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Workshop: Best Practices for Developing Geographic Information Models

11/17/2008 8:30 am
11/17/2008 5:00 pm

WAURISA Announces its Fall 2008 Workshop

Best Practices for Developing Geographic Information Models

Monday, November 17, 2008 - Hilton Garden Inn - Issaquah, Washington

Workshop Details:

Even with decades of experience, effective design of a GIS database remains a combination of art and science. This workshop shows how you can build on your existing data and skills to take advantage of the latest generation of GIS tools and practices for database design. Exercises include developing use cases, conceptual and logical data models, and applying object-oriented design patterns for commonly used GIS database structures.

Specific topics to be covered include:

· The key phases in iterative database design Developing use cases

· Using database templates to build on your existing data sources Ten design patterns for GIS database structures and elements

· Ten steps to follow for conceptual, logical, and physical information modeling

· Understanding the relationships between your map layers and geographic database objects

Instructor: Douglas Adams, Systems Analyst, Baltimore County, Maryland

URISA Certified Workshop: Best Practices for Developing Geographic Information Models is a URISA Certified Workshop. URISA – The Association for Geospatial Professionals – developed the course content and certified our instructor. The URISA Workshop Development Committee ensures that topics are timely, content provides value, and instructors are subject matter experts and skilled educators. For more information about URISA Certified Workshops, see:

GIS Certification Points: Those who complete the Best Practices for Developing Geographic Information Models workshop can earn 0.2 education points towards their GISCI Certification (see: ).

Intended Audience: This material is intended for technical managers and designers of GIS databases and applications. Skilled database users will also benefit. No programming experience is required.

Lunch and Refreshments: Your registration includes lunch along with morning and afternoon break refreshments.

Workshop Location: The workshop will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Issaquah on November 17, 2008 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Registration Cost for November 17 Workshop: WAURISA Member Registration Rate: $125 (You are a current WAURISA member if you attended the 2008 Washington GIS Conference in Seattle) The WAURISA rate is also offered to all current URISA members.

For more information and to register for the Best Practices for Developing Geographic Information Models, see:



11/14/2008 9:00 am
11/14/2008 4:00 pm

LOCATION: The location is at 3873 First Avenue, Smithers BC.
The Office of the Wet’suwet’en have kindly offered the use of their board room for the meeting.

DATE: Friday, November 14, 2008 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Manifold “How To” Instructional Session - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
This session covers a basic introduction to Manifold. The session is very flexible and the
idea is to work through a small live project provided by one of the users. To help facilitate
this concept of ‘hands on learning’ please submit Manifold topics you would like to share or
present with the group. Topics for instruction are wide open and can range from analysis to
map layout. The session will be led by Johanna Pfalz.
Morning coffee break courtesy of Eclipse GIS

Lunch – 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Informal Discussion and Presentations – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Show us what you have
been working on using Manifold GIS. Bring your cool maps and wicked analysis.
Afternoon coffee break courtesy of GeoBorealis Spatial Data Management

Please register and/or send submissions to Johanna Pfalz at or
to William Elliott at or contact us at 250.847.3822.

No computer technology is supplied, but you are encouraged to bring your laptop with an
active Manifold license.

Sponsored by GeoBorealis Spatial Data Management and Eclipse GIS


GIS in the Rockies

09/10/2008 8:00 am
09/12/2008 5:00 pm

When: September 10 to September 12
Where:  The Ranch - Larimer County 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland Colorado 80538

GIS in the Rockies is the inter mountain west's premier geospatial information and technology conference. This year's conference, Mapping Your Assets, will focus on issues related to Real Property Asset Management as well as challenges facing the geospatial industry as GIS integrates into the traditional information technology component of the enterprise. To support the conference's subject areas, some of the industry's lead professionals are being recruited to support the various conference tracks.

This year's conference will be held between September 10th and 12th 2008 at The Ranch, located in Loveland, Colorado. Pre-conference workshops will be held on September 9th. Track sessions and seminars will run concurrently on the first and second days of the conference. On Friday technical tours and other recreational opportunities are scheduled.

The conference offers opportunities for industry professionals to learn more about geospatial technology issues and business-centric strategies supporting every vertical market touched by the geospatial industry. Historically, attendees have included representatives from local, state, and federal government, the utilities industry, environmental services, land surveying professionals, the oil and gas industry, retail and business marketing professionals

For registration information go here:


First Nations Archaeology Symposium - Haida Gwaii

09/10/2008 8:00 am
09/12/2008 7:00 pm

The goal of the Invitational First Nations Archaeology Symposium on Haida Gwaii will be to identify common struggles, successes and failures in protecting ancestral sites. Most importantly, solutions to the inadequate protection of ancestral sites will be developed during the symposium.

For more information please see the attached pdf brochure below (note: you must be logged in to download brochure) or click here.