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communicationHigh Energy SpeakersThursday, April 27, 2006Closing Keynote Address • 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.William BurgessTony Spiccistrengthening communities facilitatingSharing knowledgeBill Burgess has a B.S.Degree in Conservationand ResourceDevelopment awardedby the University ofMaryland’s Collegeof Agriculture in1974. The State ofMaryland sponsored hisparticipation in the Government ExecutiveInstitute which is a residential educationprogram managed by the University ofMaryland and the Aspen Institute. He workedfor the Maryland Department of NaturalResources from 1975 through 2003 whilemanaging programs that dealt with every aspectof water resources management. In 2003, hewas asked to reorganize three separate units ofthe Department into an effective new WatershedServices Unit with the goal of reducing thegeneral fund budget by 25%. He met thatgoal and managed the remaining 112 staffand $18.6 million budget until his retirement.Bill was active in statewide coordination ofgeospatial technologies throughout much of hiscareer. He has been an active member of theNational States Geographic Information Council(NSGIC) since 1993 and now serves as NSGIC’sWashington Liaison.4Tony is the GISCoordinator for theMissouri Department ofConservation (MDC) andserves in the ResourceScience Division as asupervisor. He began hiscareer with the Departmentof Conservation in 1992where he implemented a pilot program thatstudied the feasibility of implementing GIS forproject support within the Department. Duringhis tenure at MDC he has expanded the scopeof the GIS program from a project support toolto an enterprise-wide application in which allstaff has access to a full range of geospatialtechnologies. Tony has been very active infacilitating the use of GIS throughout the stateand nation and has served as the Chair of theMissouri GIS Advisory Committee for fiveterms and is currently serving as Vice-Chair.Tony has also served as the Symposium Chairfor the MidAmerica GIS Consortium’s (MAGIC)Symposiums in 2002 and 2004 and is currentlythe Consortium Chair of MAGIC. Tony hasbeen an active member of the National StatesGeographic Information Council (NSGIC) since1996 and was elected to the Board of Directorsin 2002. Tony is currently the President ofNSGIC.Tony is an authorized instructor for a numberof ESRI classes. He has been providing GISsoftware training for over 10 years, havinginstructed over 400 students. In addition toteaching courses in ArcView and ArcGIS, hefrequently teaches workshops and seminars atconferences. He recently founded GeographicInformation Technologies, a company dedicatedto bringing affordable training to the GIS user.
MIST 2006 – MAGIC Institute ofSpatial TechnologyGIS encompasses such a broad spectrumof disciplines and users, that developing aconference program that meets everyone’sneeds is a challenging task. Even morechallenging is an attendee trying to figure outexactly which sessions and topics will be mostinteresting and helpful. MAGIC 2006 willcontinue a technique that was pioneered in2004 that is intended to focus the content of thepresentation options into a program specificallyengineered to each attendee’s needs.A series of MAGIC Symposium CURRICULUMShave been planned to help you tailor learningexperiences. Many come wanting to learn moreabout specific technical subjects and some attendwanting to learn how GIS is used in a particularsetting. The Curriculums are based on twodimensions: 1) disciplines and 2) business tiers.An attendee may attend sessions solely basedon his or her discipline, such as emergencypreparedness. Alternatively, they may attendsessions based on his or her type of business,such as municipality or county government.Futhermore, the attendee can develop his orher own curriculum to a combination of bothdimensions. In addition, the MAGIC 2006Program Committee has structured the sessionsso many curricula can share sessions of commoninterest, and thus cover more topics more easilyfor everyone.Plan to come to MAGIC 2006 with a particularCURRICULUM in mind, or you may wait untilthe Symposium begins and sit down to visitwith one of the trained Curriculum Advisorsto develop a special sessions plan to meet youreducational needs. Regardless of which wayyou plan your Symposium, our hope is that thiswill give you an opportunity to learn more andfocus your time on subjects that will be of mostbenefit to you and your organization.2006 Program CommitteeAmber Reynolds, ChairRyan LanclosLearon DalbyProgram Format5MIST 2006 CurriculaThe six CURRICULUMS listed below willfollow the general format shown in the samplecurriculum with specific electives available tocustomize the symposium experience for anindividual’s particular interests or needs.1. Data Distribution and Web Technologies2. GIS and Your Surroundings3. GIS and Serving Your Public4. Data Management5. Policy and Management6. Data Creation and CollectionSample MIST CurriculumCurriculum Title/Audience:Discipline Emphasis: Emergency Responseand PreparednessCurriculum Advisors:Members of the Symposium PlanningCommitteeCurriculum Objectives:• To identify the needs of all levels ofgovernment to better prepare for variousdisasters.• To create or acquire data needed to betterprepare and respond to those disasters• Obtain the appropriate software and trainingto educate emergency response participants• To build comprehensive standards andincorporate ideas between emergencyresponse officialsRecommended Pre-SymposiumShort Courses:• Introduction to Python• Integration of Scanned documents inYour GIS• Creating an Internal Needs Assessment• Presentation Skills for the GIS Profesional• Cartography in ArcGIS 9Recommended Curriculum Breakout Sessions:• Health and Emergency Planning• Public Health Applications• Intergovernment Coordination• Data Access• Municipal Enterprise Systems• Standards Implementationssharing knowledgestrengthening communitiesfacilitatingcommunication