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24th MN GIS/LIS Annual Conference
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10/1/2014 to 10/3/2014
When: October 1–3, 2014
Where: Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
United States

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We are proud to announce the 24th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference and Workshops "Without Boundaries” October 1 to 3, 2014 in Rochester, Minnesota. The event will feature two national keynote speakers, fourteen instructor-led workshops, technical sessions, panel discussions, technology demonstrations and project updates. All are geared toward students and professionals interested in learning more about geographic information systems and land information systems technology in Minnesota and beyond.

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Mickey, GISP, CTT+

9:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 Geospatial Data Management: Building a National Data Sharing Infrastructure

Kevin Mickey is the Director of Geospatial Technologies Education at The Polis Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI where he teaches graduate courses in the application of GIS for emergency management and public safety. He has over 20 years of experience in providing introductory through advanced education on a variety of geospatial tools and topics. This includes serving as a senior instructor for the National Emergency Training Center’s Emergency Management Institute. Kevin is a recognized expert in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazus-MH technology and supporting methodology. Experience with Hazus-MH includes multiple hazard modelling projects as well as design and management of over two dozen FEMA courses in flood, earthquake and hurricane risk assessment, disaster operations, and data management. In addition to his role as an educator, Kevin has managed and/or supported dozens of spatial technologies projects since joining The Polis Center in 1990. For the past decade he has supported multiple state and local hazard risk related projects. Examples of organizations that he has supported include the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Work completed for these agencies included the creation of geospatial tools and workflows for managing flood risk, conducting risk assessments, and developing mitigation plans for multiple communities in each state. He has also supported the governments of Canada and Singapore by providing recommendations on flood risk mitigation tools and strategies. Kevin currently serves as Secretary of the Multihazard Mitigation Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Direction; chairs the Professional Practices Division of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association; chairs the Indiana Geographic Information Council Education Committee; and is a past member of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) Board of Directors.

Joshua Stevens

12:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 From Sensemaking to Sharing: The Importance of Design in Geographic Analysis and Communication

Josh Stevens is a GIScientist and cartographer focusing on User Interface/ User Experience (UI/ UX) design within geovisualization and GIS applications. He currently works in the Penn State GeoVISTA Center as a Ph.D. candidate in Geography and a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF IGERT) fellow in Big Data Social Science within the Department of Political Science. His work combines research in graphic design, human-computer interaction, and spatial analysis to better understand the relationships between interaction and visualization in cartographic software. In addition to research, Josh teaches cartographic design in both classroom and workshop settings. His work has been featured in Time, Wired, Foreign Policy, and a number of public exhibits.

Important Deadlines and Dates:

  • Online conference registration begins 8/4
  • Early registration rate ends 9/5
  • Hotel block rates end 9/9
  • Online registration closes 9/26
  • Workshops day: 10/1
  • Conference days: 10/2 and 10/3

Registering Multiple People?

Please complete the PDF form for each attendee and fax to 651-290-2266 or mail to 1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114. If you have any questions, please contact the MN GIS/LIS office at 651-203-7242.


Hilton Garden Inn
Rochester Downtown

225 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
Reservations: 507-328-1234
Rates: $102 /night
Cut off date: Sept. 9, 2014.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area

150 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
Reservations: 507-280-8888
Rates: $104/night
Cut off date: Sept. 9, 2014.


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