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Northwest Indiana GIS Forum
Meeting Notes
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Meeting Location: Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Members in Attendance:  Joe Alamillo, City of Hammond; Joe Eberts, Lake County Parks; Tricia Gleason, Elkhart County; Kim Holmquist, School City of Hammond; Eman Ibrahim, NIRPC; Shannan Lefever, NIRPC; Naida Lehmann, Saint Mary's College; Kathy Luther, NIRPC; Joy Marburger, National Parks Service; Elizabeth McCloskey, US Fish & Wildlife; Becky McKinley, Hammond Sanitary District;  Bill Meeks, City of Crown Point Engineering; Danny Milenkovic; Melissa Mischke, LaPorte County; Cele Morris, IUN/NWI Center for Data & Analysis;  Richard Morrisroe, City of East Chicago; David Nail, USGS; Leigh Neace-Coffey, URS Corp; Bill Neinast, Taltree Arboretum; Dan Niksch, City of Crown Point Engineering;  George Olmsted; Dan Reiden, Lake County Parks; Eric Rodenberg, ESRI; Joyce West, Sidwell; Dave Smith, ESRI

Abbreviated Meeting - ESRI Presentation - New Features for Geodatabase in ArcGIS 9.2

Local Implementation

Becky McKinley has tried a number of different applications to help the City of Hammond Mayor's Task Force on Housing easily access and view data tied to project housing stock.  She recently converted datasets so that they can be viewed through Google Earth software.  She expects feedback on usability of this application in the near future.

The National Lakeshore will be meeting with personnel from the University of Wisconsin soon to discuss an historic landuse project.

NWI GIS Forum Activities


Becky held an ArcGIS 9.2 training session for 15 attendees at IUN on Oct. 18-19.  Nine books remain and a second session will be scheduled for January.  There is already a waiting list for training.  Becky does not expect that she will advertise for additional participants.

Visit the ESRI website for any additional free webinars currently available. 

Lake Rim GIS Update

Work to upgrade the Lake Rim GIS interactive mapping website is underway.  The Indiana Geological Survey is coordinating testing and development of an updated Arc IMS viewer.  Appropriate datasets are being acquired and prepared for loading.  All data on the site will include metadata.  The addition of local datasets is highly desired.  Anyone interested in participating by providing datasets is encouraged to contact Cele or Becky


Due to changes in Indiana Geological Survey hardware and software, the Online Metadata Tool is not currently functional.  The IGS advises that they hope to be able to upgrade the Tool to provide a more user friendly interface by the end of December.  Metadata training sessions will be scheduled once the Online Metadata Tool is operational.

Meeting notes will continue to be posted to the  NWI GIS Forum website as soon as possible after meetings (click on Minutes).  Resource links were recently checked and updated/removed where necessary.  Please contact Cele Morris with any comments or input on the website.

IGIC Report

The annual Indiana GIS conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis on February 19 - 20, 2008.  Early reports indicate that there will be other big activities taking place in Indy at this time and it is recommended that hotel reservations be made as soon as possible. 

Election for the IGIC Board of Director's is currently underway.  NWI GIS Forum members currently nominated for the Board are Cele Morris representing the Regional GIS Consortia Sector and Joyce West of Sidwell representing the Commercial GIS Service Provider Sector.  Members of IGIC are encouraged to vote by the deadline of December 14, 2007. 

Jim Sparks has been named the new Indiana State Geographic Information Officer.  He will be responsible for coordination of GIS implementation between state and local entities.

Next Meeting: Next meeting:  Thursday, February, 14, 2008,  at Indiana University Northwest