HitchBOT Journey Across America Comes to a Sudden end in Philly

So, you may be wondering, what’s up with that cool, little robot that’s hitching across America this summer? Recall early in July we shared the official pre-trip announcement titled “Canadian hitchhiking robot to cross the U.S., relying solely on the kindness of strangers“. Well, I guess not all strangers are kind as Tripbot’s journey has come to a sudden end, sadly, this means that USA won’t get to experience all the fun that could have been!

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Wanted, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT OSM)

An interesting career opportunity has popped up in our GeoJobsBIZ Career portal as HOT is seeking an executive Director. Recall,  HOT applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to improve the welfare of the communities where we work, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis.


The successful candidate will approach HOT with creativity and drive leading us to grow into the future. [Read more…]

Roland Mangold to head LIDAR Magazine @LiDARmag

A quick update as you may have heard the news. Industry veteran, Roland Mangold will be heading up the roll of Editor at LiDAR Magazine. In case the name sounds familiar to you, LiDAR Magazine is one of our sister properties / publications here as we all fall under the umbrella of Spatial Media LLC – see spatialMedia.us Spatial Media also operates The American Surveyor Magazine, GISuser.com, the Machine Control brands and other Geo-Technology focused properties.

Our LiDARNews is now LiDAR Magazine (lidarmag.com) and I'm pleased to welcome an old Canadian friend, Roland Mangold to our team as we will be heading up all things LiDAR - Roland will succeed LIDAR Magazine Managing Editor Dr. Gene V. Roe effective with the July/August issue of the magazine. If you don't already receive the print version of the magazine, it's available free to industry professionals and I'll be frank and say that it really is an awesome publication - our publisher does a top notch job putting this together! http://gisuser.com/…/spatial-media-acquires-uav-news-publi…/

Roland’s unique perspective and industry experience will serve hungry reader groups well; his enthusiasm and ability to present the business case will continually encourage our subscribers to invest in LIDAR, UAS and other developing technologies.

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Do’s and Don’ts For Taking Your Dog to the Office

A little mid-week fun here to break things up a bit… those of you who know me know that I’m a dog owner and dog lover, as are many of you I’m sure. However, have you ever considered taking the pooch into the office to hang out with you?  If so there’s a few things you’ll need to remember before  attempting this.

Dos and Don'ts for Taking your Dog to Work

Dos and Don’ts for Taking your Dog to Work

Dog lovers  will be taking their pets to work the week of June 22-26. The annual “Take the Dog to Work” event celebrates the bond between people and their canine companions and demonstrates the joys of being a pet parent. [Read more…]

Cincinnati Asks Residents to Be A Pothole Spotter

An interesting request from the Cincinnati City Manager… City Manager Harry Black is asking Cincinnati drivers to join the campaign to “Be a Pothole Spotter.” from the news post – “We’re in primetime pothole season. The ground’s thawing up, and cars are hitting potholes all over town. We need everyone to tell us about these potholes so that we can fix them as quickly as possible,” Black said.

report a pothole

Report a pothole (Image credit, BBC)

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New Rules Coming for Drone and UAV Operators

Nobody likes too much Government intervention, however, with the number of “near misses” between UAVs (drones) and commercial aircraft on the rise, not to mention the privacy concerns, it was only a matter of time before the rules get stepped up. the next step may likely be a move towards licensing and/or certification and may not be a bad idea!

DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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