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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

DigitalGlobe has released the first imagery available from WorldView-2.

by Joe Francica on 10/20 at 12:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

At the GEOINT Conference, Dr. Lee Schwartz spoke about his job as the geographer for the U.S. Department of State, and, in particular, working with a new administration. "I"m often asked what is my job like with the change of administration," said Schwartz. He said that he is faced with making GEOINT relevant to the most senior policy makers because it is still a challenge. Not many of them appreciate the technology.

Schwartz also noted how the geospatial community is somewhat inward focused. "We as a community are far too self congratulatory. Too often we are moving things form GIS geek to GIS geek without following up on which applications are the best used." His department worked with NGA during the Tsunami in Bande Ache, Indonesia and with the Chinese for the Sichuan earthquake hailing these as landmark data sharing agreements. In the case of the Chinese earthquake there was a post operation celebration, but afterward Schwartz said he never found out how imagery was used indicating that cooperation was good but follow-up was poor.

Finally, Schwartz had an interesting observation about geospatial technology. "We shouldn’t forget the power of a good map," commented Schwartz. "The use of [the term] COP (common operational picture) drives me crazy because its really nothing more than a good map." His department also supports a variety of non-governmental organizations and Schwartz is particularly adamant that the depiction of international boundaries, maritime boundaries and the like are extremely important to field operations in far parts of the globe.

by Joe Francica on 10/20 at 12:37 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: The site and app are now out of beta. Besides links to APIs, there’s data for ArcGIS Explorer and a link to a forum.

- PR

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by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 12:35 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The new AOR (that’s Agency of Record) is Gibraltar which will provide “public affairs, executive level media relations, and support for the company’s corporate communications team.”

One of the goals for the new team: “expand its mainstream media opportunities.” “The firm will help with positioning our imagery in the press for news breaking events,” said Mark Brender.

LeGrand Hart was the previous agency. Eight companies bid for the job.

- PR Week US

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 07:25 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Note: This post does not include coverage by Directions Media in All Points Blog or Directions Magazine. offers McManus recalls 9-11 at GEOINT summit recalling the Police Chief’s experience at the Pentagon on 9-11. Also discusses fusion centers.

DoDBuzz: US Losing Space Racecovers , Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger’s talk. Notes 1,200 practitioners in attendance at conference.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 07:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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