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ISPRS monthly e-Bulletin: January 2011

ISPRS Monthly E-Bulletin
Issue No 2 - 2011



President's Report

The year 2010 has seen the completion of all eight midterm Symposia, which Technical Commissions are required to hold. All Symposia were successful and all Technical Commission Presidents deserve congratulations for their major contributions to the scientific work of ISPRS. Council was very pleased with the conduct of the Symposia, and I am sure that they have led to good preparations for the Congress in Melbourne in August 2012. In July 2010, the Society celebrated the Centenary of its founding and the major contributions of the many professionals who have played a role in its development over the past 100years, at its birthplace, Vienna University of Technology. A series of events marked the historic occasion.

The year 2011 is an important one for the preparations for the Congress. The Second Announcement document will be distributed early this year. Other documentation for the Commercial and Scientific Exhibits has already been circulated. Presenters of papers at the technical sessions must submit their papers by 24 October 2011. This commences the process for the selection of papers for the technical sessions and interactive sessions. The Congress Director Professor Cliff Ogleby and his team are taking great care in the preparation of the Congress and excellent technical and social programs are guaranteed. The year 2011 will also be a big year for ISPRS events, with many Working Groups planning workshops. I hope to meet with many of you in 2011.

ISPRS President

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Annual Reports of ISPRS Technical Commissions

Annual Report of ISPRS Technical Commissions VI
Annual Report of ISPRS Technical Commissions VII
Annual Report of ISPRS Technical Commissions VIII

Annual Reports of ISPRS Regional Representatives

Annual Report of Latin American
Annual Report of Africa

ISPRS VIII/5 Workshop Report      

ISPRS VIII/5 Workshop Report
By Dr Thomas Cudahy, Chair ISPRS WG VIII/5, Energy and Solid Earth

A group of 28 primarily government geoscientists from five countries met up in Alice Springs in September as part of the 15th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference ( to discuss the possibility of generating global-scale, web-accessible geoscience maps from current and future remote sensing imagery. This discussion was led by the ISPRS Working Group VIII/5, Energy and Solid Earth. Two invited papers provided catalyst for the discussion, including one by Trude King from the USGS who presented the first country-scale hyperspectral imaging survey. This survey was conducted over Afghanistan with the data, products and software to soon be released publicly. The second invited paper was by Matilda Thomas from Geoscience Australia who showed how the current archive of ASTER satellite imagery can be processed to yield country (global) scale geoscience maps. One of the outcomes of this meeting was that development of a coordinated plan was agreed by those Australian geosurveys present to generate an ASTER geoscience map of Australia which could serve as a demonstration for a similar suite of products at a global-scale.

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ISPRS Workshop on Digital Preservation of Archaeological Heritage      

ISPRS Workshop on Digital Preservation of Archaeological Heritage
By Dr. Bharat Lohani, Co-Chair WG-V/2

The Workshop on Digital Preservation of Archaeological Heritage was jointly organized by IIT Kanpur, ISPRS WG V-2 and University of Allahabad during 18 – 19 October 2010 at IIT Kanpur, India. The workshop attracted participants from India and neighbouring countries. In total there were around 40 participants. The workshop was structured on the line of presentations by experts so the participants can learn new technologies and their use for archaeological investigation, documentation and preservation. Currently, in India not many archaeologists are employing modern tools in their work and, therefore, this mode of workshop fitted well to the need of the country.

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Member News
2011 ASPRS Fellow Award Winners

Paul D. Brooks and Kass Green have been named the 2011 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep-tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro¬fessional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society's active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year. The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination. This year's awards will be given in May at the ASPRS 2011 Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Geospatial Data Infrastructure: from data acquisition and updating to smarter services      

1st Announcement of Joint-WG workshop on
′Geospatial Data Infrastructure: from data acquisition and updating to smarter services′

The ISPRS joint-WG workshop on 'Geospatial Data Infrastructure: from data acquisition and updating to smarter services' will be held during October 20-21, 2011 in Guilin China. The workshop is co-organized by ISPRS WG IV/1, IV/2, IV/4, IV/5, IV/7, ICWG IV/VIII. The workshop will focus on hot topics of recent achievements and trends of SDI, such as data acquisition and updating, database creation and maintenance, smarter geo-spatial services and applications, standards and liaison, etc. The extra-attraction of the workshop is the beautiful city Guilin, whose name means "forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant sweet osmanthus trees blooming in October every year. For detail information please visit the workshop website at

