September 17, 2009

Will Craig and Carl Reed to be Inducted into URISA's GIS Hall of Fame

Please congratulate Will for this high distinction!

September 15, 2009 (PARK RIDGE, IL) - The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) established the GIS Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community. To be considered for the GIS Hall of Fame, an individual’s or an organization’s record of contribution to the advancement of the industry demonstrates creative thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, perseverance, and community mindedness. In addition, nominees must serve as a role model for those who follow. URISA Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals or organizations whose pioneering work has moved the geospatial industry in a better, stronger direction. The first class of inductees included Edgar Horwood, Ian McHarg, Roger Tomlinson, Jack Dangermond, Nancy Tosta, and the Harvard Lab. Gary Hunter was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 and both Don Cooke and Michael Goodchild joined him the following year, in 2007.

Will Craig, GISP and Carl Reed, PhD will join this esteemed group during URISA's 47th Annual Conference in Anaheim later this month.

Dr. William J. Craig is widely regarded to be one of the pioneers of urban and regional information systems and GIS. He began as system manager and project director of one of the world’s first State-wide GIS--the Minnesota Land Management Information System. Since then he has become internationally known for his work of almost 40 years with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and for his dedication in promoting major national and global initiatives associated with data sharing, multipurpose cadastres, census data, spatial data infrastructures, public participation GIS, and the GIS code of ethics.

Professionally, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota and is a certified GIS Professional. He began his career at the University of Minnesota in 1967 and continues there today as the Associate Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. He co-founded University of Minnesota’s Master of GIS professional degree program in 1997.

He has been extremely active in the promotion of geographic information and he has held numerous key appointments including: President of URISA (1986-87); President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (1997); President of the National States Geographic Information Council (2009-10); Chair the inaugural nation GIS/LIS Conference (1988); Chair of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Geographic Information (1992-93); Chair of the MetroGIS Coordinating Committee (2000-02); member of the Mapping Science Committee of the National Research Council (2000-2005); and member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Land Parcel Databases (2006-07).

Will Craig has been a tremendous source of momentum and guidance on the development of ethics standards for the GIS professional community. The GIS Certification Institute’s Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct are very much a product of his early work and consistent activity in this area. He has contributed to countless conferences and seminars over the past 40 years as both a committee member and participant, not only in North America but also as an invited keynote speaker in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

He has been a champion of Public Participation GIS (PPGIS), starting with Citizen Access Day at the 1994 URISA Conference and culminating in his 2002 book Community Participation and Geographic Information Systems. Between those dates and subsequently he produced numerous research articles on the nature of PPGIS. He has inspired others to take up and extend that work in their conferences and research.

His outstanding dedication and professional service have been recognized by his peers with the URISA Leadership Award in 1989, the URISA Horwood Distinguished Service Award in 1993, the Minnesota State GIS Honor Roll Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, the University of Minnesota Academic Staff Award in 1998, and the Outstanding Service Award from the National States Geographic Information Council in 2007.

In summary, Will Craig has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the promotion and application of geographic information to deliver better outcomes for society. Over the past four decades his activities have been such that he has developed a network of professional colleagues around the world who hold him in the highest regard. He has always had the ability to provide insightful and thoughtful comments when offering his views and he is considered to be a true gentleman of our discipline. For young professionals there could be no better role model than Will Craig and as such he is a thoroughly deserving nominee to the URISA GIS Hall of Fame.

The Graduate School's Fall 2009 Commencement Ceremony

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that the fall 2009 commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, December 11, at 1 PM in Northrop Auditorium.

Students who intend to participate in the Fall 2009 ceremony must submit the Commencement Attendance Approval Form to the Graduate Student Services and Progress Office (316 Johnston Hall) by Thursday, October 1.

An updated Commencement Attendance Approval Form and a Checklist for Graduate School Commencement are attached for your convenience. You may wish to print copies to have on hand in your graduate program office, and notify your students of the upcoming deadline. The form and checklist also are available to students online at

Graduate School post-baccalaureate, master's, nursing post-master's, and specialist students may direct questions regarding commencement to Amber at: 625-4019; or

September 4, 2009

SPOT Imaging Offer

If you are in charge of a project involved in tackling climate change at a local scale and/or for a global benefit, Earth Observation can help!

Planet Action will donate satellite imagery, geographic information and image processing solutions to your project, and in return we will ask for your feedback.

Join us in fighting climate change!
Submit your project by Sept. 30, 2009

Please click here for information on how to submit a project:

The Planet Action team looks forward to receiving your project applications.

February 11, 2009

Graduate School Discovery Magazine available

Below is a direct link to the online version (pdf) of the 2008-09 Graduate School's Discovery Magazine.

