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Wisconsin Land Information Association Annual Conference schedule

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Tuesday 11th February 2014

Wednesday 12th February 2014

  • Building an Address Repository Using the FGDC Standard: Implementing Data Quality and Data Sharing

    by Martha Wells

    URISA Certified Workshop – .2 GISCI Education Points (GISP Certification)

    Length: 8 Hours (Free)

    This workshop is being offered through the Enhanced Broadband Mapping Grant administered by the State Cartographer’s Office.

    This URISA Certified Workshop will help you understand the addressing process, managing address data, and the organizational challenges related to addressing. The workshop will guide you in developing a Master Address Repository that will serve the needs of your entire organization. It will focus on the principles of addressing that will position your organization for cross-departmental data interoperability and forward-looking integration. The workshop will review the Federal Geographic Data Committee Street Address Data Standard, and help you understand how the standard can help you build quality address data. An overview of how Next Generation 9-1-1 is influenced by addressing decisions and standards will also be addressed.

    At 8:45am to 5:00pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon F, Marriot Madison West

  • Basic GPS

    by Jay Riester

    This workshop will cover the essentials of GPS data collection for GIS applications.

    Topics include: Customizing data collection fields, avoiding the common GPS pitfalls, collecting points/lines/areas, and transferring data to a GIS.

    This presentation is designed for those who have not yet experienced GPS data collection for GIS. Trimble’s TerraSync will be used.Equipment will be provided for a hands-on experience

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon C, Marriot Madison West

  • Day 2 - ESRI Instructor-Led Training: Introduction to Geoprocessing Scripts Using Python (10.2)

    by Jeff Bigos

    Python scripts can reduce the time spent on complex or repetitive tasks, enabling GIS staff to be more productive. This course teaches how to create Python scripts to automate tasks related to data management, feature editing, geoprocessing and analysis, and map production using ArcGIS. You will also learn how to share your Python scripts so your key GIS workflows are accessible to others.

    At 9:30am to 5:00pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Middleton Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Fundamentals of Open-Source GIS – QGIS

    by Christeine Koeller and Douglas Miskowiak

    This workshop will explore the fundamentals of geographic information systems performed in the free GIS platform Quantum GIS (QGIS 1.8.0). Fundamentals will include importing and overlaying data layers, creating point, line, and polygon data, adding attributes, symbolizing data, creating a map layout, and saving projects. This is a great workshop for users interested in breaking into the world of free-GIS systems. Take your projects wherever you go! A free download is available at http://www.qgis.org/. Users are expected to attend the workshop with software pre-installed on a personal computing device. Data used for the workshop will be distributed via USB flash drive.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon B, Marriot Madison West

  • IT 101

    by Andy Faust, GISP

    This workshop will teach you the basics about computer networks. You will learn about cabling, routers, switches, and servers. Learn basic networking terms, concepts, and capabilities. Participants will be able to do basic maintenance and configuration of workstations, reset configuration when required, and troubleshoot basic network problems. Setup simple file and print sharing.

    At 9:30am to 11:00am, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon A, Marriot Madison West

  • Managing Parcels In ArcGIS

    by Frank Conkling

    Length: 6 Hours
    Presenter: ESRI
    Participant Need: Laptop with ArcGIS 10

    This workshop will educate users about the best practices for management of parcel information in ArcGIS, specifically, the parcel fabric. Attendees will be introduced to the fabric and learn about the structure it employs for managing parcels and editing parcel dimensions. There will also be significant focus on steps for migrating to the parcel fabric model including preparation steps for the feature geometry and attribute data in the staging environment, descriptions of the tools used, and what to review once the data is loaded. Finally, there will be discussion about available methods for delivery of information managed in the fabric for use by organizational staff and the public. This will be a hands on workshop that allows attendees plenty of opportunity to gain relevant experience migrating to the fabric and editing within the fabric utilizing the automated workflows. There will be ample time allotted and Esri staff available to help attendees work with their data on both bringing it into the fabric and utilizing the editing tools once migrated. As such, we’d like users to bring a small subset of their parcel data to the workshop to work with. Additional instructions/direction will be provided to registered attendees prior to the workshop.

