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USGIF Introduces its Own Interactive, Educational Map

July 5, 2018

As a way to inform and inspire students about geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), USGIF created a large-format, interactive map of North America that is now available for schools and organizations to rent.

USGIF’s Portable Planet is a 35-by-26-foot map designed for children and teachers to walk on and explore its many features. Additionally, USGIF created cross-disciplinary, hands-on activities for educators to conduct on the map. The lessons not only teach geography, mapping, and the basics of GEOINT, but also allow students to practice skills in critical thinking, spatial analysis, teamwork, and more.

To learn more about Portable Planet or to rent the map, please visit

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USGIF's Camelia Kantor Featured in ASPRS Publication

July 5, 2018

USGIF’s Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor was recently featured in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s (ASPRS) PE&RS July journal.

Kantor’s article is titled “GEOINT Education Foresight: A World of Micro-credentials” where she writes how USGIF has contributed to GEOINT education and how micro-credentials will play an important role in the future of education.

Read the article here.

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USGIF Announces New Educational Committee Structure

July 2, 2018

In an effort to lead USGIF academic and K-12 partners in preparing students for GEOINT careers, the Foundation recently enhanced its educational and academic committee structure with the formation of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) and Academic Planning Committee (APC).

Under the APC are three subcommittees: the Accreditation Subcommittee, Scholarship Subcommittee, and newly formed K-12 Subcommittee. The K-12 Subcommittee was formed in June to promote geographic literacy and GEOINT awareness for the Foundation’s K-12 Educational Outreach Program. The subcommittee will also work to develop educational materials and curriculum for classroom use.

Learn more about these committees and subcommittees.

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DUE FRIDAY: State and Future of GEOINT Call for Abstracts

June 26, 2018

Position yourself as a thought leader and contribute to USGIF’s annual State and Future of GEOINT Report. This report would not be possible without volunteer authors from government, industry, and academia dedicating their time and thought leadership.

To pitch an article for consideration, send a 1-page Word document with an article title, abstract, and the names, titles, and contact information of at least 3 authors to by Friday, June 29. Each writing team should represent a minimum of three organizations.

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YPG Third Thursday - June 21

June 12, 2018

USGIF’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) is hosting its Third Thursday casual networking event June 21 5:30PM-7:00PM at Tysons Biergarten. No RSVP necessary.

Unlike other YPG events, this is more of an informal, drop-in gathering, but serves as another way for young GEOINT professionals to grow their network by way of good old-fashioned conversation. This event occurs the third Thursday of each month. We’ll rotate to various venues in an effort to accommodate a wide range of young professionals.

We hope to see you there!

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2018 STEM Showcase: Celebrating Fearless Women in STEM

June 7, 2018

On June 9, USGIF and its volunteers are exhibiting at Altamira’s STEM Showcase at the Dayton Regional STEM School in Dayton, OH to help promote STEM career fields for the younger generation. USGIF will talk to students about GEOINT and offer fun activities in satellite imagery analysis.

This family fun event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register to attend.

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USGIF Partners with Boundless to Provide Educational Opportunities for GEOINT Community

May 30, 2018

USGIF is pleased to announce it has partnered with Boundless, a USGIF Organizational Member, to collaborate on educational initiatives in the geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) Community as well as to offer open-source resources to colleges and universities under the Foundation’s Collegiate Accreditation Program.

USGIF and Boundless are dedicated to supporting each other’s educational missions through events and educational programming. Boundless will provide an educational support package to four online-only, USGIF-accredited GEOINT programs. Additionally, Boundless and USGIF will provide all 14 USGIF-accredited colleges and universities with access to Boundless data and training guides to complement Boundless software and support open-source learning.

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USGIF Volunteers at GeoPlunge - May 30

May 22, 2018

USGIF staff and USGIF’s Young Professionals Group will assist with GeoPlunge tournament May 30 8:30AM-2:30PM in Washington DC. GeoPlunge is a geography-based card game where K-12 students engage in a team-oriented and educational competition while testing their knowledge about the United States to get them excited about geography.

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May GEOINTeraction Tuesday Recap

May 18, 2018

Jim Long, Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Services Office, recently gave an update on his office’s progress since it was formalized in 2017. Speaking on May 8 at USGIF’s GEOINTeraction Tuesday event hosted by Tesla Government, Long said GEOINT Services is looking to small teams of developers with geospatial experience to help the Intelligence Community achieve modernization.

Read the full recap from trajectory magazine.

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Final Hours: Do More 24

May 17, 2018

Do More 24 is an annual 24-hour online fundraiser running May 17 at noon EST to May 18 at noon EST. Do More 24 is powered by United Way of the National Capital Area, supporting 700 participating nonprofits in the D.C. area.

This 24-hour period is a great way to show your support for USGIF’s K-12 Program and give back to the profession you love outside the giving season.


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