Well, my bias is showing through, but how about a session on:
"Geographic Information on the Internet for use in
Water Policy formation"
Possible topics: Can common GIS data be used to help resolve water
policy debates? Do agencies currently share GIS data for policy making?
What further data is needed? What tools or education would be useful?
(Added by Kevin) Examples of successful Internet GIS projects. Why are
they successful? How did they develop? What would be the most
important steps agencies and districts could take to utilize the power of
the Internet to help solve their GIS problems and needs?
Possible speakers: (I'm sure there are a bunch of other possibilities, but
these people pop to mind)
Prof.s Robert Twiss or John Radke - UC Berkeley,
or Prof. Mike McCoy, UC Davis
Kevin Reagan (MWD)
Dwight Russell (DWR Div. of Planning) or Stacey Cepello (DWR Northern
Ralph Johnson or Dave Cornelius (State Water Resources Control Board)
Margit Arambaru (Delta Protection Commission)
Margaret Johnson (San Francisco Estuary Institute) - added by Kevin
I'd be glad to moderate or participate.
(Added by Kevin: anyone offering to help moderate and organize a
workshop will improve the odds that their workshop suggestion is selected :-)
If we had Internet access like last time we could show sites such as
Rivers Assessment (UCD ICE) and GRASSLINKS (UCB REGIS)/
(The conferences will have Internet connectivity to the workshops.)
Personally, I think the capabilities of the Internet and advances in
data sharing and translation are going to open up a new era of
policy development. Using common GIS data as the geographic framework
for traditional data, such as water quality, quantity, biological and
zoological measure, etc. agencies may not come to similar conclusions
but at least they'd be "on the same page".
talk to you soon,
Information Systems and Services Office
California Department of Water Resources
(916) 654-1448 fax (916) 653-5657