    At 9:30am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In LaCrosse Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Python Scripting for ArcGIS

    by Larry Cutforth, Adolfo Diaz and Aaron Ruesch

    Length: 3 Hours (repeated)

    Participant Needs: Laptop with ArcGIS 10 or 10.1 & Python 2.7 installed

    Python is an open-source scripting language that has been integrated into ArcGIS for extending and automating GIS processes. This course will provide a hands-on introduction to Python and its applications in ArcGIS. Topics will include basic Python syntax, geoprocessing workflows, batch processing, map automation, creating script tools, and debugging strategies. A brief lecture on each subject will be followed with applied exercises to reinforce concepts. Participants should be comfortable working in ArcGIS, but previous Python experience is not required.

    At 9:30am to 12:45pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon G, Marriot Madison West

  • Google Tools

    by Andy Faust, GISP

    Google is more than a search engine. You will learn about Google Apps – Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and Google Groups. Get an overview of Docs, Sheets, Slides, Translate, Maps, and Neutron. We will also cover some advanced search techniques. Bring your laptop and your Gmail account and we will have some Google fun.

    At 11:15am to 12:45pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon A, Marriot Madison West

  • Map Design – Digital to Press

    by Trish Nau

    The Workshop will focus on how users can harness Esri ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, MS Publisher, and other Web Mapping Tools (Google Sites, Constant Contact) to produce high quality thematic maps, brochures, e-newsletters and websites.

    It will explore a wide range of desktop publishing software to take your maps to press utilizing colors, fonts, & fundamentals to get your message out there and received. Critical thinking will be addressed by teaching the student how to visualize what you want your reader to see and getting your “eye” to see.

    The Workshop will also consider the specific requirements for getting your documents to press. Printers speak a different language, knowing what to ask and look for in proofs and paper can make all the difference!

    At 11:15am to 12:45pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon B, Marriot Madison West

  • Review of Mobile Data Collection Software

    by Paul Wickman

    It seems everyone is developing some sort of mobile application these days. Government agencies, engineering firms and others not typically associated with software development are all getting in on the action. Field data collection is one class of mobile app, which touches on more disciplines than nearly any other.

    This hands-on workshop will review three field data collection apps for iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Android – FulcrumApp, Trimble TerraFlex and Canvas. Each application has a web-based form designer to create custom data collection forms for almost any task imaginable. Build custom selection lists, take photos and uploads results. We will design several data collection forms and evaluate the features, strengths and weaknesses of each app.

    This will be a fun and fast-paced 90-minute workshop. You will get up out of your chair and walk around the conference venue to collect data!

    At 11:15am to 12:45pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon C, Marriot Madison West

  • Mobile GIS

    by Roger Boissonnas, Patrick Empey and Shankar Lakshmanan

    Interested in Mobile GIS? Curious about what you can do with off-the-shelf apps? Confused about the options for developing custom apps? In this workshop, we will guide you through the mobile GIS landscape, including:

    •The many things you can do for free
    •Native vs Web applications: why it matters
    •Custom application design considerations

    This workshop will include plenty of time to try out mobile applications on your phone or tablet, create and share web maps of your own, as well as developing a simple mobile web application of your own. To get the most out of this workshop, bring your own mobile device and explore with us. (Sorry no free iPad giveaway)

    At 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon A, Marriot Madison West

  • REPEAT - Python Scripting for ArcGIS

    by Larry Cutforth, Adolfo Diaz and Aaron Ruesch

    Length: 3 Hours (repeated)

    Participant Need: Laptop with ArcGIS 10 or 10.1 & Python 2.7 installed

    Python is an open-source scripting language that has been integrated into ArcGIS for extending and automating GIS processes. This course will provide a hands-on introduction to Python and its applications in ArcGIS. Topics will include basic Python syntax, geoprocessing workflows, batch processing, map automation, creating script tools, and debugging strategies. A brief lecture on each subject will be followed with applied exercises to reinforce concepts. Participants should be comfortable working in ArcGIS, but previous Python experience is not required.

