Data Preservation and Archiving Committee Strategic Plan

 Interim and Subject to final ASPRS Board Approval


Description of Constituency
ASPRS members that collect and process spectral and spatial data of Earth resources. Emphasis is placed on all geospatial collections of analog and digital data.

Vision Statement
ASPRS believes that future generations will need access to historical spatial and spectral data to make temporal comparisons for economic, social, scientific, and political applications.

Mission Statement
Create/sponsor a standing committee consisting of ASPRS members from private, government, and academic entities who are knowledgeable about data preservation and archiving practices to encourage and assist the committee’s constituency in their data preservation and archiving activities. To nurture a sense of responsibility for data preservation and archiving within the Society membership and to organizations represented by the membership.

Niche Statement
The scope of the committee’s attention includes all forms of remotely sensed Earth-oriented photography, digital camera, videography, and sensor data collected in the visible, ultraviolet, VNIR, SWIR, LWIR, and microwave spectral regions. The committee will confine its responsibilities to sensor systems covering the Earth’s lands, oceans, and atmospheres. This scope also addresses all geospatial data including maps, GIS, and GPS datasets.

Goals and Tactical Actions
Because there is a wide variety of data types and an even wider array of preservation and archiving issues, the committee will function through subcommittees, as needed, having manageable foci.

Below are the tactical actions required to achieve the goals:

  • Develop and maintain a strategic plan for this committee.
  • Formulate preservation and archival recommendations or procedures and post to the DPAC web site.
  • Organize and conduct technical sessions, forums, and workshops for data preservation and archiving.
  • Establish mechanisms for investigating new technologies regarding data preservation and archiving; and the potential impact of new technologies on preservation and archiving.
  • Recommend the identification and use of an image metadata standard for describing image data.