Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network Learning Event

07/30/2008 8:00 am
07/30/2008 9:30 am

Hello CSIN Members,

I am happy to announce that the next CSIN Learning Event will take place on Wednesday July 30th 2008 from 10:00 to 11:30am Central time. The event will be hosted using Meeting Room technology. Meeting Room software is new to CSIN and its use has been generously donated to CSIN by Thompson Rivers University.

•       Vancouver 8:00am
•       Winnipeg 10:00am
•       Toronto 11:00am
•       Geneva 5:00pm

The presenters for Learning Event #27 will be Stefan Schwarzer and Christa Rust.

Stefan Schwarzer will be presenting on the UNEP GEO Data Portal

About the presenter: with academic training in geography, Stefan holds a Diploma in Applied Physical Geography from the University of Trier/Germany. He joined the United Nations Environment Programme in 2000, and is mainly responsible for the GEO Data Portal, a terrific source for statistical and geospatial data with many different forms of visualizations and analysis. Main areas of work include statistics, GIS, website design and programming.

About the Data Portal: The GEO Data Portal is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Its online database holds more than 450 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like Freshwater, Population, Forests, Emissions, Climate, Disasters, Health and GDP. Display them on-the-fly as maps, graphs, data tables or download the data in different formats.

Christa Rust will be presenting on the preliminary results of joint project between IISD and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

About the presenter: with academic training in Community Based Resource Management, Christa Rust hold’s a Masters' Degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. She joined IISD's Measurement and Assessment team in June of 2007 and has been engaged in work with various First Nations communities in Canada.

About the Project: IISD and AMC are working together to establish an indicator system for Winnipeg's Urban First Nations community. The project was designed with a bottom-up approach that directly engaged the grassroots community to accurately frame, identify and measure the well-being of the community through a series of semi-structured forums. In these forums, First Nations people and their service sector providers were directly engaged to help us understand the issues and concerns of the community.

Information on Meeting Room Software
•       Important Note
When you log in for the first time, you may be prompted to download Sun Microsystem's Java Web Start (or OpenJNLP for Mac), a pre-requisite for the vClass Meeting Room.  You only need to do this the first time you use the Meeting Room

•       Online Tutorial
First time in the Meeting Room? This tutorial shows you how it works and provides assistance in setting up your speakers and microphone.

•       Technical Requirements
The Meeting Room is accessible on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 MHz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 MHz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

To get maximum benefit from using a meeting room, users should have speakers or headphones; a microphone is recommended but not required. We suggest going through the initial download and setup at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the first virtual meeting you plan to attend.

To Register: Please ensure that you have read all the system requirements and then reply to this email and indicate that you would like to participate in this Learning Event. Upon receipt of your email requesting participation in the event we will send you details on Meeting Room (if room is still available).

Feel free to distribute this invitation to colleagues. I am looking forward to your participation!

Thank you.


Christa Rust
Project Officer & CSIN Coordinator
International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Ave East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3B 0Y4
Ph #1(204) 958-7719
F #1(204) 958-7710