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May 2015
Dr. Michael Hauck
Russell G. Congalton
Technical Editor
Michael S. Renslow
Assistant Editor
Jie Shan
Assistant Director — Publications
Rae Kelley
Electronic Publications Manager/Graphic Artist
Matthew Austin
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Most presidents, I fear,
realize that their year was but a
walking shadow and is ending with
so much to be done and too little
to show for their efforts. My term
was a challenging one as we laid
the foundation to rejuvenate the
Society, but it has been a privilege
to have been steward of the Society
in its 81
First, I must thank the National
Technical Program Committee
and the Sustaining Members for
their efforts to create appealing
yet economical events. The Northern California Region ran a
magnificent UAS event in Reno last October, attracting more than
500 participants, who were offered a strong technical program
including demonstrations of systems in action. This event will
continue in 2015. It was quickly followed by Pecora 19 in Denver,
which was enhanced by co-location of ISPRS and IAG events. Our
2015 Annual Conference has been re-branded as IGTF 2015 and
will open in Tampa around the time this issue is published. For the
second year in succession, we are privileged to be joined by JACIE,
whose high-quality content enriches our conference.
Many of the Society’s activities, of course, are renowned and
fruitful. We have fine publications and
is available in both
print and digital form and its impact factor is rising. Our manuals
are invaluable reference works for our three congregations –
academic, government, commercial – but we are moving forward
to an all-electronic format, with updates, with the fourth edition
of the Manual of Remote Sensing. We are privileged to be working
with NASA on a major historical publication about Landsat.
The GeoByte webinars have drawn massive attendances. Our
student activities and the awards program are prospering. ASPRS
certification is sought by employers and under Mike Renslow’s
energetic, dedicated leadership is expanding into LiDAR; UAS may
be next.
The technical work of the Society is done in the Divisions and the
committees within them. I remain astonished at the sheer volume
of high-quality projects – all done by volunteers to improve the
profession. This year we are delighted that two major standards
have been published:
ASPRS Positional Accuracy Standards for
Digital Geospatial Data
ASPRS Guidelines for Procurement of
Geospatial Mapping Products and Services
. These will be eagerly
adopted. Thank you, Qassim Abdullah, David Maune, Doug Smith,
Hans Karl Heidemann, David Stolarz, and Jerry Lenczowski for
your contributions to the standard. Perhaps we should remember
that it is 15 years since ASPRS took over responsibility for the LAS
format. As we redesign and rejuvenate our website as part of our
repair of critical infrastructure, we must highlight and proselytize
the initiative of the Divisions. In January 2015 the Unmanned
Autonomous Systems Division was formally inaugurated and I had
the pleasure of appointing Pierre Le Roux as Division Director: the
results of an election for Assistant Director will be announced in
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