16th Annual Conference and Workshops October 4-6, 2006 St. Cloud, Minnesota
St. Cloud Civic Center, St. Cloud, MN
CONFERENCE WORKSHOP UPDATE: A number of Full and Half-Day workshops have been filled. The list includes: Full Day: Introduction to Geospatial Programming using Python AM: Beginning Programming in ARCGIS 9.1 Introduction to Geodatabases Advanced Editing in ARCGIS PM: Digital Terrain Analysis Working with Topology & Relationship Classes in Geodatabases
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The 16th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference and Workshops will be on Oct. 4 through 6, 2006 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The event will feature structured workshops, technical sessions, panel discussions, technology demonstrations, project updates and local and national speakers. All are geared toward professionals interested in learning more about geographic information systems and land information systems technology in Minnesota and beyond.
A robust selection of workshops is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud Campus(SCSU). Hands-on and lecture style workshops offer beginning, intermediate and advanced level instruction. Both half and full day workshops selections are available. Click here for a full description of workshops. Although the workshops will be held at the SCSU campus, attendees are required to register before their workshop at the St. Cloud Civic Center. Transportation will be provided to and from the campus and the Civic Center. This will allow registrants to leave their vehicles at the Civic Center or their hotels. There is no available parking at the university.
The conference itself, held Thursday Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6, will include seven full tracks of conference sessions covering a wide range of topics, including a track devoted to student research. The concurrent sessions, product demonstrations and poster presentations address numerous subjects of interest to GIS professionals. Topics cover traditional subject areas such as natural resource applications and remote sensing in addition to emerging applications including emergency management and Internet map services.
The conference will again feature a competition among GIS/LIS scholarship recipients for substantial cash prizes. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be presenting papers in a dedicated student track. Two-year program students will compete in a poster competition. All competing students have already been recognized as exemplary by the GIS/LIS Consortium.
The exhibit hall will be open throughout the conference and feature a variety of vendors showcasing their latest GIS/LISrelated hardware, software, products and services. In addition, the vendor reception and poster session will be held in the exhibit area Thursday evening following the conference sessions. The reception, as always, will feature a fine selection of complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a variety of prizes (attendees must be present to win). Participant posters will be on display throughout the conference, including a poster competition among scholarship recipients. Authors will be available between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss their posters.
A selection of entertainment events are planned to provide fun and networking opportunities for conference attendees. A night of comedy and socializing is scheduled for Wednesday evening. After the workshops, join us for socializing, appetizers and a variety of drink selections at the Red Carpet Bar and Restaurant, located within walking distance of the Civic Center. Comedy Sportz will be on hand to provide some laughs, customized for our event. Thursday night is Minnesota 3B Night (Bids, Beer and Bluegrass). Expanding upon the traditional beer tasting event the night will also include a silent and live auction and bluegrass music. Bring your dancing shoes, bid on a selection of quality items and services and if desired, participate in the annual beer tasting. Nonalcoholic beverages will also be served. All proceeds from this event benefit the Consortium's scholarship fund. So, please join us and spread the word far and wide, because the 2006 Mn GIS/LIS Conference and Workshops will be packed with socializing, networking and quality learning experiences!