Even before the US entered the latest iteration of the War on Terror against the Islamic State, the brooding civil war in Iraq was already a social media war. Whether it was ISIS militants posting beheading images or kittens strewn across firearms, Twitter and YouTube have been considered assets that reach beyond the Iraqi and Syrian battlefields.
In fact, almost as soon as the US started firing Tomahawk missiles at ISIS, American Central Command (CENTCOM) was posting YouTube videos of onboard the battleships lobbing those missiles on terrorists in Iraq. There was also the laughable State Department social media account, "Think Again Turn Away," showcasing the barbarity of ISIS by trolling Terrorist Twitter and posting alame video.
These practises havent slowed down, either, especially as American bombings escalate. Late Thursday, CENTCOM posted five brand new videos in a row with the same classic perspective: night vision black and white screens with targeting systems locking onto...
Reston, Va, Nov. 19, 2014—Has Congress ever wondered about the technology behind your GPS app? How have Federal agencies partnered with the private sector to map ocean bottoms so deep it would crush a human body or mountain ranges so remote you need a yak to get there? How are local police and fire departments able to find people in need with as little direction as a cell phone call? From online maps to flight plans, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) touch lives daily.
Today is GIS Day. Held in conjunction with Geography Awareness Week, universities, government agencies, non-profits, private sector GIS firms, and related advocates are banding together to bring awareness and education to all the ways GIS is used to improve our daily lives.
GIS is an important and growing part of the geospatial community, which the Department of Labor has identified as one of the high growth sectors of the U.S. economy. MAPPS, the national association of private sector geospatial firms, is the leading advocate for GIS firms before Congress and Federal agencies, and seeks to foster the growing understanding and cooperation between the various governmental entities entrusted with implementing geospatial activities.
MAPPS has been a longtime advocate for growing the commercial marketplace for private sector geospatial data, services and products. "At the Federal level, GIS markets would increase thanks to legislation and regulatory fixes MAPPS champions such as the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, Digital Coast Act, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) implementation of the parcel level ID as authorized in Dodd-Frank, and other GIS-related opportunities in the Farm Bill Authorization, FAA Authorization, Defense Authorization, Healthcare GIS, Homeland Security Authorization, MAP-21 (Highway Bill) Reauthorization, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Underground utilities and pipelines, and Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA), among other initiatives," said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.
Palatiello concluded, "On this annual occasion saluting GIS, MAPPS stands ready to continue its advocacy with Federal agencies and Congress to make sure the current value and future expansion for GIS firms is maximized."
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial profession.
A drone aimed at detecting asbestos in the environment was presented last Sunday in Rome, by the Italian National Research Council (CNR), along with Aermatica, manufacturer of remotely piloted aircrafts (RPA).
A pioneer in mapping global land cover change and the team behind the United States’ most advanced land surface mapping satellite have both been honored with the 2014 William T. Pecora Award for achievement in Earth remote sensing. Sponsored by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, the annual award was presented on Nov. 18 in Denver at the 19th William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium.
You might've seen a mistletoe-toting drone (sponsored by TGI Friday's) pop up in your Facebook feed this week. This idea is both dumb and unoriginal. Some maker-types deployed a mistletoe drone in San Francisco last year. That was cute . This is a marketing stunt.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2014—The National Transportation Safety Board announced today that it has served the FAA and respondent Raphael Pirker with its opinion and order regarding Mr. Pirker's appeal in case CP-217, regarding the regulation of unmanned aircraft. In the opinion, the Board remanded the case to the administrative law judge to collect evidence and issue a finding concerning whether Pirker's operation of his unmanned aircraft over the campus of the University of Virginia in 2011 was careless or reckless.
SEATTLE, Wash. – Nov. 20, 2014 – LizardTech, a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, will give a UAV oriented presentation at the Esri Southwest User Conference in Sante Fe, New Mexico in December.
CNN and other networks owned by Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Broadcasting have been restored on Dish Network Corp.’s satellite TV service as part of a short-term accord between the battling media companies.
Russia launched the Kosmos 2499 rocket mission back in May as part of what seemed like just another mission to further develop its constellations of 'Rodnik' communications satellites. Usually three satellites are released during these missions, but this one had a fourth object.
DUBLIN, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Research and Marketshas announced the addition of the "Mobile Satellite Services Market by Services, by Access Type - Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2014 - 2019)" report to their offering....