Two ASPRS members were successful in their campaigns to win positions with the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). During the XXI ISPRS Congress, held in Beijing, China July 3-11, Michael Renslow, an ASPRS past president, was elected Treasurer of the ISPRS Council for a four-year term. ASPRS Immediate Past President Marguerite Madden was elected President of ISPRS Commission IV, which covers Geodatabases and Digital Mapping, also for a four-year term.
Renslow succeeds Stan Morain, also an ASPRS past president, who has served on the ISPRS Council as Treasurer since 2004. Renslow runs Renslow Mapping Services and is the Technical Editor of PE&RS. He served as Treasurer of ASPRS for five years (2000 to 2005) and currently serves as Treasurer of the ASPRS Foundation.
Madden succeeds Shailesh Nayak of the Indian Space Research Organization, who has presided over Commission IV for the term 2004-2008. Madden is a Professor in the department of Geography at the University of Georgia and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science. Commission IV oversees the work of numerous Working Groups that cover topics including:
• Development, access and management of spatio-temporal databases
• Spatial data infrastructures
• Image-based geospatial databases
• Data libraries, data clearinghouses, data warehouses, distributed archives and access to remote data sources, including metadata and digital data standards
• Web based access, retrieval and dissemination of spatial data, including web-based location-based services and geosensor networks
• Integration of spatial information systems and image analysis for database-driven change detection, data capture and updating
• Dynamic spatial information systems, spatial data revision and versioning
• Interfacing 3D/4D models with facility management systems
• Database generation for digital topographic and thematic mapping (including orthoimages and digital terrain models)
• Digital landscape modeling and visualization, and large scale urban models
• Global environmental databases and mapping
• Extraterrestrial mapping and spatial information systems
• Analysis of systems and their components for automated and semi-automated digital mapping and geoinformation systems
• Analysis of industry needs and design of systems for production and update of Geoinformation
“ASPRS has a long and noteworthy history of supporting ISPRS, in particular contributing to its strong leadership,” said ASPRS Executive Director James Plasker. “The General Assembly’s approval of these two candidates ensures that ASPRS’s commitment will continue into the future.”
Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 6,000 geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems and supporting technologies.