Monthly Archives: July 2014

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NASA | Landsat’s Global Perspective

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On July 23rd, 1972, the first Landsat spacecraft launched into orbit. At the time, it was called "Earth Resources Technology Satellite," or ERTS, and was the first satellite to use a scanning spectrophotometer. Previous satellites relied on film cameras (ejecting the exposed film to be caught by planes) or transmitted the signal from television cameras. The scanning sensor and its successor sensors on subsequent Landsat satellites revolutionized how we study our home planet. Celebrating this anniversary, this video is a "greatest hits" montage of Landsat data. Throughout the decades, Landsat satellites have given us a detailed view of the changes to Earth's land surface. By collecting data in multiple wavelength regions, including thermal infrared wavelengths, the Landsat fleet has allowed us to study natural disasters, urban change, water quality and water usage, agriculture development, glaciers and ice sheets, and forest health.

7_30 Asia-Pacific Broadcast (Deforestation, Beijing Smog and More)

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This Asia-Pacific-focused GeoSpatial Stream broadcast discusses deforestation in Indonesia; IBM joining Beijing's fight against smog; Asian effects on mobile-device charging; Pakistan's move toward space technology; satellite imagery use in Australian vineyards; industry news from Spatial Dimensions, ScanEx, Maptek and Esri; geospatial insight into Indonesian politics; and more.

Spike Kickstarter Video from ikeGPS

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Spike is the world’s first laser accurate Smartphone measurement solution enabling you to safely and accurately measure an object up to 600 feet (200 m) away. With a simple snap from your Smartphone, you can measure height, width, and area from a photo, and capture target location. Measurement and location are saved with the picture, and can be easily shared via email as a PDF or Spike File (XML).

ikeGPS Demonstrates New Spike Device at Esri UC

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Brian Soliday, Senior VP of Sales, ikeGPS, demonstrates the company's new Spike measurement device at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. Featuring a laser, accelerometer and 3-D compass, combined with a camera and GPS, Spike provides and quick and easy way to "measure the world around you."

GEO Looking to Increase Partnerships with the Private Sector

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Matt Ball interviews Barbara Ryan, Director, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. Ryan discusses her role at GEO; a key meeting in Geneva, Switzerland; the next 10 years at the organization; and its growth in partnering with the private sector.

Esri’s Director of Solutions Discusses Apps, Simplicity and Passion

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Todd Danielson interviews Damian Spangrud, Director of Solutions, Esri, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. They discuss what it's like working at Esri, the tools needed to create a public-facing GIS app and "never underestimating how simple things need to be."

Topcon Products Enable Mapping from Ground, Air and Vehicles

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Todd Danielson interviews Barbara McInerney, Product Marketing Manager, Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. They discuss Topcon's GIS and mapping solutions in three main areas: from the ground, from the air and in a vehicle.

7_23 Esri UC Broadcast (Video Recap, Exhibitor News and More)

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This GeoSpatial Stream broadcast covers news and events from the recent Esri User Conference in San Diego, including a video recap of speakers and topics; news from Esri on the Special Achievement in GIS Awards, its Tapestry Segmentation system and a partnership with European Schoolnet; exhibitor news from Topcon Positioning Group, Airbus Defense and Space, LizardTech and Scene Sharp; a clip from an interview with Jack Dangermond, Esri's president and founder; and more.

Jack Dangermond Implores GIS Community to Get Involved to Make a Difference (4 of 4)

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In the final of four installments, Todd Danielson interviews Jack Dangermond, President and Founder, Esri, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. Jack talks about his passion to solve problems, sometimes at a global scale, and enabling the next generation to help tackle the world's problems. He also encourages the GIS community to "move out and play at 100 percent."

Jack Dangermond Addresses Climate Change and the Importance of GeoDesign (3 of 4)

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In the third of four installments, Todd Danielson interviews Jack Dangermond, President and Founder, Esri, at the 2014 Esri User Conference in San Diego. Jack talks about the Climate Resilience App Challenge, meeting the president and working on climate issues, and the importance of GeoDesign and its growing acceptance and use.