Minutes for August 14, 2014

Minutes for August 14, 2014

Date: August 14, 2014
Location: Conservation Central Regional Office, 3500 Gans Rd., Columbia, MO
Time: 9:00 a.m.
1. Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 9:05 a.m.
2. Welcome and Introductions

Missouri Spatial Data Information Service Mark Duewell—present via teleconference
USGS Shelly Silch—present via teleconference
OA ITSD GIS Paul Wright—present via teleconference (proxy for Beth Streumph)
SEMA Debbie Briedwell, Past-Chair—present
MoDOT Joe Carter—present
OA ITSD Economic Development Colin Duewell—present via teleconference
OA Budget and Planning Matt Hesser—present via teleconference
Missouri National Guard Drew Lane—present
OA-ITSD Health and Senior Services Tracy Schloss—present via teleconference
Department of Conservation Tony Spicci—present
OA-ITSD Revenue Beth Struempf—excused
Missouri Dep’t of Natural Resources Michael Weller—present
Washington University in St. Louis Aaron Addison—excused
SEMO RPC Stan Balsman—present via teleconference
Great River Associates Josie Bock—absent
Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors Joe Clayton—absent
USDA-NRCS Elizabeth Cook, Treasurer—present
Surdex Tim Donze—present
MOREnet David Drum, Secretary—present
Mark Twain National Forest Tom Forbes—absent
City of Columbia Matt Gerike—present (proxy for Johnson)
Camden County Jennifer Gordon—present via teleconference
Woolpert, Inc. Rick Hammond—present via teleconference
Northwest Missouri State University Ming-Chih Hung—present via teleconference
Cole County Melissa Johnson—excused
MARC Steve Marsh, Past Chair—present
Jackson County Amber Reynolds, Chair—present
City of Jefferson Greg Resz—present via teleconference
MoRAP Diane True—absent
City of Maryland Heights Andy Wagner—present via teleconference
Boone County Jason Warzinik—present
MU Extension Shannon White—present
Other Attendees
MSDIS Lindlie Haithcoat (for Mark Duewell)
Esri Joe Eckmann
Woolpert, Inc. Brad Fugate
MU Tim Haithcoat
Missouri National Guard Wiley Howell
Custom Meeting Planners Jamie Schieber
OGI Arnold Williams

3. Approval of Minutes
July minutes available on the web site. Motion to approve from Marsh, seconded by White, approved by vote.
4. MGISAC Administration
4.1 Missouri OGI Report — Paul Wright

  • Google Met with Google to discuss the changes for Google Earth Enterprise to a cloud solution. This will be occurring over the next couple of years. Basically Google will abandon the Google Earth Enterprise server and move to their Maps Engine platform. There were concerns raised related to storage locations of data it that cloud, would it be in US based data centers or overseas? The response is it could be either. We will need to have further discussions on this change.
  • ESRI Contract – The ESRI software/services contract extension expires August 31. OA Purchasing is working to have a new contract ready by end of week 8/11/14.
  • Imagery – There has been no updates. Hoping for something when the legislature gets back into session later this month.
  • Central Servers – We are continuing our project to move DHSS servers onto OGI’s new servers. This project should be completed by the end of summer.
  • Other Projects – OGI is working on a number of department projects for DHSS, DMH, DNR and DPS. We are also developing some introductory training courses for managers and IT using the Moodle open-source learning platform.

4.2 MSDIS report — Mark Duewell

  1. GeoPortal: Martin is loading application software on the Rolla MSDISWeb site. Louisa Haithcoat’s configuration of the 2007-2009 2′ Imagery for the State for the GeoPortal shows 4002 complete of 4202 files. When the metadata manipulation required for GIS Inventory/FGDC is complete they’ll all go up at once. Current Portal record count is 537.
  2. Broadband “Structures” Project: Structures Digitizing Progress: All digitizing at the GRC is complete. We’re still reviewing and analyzing the data points and footprints as the remaining RPCs continue to return their reviewed data. At this time only a small portion of MARC’s data deliverables are pending. Total “Structures” count stands at: 4,940,842. Total footprints count stands at: 275,756.
  3. MSDIS has been working with East-West Gateway and MORAP to serve their Ecological Significance Project data through both FTP and web mapping services. The results of that work can be viewed here: http://msdisweb-nn.col.missouri.edu:6080/arcgis/rest/services/
  4. NAIP 2012 – a link to Flight Info has now been included on the NAIP page at the request of numerous users.

