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Northwest Indiana GIS Forum
Meeting Notes
Thursday, November 15, 2001
Meeting Location: Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Members in Attendance: Bill Brown, NIRPC; Ivan Gregory, City of Gary Planning; Jon Kilpinen, Valparaiso, Univ.; Becky McKinley, Hammond Sanitary District; Kevin Miller, IDEM; Cecile Morris, IU Northwest/NWI Center for Data and Analysis; Spike Peller, City of Gary; Jim Petros, Lake County Surveyor's Office; Lauren Rhein, NIRPC; Robert Strimbu, City of Gary Planning Dept.; Tim Sutherland, IU Northwest/NWI Center for Data and Analysis; Joyce West, Sidwell Corp

Indiana GIS Initiative
Becky and Cele attended INGISI's quarterly meeting on October 19, 2001. The Indiana GIS 2002 Conference will be held February 28 - March 1 at the Sheraton, Indianapolis Hotel and Suites. INGISI is presently calling for abstracts for presentations at the conference. See the above website for additional information about the conference. Those planning on reserving a room for the conference are encouraged to take advantage of the special rates at the conference site, Sheraton, Keystone at the Crossing.

Jill Saligoe-Simmel of INGISI has requested that the NWI GIS Forum present their Taming Tiger 2000 workshop at the Indiana GIS 2002 Conference. After Jon and Lauren present the workshop in December to our group they will decide if they want to commit to offering the same to those at the conference in February.

Updates on Local GIS Projects.
Hammond has finished water map conversion. Data will be served up to the Water Department using ArcView 3.2. Revision of the rezoning map has been completed. It is expected that this map will be released in about two weeks after some administrative matters are addressed.

NIRPC has been through some network changes recently that have been challenging. They are putting together some transportation layers that will be necessary for their upcoming full plan update.

IU Northwest has been asked to represent the Grand Calumet Task Force at INGISI Council meetings. Either Tim or Cele will attend future meetings. IU Northwest is investigating the possibility of initiating a Center for Environmental Excellence as part of its Shared Vision. It is envisioned that the proposed program would include a masters degree program in Environmental Science. Becky mentioned that if GIS needed to be addressed in any way the Forum could be approached for a presentation if needed.

IDEM participated in yesterday's (Nov. 14) GIS Day activities in the State House atrium area. Numerous GIS poster presentations were offered by a number of State Offices. Kevin Miller demonstrated GIS at a High School in his community. Kevin is also serving on the Steering Committee for State GIS implementation. He reports that GIS is being seriously discussed by a variety of offices at the State level.

The City of Gary is expecting a proposal from the POLIS Center at IUPUI for an overview of their GIS system. It is expected that the contract will include interview with individual departments for an implementation process. POLIS is also help with questions regarding the City of Gary's data dissemination policy. They will try to determine what the needs of each department will be for successful GIS installation and use. A contract between the City and the Sanitary District is also in the works. An agreement to share data between the Water Dept. and the City has been accomplished.

The Lake County Surveyor's Office is working on census and boundary changes. State guidelines are being used for boundaries.

Valparaiso University has updated its GIS lab recently. Challenges with installing new machines and software were encountered. The lab is almost ready to start running ArcGIS 8.1. Both ArcView 3.2 and ArcGIS will be available simultaneously for a while as 8.1 phases in.

Joyce West reported that Sidwell has been busy attending numerous conferences lately. They plan to have an exhibit at the INGISI conference next February. She also relayed that Porter County has completed Phase I of its GIS project. Financial difficulties have slowed down their project. It was suggested that we contact Porter County to help them assemble metadata for their project.

Training - The Taming Tiger 2000 workshop will be scheduled later today. It is expected that it will be held during first week in December. Lauren Rhein at NIRPC and J. Kilpinen at Valpo U will lead the workshop. Attendees will learn how to access geographic and census data for use in their GIS. (The workshop has been scheduled for December 6th, 2 - 5 pm at Valparaiso Univ. - Schnabel Hall.)

EPA Grant - Cele reported that few Metadata Workshop attendees are currently creating data. Liz Greenwald completed the Indiana Profile for a database of the Lake County Child Care Resource and Referral. Lauren Rhein of NIRPC will provide completed Indiana Profiles for a few of her datasets. Additional contacts include Save the Dunes and the City of South Bend.

Contact with Denver Harper at Indiana Geological Survey to investigate Lake Rim data sets will commence soon.

A number of additional State data sets have been investigated for metadata creation. Cele has encouraged those who have been contacted and currently have metadata for their files to submit it to the Indiana Catalog at IUPUI.

Next Meeting: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 17, 2002 - IU Northwest.

Presentation - Reggie Korthals led the group on an on-line tour of the ADID wetlands data located on the LakeRim web site. She requested that comments regarding the data and its presentation be forwarded to her at NIRPC.