March 10, 1998

03/10/98 RMIUG Meeting - Mapping on the Internet

(Please note - as mentioned earlier, RMIUG has a new location for 1998! We are going back to our original meeting place, The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. Our sincere thanks go to NCAR for use of their facilities.)

The Tuesday, March 10th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group will feature a presentation called "Mapping on the Internet," an interesting look into locating, creating and using maps on the Net, along with some of the history and evolution of this technology. Colorado is widely known as a knowledge center for geographic information systems, satellite and mapping technology, and our panel of four experts will help us better understand how mapping is being used on the Internet.

Joan Blake (jblake@mapquest.com), Director of Communications at MapQuest will discuss how maps are being created for and used by consumers on the Internet. Sol Katz (skatz@blm.gov), GIS Specialist/Webmaster at the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), will discuss some of the history and evolution of mapping technology and discuss the work that BLM is doing in this field. Kevin Andrew (kandrew@infonow.com), Chief Financial Officer at InfoNow, will discuss how corporate customers are employing mapping technology on large web sites. Finally, David Fosdeck (dfosdeck@esri.com), who works in technical marketing at Environmental Systems Research Institute, will talk about geographic information systems and applications that are enabling people to create and publish maps on the Internet. Join us for an interesting evening, and bring lots of questions for our expert panel!

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The meeting is Tuesday, March 10th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for refreshments and informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research (note: new location!) at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, which is located on the west end of Table Mesa Drive, up the hill, right under the Flatirons. For door-to-door driving direction, go to MapQuest (http://www.mapquest.com/ ), click on TripQuest, enter your starting address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.

RMIUG appreciates the ongoing support from XOR Network Engineering (http://www.xor.com) for administration of RMIUG's electronic discussion lists & WWW site. Thanks also to NDA (http://www.nda.com) for sponsorship of refreshments for our group.

Consultants and companies are invited to bring Internet-related product information, brochures, and business cards which will be displayed on an information table.

There is an email mailing list set up for this group. General information can be obtained by sending an Email to rmiug@rmiug.org which will generate an auto-reply message that tells you about the lists and how to subscribe. You can also reach the RMIUG "Executive" Committee at rmiug-comm@rmiug.org. Our WWW site is at http://www.rmiug.org/rmiug/

Tentative schedule of upcoming RMIUG meetings:

  • May 12: Panel discussion on ADSL and high speed Internet access
  • July 14: Hot Internet startups in Colorado - panel of CEO's/founders
  • Sept: (pending) Secrets of the Pros on Maintaining HUGE Web Sites, a behind-the-scenes peek at large, well-known web sites by the experts who maintain them
  • Nov: TBA

(To suggest a topic, send your idea to rmiug-comm@rmiug.org)

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