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Hello. I'm developing a new field data collection protocol for a municipal natural resource management agency. I'm struggling to find a GIS mapping and data collection app that works well for the iPad. I'm hesitant to jump into another ESRI product b/c it's crazy expensive and we already pay for desktop licenses and bureaucracy is slow. But I think it might be the only well functioning (maybe?) app for iOS at the moment. I'm looking for an application that can collect polygons and lines as well as point data. I found iGIS which is a "freemium" application, but I'm having trouble loading data in to the app. I'm new to the whole iPad experience anyway, so that might be it. But I've tried to follow the instructions carefully and I'm not getting the expected results... I was hoping to find a video tutorial but no luck and the instructions on the app are limited for troubleshooting. I've visited the app forum and no one else seems to have the problems I'm having. Waiting on a help-desk reply. Anyone out there have experience with iGIS app or alternative for iPad? Thanks in advance.
The color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance). Note the '2007' date in the image relates to the document from which the interactive map derives its top secret classification, not to the map itself. The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications. The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks. The focus of the internal NSA tool is on counting and categorizing the records of communications, known as metadata, rather than the content of an email or instant message. The Boundless Informant documents show the agency collecting almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March 2013. One document says it is designed to give NSA officials answers to questions like, "What type of coverage do we have on country X" in "near real-time by asking the SIGINT [signals intelligence] infrastructure." An NSA factsheet about the program, acquired by the Guardian, says: "The tool allows users to select a country on a map and view the metadata volume and select details about the collections against that country." Under the heading "Sample use cases", the factsheet also states the tool shows information including: "How many records (and what type) are collected against a particular country." A snapshot of the Boundless Informant data, contained in a top secret NSA "global heat map" seen by the Guardian, shows that in March 2013 the agency collected 97bn pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide. Iran was the country where the largest amount of intelligence was gathered, with more than 14bn reports in that period, followed by 13.5bn from Pakistan. Jordan, one of America's closest Arab allies, came third with 12.7bn, Egypt fourth with 7.6bn and India fifth with 6.3bn. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/08/nsa-boundless-informant-global-datamining