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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
Tom Carlson, Scott Van Hoff, Sheri Schneider

Part one:
Tom Carlson

The role of the USGS Geospatial Liaison and National Spatial Data Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest

The USGS Geospatial Liaison Network consists of USGS Geospatial Liaisons housed in National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Partnership Offices across the nation. These liaisons and offices perform numerous partnership related functions in support of the NSDI, The National Map and Geospatial One Stop. They represent and coordinate National Geospatial Program (NGP) initiatives in state, local, and other federal agencies, cultivate and maintain long-term relationships, and develop partnerships and supporting agreements. The USGS Geospatial Liaison Network is the "local face" of the USGS NSDI and NGP programs. This presentation will introduce Geospatial Liaison’s from Idaho, Oregon and Washington and describe the programs they support across the region.

Part two:
Scott Van Hoff

New USGS topographic and image Map products and the new viewer for The National Map.

The USGS has begun a process to update it's best known product, the 7.5 minute series topo maps. These new digital products will soon be available for many states in the west. These products will be familiar to users of the old paper topoquads but will have new features, and updated data. The USGS is also introducing a new viewer for The National Map. The improved viewer will incorporate more up to date features and functions.

Part Three:

Sheri Schneider

The International Charter for space and major disasters

This presentation will provide information on the International Charter, the role of U. S. Geological Survey, and how to request satellite data through the Charter to support emergency response during a disaster. Earthquakes, floods, forest fires and oil spills are examples of natural and technological disasters, with social and economic relevance for Earth and mankind. During an emergency, the challenge is to obtain a quick, reliable and clear view of the situation, in support of rescue operations. The International Charter was developed to provide satellite data to those affected by natural or technological disaster. Ten countries are members to the charter and provide twenty one different space resources to support the Charter. The Charter has been activated several times in the United States. A recent example in the Pacific Northwest was the flooding that occurred in Washington in January 2009.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 13:34

Session: Advances in Cartography

Aileen Buckley

The credo of the 1-minute cartographer rests on three ideas: the need to clearly appraise what the map needs, the knowledge of how to make the appropriate edits, and the ability to evaluate the results. These are the secrets of the 1-minute cartographer – 1-minute appraisals, 1-minute fixes, and one minute evaluations. Design principles and common-sense cartography underpin the short- and long-term success of your maps. In this session, we teach you some fundamental design principles (color selection, typography, page layout, etc.) and how to use them for map making with ArcGIS. You'll also learn where to get help when you're stuck, and how to know you got the job done right. In the end, you'll be equipped with an arsenal of tips and tricks to design better maps and make them "come to life" with ArcGIS.

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 16:13

Session: Collaborative Efforts in Natural Resources

Steven Jett, Oregon DEQ Land Quality Division GIS Coordinator

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), funded by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and in partnership with the Oregon Public Health Division and Portland State University’s Center for Spatial Analysis and Research, has created a response tool aimed at providing key geographic information needed to guide response efforts to emergency response personnel – the Oregon Incident Response Information System (OR-IRIS). Affectionately nicknamed the Oregon Map of Everything, OR-IRIS leverages existing GIS datasets useful to understanding the natural, physical and jurisdictional setting of a hazardous release so that a safe, appropriate and efficient response can be conducted. OR-IRIS consists of pre-packaged GIS layers within a common projection, in an ordered group/sequence designed to provide critical information first, and in a format that allows for exploration and analysis by those without advanced GIS skills. Through collaboration with Portland State University’s Center for Spatial Analysis and Research, the cost for the first generation of the project has been kept impressively low. The impact of the project is not yet known, but promises to increase public safety and the quality of Oregon’s environment well beyond its modest costs to develop.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 10:30

Session: Local & Regional Government

Bryce Gartrell, Principal, The Gartrell Group & Preston Beck, GISP, GIS Coordinator, City of Tigard

