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GISMO Meeting Minutes 7/17//03

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    GISMO Meeting Minutes 7/17//03 Jack Eichenbaum and Ben Miller presiding (Supplementary minutes provided by Tom Lunke) ... McHugh) ... email:
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2003
      GISMO Meeting Minutes 7/17//03 Jack Eichenbaum and Ben
      Miller presiding
      (Supplementary minutes provided by Tom Lunke)

      Announcements:
      > Next meeting: W September 17 Program probably MTA Subways (Dan
      McHugh)
      > Circulated sign-in sheet (on contact list.) Correct errors by
      email: Mryvkin@...
      > Map Blogging: a lively discussion ensued about blogging and place-
      specific Internet activity. Related developments include place-
      archiving of emails, geotagging and civil rights issues. Is there a
      GISMO program here with the right person?
      > Ian White (Urban Mapping) ian@... displayed
      his "Dynamap" for tourists where different map layers are visible
      depending on reflection angle.
      > Jack Eichenbaum raised a question about maximum field width for
      attribute data in desktop software. (255).

      Subgroups:
      > Virtual GISMO and listserv: Noreen Whysel (nwhysel@...):
      The website has been updated to show past meeting minutes. Noreen
      will send email about how to use the GISMO website?? For those who
      complained about the adverstisements there are instructions on how
      to prevent.?? RYSE, GOURL? Other sites??
      > Real Estate subgroup: John Ziegler reported that he is looking for
      a real estate industry speaker for the next meeting.

      Recent Meetings:
      > Long Island GIS Spring Meeting Th 5/22 see www.ligis.org A
      low turnout was reported
      > NYC ARC Users at Columbia U W 5/21 Reported as interesting with
      excellent presentations.
      > Westchester GIS at Purchase College F 6/13; No report; try Ana
      Hiraldo aeh2@...;

      GISMO Advocacy:
      > DOH Environmental Health grant: DOH is the recipient of a federal
      grant for environmental health tracking which requires the
      establishment of a formal advisory committee from the Greater NYC
      data community. A number of GISMO members are taking part in this.
      Caroline Bragdon and David Kass of DOH are the outreach.
      > Dutch RAVI organization (data integration)
      http://www.euronet.nl/users/ravi/english.html is seeking to
      establish knowledge exchange with NYC. Contact GISMO members Mike
      Kevany mkevany@... or Jack Eichenbaum
      jaconet@... or Wendy Dorf wrdgis@...

      Upcoming Meetings:
      > NYS GIS Albany 10/1-2/03 may still be accepting presentation
      proposals, conference website and brochure soon
      available, meanwhile inquiries to Horace Shaw hbshaw@...
      > OASIS Steering group 9/9/03 10 AM for more info: "Matthew Arnn"
      <marnn@...>

      Introducing New GISMO Members

      JIA RU is a summer intern at the Landmark Preservation Commission
      and studying at Rutgers. Josephrujia@...

      BEN DISCOE is at TOPP/VTP integrating GIS, CAD, and Remote Sensing
      into virtual terrain modeling . (See website vterrain.org) 212-219-
      6053; bdiscoe@...

      SEAN FITZPATRICK is a commercial account manager with ESRI (NYC) and
      the Long Island Regional Representative. 212-349-3700 X12;
      sfitzpatrick@...

      JOHAN HERRLIN is with the ESRI (NYC) technical group and helped
      design the OASIS system. 212-349-3700; jherrlin@...

      ART HENDELA is a Ph.D. student in the Information Science Dept at
      New Jersey Institute of Technology and is involved in WTC recovery
      data analysis. 201-460-1253; art.hendela@...
      AUDREY MASSA is a geologist seeking to expand use of GIS at FEMA,
      now incorporated into the Department of Homeland Security. She works
      in environmental and litigation areas. 212-680-8625;
      audrey.massa@...

      JEAN MOOG works at the NYC Department of Finance in the Office of
      Technical Solutions, devoloping an intranet GIS for commercial
      property assessors. 212-361-1103; moogj@...

      MARLEN KOKAZ is involved with multi-engineering transportation
      systems at Urban Engineers Inc., based in Philadelphia. 215-922-8081
      X1461 mnkokaz@...

      NAOMI SANTONI is a recent graduate and now a nurse at Mt Sinai
      Hospital with an interest in GIS. 914-478-3148; nsantoni@...