    At 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon G, Marriot Madison West

  • Wisconsin Coastal Geotools

    by David Hart

    This workshop explores a suite of geospatial applications that allow communities to create place-based stories around environmental topics. A University of Wisconsin Sea Grant-funded project in collaboration with the Esri Applications Prototype Lab is developing and evaluating "geotools" to foster citizen engagement and understanding of the socio-environmental complexities of Great Lakes coastal estuaries (http://maps.aqua.wisc.edu/geotools/). Three spatial narrative "geotools" will be demonstrated: 1) an "authoring" tool that leverages ArcGIS Online to construct place-based narratives; 2) a "deep map" tool that allows users to explore narratives on a desktop computer; and 3) a "mobile" tool that allows citizens to engage the narrative “in place” and submit text journal entries, photos, audio, and video based on their experiences.

    At 1:30pm to 3:00pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon B, Marriot Madison West

  • ESRI Story Maps

    by David Hart

    This workshop explores the ever-expanding gallery of Esri story map templates (http://storymaps.esri.com/). Story maps combine text, multimedia and interactive mapping to enable people to tell engaging stories about interesting and important topics.

    At 3:00pm to 4:30pm, Wednesday 12th February

    In Salon B, Marriot Madison West

Thursday 13th February 2014

  • Breakfast with the Board

    by Justin Conner

    Start your day off right with a little breakfast and networking courtesy of your WLIA Board.

    At 7:30am to 8:30am, Thursday 13th February

    In Michigan Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Welcome and Opening Session

    by Scott Galetka and Cathy Stepp

    At 8:30am to 8:45am, Thursday 13th February

    In Michigan Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Open Data – How releasing publicly held data can transform the places we live.

    by Scott Resnick

    Open Data is concept that data created by government employees should be available to the public, free to use, reuse and distribute without worrying about copyright or restrictions. In the last few years, cities, counties and states around the nation have enacted open data policies to enhance government efficiency, promote transparency and create new jobs. New applications have been developed around data-sets like land use, geographic surveys, and recreational trails. Through active participation by members of the public and the development community, open data will revolutionize how residents interact with our government, provide new insight into how our city government works, and encourage active participation in the government process. Resnick’s presentation will review popular trends in open data, cost-effective models for releasing data, along with innovative examples of what other cities, counties and states are doing with their recently released data.

    At 8:45am to 9:30am, Thursday 13th February

    In Michigan Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Plenary Speakers - Ed Eberle and David Cagigal

    by Ed Eberle and David Cagigal

    At 9:30am to 10:15am, Thursday 13th February

    In Michigan Room, Marriot Madison West

  • The Return of Choice in Geospatial: How open data, open source and a best of breed outlook create new opportunities.

    by Michael Terner

    This talk will attempt to summarize, describe and place in context some of the new developments that are in some ways disrupting the geospatial marketplace. These developments include more open data availability, cloud-based platforms, open source software offerings and the increasing imperative for geospatial mobility. Although disruptive and intimidating at one level, these new development present huge opportunities for many organizations. This talk will present several of these opportunities using real world examples of applying a “best of breed” outlook and the implementation of hybrid systems.

    At 10:30am to 11:15am, Thursday 13th February

    In Michigan Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Town Hall Meeting, Scholarships and WI Geospatial Strategy

    by Justin Conner

    Government Achievement Award

    At 11:15am to 12:00pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Michigan Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Lunch

    At 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Superior Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Legislative Redistricting Models and Statewide Data Collection

    by Tony J. Van Der Wielen

    Legislative redistricting is the most political process that happens in the State of Wisconsin (and for that matter, the nation). Districts that were drawn 10 years prior to the most current census may not represent an equal number of constituents and are required to be redrawn due to shifts in population. This presentation will provide a non-partisan analysis of the current legislative redistricting process in the State of Wisconsin. It will look at other state’s processes for legislative redistricting, in particular ones that use a non-partisan model such as Iowa and California. It will also identify a model that may work for Wisconsin, and provide an outline on how this new model may be implemented. This will include a model for capturing current municipal and ward information throughout the decade.

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Green Bay Room, Marriot Madison West

  • Map Design for Maximum Impact

    by Ian Muehlenhaus

    Maps are designed to communicate information. Many times the goal is to present information in a memorable or persuasive manner (e.g., public service announcements). When this is the case, attention to data accuracy and data detail will have negligible effect. In this talk I discuss the idea of map rhetoric. I argue that designing your maps using different rhetorical styles will help you elicit more map reader trust, information recall, and will result in better map likability depending on what your communication goals are. I discuss four rhetorical styles and provide examples of how such maps can be designed.

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Salon C, Marriot Madison West

  • Ready-to-Deploy Mobile GIS for Your Organization

    by Mike Koutnik

    The growing wave of smart mobile devices is prompting organizations of all sizes to develop plans for leveraging them. In this session you will learn about Esri solutions for mobile GIS across a range of use cases, from field data collection, to damage assessment, to geographically-referenced mobile document access. You will learn how mobile GIS solutions can be deployed quickly and inexpensively. In particular, you will learn about recent advances in the Collector app, and addressing needs for off-line data collection.

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Salons AB, Marriot Madison West

  • Updating the FDGC Thoroughfare, Landmark and Postal Address Data Standard

    by Martha Wells

    In February 2011, the FGDC Steering Committee endorsed the United States Thoroughfare, Landmark and Postal Address Data Standard, making it the official data standard for the U.S. The Standard was the result of over 5 years of community-based work to define, describe and create a framework for address data. Many jurisdictions, cities, counties and states, have started using the Standard in developing Address Repositories. Over some of the same period, NENA has been working to rewrite its addressing standards as a part of the Next-Generation 911 efforts, as well as aligning U.S. practice for data exchange with the European practices. With the broad implementation efforts (discussed elsewhere), some users have identified points that need clarification, expansion or amendment. URISA received permission from Census to work with NENA, NSGIC and others in the addressing community to update the Standard reflecting solutions to the issues uncovered at various stages of implementation. This session will discuss the update process, and some of the issues that have been raised. Information will be provided on how members can join the review and update process which is open to anyone with an interest in the Address Standard.

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Salon E, Marriot Madison West

  • Web GIS Applications for Flood Mapping

    by Brian Fischer

    Spring flooding is a typical occurrence in the Red River Basin that causes many people to need tools for flood planning. This presentation will discuss two GIS applications that were developed by Houston Engineering and the International Water Institute to help in flood planning and response. The first tool is an Interactive Flood Planning Map (www.rrbdin.org/welcome-interacti...) developed with Esri ArcGIS Server and Flex Viewer. This application can consume National Weather Service flood forecasts and map them in real-time. This application also has a host of other tools such as sand bag calculator and plotting elevations from LiDAR. The second tool, called CRED (http://cred.wq.io/about) is a volunteer crowd sourcing mobile application to capture flood, snow pack, ice dams and levee failure reports. This information is used to validate model forecasts and record the flood event as it happens. This mobile application is fully integrated with Twitter to allow users to follow and rate reports. This mobile application was developed with Leaflet, wq, and PostGreSQL databases. The presentation will discuss technology solutions used in the development of the applications and the success of each tool during the 2013 flood season. Finally, we will discuss ideas to build off of for future flood planning needs

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Salon D, Marriot Madison West

  • WLIP Report

    by Peter Herreid

    The presentation will discuss the Wisconsin Land Information Program (WLIP) Report.

    At 1:00pm to 1:30pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Salons FGH, Marriot Madison West

  • Addressing Behind the Scenes in Bayfield County

    by Carmen Steiro and Jesse Adams, GIS Specialist/Developer

    As part of an effort to streamline addressing within Bayfield County, the Land Records Department has partnered with North Point Geographic Solutions to create an innovative addressing application for the public. Using mobile editing applications, such as ArcGIS Online and the Collector App, Bayfield County addresses were verified and edited in the field to provide the most accurate and up-to-date records for the application. This presentation will focus on the technical aspect of designing the addressing application and the importance of addressing within Bayfield County.

    At 1:30pm to 2:00pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Salons AB, Marriot Madison West

  • Enhanced Broadband Mapping: The Story of a Wisconsin Statewide Layer

    by Codie See

    The State Cartographer’s Office is collaborating with the Wisconsin Land Information Program at the Department of Administration to develop a statewide address layer based on county address and parcel data. This presentation will focus on technical and organizational progress that the project has accomplished and discuss the details to our next steps. We will also touch on the forward-looking perspective this project is offering and the opportunities it creates for future data conflation projects and statewide layers.

    At 1:30pm to 2:00pm, Thursday 13th February

    In Green Bay Room, Marriot Madison West

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