GeoWeb Conference 27-31July2009 - Vancouver, BC Canada

Galdos Systems Inc. wishes to invite you to participate in the industry-leading event focused on GIS and the Internet:GeoWeb 2009 Conference! GeoWeb conferences focus exclusively on geographic information systems, the Internet, and the economic potential associated with their convergence. GeoWeb 2009 will continue the tradition of focusing on the reciprocal impact of the Web and Geographic Information as well as the ever-increasing need for collaboration in light of global economic and environmental concerns. GeoWeb 2009 is for everyone! Representatives from both public and private organizations are invited to meet, discuss and learn about today's most innovative geospatial technologies. Be sure to save the date and join us this coming summer as we explore and unlock the future of the GeoWeb! Registration begins online April 2, 2009.

GeoWeb 2009 is taking place July 27-31, 2009 in downtown Vancouver, BC Canada at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

First Open Source GIS UK conference 22May2009

Details at uk

January 26, 2009

GIS and Transportation Tech Forum

GIS and Transportation
On Thursday, January 29th, our next Tech Forum, GIS and Transportation, will be hosted by the Hennepin County Transportation Planning group from 9:00 to 11:00.

Leading off our discussion will be Robert Beyers, who will demonstrate several ways that Hennepin County is utilizing GIS for transportation planning. Bob will be followed by a representative from ESRI who will demonstrate ArcLogistics, a routing and scheduling tool for fleet management. Terese will follow with a discussion of linear referencing - what it is and how it can be used to map and analyze features such as roads, rivers and pipes.

Our tech forums are free and open to the public. They run for 90 minutes in the morning and are hosted by one of our GIS friends. They are a great way to learn something new, make contacts with your peers, and enjoy a morning away from the boss.

Seating for this Tech Forum is limited, so you must register at to ensure yourself a spot.

We're always looking for good hosts for our Tech Forums. If you can help, please send us an e-mail.


Michael Rowekamp
Rowekamp Associates, Inc.
10800 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington MN 55420


Transportation Career Expo: February 5, 2009


On behalf of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, we ask for your help in bringing the Annual Transportation Career Expo to the attention of your students. The expo will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Coffman Student Union in the Presidents Room. The event is free and open to students who would like to hear more about transportation related careers, learn how to prepare for securing their first job, and connect with potential employers.

The program is as follows:

4:15 Registration (Coffman Union, Presidents Room)
4:30 - 6:00 Panel and Q/A discussion
6:00 - 7:15 Exhibitor reception/networking
7:15 Adjorn

The Career Expo will provide opportunities for your students to network with eager engineering, transportation policy & planning, intelligent transportation systems and logistics professionals. The panel will consist of transportation professionals from various disciplines discussing their career experiences, strategies, and opportunities. The Expo concludes with an exhibitor reception (including food!). Students are encouraged to bring their resumes and drop them off at the registration desk.

We hope you encourage your students to attend and also include the Career Expo as a highlight in your course.

Please note-students may participate in all or part of the expo, but we do ask them to pre-register if possible.

For additional information about this event or to register online visit Feel free to contact me direct at 612-625-5608 or Student flyers and posters are being distributed around campus this week.

GI Forum 2009 - Salzburg Austria - 7-10 July

GI_Forum 2009 - Deadline for submission of full papers: February 2, 2009

The Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg (GI_Forum) is scheduled for July 7-10, 2009, at Salzburg University, Austria. GI_Forum focuses on an international audience that shares an interest in Applied Geoinformatics. The Call for Papers aims at researchers who design, develop and apply advanced methods and techniques of Geoinformatics to a broad range of application domains. We solicit papers on emerging and established topics and research outcomes related to Geoinformatics methodology. By no means exhaustive, the list of symposium topics includes advanced geospatial data acquisition; advanced spatial analysis and knowledge extraction; advanced visualisation and cartography, geo-ontologies; distributed and mobile services; and dynamic modelling and simulation. GI_Forum 2009 would also like to attract contributions pertaining to these specific topics:
Digital Cities
Sustainable Environments
Global Monitoring - Observing, Understanding and Visualizing Planet Earth
Learning with Geoinformation

Deadline for submission of full papers for oral presentation and publication in the conference proceedings and extended abstracts for discussion sessions: February 2, 2009.

Map Shanty

Hi all,
This winter at the Art Shanty Projects ( a group is working on a Map Shanty ( They are looking for volunteers to help make maps (digital, paper, whatever), GPS stuff, build the shanty, or whatever else you can think of. It runs every weekend from Jan 10 to Feb 14.

Tonight at 7:00 at the Soap Factory they will start building. If anyone is interested in volunteering for this project, let me know, or contact Lesley Kadish at More info is below.

The Art Shanty Projects is a really good time, so even if you don't want to help out, put on some warm clothes and check it out this winter.