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Lake County Government Center
Thursday, June 19, 1997
10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Tom Gelshecker, US EPA, opened the meeting shortly after 10:00 am by welcoming the attendees and providing a brief background and overview of the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was... "to explore the potential for sharing GIS/GPS information and data bases between State, Federal and local government units in the NW Indiana area." It was hoped that by the end of the meeting, the group would have some answers to the following questions:

  1. Can it be done?
  2. Should we be the ones to do it?
  3. What's the best/good way of doing it?
  4. Where do we go from here?

After the welcome and introduction, the attendees introduced themselves, and Tom turned the meeting over to Roger Koelpin from IDEM.

After introductions, the various government entities briefly described what they were currently working on, and what they hoped to work on in the near future. Roger started off by describing the work he had, and was continuing to do, at IDEM, along with coordination with EPA's data systems. Roger distributed an index of GIS data which was currently available to other government entities. Noel Kohl, EPA, also distributed an index of' EPA GIS data sets which were available to the public. As we worked our way around the room, we found that some of the municipalities were initiating, or in the early stages of GIS development (Gary, Hobart, Crown Point), while other municipalities (Hammond and East Chicago) were further along in the process. Within EPA, a number of independent GIS efforts were underway. These included work being done in the Resource Management Division (N. Kohl); work being done in the Water Division (Milo Anderson, Carolyn Bury); work being done in the Superfund Division (Sheila Calivich, Tom Williams, Dave Wilson), and work being done in the Waste Toxics & Pesticide Division (David Petrovsky).

After breaking for lunch, the group reconvened to discuss the potential for sharing information and how it could be done. There was general consensus that we could and should share information to the extent possible. Furthermore, the group felt comfortable taking on the challenge of exploring "ways and means" to accomplish this, The group agreed to meet again on July 24th to continue the discussions. In addition, Becky Galambos, Hammond S.D., and Milo Anderson, EPA, agreed to co-chair future meetings. While the final agenda for the next meeting was not set, it was suggested that the following items be covered:

  1. Invite Timothy Sutherland from Indiana University Northwest, to discuss their "Center for Data and Analysis," and how it might assist with our data sharing efforts.
  2. Develop a data survey, to better define what folks are working on.
  3. Development of a consolidated "data set directory.".

The next meeting of the group is scheduled for Thursday, July 24th at 10.00 am. The location for the meeting has not been determined yet.