn, PLS

Professional Land Surveyor Vlog 004-Survey Earth in a Day Interview | Eric Colburn, PLS | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it

“On the day of the summer solstice June 20 2012, geospatial professionals around the world and members of Land Surveyors United (a global support network for land surveyors) will be simultaneously recording survey grade GPS data from thousands of points around the globe, in order to gain a more accurate understanding of the earth’s surface.”


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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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Surveyor Support Groups For Survey Equipment Manufacturers

Surveyor Support Groups For Survey Equipment Manufacturers | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
Surveying Equipment Groups for Social Support based on Survey Equipment Manufacturer. Find technical support from other surveyors who use similar equipment.
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Free Surveying Company Website Template Fully Customizable - Land Surveyors United

Free Surveying Company Website Template Fully Customizable - Land Surveyors United | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it

This template makes it simple for surveyors with no website to easily create a website by adding the template to your gmail account.

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Publishers of ForestCamping.com Start their 18th Year of Research - Seattle Post Intelligencer

Publishers of ForestCamping.com Start their 18th Year of Research - Seattle Post Intelligencer | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
Publishers of ForestCamping.com Start their 18th Year of ResearchSeattle Post IntelligencerThey have set off for another six months of visiting, surveying, and exploring national forests that might have been thought of as completed more than a...
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Survey Earth in a Day

Survey Earth in a Day in the ACSM Bulletin

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Surveyor finds human remains in Tightsqueeze - Chatham Star Tribune

Surveyor finds human remains in Tightsqueeze - Chatham Star Tribune | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
Surveyor finds human remains in TightsqueezeChatham Star TribunePittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a surveyor discovered human remains in the Tightsqueeze area just south of Chatham on Friday.
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United Nations Geographic Information Working Group becomes a ...

United Nations Geographic Information Working Group becomes a ... | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) is pleased to announce that the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG) has taken Principal level membership. The UNGIWG addresses topics related to ...
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Keep your hands to yourself!!! - Land Surveyors United

Keep your hands to yourself!!! - Land Surveyors United | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
I do a lot of work down in Miami so one day I have my total station setup on the sidewalk on the return of a intersection.I have the truck parked ten feet away… (sean barron posted a surveying story http://t.co/1yaEhQGE...
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Business Creating Surveying Permits Australia |

Business Creating Surveying Permits Australia | | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
Building surveying in Australia is obligatory to amass any commercial constructing allow. Common perception is always that constructing surveying is totally unavoidable for new constructions or whilst acquiring a fresh ...
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New land plat law effective July 1 - Access North Georgia

New land plat law effective July 1 - Access North Georgia | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
New land plat law effective July 1Access North Georgia"Essentially, the biggest change impacting our customers is that, when a plat or map is submitted to the Clerk of Superior Court for filing, the filing party must submit two original paper...
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Geospatial Scott: From Tinkerer to Developer; Or How I Got My ...

Geospatial Scott: From Tinkerer to Developer; Or How I Got My ... | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
I am a GIS Specialist who is wrapping up an MS in GIS and looking forward to applying my newly acquired skills to projects here at Baltimore City's DOT. I recently stumbled onto your blog (http://geospatialscott.blogspot.com/) ...
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Retracing the Boundary between Upper & Lower Canada by Don ... - Cornwall Free News

Retracing the Boundary between Upper & Lower Canada by Don ... - Cornwall Free News | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
Cornwall Free NewsRetracing the Boundary between Upper & Lower Canada by Don ...Cornwall Free NewsIn 1860, a provincial land surveyor by the name of Edward Fletcher oversaw a ... Wikar A.
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Log Your Point – Land Surveyors United

Log your Point for Survey Earth in a Day

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nth geographics and geometrics | Facebook

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Survey Earth in a Day

Survey Earth in a Day | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
On the day of the summer solstice June 20 2012, geospatial professionals around the world and members of Land Surveyors United (a global support network for land surveyors) will be simultaneously recording survey grade GPS data from thousands of...
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Land SurveyorsUnited (@landsurveyorsU) on Twitter

Land SurveyorsUnited (@landsurveyorsU) on Twitter | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
Sign up for Twitter to follow Land SurveyorsUnited (@landsurveyorsU).
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SAM, Inc. Founder and President Honored for Entrepreneurial Success - Amerisurv

SAM, Inc. Founder and President Honored for Entrepreneurial Success - Amerisurv | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
SAM, Inc. Founder and President Honored for Entrepreneurial SuccessAmerisurvAustin, TX - June 12, 2012 -- Surveying And Mapping, Inc.
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Form

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Participate in Survey Earth in a Day here:

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Futurity.org – GPS collars keep track of wild elephants

Futurity.org – GPS collars keep track of wild elephants | Land Surveyors | Scoop.it
"If we lose the elephants we lose a unique element of tropical ecosystems. When elephants walk they trample the soil and impact the forest in a way that no other animal does," says ecologist Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz.
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