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CSISS is continuing support of OGC Testbed 11

January 2015
Point of Contact (PoC): Prof. Liping Di

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CSISS is continuing support of OGC Testbed 10 (OWS-10)

January 2013
Point of Contact (PoC): Prof. Liping Di

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CSISS is continuing support of OGC OWS-9

CCI and Innovations threads

23 April 2012
Point of Contact (PoC): Prof. Liping Di
CCI thread:
1. OWS-9 CCI Conflation with Provenance Engineering Report (Lead) (Genong Yu)
2. Conflation Web Processing Service (Genong Yu)
3. Catalog for Provenance (Peng Yue)
4. Metadata encodings for Semantic Mediation (Yuanzheng Shao)
5. Conflation rules encoding (Genong Yu)

Innovations thread: 1. OWS-9 OWS Innovations WCS for LIDAR Engineering Report (Lead)(Weiguo Han)
2. WCS 2.0 Service - GML JP2, LIDAR Gridded (Yuanzheng Shao)
3. OWS-9 OWS Innovations Coverage Access Study Engineering Report (contributor) (Wenli Yang)
4. WCS 2.0 Service Access Innovations (Yuanzheng Shao)
5. OWS-9 Innovations GMLJP2 for NITF Engineering Report (contributor) (Yuanzheng Shao)

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CropScape Project Team won

the 63rd Annual Secretary's Honor Awards of USDA

13 September 2011 CropScape - Cropland Data Layer Project Team won the 63rd Annual Secretary's Honor Awards of U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Secretary's Annual Honor Awards are the most prestigious awards presented by USDA. The purpose of Honor Awards is to provide high-level recognition to people who have made outstanding contributions to USDA's mission. The team is composed of staff from Center for Spatial Infomration Science and Systems (CSISS) and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Team members from CSISS include Prof. Liping Di, Dr. Weiguo Han, Dr. Meixia Deng, Dr. Genong Yu, Mr. Ali Yagci, and Ms. Chunming Peng. This esteemed accomplishment testifies the hard work and success of the team.

CSISS is continuing support of OGC OWS-8

WCS-EO, Sensor fusion, and Aviation

29 March 2011
Point of Contact (PoC): Prof. Liping Di
Task Items:

1. Overall weekly and monthly progress report and telecon (Peisheng Zhao, Genong Yu, Yuqi Bai)

2. WCS-EO tasks (coordinator: Peisheng Zhao)
2.1 HDF-EOS swath/grid structure (both 4 and 5) to WCS-EO profile GML mapping (Wenli Yang, Peisheng Zhao)
2.2 HDF- EOS metadata to WCS-EO metadata mapping (Wenli Yang, Peisheng Zhao)
2.3 WCS-EO supporting HDF-EOS4 and HDF-EOS5 (both swath and grid), open source reference implementation (Yuanzheng Shao, Peisheng Zhao, Wenli Yang)

3. Sensor fusion/sensor web (coordinator: Genong Yu)
3.1 WPS for video change track (Zeqiang Chen, Genong Yu)
3.2 Mobile client (Gil Heo, Genong Yu)

4. Aviation (in-kind) (Yuqi Bai)
4.1 WXXM 1.1 WCS 2.0 (Huilin Wang, Yuqi Bai with help of Yuangzheng Shao)

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Recent R&D Activities

Seminar: Representative Lake Extent Mapping at Continental Scales Using Muti-temporal Landsat-8 Imagery

29 January, 2016 Dr. Yongwei Shen is a Professor with research interests in GIS, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Lake dynamics, and Global Change.

