Mark your calendar! 2006 North Dakota GIS Users Conference to be held October 23-25 at the Comfort Inn and Heritage Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. There is no cost to attend.
The theme this year is “Spatial Strategies” which will focus on industry trends, new technologies, data sharing and distribution, and practical application of GIS.
Please consider participating in the Users Conference by providing a presentation, workshop, vendor booth or a combination that utilizes all three. Please contact me at your earliest convenience if you would like to be involved. If you are interested in providing a presentation and/or workshop, please provide me with the suggested topic as soon as possible within the next few weeks.
At last year’s conference, several people showed an interest for this year’s event. Please contact me if you expressed an interest last year or even during this past year. We will try to accommodate as many presenters, workshops and exhibitors as we can; however, due to time and space restrictions, we will generally select participants based on a first-come, first-serve approach and the nature of the topic.
The presentation time slots are currently planned for 30 and 45 minutes. They will consist of a PowerPoint-based lecture and will offer a technical or general overview of a particular topic. The workshop time slots are currently 1.5 hours, each with a few four-hour periods. The workshops will be lecture-based utilizing PowerPoint and handouts. They are typically more focused and have a practical application. Exhibit space will be provided at no cost to the exhibitor, though we will be asking for a voluntary sponsorship to help cover some of the conference expense.
Current planning: Monday, October 23 will be the Keynote Presentation, the Full GISTC meeting, exhibit setup and possibly workshops. October 24 will be for presentations, workshops and exhibits; October 25 is slated for presentations, exhibits and workshops.
More information, including hotel details, can be found on the North Dakota GIS Users Conference 2006 web page, located at http://www.nd.gov/gis/news/2006-conference.html.