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Dear friends of GeoImagary,

At the XVII Congress in Vienna during the general Assembly it was decided to launch a timely news bulletin. The first issue of the ISPRS Highlights has been published on October 1996 in a printed media. During the coming years, until the March 2006 Highlights was issued in printed version and distributed to several readers in the world. In 2006 Council has decided to publish it in electronic form in order to reach a wider reader community. With this issue the Highlight will be replaced by Monthly Newsletter in order to disseminate information more frequently. This aim can only be fulfilled with contributions from all of you.

In the last years we are experiencing different platforms of information exchange and sharing especially regarding Social Platforms. ISPRS will launch in near future a Blog to share different experiences and information. You will be informed very shortly.

I am confident that we will achieve, like we have done in the past, all goals we have set for the decision and hope that this platform will be a good opportunity to have a media, which reaches a wider reader community and please do not hesitate to send your critics on this publication.

ISPRS President

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New Events

18-21 April 2011
EuroSDR/AGILE/OGC Workshop on Persistent Test Bed at 14th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science
Utrecht, The Netherlands
15-16 May 2011
WG II/4+7 joint International Conference & exhibitions on Geomatics-2011 & ISPRS Conference on Data Handling & Modeling of GeoSpatial Information for Management of Resources
Tehran, IRAN
10-12 Aug 2011
WG IV/5 2nd International Workshop on Pervasive Web Mapping, Geoprocessing & Services, in conjunction with 4th ICA Workshop on Geospatial Analysis & Modeling (ICA GAM 2011)
Burnaby, CANADA
4-6 Oct 2011
WG VI/1+2 Workshop on E-Learning 2011 in conjunction with ACRS 2011
Taipei, TAIWAN


Job Opportunities

27-Jan-2011: 9 Doctoral Positions at the Doctoral College (DK-GIScience), University of Salzburg, Austria
09-Feb-2011: We are seeking to appoint 14 Fully Funded PhD (Early Stage Research) Fellows in Earth Observation to the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ″GMES Initial Operations - Network for Earth Observation Research Training″ (GIONET)
23-Feb-2011: Academic and Research Positions at Tongji University, Shanghai, China

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New publications on the website

GEOBIA 2010 Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis 29 June - 2 July, Ghent, Belgium, XXXVIII-4/C7
ISPRS Commission IV Mid-Term Symposium ′Geodatabases & Digital Mapping′, 16-18 Nov 2010, Orlando, USA, XXXVIII-part4
WG IV/8: 5th International Conference on 3D GeoInformation 3-4 November 2010, Berlin, Germany, XXXVIII-4/W15

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More News

ISPRS Workshop Laser Scanning 2011
29-31 August 2011, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The conference website ( has been updated and the Second Call for Papers is available there.
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Uwe Möller      

Uwe Möller has accepted to be Keynote Speaker at Gi4DM

Uwe Möller, former Director of HAUS RISSEN – International Institute for Politics and Economics in Hamburg, has accepted to be the Keynote Speaker at the Geoinformation for Disaster Management Symposium to be held in Antalya, on the 3-8th of May. For further information and other Plenary Speakers, abstract submission please refer to the website of the event

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ETH Zurich      

International Conference UAV-g 2011, September 14 – 16, 2011 at ETH Zurich

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the International Conference UAV-g 2011, the largest meeting dedicated entirely to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the field of Geomatics, that will take place from September 14 – 16, 2011 at ETH Zurich (with demonstrations at the Airfield Birrfeld on Thursday, September 15).

Using UAVs as data acquisition platform and as measurement instrument has become attractive for many emerging applications. However, there is no overall and easy solution. Therefore, UAV-g 2011 brings together experts in photogrammetry, surveying, robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and aerospace engineering.

If you are a researchers, a developer, a service or system provider or a user we encourage you to contribute with presentations, posters, exhibitions, demonstrations and discussions to create synergies between research and applications using UAVs in Geomatics. The official language for presentations is English.
Visit our homepage to get more detailed information about the planned sessions, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Please submit your abstract until April 15, 2011.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us in English or German under

UAV-g Workshop Organizing Committee

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