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  • NGA to Provide a Gateway for GEOINT Suppliers with New CIBORG Initiative


    June 22nd, 2017

    CIBORG allows the NGA to access & acquire commercially available geospatial services & products through GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules Program.


  • Crowdsourced Geospatial Data Takes Precedence


    September 27th, 2016

    Crowdsourcing isn’t a new idea, but it is a novel concept for many government agencies, especially when it comes to data collection. Several innovative programs across the public sector are effectively crowdsourcing GIS data to augment existing data sets, enhance traditional processes, improve emergency response, and more.


    Lacey Wean
    Senior Account Manager, Geospatial Solutions
  • Taking Control Over Airport Infrastructure Projects: The Internal Program Office


    September 6th, 2016

    Airports have seen a huge increase in passenger and cargo activity over the past few years. To accommodate this sudden boom, an estimated $75.7 billion will be spent through 2019 on capital improvements and rehabilitation of existing facilities. However, capital projects at this scale always come with difficulties, such as high bid prices from Architecture & Engineering (A&E) contractors, ineffective communication, inadequate contractor accountability, and the lack of data delivered by contractors at the end of the project. In order to give airport infrastructure managers the control they desire, proprietors are bringing the planning, design, and engineering processes in-house, creating an Internal Program Office (IPO).


    Tiffany Goddard
    Autodesk Sales Director, Carahsoft
  • Understanding the Flexibility of Open Source Licensing


    August 29th, 2016

    Open source geospatial software use continues to grow, as more users realize the value it brings an organization in reducing license management and costs, preventing single vendor lock-in, and promoting interoperability. As a result, Boundless now has a number of partners and integrators who have developed both open and closed solutions on top of Boundless Suite. Building open solutions enables an organization to leverage the advantages of community participation. Namely that you aren’t maintaining your own forked code base, but are fulfilling your social obligation to share back with the community, and allowing for contributed code to live within the open source community. On the other hand, developing proprietary or closed solutions in conjunction with open source allows greater control of intellectual property.


    Jody Garnett and Anthony Calamito
    Boundless,
  • The Limitless Possibilities of Geospatial Mapping


    July 22nd, 2016

    When it comes to project design, management, and implementation, planning for the future does not need to be a daunting task. Leaders can think forward successfully if the right tools are selected from the start to appropriately plan for project budget and duration. The challenge, however, is trying to maintain the innovation-focused spirit many federal projects require in the midst of the uncertainty.


    Pete Kelsey
    Strategic Project Executive, Autodesk
  • The Benefits of Collaborative GIS


    July 8th, 2016

    Talk of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) evokes images of maps of cities, towns and remote locations. While GIS is incredibly valuable for departments and agencies that protect national security and maintain infrastructure, visualizations offered by GIS tools go far beyond industries reliant on maps and directions. A large majority of citizen-facing organizations can also benefit from abstracting where their data originated and how it relates to other spatial and non-spatial content, all while displaying the content on a map in real-time.


    Lacey Wean
    Senior Account Manager, Geospatial Solutions
  • Sensing our Place with the Internet of Things


    April 11th, 2016

    We are increasingly becoming a more connected society; we strap on IoT wearables to our wrists, carry smart phones that connect to each other, and have connected thermostats, lights, fridges, and security systems in our homes. Beyond the efficiencies we find in our personal lives with connected devices, IoT sensors are providing real results business, particularly with real-time geographical data analysis. Geography is quickly becoming a critical component in how our IoT devices collect and store data. Information streams now offer analysts the ability to contextualize data and perform real-world analysis on the information coming in from the variety of IoT devices. The combination of location and device-collected data has huge potential for improving citizen’s lives and easing the day-to-day work across various public sector organizations.


    Lacey Wean
    Senior Account Manager, Geospatial Solutions
  • The Benefits of Hybrid GIS


    March 10th, 2016

    Government has realized that building a GIS platform with proprietary and open source technologies can help agencies reduce risk and add value to their GIS architecture by avoiding single-vendor lock-in, minimizing costs associated with unsustainable proprietary licensing models, and promoting interoperability with existing software and architecture. Hybrid GIS architectures are allowing users to adopt more gradual, risk-appropriate migration strategies that avoid the rip and replace method that can destroy agency tech budgets.


    Lacey Wean
    Senior Account Manager, Geospatial Solutions
  • 5 Considerations for Situational Awareness Planning


    February 26th, 2016

    Situational awareness can be defined simply as awareness of what’s going on around you. For individuals, this means understanding your immediate surroundings and seeing who is there, where the nearest exit is, how far is the next intersection, and other direct geographical components. For those involved in national security, situational awareness is decidedly more complex. Situational Awareness in the DoD encompasses the knowledge and understanding of what is happening on networks, the cyber security systems in place that defend them, and what is happening with forces deployed world-wide.


    Lacey Wean
    Senior Account Manager, Geospatial Solutions