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Session: Poster

Tim Williams, Idaho Fish and Game

This shaded relief topographic map of Hells Canyon and the Salmon River was printed as a bandanna to raise money for the conservation of wild sheep. Major rapids and bighorn sheep frequented areas are identified.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 13:36
Ed Bottum - Boise River WMA

The low elevation fothills of the Boise River Wildlife Managment Area provide critical winter habitat for mule deer and elk.  Mule deer from as far away as the Sawtooth Mountains migrate here each fall to avoid the deep snow and extreme cold as higher elevations.  Deer survive winter by using energy reserves (body fat) gained during summer and by minimizing energy expenditure - that's why disturbance from people and pets can be so damaging to deer during winter and early spring.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 13:15
Brent Thomas, Idaho Fish & Game

Map of the documented, suspected and reported wolf observations in Idaho for 2008.  Telemetry and research observations were analyzed to produce 95% minimum convex polygons of wolf pack territory.  For less well-documented packs estimated circles depict areas of occupancy.  Finally public observations collected via web, phone and conversations are summarized.

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 14:19

Session: Data Sharing & Standards

Brent Thomas, GIS Analyst, Sr. - Idaho Fish and Game

At first glance, it seems intuitive to closely guard your data like a treasure chest. The standard practice is to charge for access: be it selling small sections for a price per unit, yearly maintenance costs or the incremental fees of cloud computing. The history of the internet, computing and the flow of ideas through society disagree. Ideas and information are spread by copying. Standing in the way of culture's progress does not bring you clients or friends. Successful business models find ways to share knowledge for mutual benefit. Learn to share your work free and easily using Creative commons licensing. Find out how to offload the costs of sharing your work using peer-to-peer technology and external servers. Explore ways to benefit from a community that embraces sharing. Discover how to build off the success and free advertising sharing generates to gain new work that adds value and fattens your pocketbook.

CORRECTION Oct. 15, 2008 4:00PM by Brent JK Wedding Entrance Video that included pirated video resulting in increased record sales was Chris Brown's Forever not the Black Eyed Peas. That's even more incredible given his headlines during the same period.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 14:04

Session: Local & Regional Government

Jason Yaich Associate Planner - City of Corvallis

This presentation focuses on software integration tools using Visual Studio 2008 and VBA, linking Permit Tracking software, GIS (ArcMap), and electronic document management systems (Laserfiche). Overview includes advanced software integration mapping tools for local government officials, and internet access for citizens.

Monday, August 31, 2009 - 10:47