Region 5 GIS Coordination Team Meeting Minutes

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office - Hadley, MA R5 GIS Coordination Team Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Linda Shaffer/NWRS-CSDS Ralph Tiner/ES-NWI Andrew MacLachlan/ES-SNE/NYB Bill Zinni/NWRS-Planning Michelle Babione/NWRS-Conte NWR Mike Drummond/ES-VAFO (by telephone) Mike Weaver/LE (by telephone) Bob Houston/ES-GOMP (by telephone) Team members not in attendance: Chris Castiglione/FR-Lower Great Lakes FRO Linda Repasky/RDT Todays meeting started at 9:00 am with a presentation by Bob Houston on two Gulf of Maine Project proposals for which GOMP is requesting our review and endorsement. The first is a proposal to extend the Gulf of Maine Watershed habitat analysis for trust species to all watersheds in Region 5. Andrew will prepare a summary of today's discussion which will then serve as a recommendation to the RDT from this team. Please review the summary and send your comments to Andrew. The second is an ArcIMS application to serve the Gulf of Maine habitat analysis data to the public. Bob reported that they have requested and will likely receive funding for this effort. This Team fully endorses the ArcIMS application. We then heard the subteam reports. Michelle briefly reviewed the Outreach Subteam's draft strategic plan. She asked for comments and additional outreach ideas from Team members. Andrew reported that the Technical Support Subteam is not pursuing any further actions. Linda reported on the progress of the Spatial Data Library Subteam. She noted that the group is making headway on estimated costs as well as identifying alternatives and a recommendation. The next item was to establish a due date for the draft Outreach and Spatial Data Library Strategic Plans. We decided on a Sept. 30 deadline with a presentation of the Plan to the RDT in mid to late October. We discussed whether or not to hold a bi-annual R5 GIS Workshop in January 2003. We discussed potential conflicts with Centennial activities in 2003 and decided to proceed with a 1-1/2 to 2-day workshop scaled down from the 2001 workshop. This will be a shorter meeting with little or no training. The focus will be on how FWS biologists and GIS specialists are using GIS to do their jobs. The workshop should highlight cross-program projects; projects by new GIS users as well as experienced and advanced users; and examples from offices that haven't traditionally been GIS users (e.g.,. LE and PERS). For those who desire training, we could set up the computer training room for the ESRI Virtual Campus class on Migrating from ArcView 3.2 to ArcView 8.x. This is a free, web-based, self-paced course. Action items associated with the workshop are: