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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, February 28 2012

Today's Focus:

Geospatial Portable Document Format

Senior Leaders are Saying

We've been transitioning over the past 10 years. And because of the hard work done by people like you, our families have proven that they are resilient, our Soldiers are resilient, you have worked hard to make that happen, you have helped us create programs that are just remarkable, but we have demonstrated that as an entire force, that we are resilient, we're agile, and we're adaptive.

- Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, emphasizes Army's intention to keep as many programs and services as possible, while eliminating redundancies, as he addresses about 200 Army senior leaders, delegates and friends at the Army Family Action Plan conference in Arlington, Va., Feb 27, 2012.

AFAP delegates to bring eight new issues to Army leaders

What They're Saying

I didn't know at the time that I was breaking the color line ... It was enough pressure just being a Tomb Guard.

- Fred Moore, the first African-American Tomb Guard, reminiscing his journey from serving as a firing party member in Honor Guard Company in 1960, to making history a year later as the first African-American Tomb Sentinel.

First African-American Tomb Guard recalls journey

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

Geospatial Portable Document Format: Maps for the Non-Mapper

What is it?

The Geospatial Portable Document Format (GeoPDF), a commercial off-the-shelf format adopted by the U.S. Army Geospatial Center (AGC), allows Geospatial Information and Services (GI&S) professionals to share geospatial maps and data as PDF documents via a free plug-in Toolbar for Adobe products. Data from large, bandwidth-heavy applications are transformed into much smaller, 2- and 3D GeoPDF files without sacrificing resolution and keeping geospatial functionality.

What has the Army done?

The AGC funded a means of converting complex National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) geospatial information and map data into GeoPDFs. Users may now exploit and understand data without advanced GIS training by using the free Toolbar, which is on the Army Golden Master - the standard software load for Army. The AGC helped to convert more than 33,000 NGA standard paper maps and 60,000 USGS GeoTIFF files into GeoPDFs. BuckEye Map Books, cultural maps, Urban Tactical Planners and other AGC data products are available as GeoPDFs.

Toolbar also provides the flexibility to see multiple coordinate displays, capture coordinates, GPS tracking as well as the ability to import and export geospatial data such as Google's Earth KML and Esri's Shapefile files. A GeoPDF may contain raster and/or vector data and provide a scalable display of a digital map or image with crisp, clear delineation of its symbology.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The AGC and NGA funded the development of the 3D GeoPDFs format. The center also funded Memento, which allows users to view multiple GeoPDFs seamlessly. The program continues to work with industry to ensure that handheld Windows Mobile GeoPDF software, upcoming Android and current iOS apps meet Army requirements. The AGC is also updating the GeoPDF State Coverages of U.S. States, District of Columbia and U.S. Territories (Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) from USGS data.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army's missions rely heavily on complex mapping data, however many Soldiers do not have the training or resources to transform it into actionable information. The GeoPDF program enables Soldiers to exploit this data without requiring advanced GIS training, allowing them to concentrate on mission planning and execution.

Resources:

GeoPDF Fact Sheet

Product Catalog (CAC-enabled)

Army Geospatial Centre

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