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EO Training Session January 28

January 22, 2015

The USGIF Commercial Electro Optical Imagery Working Group is hosting a free, unclassified training session on January 28 at 8:00 a.m. at the U.S. Army Geospatial Center in Alexandria, VA.

Attendees will learn about commercial electro optical imagery. Modules include services under NGA’s EnhancedView contract, an overview of the RapidEye Constellation, and much more. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion following the session.

This training is only open to Army Geospatial Center employees and contractors with access to the facility.

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Special Monograph Discount for World Economic Forum Attendees

January 21, 2015

USGIF is pleased to offer attendees of the World Economic Forum the 20% member discount pricing on our Monograph, “Human Geography: Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Challenges to Global Security.” Understanding the world requires keen insight to how geography affects human activity. Similar to the attendees of the World Economic Forum, USGIF is concerned with mapping the transformations shaping our globe.

Edited by Dr. Darryl Murdock, Dr. Robert Tomes, and Dr. Christopher Tucker, the 232-page monograph features a collection of articles from thought leaders including Parag Khana and Lee Schwartz as well as other leading human geography practitioners from around the globe.

Purchase your copy today!

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Building Agility at NGA

January 20, 2015

“Improving agility to fight the adversary” was a recurring theme for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Robert Cardillo at USGIF’s Jan. 13 GEOINTeraction Tuesday event. Cardillo addressed a crowd of more than 150 people who turned out for USGIF’s first event of 2015 to hear NGA’s leader speak on topics ranging from mitigating global threats to creating coherence at the agency.

“Whether it’s cyber activity out of North Korea or terrorist activity in the heart of Paris, we all know the adversary is becoming more and more agile,” Cardillo said. “It’s becoming of us to defeat that agility with our own, and to turn quicker and produce more effective results.”

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USGIF Participates at the Esri Federal GIS Conference

January 16, 2015

USGIF is taking part in the 2015 Esri Federal GIS Conference Feb. 9-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

As part of the conference agenda, USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) will be co-sponsoring a happy hour with Esri’s Young Professionals Group on Feb. 9 at Lost & Found (1240 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC) at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about USGIF YPG’s involvement at the Esri Federal GIS Conference.

Also, be sure to visit USGIF’s booth (A626) at the conference’s GIS Solutions EXPO.

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USGIF 2015 Awards Program Now Open!

January 15, 2015

USGIF is now accepting nominations for the USGIF 2015 Awards Program!

The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds. The program acknowledges outstanding accomplishments in four categories: geospatial intelligence achievement (military, government, and industry); geospatial administrative/support; academic achievement; and academic research.

Anyone associated with the GEOINT Community may apply for or nominate an individual or team for an achievement award. Nomination forms for each category can be downloaded here.

Applications are due Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. EST.

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FSU & USC Achieve USGIF Accreditation for GEOINT Programs

January 13, 2015

USGIF is excited to announce the addition of Fayetteville State University (FSU) and the University of South Carolina (USC) to its growing list of USGIF-accredited GEOINT programs.

Through the USGIF Academic Accreditation program, colleges and universities have the opportunity to receive accreditation of their geospatial intelligence programs accompanying a college degree. Students who meet high academic standards and graduate from accredited programs receive USGIF’s GEOINT Certificate, which helps ensure the GEOINT Community has a robust workforce now and in the future. To date, 477 students have graduated with USGIF GEOINT certificates, with all but one school reporting its 2014 end-of-year graduates.

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Sign Up for Penn State's GEOINT MOOC Jan. 14

January 12, 2015

USGIF-accredited Penn State University will be hosting a massive open online course (MOOC) focused on GEOINT on January 14. Geospatial Intelligence and the Geospatial Revolution is a five-week, free course that teaches the basics of GEOINT and how it is applied in a wide range of industries, including business, law enforcement, and defense. Participants will learn how to use and apply basic GEOINT tools by designing their own geospatial analysis project. The course will be instructed by Dr. Todd Bacastow, Penn State professor of practice of geospatial intelligence.

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YPG ArcGIS Mobile Training

January 9, 2015

On January 15, kick-start your 2015 professional development goals by joining USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Esri for a brief training session on mobile ArcGIS at Esri’s R&D Center in Arlington, VA from 4:30 to 6:30 PM!

The training demonstrates how mobile users can access GIS tools and explore data hosted on ArcGIS Online, as well as how to discover information in interactive, visually rich maps, and collect and update data using the ArcGIS app.

RSVP here!

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GEOINTeraction Tuesday Jan. 13 with Robert Cardillo

January 9, 2015

USGIF will host its bimonthly networking event GEOINTeraction Tuesday on Jan. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Springfield, VA 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

GEOINTeraction Tuesday is a casual networking event where you can develop new relationships, exchange ideas and discover business opportunities. Each event features a guest speaker from the Defense, Intelligence or Homeland Security Community who shares their views on current issues and answers audience questions.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo will be the guest speaker. Beginning at 4:30 PM, he will speak about his plans for NGA as the new director and the importance of partnering with industry.

Interested in attending? RSVP today!

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UCGIS GEOINT Certification & Credentialing Webinar 1/14

January 7, 2015

USGIF’s Director of Academic Programs Dr. Max Baber will be participating in a University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) webinar on January 14 at 2 PM EST. He and other participants, will discuss why certification, certified learning, credentialing, licensure, and accreditation is important to the geospatial educational arena.

Register today for this webinar!

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