USGIF GEOINT Community Week 2015

Small Satellite Workshop
Monday, November 16, 2015 – NGA’s NCE, Springfield, VA
USGIF is excited to announce that it is hosting a Small Satellite Workshop as the opening event for this year’s GEOINT Community Week. The day-long agenda will include keynotes and panels from top leaders in government and industry as well as a number of displays, demonstrations, and learning opportunities from subject matter experts and industry innovators.  Advances in sensors, processing, communications, miniaturization, and manufacturing have fueled remarkable growth in the development of small satellites. Once the purview of universities and laboratories, small satellites are proving value to the commercial sector with some forecasts calling for hundreds of small satellites by the end of this decade. Meanwhile NASA, the military, and the Intelligence Community are examining smaller, low cost, and rapidly delivered satellites as a way to conduct both primary and supplementary missions in support of both national and tactical needs. NGA leadership sees the use of small satellites as a key aspect of the agency’s future.  If you are currently working with small satellites in any capacity, this is the event for you! Join industry leaders and sign up for either a classified or unclassified exhibit space. Branding opportunities are available and serve as a great way to be viewed as a leader in the small satellite market. Please note, USGIF is considering hosting a classified portion to this event on Tuesday, November 17. If USGIF decides to do so, any organization exhibiting on Monday, November 16, 2015 will be able to exhibit on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 on a complimentary basis. 
NGA Tech Showcase East
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – NGA’s NCE, Springfield, VAUSGIF’s NGA Tech Showcase East is a full-day, classified event that offers attendees the opportunity to listen to briefings and see NGA-led demos inside and around NGA’s facilities and workspaces. Attendees will learn what challenges NGA is working on, what business opportunities are coming, and how your company can help NGA accomplish its mission. To view the available options for both the Small Satellite Workshop and NGA Tech Showcase East, please click HERE.



CentreStyle, Built by Teenagers, Helps You Get Dressed in Any Weather

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Posted Sep 20, 2015 by

At the Disrupt Hackathon here in San Francisco, we were joined by a relatively large group of young female coders as part of the Built By Girls Challenge.

A team of them came together and, using Esri and Zalando APIs, built a new product called CentreStyle, which helps make location-based recommendations on clothing based on the weather.

Simply log in, add some of your most trusted friends, and the system automatically determines your location. If you’re taking a trip, you can manually set your intended destination.

After that, the platform asks you to take a quick quiz using filters generated from the location and weather. Taking that information into account, Center Style then helps you decide what to pack or what to wear for the day.

Obviously, this isn’t the first location-based clothing recommendations service, but it was impressively built in under 24 hours and serves a useful purpose.

The team, made up of Asia Burrell (15 years old) and Tiffany Xiao (16 years old), are also the cofounders of GWC Connections, which they built as a part of the BBG Ventures Challenge. Burrell and Xiao were joined by Angie Wang (18 years old), who they met at the Hackathon, to build CentreStyle.

Teens Centre Style

Spatial methods for infectious disease outbreak investigations: systematic literature review

A must read for those interested in Public Health and GIS!  Link from Sensors and Systems

Eurosurveillance, Volume 20, Issue 39, 01 October 2015
Systematic Review

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Archeology and GIS

 Lake Huron shipwrecks 3D imaged by marine archeologists
Models of well-preserved 19th century schooners could one day be 3D printed by public
The Associated Press Posted: Sep 08, 2015 10:44 AM ETLast Updated: Sep 10, 2015 11:17 AM ET

Marine archaeologists are diving deep into Lake Huron’s past by creating 3D images of the many shipwrecks resting far below the surface, giving researchers and the public a far more detailed look at these hidden historical treasures than traditional photos or video can provide.

The researchers have begun mapping shipwrecks in the only freshwater national sanctuary with imaging technology that’s getting its first full-fledged, deep-water workout by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which manages the 11,000 square-kilometre (4,300 square-mile) Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with the state of Michigan. They are rapidly creating accurate 3D images of the sunken vessels by feeding a series of photos into a software program.

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3d Image Lake Huron Wrecks


Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

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Forest-Mapping Instrument for Space Station

written by NASA  22 Sept 2015 for Sensors & Systems

A laser-based instrument for mapping the 3-D structure of Earth’s forests has passed a major milestone toward deployment on the International Space Station (ISS). The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI), led by the University of Maryland, College Park, and built by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, successfully transitioned to “Phase B,” moving from requirements development and mission definition to preliminary design. GEDI will provide the first comprehensive, high-resolution measurements of the vertical canopy structure of Earth’s temperate and tropical forests.


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Google Trends Visualizes The European Migration Crisis

From Forbes/Tech Sept 15, 2015 by Kalev Leetaru

Mapping migration through google searches:

As the migration crisis in the European Union captivates global headlines, what can web searches tell us about the world’s reaction to the crisis and which countries refugees are most interested in immigrating to?  While web searches obviously capture the interests and beliefs of only a fraction of the world’s population, they are nonetheless a powerful real-time lens through which to understand global interests and concerns.  Google alone accounts for almost 70% of all web searches worldwide and 90-97% of searches within Europe, so examining the most popular Google searches relating to migration could offer unique insights into the current crisis.  In fact, the Google Trends team recently put together a series of charts, lists, and maps visualizing the European migration crisis through the eyes of the world’s Google searches, which the remainder of this article will explore.

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