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Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

23 Groups Sign Letter in Support of USGS 3DEP

Representatives of 23 national organizations joined together to sign a letter in support of the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to newly confirmed USGS Director, Dr. James Reilly. Reilly was nominated by President Trump on Jan. 26, 2018, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 9, and took office as the 17th Director of USGS on

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Code for Africa and Radiant.Earth Aim to Grow Data Journalism in Africa

Code for Africa, the continent’s largest federation of civic technology and data journalism labs, and Radiant.Earth, a non-profit advocating for open geospatial data for positive global impact, announced their partnership to harness open Earth imagery and tools for improved decision-making as well as better insight and transparency. Their combined efforts will focus on research for

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

GIS Technology Will Help Power United Nations’ New Global Data Hub

Esri and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) are working with a number of member states to utilize a data hub that will allow countries to measure, monitor and report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a geographic context. This new hub, called the Federated System for the SDGs, is based on Esri’s ArcGIS

Monday, November 20th, 2017

American Association of Geographers Successfully Introduce Geospatial Data Act

Legislative sponsors Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04), and U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) collaborated with GIS organizations across government and industry to advocate for common data standards, interagency collaboration and transparency to taxpayers on shared national data services. Agreeing to a common vision will make it

Monday, November 6th, 2017

California Redistricting Panel Serves as Example for Other States

Members of the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission went to Washington, D.C. in July 2017 to accept the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government for its California Redistricting Panel, which used Caliper’s Maptitude for Redistricting to draw its 2012 Congressional and State Legislative boundaries that have been recognized for effectively eliminating

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

ESA and Radiant.Earth Partner to Advance Sustainable Development Goals

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Radiant.Earth will jointly enhance geospatial data literacy in the global development community to help track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Geospatial information is central to accurately tracking and measuring the global progress of the SDGs,” noted Radiant.Earth Founder and CEO Anne Hale Miglarese. The ESA and Radiant.Earth cooperation focuses

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Wetsuwet’en First Nation Warns Premier Christy Clark About LNG Industry Planning

The Wet’suwet’en First Nation respectfully warns Premier Clark to begin Crown Consultation immediately with the Wet’suwet’en on establishment of the new LNG export industry.

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Executive Order — Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information

President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the Nation. We couldn’t agree more.

Monday, April 29th, 2013

President Obama Stresses Importance of Science and Technology to the Nation’s Future in Address at 150th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences

President Barack Obama reiterated his strong support for science and technology today in a speech to members of the National Academy of Sciences at its 150th annual meeting. Science, technology, engineering, and medicine are critical to the nation’s prosperity, Obama said, noting that investments made today are bound to pay off for many years to

Monday, December 10th, 2012

GAO Calls for Better Management of Geospatial Data

Three federal agencies tasked with government-wide management of specific geospatial data are wasting millions of taxpayer dollars annually in duplicative efforts, according to a report released Nov.26 by the Government and Accountability Office. The report criticized the Interior, Commerce and Transportation Departments for not effectively implementing policies and procedures for coordinating investments in geospatial data because “these efforts

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