Monday, 22 July 2013

Marine Applications of Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing Application Division
Working Group on Marine Applications

Inaugural Meeting
22 July 2013 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

The ASPRS Remote Sensing Application Division respectfully requests your participation in the newly-established Working Group on Marine Applications. Scheduled for Monday 22 July 2013from 4:00 - 5:00 EDT.

RSAD Working Group:

Marine Applications of Remote Sensing


Increased awareness of remote sensing and geospatial information broadly applied in furthering knowledge and understanding of the maritime domain[1]and its relationship with human activities.

Promote, facilitate, and disseminate thinking and studies on marine applications of remote sensing and geospatial analysis that contribute to information confidence and decision advantage.


1. Working Group Vision/Mission Statement

·Amend or Concur

2. Working Group Website

· Administration & Management (e.g., posting procedures)

· Content & Effective Utilization

3. San Antonio Conference

· Visibility for the Working Group

· Recruitment of Working Group Participants

4. Strategic Objectives

· Scope & Additional Objectives

· Team Leaders & Coordination

· Functional Teams

5. Focus Topics
· Planning Process
        -Nominations: Arctic Sea; lead/Alaska delegation (rationale: high attendance at Baltimore including graduate students; geographic proximity to topic; relevant research expertise).

Phone bridge information:

USA Toll Free Number: 866-700-5166
Participant Passcode: 2453047

Mark your calendar and I look forward to hearing your input!


Dave Szymanski, Director RSAD
Szymanski_David (at) bah (dot) com

Thomas Morelli, Working Group Director
thomasmorelli (at) comcast (dot) net

Standby Task Force

Dear SBTF Members,

In an effort to increase our inter-group communication and collaboration on Monday July 15th, 2013, several team members, Coordinators and Core Team representatives held a meeting to address questions raised by members over the past few months.

A great deal of work, thought and discussion has gone into unpacking the issues at hand and trying to come to a more equitable understanding of the role volunteers, coordinators and the core team are expected to fill and under what conditions.

To that end, we would like to formally announce the proposal of a "Working Groups" model, aimed at providing the entire membership with a means to participate in and contribute to the evolution
of the SBTF as it moves into the future.

We are inviting all members to review the Working Groups proposal in full via this Google Form:

The form invites you to express your opinions on Working Group topics, your interest in signing up for one or more of groups, and any comments you may have on the proposal in its current form.

The form will remain open for comments and sign-ups until 09:00 EDT (13:00 UTC) on Thursday, 25 July. Please complete and submit your thoughts by then. The Core Team will thereafter review the results and, based on the views submitted by the entire membership, decide on the final viability of
the Working Groups.

If you are a member who has been silent for some time, engaged daily, or just joined, your opinion is valuable! As an individual interested in working with the SBTF moving forward, it is important that you have a voice in what that organization will look like.

We look forward to reading your comments and working together to support the critical work of the Standby Task Force.

Thanks as always for your committed involvement!

Best regards,


On behalf of the Core Team

Visit Standby Task Force at:




Sponsored by ASPRS, CaGIS and GLIS
Open Source in Commercial GIS Software

Date & Time: July 26, 2013 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Attendance is limited, so Register Now.

The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) GIS Division in partnership with the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) and the Geographic and Land Information Society (GLIS) would like to invite our members to attend our next seminar in the series for 2013.

Abstract: Unknown to many in the GIS industry, open source software plays a key role not only in academia and research but also in the proprietary/commercial realm as well. Most well-known commercial GIS applications leverage open-source software. This talk takes an insider’s view of this phenomenon and explores why this happens and why it makes sense for everyone. Using the most recent release of LizardTech’s Express Server as a specific case study, we’ll look at how we decided to use open source software in our product and how it worked out. No math. No code. Just interesting insights into software we all use every day.

About the Speaker: Michael Rosen is the Software Architect at LizardTech, the company that makes the MrSID image compression technology. He’s participated with and contributed to open source GIS projects over the past 13 years.

On-line Registration:

NOTE: Registration is limited to the first 95 people who sign up and log in to the seminar.

Questions, Contact:

David Alvarez, PCM, GISP
GIS Division Director (ASPRS)
davidalvarez76 (at) gmail (dot) com

Friday, 19 July 2013

ISPRS SC Newsletter Vol. 7 - June 2013

Dear Member,

It's pleasure to announce the new issue of ISPRS SC Newsletter.

Here are highlights;

Interview with Dr. Lena Halounov√°
Common Horizons
Home Made Apple Strudel
Exchange Stories from Calgary
Past Events Reports:
7th China Youth Remote-sensing Debate Competition
Past Events Reports: MMT 2013, Taiwan
Future ISPRS Related Events: Summer School in BaliYou can read and download it on the following page;