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eNewsletter October 2007

Spot Image and ESRI Are Co-founders of Planet Action

ESRI is co-founding with Spot Image the non-profit initiative to combat climate change, Planet Action. Its purpose is to encourage the earth observation industry and GIS professional communities to address climate change by supporting projects that investigate and assess climate change issues such as human dimensions and habitation, drought and water resources, vegetation and ecosystems, oceans, and ice/snow cover. By assisting in and funding projects that will raise awareness and cause action planning, the Planet Action initiative, founded in June 2007, hopes to strengthen international cooperation in the humanitarian undertaking of climate change.

Jack Dangermond, President and CEO of ESRI noted, "Speaking for many of us here at ESRI, it is a special delight to find another institution so committed to global conservation issues and so closely aligned with ESRI's grass-roots granting approach to building communities and supporting action."

Hervé Buchwalter, CEO of Spot Image stated, “The expertise of ESRI in many areas, including conservation leadership and connection to on-the-ground projects makes them the ideal co-founder for Planet Action. We look forward to working together in tangible ways to combat climate change on a global scale.”

Read more about Planet Action at planet-action.org and in our Summer issue.

Jane Goodall Institute Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Global Leadership Awards

Imaging Notes was thrilled to join in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of JGI in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 2007. Imaging Notes did a feature story on Lilian Pintea's GIS work at the Institute in the Winter 2005-06 issue.

The JGI Global Leadership Awards, honoring the efforts of individuals and organizations to make a positive difference on behalf of all living things, were inaugurated this year to help celebrate the Institute's 30th anniversary.

Shown in the photo are: Ted Turner, philanthropist and environmentalist, award winner for responsible activism in media and entertainment; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute (www.gsinstitute.org); and Jane Goodall, renowned primatologist and founder of the institute (www.janegoodall.org).

Other award recipients were:

  • Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, for global leadership. His administration has made environmental protection a leading commitment and he has dedicated much of his career to legal and other empowerment for the poor.
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy, for excellence in public policy. He is a top environmental legislator who consistently fights for higher funding to protect biodiversity, particularly tropical forests and endangered species.
  • Patagonia, Inc., for excellence in corporate social responsibility
  • Chase Pickering, for youth leadership. His extraordinary achievements include spearheading a campaign which raised almost $50,000 for a new dormitory at JGI's chimpanzee sanctuary in the Republic of Congo.
  • Gretchen Wyler will be given a posthumous award. She is known for more than four decades of tireless devotion to animals rights.

GeoEye Foundation News

Founded in March 2007, GeoEye formed the GeoEye Foundation, a non-profit to provide archive satellite imagery to universities and non-governmental organizations. The GeoEye Foundation's mission is to foster the growth of the next generation of geospatial technology professionals. The foundation provides satellite imagery to students and faculty at select educational institutions to advance research in geographic information systems and environmental studies. The foundation also offers select imagery to support non-governmental institutions in their missions of humanitarian support and environmental research.

Several projects are underway. One example is Eric Green's work measuring the effects of displacement in Northern Uganda. Eric and partner AVSI-Gulu have been using GeoEye imagery to create a representative sampling of Uganda peoples displaced by the Government of Uganda and Lord's Resistance Army 20-year conflict. The purpose of Green's research is to map the transition process as the displaced citizens begin to filter back into Northern Uganda and monitor the societal implications of the displacement and relocation.

Click here to see the newly launched GeoEye Foundation website.

USGIF Announces Geospatial Intelligence Award Recipients at GeoInt

The 2007 USGIF Awards presented at the Hall of Fame Dinner on Oct. 24 are:

Academic Achievement Award Ms. Gabriella Farris of the Geospatial-Intelligence Training Program (GITP) distinguished herself not only academically with a 98.16 GPA, but also by her ability to be a leader in the classroom and willingness to be a team player. Farris was named the GITP Student of the Year—an award given to students in the top 20 percent of his or her class who demonstrate outstanding academic performance, teamwork, professionalism, and uphold the highest standards of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence College. Farris showed a zest to become the best analyst possible, returning for additional training after graduation. Her present assignment is with the Office of Central and Southwest Asia.

Academic Research Award Dr. Swen Johnson was recognized for developing innovative methods of blending the social sciences with recent advances made in geospatial predictive technology to help address some of the U.S. intelligence community's most challenging intelligence problems in tactical and operational environments. Backed by the Naval Research Laboratory, fellow academic social scientists, geospatial and military colleagues, Johnson founded Socio-Cultural Intelligence Analysis Inc. and dedicated himself to creating Human Terrain Analysis Teams across the Defense Department. His teams' empirical, quantitative and group-based sociological focus have transformed traditional geospatial models of human behavior into more accurate geo-social models, bringing GEOINT to the cutting edge of intelligence analysis.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Government Division)The Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) Missile and Space Intelligence Center (MSIC) team has contributed greatly to the understanding of adversary military capabilities by developing and deploying a GEOINT-enabled Foreign Missile Test Range Analysis architecture. The ability to store, manage, query and view vast amounts of geospatial intelligence data in seconds is a significant achievement. MSIC's daily savings of 2-3 hours per analyst of data search time has been reinvested into analysis. The new architecture greatly enhances the availability and usability of GEOINT data and results in more all-source analysts leveraging the full potential of GEOINT data as a contributor to their analysis.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Military Division) – In support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command's Command Control Systems Directorate, Mr. David McKinley, Mr. Chris Mayfield, Mr. Dave Gokey and Mr. Gary Koch of the Space and Naval Systems Warfare Command C4I Support Team, began an ambitious program to create a user defined operational picture called Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE). Its goal is to make GIS a commodity within the command by instituting an enterprise GIS capability that everyone can use and configure to their own precise needs. SAGE was fielded for the 2007 hurricane season and is a fine example of how this team is making great contributions to the accomplishment of the Homeland Defense and the Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission sets.

Intelligence Achievement Award (Industry Division) – Since the merger of Space Imaging and Orbimage created GeoEye, the newly formed company has overcome many of its predecessors obstacles and has since grown into one of the largest remote sensing companies in the world, having more than 370 employees at four key locations in the United States, along with one of the foremost providers of geospatial imagery. Mr. Matt O'Connell joined Orbimage in 2001, the year the company had a failed satellite launch and went into bankruptcy. Through his expertise he brought Orbimage back to life and led the new company to win a coveted $500 million NGA NextView contract to build the next-generation GeoEye-1 satellite.

Lifetime Achievement Award – The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the Honorable James R. Clapper, Jr. (Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and former director of the NGA, from September 2001 to June 2006) during the USGIF Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Banquet during the GEOINT Symposium on Oct. 24, 2007.

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