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The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

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Annual Conference
October 8-10, 2003

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Science Museum

Downtown St. Paul


Past Conferences
2002 Duluth, MN
2001 Duluth, MN

13th Annual Conference & Workshops
October 8-10, 2003 St. Paul, Minnesota

About the Conference

The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium will hold its 13th Annual Conference and Workshops on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land Information Systems (LIS) on October 8-10, 2003, at Touchstone Energy® Place, RiverCentre, in downtown St. Paul.

Workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 8. Some will be familiar, and others are new this year. This year’s workshops will be held at the Touchstone Energy® Place, RiverCentre, and at the Minnesota Science Museum located directly across the street. After the workshops, we will all get together at the Science Museum for a Welcome Reception. Here, you can catch up with GIS colleagues you haven’t seen since last year’s conference! There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. We will then head into the Omnitheather for a special showing of Coral Reef Adventure, presented exclusively to Conference attendees and their guests. There are a limited number of seats, so please register early. There is no cost to registered conference attendees for this reception and movie; tickets may be purchased for guests of registered conference attendees at a cost of $15 each.

Conference materials may be picked up at Touchstone Energy® Place, RiverCentre during the workshops, or during the Welcome Reception at the Science Museum.

Thursday’s opening keynote speakers are Joni Mines, Manager of E-Business and Wendy Ritchie, Applications Architect for the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Their talk will be followed by concurrent sessions that will address numerous subjects of interest to GIS/LIS practitioners. A complete listing of sessions, project demonstrations, product demonstrations and posters begins on page 11 of this brochure. Thursday’s lunch will feature awards given to your colleagues. This year’s awards ceremony will introduce the new Polaris Award, recognizing three ‘shining stars’ in the GIS community.

The Exhibit Hall will feature numerous vendors showcasing the latest GIS-related hardware, software, products and services, and will be open Thursday and Friday. The Vendors’ Reception and Poster Gallery will be held in the Exhibit Hall Thursday following the concurrent sessions. The reception will feature complimentary hors d’oeurves and a cash bar. Door prizes will be given away at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. After the poster session, please join us for a bootlegger gathering in the Ramsey County Room at the historic Landmark Center, just steps away from the Touchstone Energy® Place, RiverCentre. Space for this event is limited, so get your tickets early! All proceeds will be dedicated to the GIS/LIS Consortium Scholarship Fund.

Concurrent sessions will continue on Friday, October 10, followed by the closing luncheon speaker. This year’s closing speaker is William Holland from GeoAnalytics, which is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. We will then have a short business meeting, followed by door prizes.

Who Should Attend?

The conference program is designed to address the needs of:

  • Government officials who implement and use GIS/LIS for a variety of applications.
  • Surveyors, engineers, and land management specialists who use GIS/LIS technology.
  • People who want to utilize and/or publish GIS/LIS data over the web.
  • Business, real estate, banking, and insurance specialists who need to understand and access GIS/LIS data.
  • Public and private utility representatives who use GIS/LIS technology for infrastructure management.
  • Consultants who provide GIS/LIS services, hardware or software.
  • People in precision agriculture, health care and other fields just starting to use GIS/LIS.
  • University faculty and students interested in new GIS/LIS technology and research applications.
  • People concerned with homeland security or emergency preparedness.
  • Managers who supervise GIS/LIS technology or staff.
  • Individuals interested in learning more about GIS/LIS in Minnesota.

Job Fair Board

Are you an employer with an open GIS position? Are you an individual looking for a job in GIS? A Job Fair Board will be located next to the registration desk at the conference where employers can post job descriptions and individuals can post their resumes. Bring several copies and check the board throughout the conference for updates.

Outstanding Keynote Speakers!

Thinking about serving GIS/LIS data on the web? Have you ever wondered what our neighbors to the North are doing with their GIS/LIS? This is your chance to find out. Thursday’s opening keynote speakers, Joni Mines and Wendy Ritchie, are from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (

Joni Mines is the Manager of E-Business for the City of Edmonton. Her work has been recognized at home and abroad, and has been the recipient of several national and international awards, including recognition by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Bertelsmann Institute in Europe, and Canada’s ITX award for excellence in information technology.

From 1998 until taking over the e-business portfolio, Joni was the Manager of Land Applications and Manager of the Corporate Geographic Base Information System (GBIS) Office. In that dual role, she played a major part in the development of new business and operations models for the City’s Information Technology Branch. Edmonton’s enterprise geographic information system, Spatial Land Inventory Management System (SLIM), which became operational in 2001, was created under her leadership. SLIM revolutionized the way Edmonton created, stored, and accessed spatial data, providing virtually instant updating and access as well as powerful analytical tools. Prior to 1998, Joni was the Director of Information Systems, Planning and Development Department. In that capacity, Joni was the Project Director of the Public One-Stop Service System, better known as POSSE. Originally custom built for the City of Edmonton, POSSE is marketed under license and is now used by over 20 public and private sector organizations.

Wendy Ritchie is the Architect of Edmonton’s SLIM system, one of the most complex and sophisticated inventory management systems in the world. This database provides the fuel for the extensive analysis and planning that characterize the department’s work. As soon as Edmonton City departments discovered the potential of SLIM, they initiated a raft of projects that challenged even the City’s achievement-addicted IT development team. Together, Joni and Wendy will tell us about the triumphs and pitfalls they experienced while developing these systems, and share some valuable ‘lessons learned.’

The closing luncheon speaker on Friday is William Holland from GeoAnalytics, in Madison, Wisconsin. GeoAnalytics is an IT consulting firm that specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of custom, enterprise-level information systems to support spatial analysis and decision-making needs. Mr. Holland will present a light-hearted look at GIS issues.

Conference Planning Committee

Tara Bauer, University of Minnesota
Steve Benson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Jerry Bourbonnais, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Mike Dolbow, Metropolitan Council
Rebecca Foster, City of Edina
Joella Givens, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Matt Koukol, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Al Laumeyer, CenterPoint Energy
Eric Marquardt, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Thomas Martin, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Chad Martini, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Peter Morey, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Charlie Parson, Bemidji State University
Crystal Phillips-Mustain, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Cynthia Sweet, Ayres Associates
Ben Verbick, Local Government Information Systems
Sally Wakefield, Land Management Information Center

About the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is a forum for communicating information to, and improving cooperation among, those interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Land Information Systems (LIS) in the State of Minnesota. Members include GIS users in local, state and federal government agencies, business and industry, and educational institutions. Membership is free.

The Consortium hosts a statewide conference each year and establishes committees that deal with specific GIS/LIS-related issues in Minnesota. Opportunities to participate in Consortium activities are available through volunteer work with committees, conferences and workshops. For more information on current Consortium activities and volunteer opportunities, visit our web site,, or stop by our booth during the conference.

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