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GLIN==> Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange (RDX) 2004 Conference Proceedings are now available

The Great Lakes Regional Data Exchange (RDX) 2004 Conference Proceedings are
now available at http://rdx.glc.org/conf04.html. 

In October 2004, more than 150 people met in Detroit, Mich. to discuss the
future of information technologies and data management in the Great Lakes -
St. Lawrence River region.  Over the course of the three-day event, this
collection of regional experts shared recent accomplishments, outlined
current challenges and brainstormed collective solutions.  

Numerous developments within the region have forged a need for a new
generation of information technology tools to assist informed and effective
management of the region's unique resource - the Great Lakes basin.  These
developments include new water quantity management protocols under the Great
Lakes Charter Annex 2001; initiation of the Global Earth Observing System of
Systems and its regional component, the Great Lakes Observing System;
increased high-level coordination among U.S. federal agencies under the new
Great Lakes Task Force; review and possible revision of the Great Lakes
Water Quality Agreement; proposed U.S. federal legislation  to support a
basin-wide restoration plan and regional activities to coordinate such a
plan; and more.  

With a theme of decision support systems, this conference explored the
potential for improved management and synthesis of data and information to
facilitate progress in each of these emerging areas.  Additional prominent
topics of discussion at the conference included remote sensing, geographic
information systems, web-mapping applications, e-government, data exchange
policies, the Great Lakes Information Network, legal issues, security, and
emerging technologies.  The conference laid the groundwork for establishing
partnerships and a community for advancing these important issues.  This
proceedings document presents the formal discussions that occurred at the
conference and the outcomes, recommendations and future steps.

The following emerged as primary recommendations from the conference: 

. Establish a leadership structure for regional data and information
management to promote efficient and consistent actions and practices within
and beyond the Great Lakes region.  

. Increase the commitment of regional partners to open and efficient
exchange of data and information and collective product development.

. Improve communication, team-building and coordination among and between
the Great Lakes data and information management and user communities.

. Adopt and implement standards for data collection, management, access,
exchange and tool development.

. Ensure complete and consistent metadata are developed and shared for all
regional data holdings to promote efficient discovery, convenient access and
appropriate use of data.

. Develop and implement advanced informational tools to promote science,
education and informed decision making.

. Coordinate consistent data management strategies to support implementation
of emerging activities regarding monitoring systems, indicator development
and restoration.

These recommendations are described further in the full conference
proceedings.  The proceedings, presentations and information about past and
future events are available at http://rdx.glc.org

For more information, contact Jon Dettling at the Great Lakes Commission,
Dettling@glc.org, 734-971-9135

The 2004 RDX Conference was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the Great Lakes Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing,
the International Joint Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

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