Alice Grgicak-Mannion of the University of Windsor was presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada’s annual ESRI Regional User Conference in London today. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, the leading geographic information systems (GIS) provider in Canada, presented the Award in recognition of Ms. Grgicak-Mannion’s dedication, enthusiasm, and initiative in using GIS in education and research, and integrating GIS into Windsor-Essex community projects. More than 100 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was one of the highlights of the conference.
As the GIS and Remote Sensing Coordinator for the Earth Sciences department at the University of Windsor for the past five years, Alice was one of the main driving forces in the development of the GIS laboratory and the implementation of an ESRI Canada university-wide site license agreement. She has developed and delivered GIS workshops in the lab for high school geography teachers in the Windsor-Essex Region. Alice also works with faculty in using ESRI products for research purposes. A prime example is the Detroit River Area of Concern GIS Study where researchers focused on river dynamics, environmental degradation of the ecosystem, sediment transportation/contamination, and policy development. This study was important because it updated bathymetric mapping of the river and provided an overall picture of physical/chemical/biological interactions
(sediment, toxins, metals, etc.) that aided researchers in assessing and analyzing the overall health of the local ecosystem.
The University’s Earth Sciences department has recently acquired two state of the art computer laboratories, primarily used for teaching and research for visualizing and modeling geographic, environmental, and geologic data. Earth Sciences has been using GIS and Remote Sensing to conduct research in the fields of environmental geochemistry, physical geography, biology, ecology, urban planning, and computer application development, to name a few. Alice also assisted in the development of several community partnerships/projects. Her main responsibilities were management, implementation, application design and development, and presentations for the following projects.
§ Windsor-Essex Tourism Project – an interactive online GIS
§ Pelee Island Project – an interactive website that documents the ecological history of Pelee Island
§ iCity, Historic Sites of Walkerville – an ArcIMS web service including community history, geography, architecture, and planning information
§ Election Poll Locator – an Internet GIS application for the public to locate election polls for the November 2000 municipal election
§ Region Wide Aerial Photography Initiative – digitally orthorectified photography to be used in both GIS and CAD systems
Alice and the Earth Sciences department have recently started to promote and
create partnerships with other organizations within the Windsor-Essex region
to develop a digital data-sharing consortium. This consortium allows members
to access important datasets and conduct joint projects.
ESRI Canada presents Awards of Excellence annually to organizations or
individuals across Canada for their outstanding achievement in the
application of GIS technology.
Intergraph software to be used for development of National Spatial Data
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, in collaboration with AGILE, awarded the University of Zaragoza, Spain with the inaugural GeoMedia(R) Research Grant for AGILE members, during the recent Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe’s (AGILE) sixth annual Conference. The grant will enable the university, an Intergraph Team GeoMedia Registered Research Laboratory, to develop a Web-based national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) for Spain that includes GeoMedia technology. The award-winning project will facilitate the exploitation of key public sector information for an extensive list of applications, contributing both to economic development and environmental management of the country. A key objective of the project is to advance interoperability of the spatial data infrastructure, which usually consists of reference geographic data, metadata, and diverse Web services, allowing scientists, company professionals and the general public to more easily and quickly locate and access spatial data. The project will participate in the European Commission’s (EC) INSPIRE, INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe, an initiative to create European legislation to guide national and regional spatial data infrastructure development, as well as ongoing activities of the Open GIS Consortium. Entitled, IDE-E: Advances for an INSPIRE-based National Spatial Data Infrastructure in Spain, the Feasibility of GeoMedia Software Components, the project centers on seven key activities and a three year timeline to create the infrastructure.