From the Chair
By Annette Theroux, 2006 Chair
It has been a very fulfilling and eventful year for me as the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Chair for 2006. All the members of the current Board of Directors were wonderful to work with and we accomplished a great deal in the past year.
The “Due North Spring Workshop” and “Due South Spring Workshop” were both very successful. Each workshop was filled with students and there are many requests for more workshops next spring.
The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium was privileged to be able to co-sponsor the Metro GIS “Forum on Imagining Possibilities: The Next Frontier for Geographic Information Technology “.
Affiniscape, a new computer application programmed by Gerry Sjerven, was implemented in time for conference registration. Affiniscape has added many functions to the Consortium web interface that will allow us to conduct our own online registration and track members for GISP, as well as other member related services.
The Consortium now has a new logo that better represents who we are as a GIS Community.
The budget of the organization is doing well and plans are in place to create a stronger budget with each passing year.
The 2006 GIS/LIS Consortium Conference in St. Cloud was a resounding success. Every year the presentations we offer need to change as our technology changes, and this year we had many new and interesting topics. We offered a broad scope of workshops that were well attended. A special thank you goes to Sally Wakefield and all the Conference Committees for the tireless and hard work they all did for this year’s conference.
Even though the conference is over, plans are in place for next year’s conference in Rochester. Rebecca Foster will serve as Conference Chair for next year and has put in to place a great venue to hold our 2007 conference. Keep tuned for details.
I have been privileged to serve as Board Chair for the past year and look forward to passing on the responsibilities to Chad Martini for next year. Chad already has ideas that will make next year an even better year. Thank you for your support throughout the year.
As always, volunteerism is encouraged and always appreciated. Talk to any Board member or log on to the website at http://www.mngislis.org and send an email if you are interested in becoming involved in any Consortium activities.