USGS puts historical maps online

The U.S. Geological Survey is scanning 250,000 of its historic maps to put online.

NASA laughs off comet fears

Doomsayers will have to find another end-of-the world theory, now that NASA has allayed fears about Comet Elenin -- if they believe the reassurances.

NGA falls short on archiving hard copy maps, inspectors say

Federal inspectors took a look at records management activities for hard copy maps at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Assessing the space shuttle program's tech legacy

As the space shuttle era draws to a close, we take stock of the technological gains it brought to us on Earth.

Before disaster strikes, FEMA looks to predict severity of calamity

FEMA has turned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for help in predicting the effects of potential Mississippi River flooding and providing imagery of areas devastated by flood waters and tornadoes.

Open government data starts making sense

An online mapping site developed by the FCC with a contractor's help lets users quickly put spreadsheet data into perspective.

The best of the federal blogosphere

Don't get hijacked; The speed of the crowd; Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.

Geospatial data management refined

The OMB has issued supplemental guidance to improve the management of geospatial data

New tool adds geospatial capabilities to federal data website

The White House's website that features multiple datasets for download now has a new capability to show the data geospatially.

GIS' future is with crowds, clouds ... and 4-D

Geospatial technologies are exploding -- into crowdsourced applications, cloud platforms, and 3-D and 4-D environments.

Government's location-specific apps need clear context

What responsibility will agencies have when location-specific government data is delivered to smart phones?

Which state is the first deploy a mass mobile alerting system?

The new system – which sends text messages to mobile phones - can target specific geographic areas, which could be as large as a city or as small as a few blocks.

Don't let geospatial data get lost in the cloud

Designers of cloud services need to think about the standard interfaces, codes and best practices that enable "where" information to pass among systems, writes Steven Ramage, executive director of marketing and communications at the Open Geospatial Consortium.

Dozens of federal agencies check in at Foursquare

The Foursquare geographic social media site is chock-full tips for visitors to federal buildings.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency gets first female director

Letitia Long becomes the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency.