Connecticut GIS User to User Network

March 29, 2001 Meeting

A great turnout for the kick-off meeting. Barbara MacFarland welcomes attendees to the meeting.

The first meeting of the Network was held on March 29th at the Metropolitan District Commission's Training Center in Hartford. About 85 people attended and helped shape the future of the Network.

 

134 people had registered prior to the meeting at the original Network web site that was set up to collect e-mail addresses and information from interested people. A PowerPoint presentation was given that summarized the online responses.

 

An animated Al Williams, Connecticut DEP, gave an overview of the department's efforts to obtain funding from the State Legislature to acquire the rights to year 2000 digital orthophotography and

 

LIDAR data. Al explained the savings that agencies, towns and other organizations would achieve when the state approves the purchase. If you think this project is important, contact your state legislator and refer to the "Aerial Photo Survey" item included in the Governor's 2001-2003 budget as one of DEP's appropriations. (Note that this budget item effectively supersedes a separate bill, Senate Bill 21, originally introduced to fund the project.) Deb Dumin, also from DEP, also gave a PowerPoint presentation that showcased some of the data products that will be available when the orthophotos and LIDAR data are released.

 

Sandy Prisloe talked about the Northeast Regional Earth Science Applications Center and work being done to serve remote sensing imagery over the Internet. He demonstrated how satellite imagery can be viewed and manipulated using Image Web Server software.

 

There was considerable discussion among attendees about how to organize and support the Network in the future. A number of ideas concerning meeting frequency, topics, location, GIS issues, Network organization, etc. were discussed during the plenary session and within smaller break-out sessions. For a summary of the points raised in the break-out sessions, click here. There also is a summary of topical items discussed throughout the morning here.

 

A number of committees were organized and charged with helping develop various Network activities. Please see the contacts page for a listing of committee members.

The date of the next meeting, as soon as it's set, will be posted on the calendar page and will be e-mailed to everyone subscribed to CTGIS-L.
An excited Al Williams explaining what's at stake with proposed state funding to acquire rights to year 2000 digital data.Sandy Prisloe discusses the Northeast Regional Earth  Science Applications Center at UConn