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Date:	Mon, 21 Oct 2002 15:49:13 -0700
From:	Trina Innes <trina.innes@SIFERP.ORG>
To:	FWIM-L@LISTSERV.VT.EDU

NATURAL RESOURCES INFORMATION MANAGEMENT FORUM
February 5-6, 2003, Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION
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To be successful in the 21st century, the natural resource sector needs effective information and knowledge management capabilities!  Sound sustainable forest and ecosystem management depends on access to information and knowledge that is current, reliable and credible. FORREX - Forest Research Extension Partnership is working with a variety of organizations to improve the way natural resources information is organized and used.
This two-day Forum offers a comprehensive look at natural resources information management through presentations on the latest information management strategies, tools, technologies, and initiatives. Local, regional, provincial, national and international experiences will be shared. It will improve your awareness and understanding of information and knowledge management activities, and provide you with ideas on how to implement your own solutions and/or leverage the experience of others.
Could your information holdings be better organized? Could you benefit from learning more about strategies, tools, and technologies for collecting, managing, organizing, sharing and using your data, information and knowledge assets? Would you like better access to information? Would you like to put your knowledge to work?
If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, you and your organization would benefit from this conference.
More information and updates on the Conference Web site:
http://www.forrex.org/imforum
AUDIENCE
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This Forum is intended for managers, information managers, decision-makers, educators, knowledge workers, and anyone with an interest in, or influence over the management of scientific, biological or geospatial information. Industry, First Nations, government and non-government organizations with local, provincial, national or international mandates will benefit from this event.
HIGHLIGHTS
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Approximately 35 speakers will present in plenary and concurrent sessions. Keynote speakers include:
Dr. Nancy Dixon, Author of 'Common Knowledge: How Companies Thrive by Sharing What They Know' Dr. Meredith Lane, Global Biodiversity Information Facility.  Dr. Al Simard, Canadian Forest Service-Knowledge Management Division.
Don Howes, BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management.
Eliot Christian, United States Geological Survey.
Poster participants and vendors will share experiences and technologies at the Expo! Trade Show space is still available!
Two optional workshops are planned for the morning of February 7th (8:30-12:00).
Workshop 1. Making Your Data More Valuable In an age of increasing technological capacity and access to information, metadata represents a critical element in information-sharing environments. What is metadata? What are the values of metadata to an organization and to natural resource management decision-making? How are metadata records created? What standards are available? Why is it important to include biological elements? How are metadata records made available? This workshop will explain the finer details of metadata creation and demonstrate Intergraph's Spatial Metadata Management System (SMMS) software with emphasis on the Federal Geographic Data Committee's (FGDC) Biological Data Profile.
Workshop 2. Information/Knowledge Management: Getting Started How do you start managing knowledge? This workshop examines several success factors: leadership, culture, business processes, technology, knowledge/content, people/skills and evaluation/measurement. The role of these factors in planning, developing and implementing information/knowledge management strategies is explored. Participants will learn practical and action-oriented approaches for "getting started" on an information/knowledge management plan for their organization.
REGISTRATION AND ACCOMMODATION
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Register with the Forestry Continuing Studies Network:
Visit: http://www.fcsn.bc.ca, click on Conferences and find the "Natural Resources Information Management Forum" Tel: 604-222-9157 (Toll Free British Columbia 1-877-222-9993)
Email: inquire@fcsn.bc.ca
Conference Fee:
$200 (2 days); Post-Conference Workshop: $75 (1/2 day).
Accommodation:
Stay at the conference hotel and get great rates! Free shuttle service from Vancouver International Airport. When booking, say you're a "Natural Resources Information Management Forum" delegate. Rooms are approximately $85/night (plus taxes).
	Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre
	7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC, Canada, V6X 1A3
	Tel: 604-273-7878   Fax: 604-278-0188
	Toll-free: 800-663-0299 Outside North America: 800-345-4321
	E-mail: info@richmond-hotel.ca
	Web site: http://www.richmondinn.com

SPONSORSHIP
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FORREX is pleased to offer technology companies, forest industry, provincial/federal government, academia, and non-government organizations opportunities to increase visibility of activities/services at the Natural Resources Information Management Forum. A variety of sponsorship packages are available.
MORE INFORMATION
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For further information on the conference or sponsorship opportunities contact:
Trina Innes
FORREX - Forest Research Extension Partnership
Tel: 250-371-3955 Email: trina.innes@forrex.org
For more information on the Trade show contact:
Tom Rankin
Forestry Continuing Studies Network
Tel: 250-573-3092 Email: tom.rankin@fcsn.bc.ca

Terry Link, Director
Office of Campus Sustainability
Michigan State University
525 S. Kedzie
East Lansing, MI 48824
1-517-355-1751
1-517-432-9555(fax)
www.ecofoot.msu.edu



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