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25 Apr 2011

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Monday Morning News Kick Off: Drones in Libya; eBay Acquires Where; Day-to-Day Tips for Imagery Analysts

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Welcome to the Monday Morning News Kick Off post from got geoint? How the weeks are flying by…so much so that it amazes us that GEOINT Community Week is just around the corner. As many know, GEOINT Community Week brings together stakeholders within the geospatial intelligence tradecraft for a week of networking, classified briefings, exhibits and learning workshops. We look forward to seeing you all there. In the meantime, as always, we have compiled all the key GEOINT news you need to start your work week with a bang. So, as we always say, fire up that second cup of coffee and read on. Happy Monday!

Tonight: USGIF and WIT Invite you to Meet NGA
In partnership with the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), WIT welcomes all members and guests to come learn more about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Meet some of NGA’s senior management team and hear about exciting opportunities within the organization including job openings, partnerships, and small business opportunities. This event is FREE for WIT Members and other guests, so register now or sign up on site this evening. Check out more details here and see you all tonight!

Are Drones a Technological Tipping Point in Warfare?
Debates are growing at home and abroad over the increasing use of remotely piloted, armed drones, with a new study by the British Defense Ministry questioning whether advances in their capabilities will lead future decision-makers to “resort to war as a policy option far sooner than previously.” Active and retired U.S. Air Force officers involved in developing drones stress that the aircraft brings in more decision-makers, better targeting data and more accurate delivery systems than fighter jets. Read the full Washington Post article here.

Google Earth Builder Brings Geospatial Data to the Cloud
Google Earth Builder is a new Web service to let businesses host geospatial data on Google’s cloud computing network. Earth Builder marks a break from Google’s on-premise geo-mapping products. Google April 20 introduced Google Earth Builder, a new service to let businesses host geospatial data on Google’s cloud computing network and access the data through a Web browser from any computing device. Earth Builder marks a departure from Google’s on-premise geo-mapping products to date. Google Earth is a free desktop download that maps the Earth by superimposing images gleaned from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe. Read the full eWeek article here.

eBay Acquires Geolocation Service Where
eBay, which has been on quite the mobile start-up acquisition spree of late, made it public today that it has acquired Where, a company that makes location-based mobile applications and operates a network of local ads and deals. More specifically, Boston-based Where has been purchased by eBay’s PayPal division, which plans to make the start-up a part of its suite of services for local businesses while keeping the Where consumer app intact. “Local commerce companies like Where are blurring the lines between in-store and online shopping,” noted a PayPal blog post by senior director of global communications Amanda Pires. “By giving people hyper-local, relevant retailer information and deals on their mobile phones, we see a huge opportunity for local merchants to reach more buyers, and for consumers to get more choice and value when they shop. As a first step, we plan to integrate PayPal into the Where mobile app to make it even easier for PayPal customers to take advantage of the local deals.” Read the full CNET post here.

Intelligence and Imagery Analysts: Avoiding Daily Work Pitfalls
As members of the intelligence community (IC), we are highly trained and work on very important and sensitive assignments. While it goes without saying that protecting our national assets both at home and abroad requires a high level of passion, tireless dedication, and extreme attention to detail, there are patterns that intelligence and imagery analysts can easily fall into that can compromise the overall effectiveness of our efforts. After all, we are human. Conversely, because we are human, we can always improve our skills and efforts. One of the best ways to improve our efforts is by taking a hard look at the pitfalls that we confront on a daily basis. Read more from GIS Cafe here.

Geosemble and In-Q-Tel Expand Strategic Partnership
Geosemble Technologies, developer of geographic search and discovery software, today announced a second technology advancement agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The agreement expands the range of features and capabilities being developed by Geosemble in order to deliver added value to the community and other users of geographic search and discovery tools. For individuals and organizations that are responsible for geographic regions, Geosemble’s GeoXray™ product is designed to reduce information overload and help users identify opportunities and threats in their geographic areas of interest. Read the full press release here.

When There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Information
Information overload is a headache for individuals and a huge challenge for businesses. Companies are swimming, if not drowning, in wave after wave of data — from increasingly sophisticated computer tracking of shipments, sales, suppliers and customers, as well as e-mail, Web traffic and social-network comments. These Internet-era technologies, by one estimate, are doubling the quantity of business data every 1.2 years. Yet the data explosion is also an enormous opportunity. In a modern economy, information should be the prime asset — the raw material of new products and services, smarter decisions, competitive advantage for companies, and greater growth and productivity. Is there any real evidence of a “data payoff” across the corporate world? It has taken a while, but new research led by Erik Brynjolfsson, an economist at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, suggests that the beginnings are now visible. Read the full NY Times article here.

Oracle Spatial User Conference 2011
Oracle announces the 7th annual international Oracle Spatial User Conference on Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C. For the first time this year, the User Conference will be held as a stand-alone event separate from the GITA Solutions Conference. Learn more about this event here and hope to see you all there!

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