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Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map presentation

02/27/2008 3:00 pm
02/27/2008 4:00 pm

Fogler Library to Host Cartographer Michael Hermann and Penobscot Tribal Historian James Francis

February 21, 2008
Contacts: Gretchen Gfeller, Web and Public Relations Specialist; University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library; 5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library, Orono, ME ; 04469-5729; 207-581-1696 

ORONO -- Henry David Thoreau was not just another Maine tourist.  The essays Thoreau wrote about his journeys and experiences in the Maine woods reflect a deep understanding of the spiritual importance of wilderness.  Thanks to a collaboration between the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Committee, Maine Woods Forever, and the University of Maine Press, a new generation of travelers can follow in the footsteps of the renown naturalist with the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Map and Guide.

The public is invited to learn more about this project on Wednesday, Febr. 27, when UMaine cartographer Michael Hermann and Penobscot Nation Tribal Historian James Francis visit Fogler Library.  To be held in Special Collections from 3-4 p.m., "The Process of Map Design: equal cartographic voice" will be an opportunity to understand more about the trails taken by Thoreau and the Penobscot Indian guides who accompanied him, as well as the unique collaborative process that led to the map's creation.

Previous maps simply drew a line plotting Thoreau's route.  Hermann created a map that locates his narrative within the landscape.  The reader literally 'reads' the map as they follow the routes and add Thoreau's words.  Hermann says, "It is a genre known as mapping narrative.  This piece developed into an example of ethical mapping concerning the restoration of native voice."  

Because Thoreau's words dominated the map, Hermann was challenged to bring a Native voice to the project.  His work with James Frances, Penobscot Tribal Historian, broadened the scope of the map to include Penobscot place names in addition to a selection of Thoreau's quotes specific to his Indian guides.  Francis reflects, "One of Thoreau's biggest contributions to Penobscot history was the documentation of Penobscot place names."  He notes, "Thoreau once wrote in his journals that 'the Indian language reveals another wholly new life to us.'  By having contact with Penobscot men, Thoreau discovered a new, more informed view of Native Americans, moving from his naïve assumptions to an understanding that included respect and reverence."

Copies of the map will be available for purchase at the event.  Refreshments will be served.  The "Process of Map Design" gathering is free and open to the public.

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GSDI in Trinidad! 2008

02/25/2008 9:00 am
02/29/2008 5:00 pm

GSDI 10 Conference


University of the West Indies
Trinidad and Tobago

Over 170 paper presenters from over 40 countries are scheduled to present in numerous plenary and parallel sessions throughout the five day event as well as 38 poster presenters. Numerous round table discussions, affiliated business meetings, social events, and a full day of no-additional-cost workshops have been organized and scheduled as well.

Evening social events include an opening reception hosted by the University Principal, a "t-shirt and shorts" panyard experience sponsored by Intergraph featuring the internationally acclaimed B.P. Renegades large steel orchestra, and a "coat and tie" gala banquet sponsored by ESRI featuring the Samaroo Jets, one of Trinidad's most accomplished and versatile steel bands. Thus there should be plenty of fun and culture mixed in with the more serious business of advancing our professions and the information infrastructures of our nations.

We have a stellar cast of keynote and featured speakers including:

• Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General, Organization of American States
• Makhtar Diop, Director for Strategy and Operations for the World Bank's Latin America and Caribbean Region
• David Maguire, Chief Scientist, ESRI
• Mark Doherty, Executive Director, Technology Architecture and Strategy, Intergraph
• Ed Parsons, The Geospatial Technologist of Google
• Jacqueline daCosta, Chair, Land Information Council, Jamaica
• Dorine Burmanje, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive of the Dutch Cadastre
• Jeff LaBonte, Director General, Data Management and Dissemination Branch, Natural Resources Canada
• John Naustdal Director, Mapping Division, Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority
• John Wilbanks, Director, Science Commons
• Karen Siderelis, Geographic Information Officer, USGS
• Santiago Borrero, Director, Pan American Institute of Geography and History
• Karl Steinacker, Co-chair, UN Geographic Information Working Group and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
• Gilberto Camara, Director, National institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil
• Mark Reichardt, President, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
• Chris Holmes, Managing Director and Strategic Development, Open Planning Project


Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Conference 10

02/25/2008 9:00 am
02/29/2008 5:00 pm

GSDI 10 in Trinidad to be held 25-29 February 2008 is shaping up to be a great event! It is time to register in order to acquire the best conference registration and travel rates.


GSDI conferences are opportunities to meet and exchange views with others from across the globe about implementing and developing spatial data concepts and practices. From national and international agency and policy-maker perspectives to local grassroots initiatives, GSDI 10 provides an occasion for interaction and cooperation among disciplines and practitioners that use and develop spatial technologies and databases. Keynote and featured speakers will focus primarily on The Role of Spatial Data in Supporting a Sustainable Future as well as Small Island Perspectives on Global Challenges.

GSDI 10 is being held in the modern conference facilities of The University of the West Indies of Trinidad and Tobago. Over 180 paper presenters from 44 countries are scheduled to present in numerous plenary and parallel sessions throughout the five day event as well as 38 poster presenters. Numerous round table discussions, affiliated business meetings, social events, and a full day of no-additional-cost workshops have been organized and scheduled as well.

See the following relevant links:

GSDI 10 Home:

Keynote and Featured Plenary Session Speaker Profiles:

Detailed Program:

Workshop Descriptions: (at no-additional-cost)

Conference Registration (online or by fax): (December 15 is the deadline for the early registrant reduced fee)

Conference Accommodations:

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference!


2008 ICT Summit: Strategic Use of ITC for Communities

02/21/2008 9:00 am
02/24/2008 5:00 pm

Welcome to the site of the 2008 Summit!

NEW Themes - NEW Streams including Digital Literacy, Partnership Development and more!

February 22-24, 2008

First Nation Technology Council Pre-Conference - February 21

 Collaboration and Digital Literacy

Communities around the world are taking advantage of the Internet to improve people's lives. Strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is helping create social and economic change in health, education, culture, and to increase civic engagement. But the benefits are not evenly distributed. "Digital divides" persist in urban and rural communities, among First Nations and others.  As more communities gain access to broadband, the challenge is turning this IT capacity into community capital in the form of better educated citizens, more prosperous businesses, higher quality healthcare and better access to services.

 We have just added the "2008 Workshop Proposal link - You are invited to submit your workshop proposal today!