Question from Briedwell about how a structure was determined to be a feature. T. Haithcoat explained the qualitative judgement used and that attributes are recorded. Question from Cook about issues downloading LiDAR and that data she has provided has not yet been made available.
4.3 Treasurer's report — Liz Cook

Previous balance   $21,061.56
Ending balance   $21,061.56

Some GeoTech expenses will be coming in later.
4.4 Membership report — Tony Spicci
No report.
4.5 By-laws — Liz Cook
No report.
5. Project Updates/Action Items
5.1 GIS Day Update — Paul Wright
Plans developing.
5.2 Cadastral Standards — Jason Warzinik
Update tabled to September.
6. Committee Reports
6.1 Data Development — Liz Cook, Jason Warzinik
Cook asked Wright about whether funding he mentioned would be FY14 or FY15. Wright said that it would by FY14 but that it is being doled out very slowly and that they are still waiting to hear about 10 projects, including that one. Also, Missouri Assessors conference in October; please contact Melissa Johnson for more information. Cook has four Missouri counties from the MO-ARK project, but will not release for some time due to the volume of data. Warzinik: six-county flight RFQ with lots of smaller region buy-ups coming together. Surdex is hosting an early release web service (may be restricted). T. Haithcoat creating a “tall objects” feature class. MARC has revised its project schedule back due to delays. St. Louis imagery is being checked by project partners; through initial processing.
6.2 NG911 Addressing — Steve Marsh
No report.
6.3 Local Government — Melissa Johnson
Gerike: local government survey has been widely distributed, garnering 87 responses. More than half of the responses are from cities. Map of county and city responses, mostly concentrated in existing population centers. Map will be distributed electronically. If you have contact information in an unrepresented area, please send it to Gerike. Discussion about how to reach more GIS shops. Working on targeting individuals rather than groups through complementary professional channels. Extensive discussion about continuing efforts and strategies to reach more GIS practitioners.
6.4 Education — Shannon White

  1. 2014 GeoTech Camp
    Thanks to the support of MGISAC the GeoTech camp was a great success and included campers from 3 states and 1 other country. It was held July 20-24. This year campers,

    1. learned to read USGS topo maps and learned about the USGS Map Corp
    2. Used Google Earth & Google Maps
    3. Made compasses & learned about non-technology based navigation
    4. learned how to use GPS to navigate and collect data
    5. Learned about Geocaches, went geocaching and created their own geocaches
    6. Used a map & compass and went orienteering at a local state park
    7. Learned about karst geography & white nosed syndrome in bats and went caving (thanks to Ken Olive for the donation of several of our caving helmets)
    8. Learned about managed aquatic ecosystems at Eagle Bluffs
    9. Collected data for MDC on the invasive Rose Mallow plant along the distribution channel.
    10. Assisted with trapping turtles at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area for research and learned what information was collected.
    11. Created Esri online maps and Story Maps Apps to share and present the geo adventures of the week!

    In addition to the vans for the camp, the MGISAC support of the purchase of GPS/geocaching supplies which helped to teach an additional 30+ campers from all over the US attending a Labor Education camp how to use GPS to navigate and Geocache (I didn’t have photo permissions for those youth so I didn’t include those photos in the album). There are over 575 photos available for viewing.
    Along with MGISAC the GeoTech camp was supported in 2014 by Esri, 4-H, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Geographic Alliance, City of Columbia, Gamma Theta Upsilon, and Missouri Department of Natural Resources (State Parks & Historic Sites).

  2. Geography Awareness Week & GIS Day
    Geography Awareness Week is coming up, November 16-22 with GIS week right in the middle (Nov 19). This year’s theme is “The Future of Food” and a GREAT resource of fun things to do to think about food and geography is the book, Mission Explore: Food.
    So, consider how food fits into your GIS in your office and help celebrate Geography Awareness week and GIS Day. Don’t forget if you host a GIS day event register it at www.gisday.com.
  3. MO K-12 GIS License
    The first contract for the Missouri K-12 License expired July 31, 2014 and we have renewed our license through 2017. This comes with 1 large change, the administrative use of GIS in education in this license is no longer supported. It is for INSTRUCTIONAL purposes only. The Missouri Geographic Alliance staff notified all current K-12 license holders and reissued licenses throughout June & July so that schools utilizing the licenses would have little to no interruption in service. If you know of a school interested in the K-12 license for schools please have them request the license at: http://gis.missouri.org and if they have questions, please direct them to email the Missouri Geographic Alliance at mga@missouri.edu
  4. Esri ArcGIS Online Organization Accounts
    Esri has offered to any US K12 school (public, nonpublic, or homeschool) an ArcGIS Online Organization for free, for instruction. Key info and a request form are at http://connected.esri.com. (See esp. the orange “Resources” section.) Steer your high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools here. In the past educational org accounts were requested through the statewide license however, this process is being shifted over to the ConnectEd procedures.

6.5 Outreach — Colin Duewell, Tim Donze
Donze: SEMO workshop September 17. 28 registrations and a lot of activity. Next workshop will be a LiDAR workshop in SEMO at the same facility on November 5. C. Duewell: Northeast Missouri workshop follow-up survey has been closed; most responses positive.
6.6 Marketing and Communications — Jason Warzinik
Listserv icon has been added to the web site. Northeast workshop presentations have been posted. Strategic plan has been posted. Call for committee chairs to keep their information current.
6.7 Policy and Legislation — Joe Clayton
No report.
6.8 Strategic Planning — Matt Gerike
Draft strategic plan distributed electronically yesterday. Hard copies available upon request. Strategic plan, after modification and adoption, will be returned to committees. Motion from Drum to accept the Strategic Plan as written. Seconded by Spicci. Question from Marsh about what is being accepted. Friendly amendment from White to express the motion as accepting the motto, mission, vision, and goals stated in the Strategic Planning process document. Discussion about expressing goals in future versus present tense. Question about distinction between activities that have a logical completion and activities that are ongoing. Discussion and wordsmithing. Call to question from Marsh. Motion passes unanimously.
6.9 2015 Missouri GIS Conference — Mark Duewell
Several conference calls and a Prioritization Survey resulted in the following decisions – there may yet be some minor tweaks to these results because it is still out for comment with the Steering Committee.