      DAVID K SUTTON is a Hunter College graduate working with MTA in the
      NYC Transit division and is involved in strategic planning and
      Metrocard development. He is looking for a new job. 212-674-8153;
      dsutton@...

      NIDHI TOMAR was recently employed at the Board of Education and is
      learning to use GIS. 718-935-5581; nidhitomar@...

      CHRIS WILLIAMS is an intern, making maps at the Harlem Community
      Development Corp. 212-961-4164; chwilliams@...

      New Jobs

      BARRY DROGAN, formerly with MTA (Bridges and Tunnels), is now self-
      employed. 212-243-8784;
      Bdrogin@...

      SUSAN KRAUSS now works for an international government agency, GACC-
      YEC. 212-445-1029; sue831831@aolcom

      New Member by Mail

      SUSAN FOWLER has designed map-based interfaces for
      telecommunications networks and run a small land surveying business.
      She wrote a web application design book with a chapter on
      interfaces using maps. 718 720-1169; susan@...

      Veteran GISMO Members introduced themselves to the group.

      GISMO Program: OASIS (Notes by Charlie Ridgway)
      Steve Romalewski (NYPIRG-CMAP), Johan Herrlin (ESRI NYC) and Lenny
      Librizzi (Council on the Environment of NYC) presented. They were
      colleagues in developing the OASIS Tree Mapping Project, one of
      many useful coverages available in OASIS.

      *There are an estimated 500,000 street trees in New York City

      The tree project was a demonstration project funded by the US Forest
      Service to demonstrate the feasibility of assembling open space
      resources to apply them to a common theme. In this case that theme
      was street trees. The project covered small plots in three
      neighborhoods in a swath across New York City. The neighborhoods
      were chosen to represent three broad habitats:

      * Hunts Point, The Bronx: few trees but a high potential for tree
      plantings
      * Lower East Side, Manhattan: moderate planting and moderate
      potential for future planting
      * New Brighton, Staten Island: suburban community with heavy tree
      cover

      * 322 trees were surveyed for the project. They have an estimated
      replacement value of more than $1M.

      Data collection, presented by Lenny Librizzi, Council on the
      Environment of NYC, was handled by certified tree pruners. These are
      people who have been trained to care for city trees and are familiar
      with the various species and what they look like in health and
      sickness. Various parameters about each tree in the study area were
      collected such as species, diameter at breast height, height,
      percent crown cover, state of health, tree pit information. The
      teams in The Bronx and Manhattan collected the information on paper
      forms while the Staten Island team used handheld computers equipped
      with ArcPad.

      The ArcPad application was developed by Johan Herrlin of ESRI who
      described it. The application uses limited data (street and building
      footprint layers from the NYC basemap) because of the memory
      constraints of the palmtops. Trees were placed on the map manually
      rather than using the GPS capabilities of ArcPad because the actual
      location was more accurate given the inherent error of consumer
      grade GPS and the effects of multipath. Once a tree was located the
      application prompted the team to enter all the necessary data about
      that tree. The application asked pertinent questions based on
      previous replies and validated those replies on the spot. This has
      the obvious advantage of assuring that complete and accurate
      information is collected about each tree the first time. Data
      collected on the paper forms was transferred to a copy of the ArcPad
      application located in the office and Lenny reported that the hand-
      written data was basically as accurate as that collected using
      ArcPad in the field.

      The collected data was forwarded to the US Forest Service where it
      was processed with an algorithm that calculated the replacement
      value of the tree, the amount of pollution removed from the air by
      the tree, amount of pollution contributed by the tree, and the value
      of the tree relative to its ecological function.

      Finally the data was transferred to CMAP where it was plotted and is
      made available to the public on their Open Accessible Space
      Information System for New York City (OASIS) Steve Romalewski
      (NYPIRG-CMAP) provided an overview of the CMAP application. He
      advised users that the data available for inclusion on OASIS is a
      mix and match of data layers of differing vintages and qualities.
      Not all coverages conform to the NYC basemap. Scales of the various
      coverages do not always match so some coverages may sometimes drop
      out of the map. There isn't a lot of metadata available about the
      coverages right now but CMAP is working to improve both quantity and
      quality. They are also planning to make unrestricted coverages
      downloadable as shapefiles.

      OASIS can be viewed at www.oasisnyc.net
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