Web-based crime mapping and reporting applications present a number of the persistent design challenges that confront GIS practitioners charged with providing the public with access to meaningful geospatial information. While reported crime data is typically available in an evolved structure of classifications, categories, and definitions, many organizations continue to struggle to expose it through sufficiently coherent and simple graphical user interfaces. To deliver an effective crime mapping application, a development team must:
· Distill and aggregate domain specific spatial data into a presentation format that can be quickly and easily understood by a lay audience;
· Provide straightforward and highly intuitive means for users to search, filter, visualize, and review this data;
· Find ways to integrate the element of time, allowing users to view both data trending and conditions at particular moments;
· Avoid oversimplifying information or presenting information in a manner that may be misleading or easily misinterpreted.
In an attempt to tackle some of these challenges -in particular aggregation of crime data and display of multiple types of crimes- the City of Tigard has employed some of the latest dynamic web mapping tools and GIS technologies (ESRI’s ArcGIS Server, and the associated Flex API), to create a highly focused and easy to use crime visualization tool for its emerging Neighborhood Networks program. This presentation will discuss the objectives, design, development, and challenges of developing public-facing GIS applications with a focus on the City of Tigard’s experience with this dynamic web-based neighborhood crime application.

Friday, September 4, 2009 - 13:12

Session: Mobile GIS, GPS & Asset Management

Andrew Lewis, Retional Manger, Data Transfer Solutions, LLC

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demand, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Many of these agencies are turning to Asset Management to cope with these challenges and improve business performance and effectiveness. This presentation will focus on several aspects of developing an asset management system that could help improve performance, reduce long-term costs, and maximize return on investment in infrastructure assets. Specific topics include: • Strategy and Planning • Mobile Asset Collection Vehicle – Digital Video/GPS • Asset Extraction from Digital Video Logs • Software Solutions Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for utility, transportation, engineering, planning, and environmental managers and analysts of the public and private sectors.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 11:36

Session: GIS in Education

Brian Wachs, Crook County HS Teacher

In this presentation, I will focus on getting more from our resources and acquiring grants. Many opportunities are immediately available, but go unused. I will give suggestions on how to access this variety of resources and the logistics of quickly and efficiently utilizing them. Partnerships also play a major role in doing more with less. How to develop useful partnerships that cooperatively benefit both you and the community will be discussed. The presentation will end with the process of grants, grant writing, and determining what you need, how to get it, and what you are responsible for once you get a grant.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 14:43
GIS in Education

Session: Poster

Steven Branting

Belying their tranquility, cemeteries harbor several contagions. Nineteenth century embalming methods are especially problematic. Undertakers routinely used an arsenic trioxide solution in large doses to control bacteria and postpone putrefaction. Some recipes recommended up to 12 pounds per corpse. However, it killed many practitioners and was banned by 1910. Arsenic sickens by allosteric inhibition. Essential metabolic enzymes are blocked, and the victim suffers multi-system organ failure. Mortician health improved, but the effects of arsenic pollution in old graveyards have only lately received attention. This poster reports and explores the findings of two teams of junior and senior high school students in Lewiston ID.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 10:55
Chris Wayne

Crater Lake National Park conducts several Search and Rescue operations each year. GIS and especially GPS are critical components of all phases of these operations. This poster will illustrate applications from various incidents of the last few years.

Monday, September 7, 2009 - 06:09

Session: GIS Implementation & Management

Arnab Bhowmick, GISP, LEED (Program Manager, Weston Solutions Inc., Seattle)

GIS has evolved to become more and more an integral part of the enterprise operations in any business. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is becoming a popular choice as deployment architecture. Various departments within an organization typically use or try to use the SOA to access services, data and applications to conduct their business. GIS and other services are being deployed and consumed to address business goals and routine operations. Moreover, there are legacy data support techniques, and data dissemination processes that makes an enterprise implementation seamless and sensible. Weston has been involved as a “Trusted Integrator” on many such enterprise GIS integration projects and would like to discuss some related case studies. Some challenges always present themselves during any enterprise implementation. But there are some key traits and steps for a successful enterprise implementation. Weston would like to cover those as well during the presentation.

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 10:48