United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Shapes Partnership with DigitalGlobe Foundation

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USGIF and Commercial Imagery Giant Team to Provide Imagery, Data, and Technology Grants to USGIF-Accredited Schools

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has expanded its partnership with USGIF Strategic Partner DigitalGlobe, corresponding with the launch of The DigitalGlobe Foundation October 11.

USGIF sponsors and promotes geospatial educational programs, and has accredited geospatial intelligence programs at eight colleges and universities: George Mason University, Penn State University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Missouri, University of Redlands, University of Utah, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Military Academy. The DigitalGlobe Foundation will make grants to these academic institutions that need access to imagery, information, expertise and tools in order to advance their research, develop their skills, and understand the unique potential of the geospatial industry and tradecraft.

“USGIF and The DigitalGlobe Foundation will make for a powerful team in support of the next generation of geospatial intelligence professionals,” said Keith J. Masback, USGIF Chief Executive Officer. "The students in our accredited programs will significantly benefit from the unique access they’ll have to satellite imagery, as well as from the additional curriculum development assistance their schools will receive.”

The recently launched DigitalGlobe Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on fostering the growth of the next generation of geospatial technology professionals.

“The DigitalGlobe Foundation is uniquely positioned to help prepare the geospatial leaders of tomorrow,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, President and Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe. “We believe that providing the best possible high-resolution commercial satellite imagery to advance research and education will equip students and institutions to help realize our purpose of ‘Seeing a Better World.’”

“The [DigitalGlobe] Foundation was established on the belief that we have a unique opportunity to help educate students about the important uses of commercial satellite imagery and geospatial analytics,” said Mark Brender, Executive Director of the DigitalGlobe Foundation. “From space-based Earth observations comes knowledge and awareness, and from knowledge and awareness comes action to help solve the challenging problems facing humankind.”

To learn more about how the academic community is using DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, the impact it is having on their studies and the unique solutions they have discovered, visit http://www.digitalglobefoundation.org.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation, is the only organization dedicated to advancing the geospatial intelligence tradecraft, accelerating innovation, and building a stronger community among industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders. USGIF accredits eight colleges and universities to grant GEOINT Certificates, and has awarded $691,000 in scholarships to students studying in the field. With nearly 250 institutional, corporate, and organizational members, USGIF will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary supporting the GEOINT Community. Follow USGIF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.    

About DigitalGlobe
DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.

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