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optional art here, if available [the index] Departments 5 EMERGING TECH How quantum computing draws on the power of alternate worlds 6 ANALYTICS Police tap visual analytics at HQ and on patrol 7 GEOSPATIAL USGS project produces a high- res view of Alaskan frontier 10 MOBILE Three reasons iOS 7 could be right for government use 11 BIG DATA Energy lab researchers find a new way to crack big data Commentary 18 CYBEREYE For cybersecurity strategies to work, they must go global. 20 REALITY CHECK The great cloud migration is underway. 34 EMERGING TECH Are agencies websites headed for the next dimension? Features 24 CLOUD COMPUTING The new case for shared services Tight budgets and the cloud's capacity are leading agencies to not only use shared services, but provide them. 28 DATA CENTERS Cashing in on consolidation The drive to lowering data center costs has put the focus on shutting down large, inefficient IT energy guzzlers. GCN Awards 31 EPA: HOW'S MY WATERWAY? An agency team delivers an easy-to-use website and app that draws on the depths of EPA's technical databases. 32 NASA: INTERNATIONAL SPACE APPS CHALLENGE The largest hackathon in history, spanning 48 countries, produces 770 proposals and dozens of apps for NASA. Use satellites to build cultural maps Human geography, a social science that examines human activities and behavior in the context of location, has had quite a history, including some controversial offshoots where different practitioners used the sci- ence to promote everything from Marxism to feminism. But the integration of computers and graphical information systems is giving the old methods a radical boost in performance and useful- ness. And government is interested. The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded a contract to GeoEye Analytics for a special Human Geography Information System that uses a unique satellite constellation for collecting data in areas not commercially available. A human geography informa- tion system uses satellite imagery as the baseline and overlays the satellite maps with datasets and other detailed information covering history, culture, education, economy, religion, weather and political land- scapes. USSOCOM speci cally is look- ing for data on political parties, schools, religious institutions, tour- ist areas, air elds, military installa- tions and embassies. The military is also interested in Internet cafe loca- tions, business conducting mining and mineral surveys, smuggling routes, human traf cking informa- tion and other areas of interest, "to be determined." --- John Breeden II GCN NOVEMBER 2013 • GCN.COM 3 24 Inside NOVEMBER 2013