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18th Annual Conference Workshops

GeoMOOSE — “The Moose is Loose and Growing”
GeoMOOSE (see is the open-source web based GIS project started by the City of Saint Paul. It is a very extensible client framework for MapServer and adheres strongly to a Service-Orientated Architecture and configurability. GeoMOOSE has a number of strengths making it ideal for use in a number of varying environments. Most notably is it’s capabilities for data organization and administration on the back end as well as how well it integrates with both tabular and spatially based data web services.

This workshop will introduce GeoMoose, the client interface, as well as cover installation, and configuration of the GeoMoose client for services with MapServer. Some advanced topics will be discussed as they come up, but the session is intended to first and foremost convey the ease with which GeoMoose can be installed and configured for the typical user and/or administrator that wants to operate their own mapping service. Advance topics may include interface customization, cartography of map layers, adding data layers, and configuring both GeoMOOSE and external services. The workshop will be presented using exercises to present the individual topics.

BYOPC: For this workshop you may bring your own laptop. The GeoMOOSE session Software can be installed and configured on your own portable computer (with Admin rights) at your discretion. A limited number of laptops will be available for those who do not have access to one (please specify at time of registration). All operating systems are welcome, but the emphasis will be on Windows, Win2k, XP, Vista, newer Linux and MacOS X 10.3+. Note: Some familiarity with MapServer mapfiles and configuration (see is helpful, but not required.

Audience: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructors: Bob Basques, City of St. Paul
Brian Fischer, Houston Engineering, Inc.
Jim Klassen, City of St. Paul
Dan Little, Independent Consultant

Working with LiDAR Data - From LAS to Contours
This workshop focuses on the use of LiDAR derived elevation data. The workshop includes an introduction to LiDAR technology and will allow participants to use desktop GIS software to display and process the information.
Audience: Beginner
Instructor: Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources






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