CSISS participated 2016 ESIP Federation Winter Meeting

January, 2016 CSISS participated sessions during ESIP Winter Meeting 2016. Detail information could be found here.
Two posters were presented during this meeting: CyberConnector: "flexibly feeding earth observation data to earth science models"(Liping Di, Ziheng Sun, Haosheng Huang, Xiaoqing Wu, Ben Domenico, Daniel Tong, Jia Song, Chen Zhang),and "RF-CLASS: a Remote-Sensing-Based Crop Loss Assessment Service System"(Liping Di, Eugene Genong Yu, Zhengwei Yang, James Hipple, G.Robert Brakenridge, Li Lin, Ranjay Shrestha, Lingjun Kang, Md.Shahinoor Rahman, Junmei Tang)

NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program: A Remote-sensing-based Flood Crop Loss Assessment Service System (RF-CLASS) for Supporting USDA Crop Statistics and Insurance Decision Making

September, 2014 Improves the objectiveness, timeliness, and accuracy of flood-related decision making at USDA/NASS and USDA/RMA through a remote-sensing based flood crop loss assessment service system (RF-CLASS). Achieves timely generation and dissemination of flood crop loss assessment products using Earth observations from multiple NASA and non-NASA sensors.

EarthCube Building Blocks: CyberConnector

September, 2014 CyberConnector is to be developed and implemented as a system of services for facilitating the automatic preparation and feeding of both historic and near-real time Earth Observation customized data and on-demand derived products into Earth science models.

Seminar: Monitoring of Agriculture with Remote Sensing Researches at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)

10 April, 2013 Dr. Zhongxin Chen, a Research Professor at the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), gave a presentation about the agricultural monitoring with remote sensing, global change and food security. He is the Deputy Director of Key Laboratory of Agri-Informatics of the Ministry of Agriculture of China (MOA). He is also affiliated to the Remote Sensing Application Center of MOA and Department of Agricultural Application, National Remote Sensing Center of China.

2012 Cropland Data Layer Release

31 January, 2013 The 2012 cropland data layer (CDL) product for the Continental United States (CONUS) is released in CropScape.

2012 HDF-EOS Workshop XV

17-19 April 2012 CSISS/GMU has two presentations during HDF-EOS Workshop XV: "Access HDF-EOS data with OGC Web Coverage Service - Earth Observation Application Profile" by Dr. Yuanzheng Shao and "Web-based On-demand Global NDVI Data Services" by Dr. Dayong Shen.

Seminar: Crop Yield Estimation Research in China

21 Feb. 2012 Prof. Jianqiang Ren from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, visited CSISS, and gave a presentation.

Seminar: High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing

21 Feb. 2012 Prof. Yan Lei, director of Head of Spatial Information Integration & Its Applications Beijing Key Laboratory, from the RS & GIS Institute of Peking University, visited CSISS, and gave a presentation.

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January 5, 2016: Geofairy is now available on iOS device.

Geofairy has been published over Apple appstore as a free app. You can search the app in App Store on any iOS device with the keyword "Geofairy". You can check the app status on App Store or click here for more details.

October 30, 2014: Geofairy wins the third prize in Geo Appathon Global Competition.

Geofairy, a mobile App led by Liping Di and developed by Ziheng Sun and Gil, won the third place among more than 250 participant individuals from the globe in GEO Appathon Competition 2014. Click HERE for more details.

October 21-22, 2013: NSF EarthCube Domain End-User Workshop: Engaging the Atmospheric Cloud/Aerosol/Composition Community

October 21-22, 2013 at the Mason Inn Conference Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Click HERE for more details. Agenda, WebEx Meeting, Final Attendee List

August 7, 2013: CSISS office moved!

CSISS office moved to: 4087 University Drive Suite 3100, Fairfax, VA 22030

Agro-Geoinformatics 2013 (August 12-16 | Fairfax, Virginia USA). Call For Papers

The Second International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics (Agro-geoinformatics 2013) is organized and hosted by the Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems (CSISS) of George Mason University (GMU), with technical and financial sponsorships from USDA NIFA, IEEE GRSS, OGC, and many other organizations. Click HERE for details.

Spetember 08, 2012: Agro-Geoinformatics 2012 conference was successfully organized by CSISS.

The First International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics 2012 was successfully held n Shanghai, China on August 2-4, 2012. The conference was sponsored by USDA and con-organized by CSISS and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Click HERE for details.

August 16, 2012: Computers & Geosciences Special Issue "Towards a Geoprocessing Web" published

This issue was edited by Drs. Peisheng Zhao, Feng Lu, and Theodor Foerster. It will be published by Computers & Geosciences journal in October 2012 as Volume 47.

Please cLick here to find this issue on the sciencedirect website.
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