  1. We will charge $225 for registration
  2. Under the auspices of “Education”, we will make an attempt to preregister K-12 field trips for a potentially 3 hour morning or afternoon Geospatial Education Track (still working out the details – but currently there is purposely no registration cost planned for this event for students or instructors) – we will budget healthy snacks accordingly – but will need to set a limit on this before we go forward – that’s why pre-registration is key. We will know well in advance of the event how many classes – if any – are interested and budget accordingly. More on this as it develops.
  3. We will find a way to have the “mobile” agenda – hopefully at little or no cost. Cheap daily printed copies will be available at the registration booth – but the Ramada’s screens outside each conference room will be utilized also.
  4. We looked at a physical mail-out – Jamie estimated as much as $2000 to do this – the conference co-chairs feel the return on investment will not likely cover the cost – at this time this has been pulled off the table.
  5. Slide presentations during shared meals are on. Only potential cost here is a possible award for most interesting slide.
  6. We are working out a vendor model with some new twists – we believe it will take advantage of the Springfield location and provide some needed options to vendors. We have decided to provide a full meal (Caribbean) on vendor night.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After careful consideration – and based on survey responses – we’ve decided to let the future MGISAC 2 year budget take care of itself. We’ll strive to put on the best conference we can as a group – and the conference will generate the funds that it does and that’s that.
We’ve decided on a modest registration increase – and been very sensitive to fiscal costs – and will continue to be so as conference planning moves forward.
The plan is to finalize the budget next week.
Please contact Steve Marsh, Curtis Copeland or myself if you have any questions.
7. Liaison Reports
7.1 MAGIC Consortium — Amber Reynolds
Consortium planning meeting at the beginning of September.
7.2 National States Geographic Information Council — Tony Spicci

  • 3DEP program funding announced.
  • Consumer Finance Protection Bureau advocating a national address and parcel database and is seeking comments through 8/22. NSGIC will comment on plan.
  • FirstNet has met with first state, Maryland.
  • Virtual state caucus last week. Talked about addressing, planning for future caucuses.
  • National Governor’s Association includes GIS in their next year plan.
  • NSGIC continues to be heavily involved in addressing efforts.
  • New legislation pending on Federal geospatial activities, should support the NSDI.
  • COGO working group on legislative concerns surveyed. Not a lot of alignment, unfortunately.
  • Conference September 14-18.

8. Cooperating Agency/Organization Reports
8.1 NRCS — Liz Cook
Will not attend September meeting. Attending a LiDAR workshop in Texas. Took delivery of 3″ imagery yesterday. Looking at ephemeral gullying and last year residue.
8.2 USGS — Shelley Silch
USGS has a Broad Agency Announcement out on the 3DEP program. Amendment one has just been released which extends Stage 1 (Pre-proposals) to September 5, 2014 and Stage 2 (Proposals) until October 17, 2014.
8.3 Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership — Diane True
No report.
8.4 Missouri Mappers Association — Melissa Johnson
No report.
8.5 Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors — Joe Clayton
No report.
9. Round table Discussion
Lane: Leaving the Missouri National Guard for the USGS. NG will be represented by Wiley Howell. Will become elevation project manager on the National Map.
Howell: welcome any inquiries related to the National Guard.
Briedwell: Anonymous attacking all government sites related to Ferguson, Missouri riots. Be aware and prepared.
White: State Fair taking place right now. Please share with those you think may be interested:
The Missouri Geographic Alliance and the Kansas Geographic Alliance is holding a joint 1-day conference at Park University, Saturday September 27th. The “Underground Geography” conference will take advantage of Park University’s unique underground campus and karst geography!
We will be sharing Geography Awareness Week lessons and activities to be shared. There will be afternoon sessions sharing Esri’s ArcGIS Online Story Maps spatial analysis capabilities and more activities and lessons for the classroom teacher tying geography and history!
Dr. Matthew Gerike of the City of Columbia, MO and graduate of Kansas State University will keynote the event with a presentation of his research: On the Trail Again: Roads to Santa Fe, Historical Geography, Memory, and Landscape.
If you want to learn more of these types of activities hosted by the Missouri Geographic Alliance you can sign up for the newsletter (usually goes out about 2-3x a month) or join the Facebook page at: mga.missouri.edu/how-to-get-involved.
Gerike: Will not attend September meeting.
Warzinik: Google Imagery as a Service, 6″ nationwide.
Spicci: Working to update bear web site. Desperately need programmers, have 25 mobile apps to port to new platforms.
10. Next meetings: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m., Camden County Building, Camdenton, MO; October 9, 2014, 9:00 a.m., Conservation Employees' Credit Union Auditorium, Jefferson City, MO
Meeting adjourned at 11:16 a.m.

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