WAML 2013 Fish Camp, (Yosemite), CA, October 30 – November 2, 2013

Welcome to Yosemite! We hope you’ll enjoy the High Sierra and find some time to connect with colleagues and exchange ideas near the beautiful Yosemite Valley.

A focus of the WAML 2013 program is looking toward the future: what do we want the organization to do, to be, to become? The program supports this vision with sessions on using GIS to create clickable index maps, XML metadata, and mapping with OpenStreetMap. There will be a number of engaging speakers, who work in Yosemite and WAML members who work around the western United States. Of course, there will be plenty of time to see old friends and hopefully make some new ones! We hope to see you in Yosemite.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact anyone on the Planning Committee:

Katie Lage: katie.lage@colorado.edu
Mary Larsgaard: mary_larsgaard@hotmail.com
Cynthia Moriconi: cynthia@ucsc.edu
John Ridener: jridener@gmail.com
Kathy Stroud: kstroud@uoregon.edu


Wed Oct30

1:15 – 5:30 Executive Board Meeting

6:30 – 8:30 Early Bird reception Fireside Room at Jackelope’s Bar and Grill

Thurs Oct31

9:00 – 10:00 Daniel Brendle-Moczuk: Re-Locating the orchards of Victoria, BC: A 20 yards diet

10:00 – 10:15 break

10:15 – 10:45 Tami Morse & Tamsen Hert: Finding Toltec: Tracing a historical trip using modern maps

10:45 – 11:15 Chrissy Klenke & Dana Miller:   Cataloging outside the quadrangle: Making maps more accessible at DeLaMare’s Ansari Map Library

11:15 – 12:15 Jim Thorne: From closet to computer: Digitizing the 1930s Wieslander vegetation type maps and seeing what they tell us

12:15 – 1:15 lunch

1:15 – 2:15 Jon Jablonski: Continuing Education Session: Bootstrapping Metadata

Documenting GIS data at an appropriate level can be nearly impossible. The Continuing Education session will focus on XML metadata, what it is, why you want to know about it, and how you can get started using it to get information about your spatial data.

2:15 – 3:15 Daniel O. Holmes: Mapping Yosemite: A history and aesthetic

3:15 – 3:30 break

3:30 – 4:00 Cartographic Users Advisory Council (​CUAC) update and discussion

4:00 – 4:30 Matthew Tabaka: EastView’s new geospatial platform

4:30 – 6:30 GIS unconference led by Chris Thiry and Jon Jablonski: Index Maps

The GIS unconference will be a work session focused on creating and creating a repository for digital indexes made with GIS. Between now and October 30, we’d like to motivate you all to think about the problem of large sets of maps (or large sets of DRGs or DOQs–this works for data as well as maps). How do you represent these in your own collections? How do you get from knowing you have a set of AMS maps of Poland to knowing whether or not you have the 1947 edition of Krakow at 1:50,000?

Fri Nov1

9:00 – 11:45 Discussion led by Kathy Stroud : Future of WAML

11:45 – 12:45 lunch

12:45 – 1:45 Mapping activity led by John Ridener using OpenStreetMap

1:45 – 2:15 lunch

2:15 – 4:30 Business Meeting

4:30 – 5:30 Discussions on GIS Unconference & Sounding Board

7:00 – 9:00 Banquet: Forest View Room

Sat Nov2 9am-5pm Field Trip: Yosemite Park: We will visit Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove (giant sequoias), and weather permitting, Glacier Point. The field trip registration fee $65 includes park entrance fee, a box lunch, and water and soft drinks throughout the day.

Speaker Information

Tami Hert & Tami Morse Finding Toltec: Tracing a historical trip using modern maps
Tami Hert is the Head of the Emmett D. Chisum Special Collections at the University of Wyoming Libraries, which includes UW’s Historic Map Collection. She has conducted extensive research into the history of Yellowstone National Park, the State of Wyoming and the West.
Tami Morse is a cataloger at UW, specializing in maps and other cartographic materials. Tami and Tami have worked on several joint projects, including an forthcoming article in Cartographic Collections this fall.

Daniel O. Holmes, MA, MLIS, Geographer and Librarian, David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Mapping Yosemite: A history and aesthetic
The history of mapping of Yosemite National Park of course reflects the technical advances in mapping of the 19th and 20th centuries. But it also shows the surveyors’ and cartographers’ passionate interest in this magnificent landscape. Public interest from the time of the first known maps fueled their reproduction and distribution. And innovation for scientific purposes has also played a role. A series of maps will be shown and discussed to illustrate the glory that is Yosemite.

Chrissy Klenke, GeoSciences and Map Librarian, Mary B. Ansari Map Library, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, UNR Libraries
Dana Miller, Head of Metadata and Cataloging Dept., UNR Libraries
Cataloging outside the quadrangle: Making maps more accessible at DeLaMare’s Ansari Map Library
Two librarians new to their departments and positions work together to problem solve on how to better serve a diverse group of users of an under-described map collection.

Jim Thorne, Ph. D., Information Center for the Environment, University of California, Davis
From closet to computer: Digitizing the 1930s Wieslander vegetation type maps and seeing what they tell us. See Steve McQuinn video Mapping Change In Sierra Nevada Forests 2D