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Northwest Indiana GIS Forum
Meeting Notes
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Meeting Location: Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Members in Attendance:  Joe Alamillo, City of Hammond;  Claude Chandler, Town of Chesterton; Cornelius Davis, NIRPC;  Roy Evans, Purdue Calumet; Kim Holmquist, School City of Hammond; Betty Kiechle, Lake County Surveyor’s Office; Becky McKinley, Hammond Sanitary District; Chris McNamara, Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Cele Morris, IUN/NWI Center for Data & Analysis; Bruce Nielsen, USDA/NRCS; Lauren Rhein, NIRPC; Raymond Riddell, Porter County; Dan Rieden, Lake County Parks Dept.; David Schelling, Porter County; Craig Shillinglaw;  Jeanie Stevens, Bonar Group; Tim Sutherland, IUN/NWI Center for Data & Analysis; Joyce West, Sidwell; Mike Wigginton, USDA/NRCS

Abrievated Business Meeting 

NWI GIS Forum Activities


Training manuals for ArcGIS Training Sessions will be ordered in the near future.  Becky expects to offer a two day, ArcGIS 9.1 training session by mid to late January.  Be sure to contact Becky McKinley to express interest in participating in any upcoming sessions when they are advertised via our email list.


GIS Day is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2005.  IUN will be a site for a half day of festivities.  


Meeting notes will be posted to the Minutes section of the NWI GIS Forum website as soon as possible after meetings. 


2005 Orthophotography Project update – All of the aerial photography for the state was flown this spring. Information related to deliverables can be found on the INGISI website.  Indiana University's University Information Technology Services (UITS) has partnered with the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) to host an enterprise geodatabase service for the Statewide Digital Orthophotography Program.  

There may be a delay in delivery of some of the county photography due to the amount of foliage that may be visible in the photos.  Counties opting to upgrade to 6" resolution photography were flown rather late in the season and may have been affected.

You can follow the delivery photography at Pinnacle Mapping Technologies Indiana State-Wide Ortho Project Ortho Status Map. 

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 23, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN, Library - 2nd Floor - Across from the GIS Lab 9:00 –11:00 am

Presentation by Bruce Nielsen and Mike Wigginton - USDA - National Resources Conservation Service:  Web Soil Survey and Soil Data Mart

Some useful links:

Online Metadata Tool

POLIS Center Emergency Management Seminars: http://www.in.gov/dhs/ hazusgis@yahoo.co

National Map

Google Earth