MN GIS/LIS 2007 Fall Conference Update By Rebecca Foster, Conference Chair
The 17th Annual MN GIS/LIS fall conference is scheduled for October 10-12 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Here are some of the conference highlights!
Workshops All of the workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 10, at the Mayo Civic Center. This year you’ll be able to enjoy your continental breakfast without having to worry about trying to catch a bus to an offsite location. Many thanks to those of you who answered the workshop survey and helped us define a great selection of topics.
Sessions and Posters The call for presentations was recently sent to more than 2200 Consortium members, those who have attended previous conferences or who have requested mailings. If you didn’t receive a mailing, please review the call online at http://www.mngislis.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=155 Submissions are being accepted online with a deadline of May 25.
We are hoping to fill seven concurrent tracks again this year, including a full track of product demonstrations and our third year of student competition. Poster abstracts are also being accepted and the planning committee invites submission of both project-specific and cartographic examples this year. Remember, if you submit a poster you are required to stand by it for an hour during the vendor reception on Thursday evening, so that your colleagues can ask you questions.
Plenary Sessions and Exhibit Hall The conference kicks off on Thursday, October 11 in Taylor Arena. The arena will be bustling this year since the plenary session, luncheons, exhibitors, and silent auction will all be in the same room.
Keith Clarke from University of California Santa Barbara will be our keynote speaker. He’ll be speaking on “America’s Secret Eyes in the Sky: Implications of the First Real Decade of Remote Sensing.”
Ken Hoetmer from Crimson Media will be our closing luncheon speaker. He’ll be speaking on “GIS 2.0? Google, Mashups and the Social Mapping Movement.”
Start thinking of how you might want to contribute to the silent auction today! This is a great opportunity to help raise money for our MN GIS/LIS students and have some fun while doing it. Please contact Banette Kritzky at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and see the related article elsewhere in this newsletter.
Events Entertainment to follow the Wednesday workshops is in the planning stages – stay tuned! Following Thursday’s sessions will be the annual poster session and vendor reception. Free hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages are served and a cash bar will be available. This event provides an excellent time to visit with vendors, learn about poster displays, network with colleagues and win door prizes! The beer tasting will be in the Galleria Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. So far, four groups plan to participate in “Birds of a Feather” sessions to be held in Radisson meeting rooms on Thursday.
Registration Online conference registration will open in late July using the Consortium website and registration system. A preliminary program will be mailed and posted on the Consortium's website prior to registration, providing an overview of the many workshops, sessions, learning and social opportunities being made available during the conference. You’ll also be able to make your hotel reservations online during this time.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com to volunteer or to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the Mayo Civic Center. If you’d like to do some touring of Rochester now, visit their website at http://www.VisitRochesterMN.com