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Northwest Indiana GIS Forum
Meeting Notes
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Meeting Location: Indiana University Northwest

Members in Attendance: Cornelius Davis, NIRPC; Don DeFrance, Lake County HIDTA; Betty Kiechle, Lake County Surveyor’s Office; Ranjan Kini, Indiana University Northwest; Becky McKinley, Hammond Sanitary District; Cele Morris, NWI Center for Data & Analysis; George Olmsted, NWI Center for Data & Analysis; Lauren Rhein, NIRPC; Robert Strimbu, City of Gary Environmental Affairs Dept.; Tim Sutherland, IU Northwest/NWI Center for Data and Analysis.

Local Implementation
NIRPC is working on their 2030 Regional Transportation Plan. They are currently in the process of geocoding employment information from Indiana Workforce Development. They are also evaluating projects to be included as layers over their environmental justice maps. Growth areas within Gary are being included. NIRPC’s regional 2030 projections based on Census 2000 have been approved. They have received the first section of the transportation planning package based on Census 2000 data. The transportation data is broken down into 465 NIRPC defined zones. Updates related to the plan can be viewed at the following location. Maps related to NIRPC’s watershed project are being created by their Environmental Section.

Several employees of the Lake County HIDTA (High Density Drug Trafficking Area) have taken the GIS course offered at IU Northwest through SPEA. They are interested in implementing GIS for law enforcement crime mapping and emergency services. They plan to upgrade from ArcView 3.2 to ArcGIS 8.3. HIDTA and the Surveyor’s Office recently attended a presentation by Pictometry. This company produces an aerial photography product allowing an oblique view of the ground. The photography allows up to twelve different views of points on the ground. The product is offered on a yearly lease basis and new photos are taken every two years. More information can be found at the following web site.

The Lake County Surveyor’s Office continues work on the countywide GIS. Field work has been completed for the center-line data. They are expecting first delivery of parcel data by the end of November. An order has recently been placed for a SDE and server.

The computers in the IU Northwest GIS lab were rebuilt prior to the start of the fall semester. All machines are equipped with Windows XP, ArcGIS 8.3 and ArcView 3.2 as well as a suite of other software. The Data Center has supplied maps to be included in an IU Northwest proposal to be submitted to the Department of Justice for grant money available through its Weed and Seed project. Operation Weed and Seed is a grant program which aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods across the country. Weed and Seed sites range in size from several neighborhood blocks to 15 square miles. More information can be located at. The SPEA department is offering an introductory course in GIS using ESRI software next spring. George Olmsted will be the instructor. A flier describing the course will be forwarded to GIS Forum members via email.

Hammond is waiting for the go-ahead to post polling places that have been geocoded on the municipal website. This addition should be helpful since Election Day is right around the corner. A new zoning ordinance has been approved and the new zoning map accepted. The possibility of locating a kiosk in the Planning Dept. allowing computer access to static data is being discussed.

A special meeting of Indiana GIS Initiative Council (INGIC) was held on October 16, 2003. All statewide mapping projects were identified and priorities were set. A comprehensive list of all statewide mapping efforts was created. The 2004 Indiana GIS Conference “Putting Indiana on the Map” has been scheduled for February 25-26, 2004. It will held in Indianapolis at the Sheraton Keystone at the Crossing. Becky encourages our members to participate by submitting abstracts for presentation at the conference. More information can be found at. The cadastral workgroup is seeking feedback on creating state standards for data that coincide with the federal standards. Section corner information is currently being investigated. Electronic storage of this data would be the ultimate goal. Check INGISI’s website for the next meeting date and place tentatively scheduled for either November 20 or December 18, 2003.

INGISI urges those using GIS in communities to contact their local emergency task force to help develop plans for coordinating GIS. There could be grant money available through such relationships.

Training & Workshops
Becky will conduct two-day, ESRI certified, ArcView GIS 8.3 training sessions Thursday and Friday, November 6-7 and November 20-21 in the IU Northwest GIS lab. IDEM has furnished the books for the training. Both training sessions are presently full. Contact Becky: 219-853-6413 x 516, McKinleyB@hmdin.com for information about future training.

Meeting notes will be posted to the NWI GIS Forum website as quickly as possible after we meet. There is a new link on the homepage entitled “Events”. Look here for upcoming meetings and other GIS Forum activities.

EPA Grant Status
Metadata has been posted to the Indiana Map Data Clearinghouse under the NWI Indiana GIS Forum section. Work continues on additional metadata for submission.

Economic Development Subcommittee
A meeting was held October 22, 2003 at PUC. Unfortunately attendance was low. Discussion included what aspects of economic development would benefit from GIS such as site location and current business expansion. Possible dates for a future meeting would be December 3 or 10.

Other Business
Plans are underway for Wednesday, November 19th, GIS Day activities to be sponsored by the Forum and the Data Center. A list of possible presentations has been drafted. Information will be sent to IU Northwest’s marketing department for a press release. Potential attendees are GIS Forum members, faculty, staff and students at IU Northwest. We can contact some of our local vendors for contributions such as give- aways and refreshments. Members currently creating maps could supply some poster size maps for a gallery presentation.

Next Meeting – Thursday, December 18, at 9:00 a.m. – Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commisison.