RDX Workshop
Distributed Web Mapping for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin

Workshop Objectives
High-resolution mapping and easy information exchange across the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River system are important tools for resource management. The Regional Data Exchange (RDX) initiative, led by the Great Lakes Commission and its federal, state and provincial partners, has focused on inventorying diverse data holding and coordinating data sharing partnerships. These efforts are intended to minimize duplication of efforts and maximize information usage.

Numerous developments within the region have forged a need for a new generation of information technology tools to assist in the protection of the regionís unique natural resource. These developments include new water quantity management protocols under the Great Lakes Charter Annex 2001; initiation of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS) and its regional component, the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS); increased coordination between U.S. federal agencies under the Interagency Great Lakes Task Force; review and possible revision of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement; and proposed legislation to support a basin-wide restoration planning.

Many on-going programs could exploit evolving distributed web services to promote access to real-time and historic data, model inputs and outputs and various spatial and temporal datasets dealing with the basin. Distributed web mapping services, integrated information management systems and Internet protocols will play an increasing role for data owners in the delivery of data products (e.g., water levels, meteorology, point source pollution, water quality observations) to a broad user community.

Target Audience
The one-day workshop is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of participants who are interested in regional data management, information sharing and web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies, including:

  • 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

Registration Details
The workshop will be held on November 18, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V, Lake Superior Room, Training Center "A" on 12th Floor, located at the 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604. A preliminary agenda is located here.

Registration to this workshop is free of charge. Please submit your name and contact information to Kevin Yam at the Great Lakes Commission at kyam@glc.org or 734-971-9135.

RDX Workshop: November 2005 Sponsors