Conference Objectives A substantial need exists to coordinate the diverse data holdings, integrate information systems, and develop interoperable computer models and decision support tools that deal with Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River resource management priorities. The conference/ workshops are designed to facilitate information exchange between participants, to identify opportunities for collaboration and to seek a consensus on a common vision for integrated decision support tools to meet the needs of regional policy and decision making.
Target Audience The conference is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of participants who are interested in regional data and information sharing, and Internet-based and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies.
Federal and state/provincial governments, academic and non-profit organizations that engage in data collection, development, storage and management that wish to explore new ways for regional information coordination
State/provincial/municipal information managers who oversee web and GIS technologies and are looking for new ideas and techniques
Great Lakes stakeholders who are interested in web and GIS tools to improve decisionmaking