Reston, USA, 2 January 2007 – MAPPS (www.mapps.org), the Association of Private Mapping, Photogrammetry and Geospatial Firms, has announced the kick-off session of the 2007 Washington Policy Forum on Tuesday, January 9 with a discussion by two top ranking Federal officials looking at future land imaging strategies.
Dr. Gene Whitney of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Ed Morris of the Office of Space Commercialization (OSC) will each give perspectives on future directions in land imaging – government policy, government programmes and roles/opportunities for the private sector in satellite and airborne remote sensing and value-added services.
According to MAPPS Executive Director, John Palatiello, “The Washington Policy Forum was started in 2006 to provide another opportunity to get members more involved in MAPPS legislative and regulatory activities in Washington, DC, and engage major policy figures. We were pleased with the success of last year’s three Forums.”
OSTP, part of the Executive Office of the President, issued a Landsat Policy a year ago that established new initiatives for the future of land imaging, and included several features advocated by MAPPS, in conjunction with ASPRS.
Dr. Whitney, the OSTP lead for the future of land imaging (FLI) strategy and will report on a Federal work group’s recommendations. OSC, an agency established in the Commerce Department in 1988, serves as an advocate for the U.S. commercial space industry within government policy discussions affecting space. The Office works to ensure that U.S. government policies support and do not impede the growth of U.S. commercial space companies, and that there is a level playing field on which these companies can compete internationally.
OSC, which has historically been an advocate for spaceborne and airborne technologies, was transferred to NOAA in 2005. The agency is currently undergoing a strategic planning process and Mr. Morris will report on new directions for the office and how it plans to work with the private land imaging community.
The cost for the Forum is $55. The venue for the Forum is The City Club at Franklin Square, 1300 Eye St., NW, Washington, D.C. Registration can be accomplished online at
– About MAPPS
MAPPS is a national, nonprofit trade and professional association of more than 160 private sector firms. Based in the Washington, DC suburb of Reston, Virginia, its members are engaged in GIS; photogrammetry; satellite and airborne remote sensing; value-added conversion and integration services; hydrographic surveying and charting; and other mapping and geospatial activities. Membership is open to all private geospatial firms.