Introduction

Malin, Kim,

Yes, I've been to all the links. In my opinion, at this time, Google probably offers the most potential for our particular needs, although we have yet to define them in detail. In any case, it's a good place to start from, but whether we stay with it will depend on our demands and it's capability. Programmers are likely to have had experience working with it.

I agree that some email correspondence in advance of a meeting is a good use of time and technology. We could use the SIAST LearnLinc server which allows voice communication and application sharing, which we use extensively at SIAST to deliver course content in a synchronous modality. It's simple to use. We could give that a try (need headset of course).

Give it a try, go to http://learnlinc.siast.sk.ca/LearnLinc/lms/login.pl?template_dir=learnlinc

Click on link to create a user account. The first time you should be prompted to install a small application on your computer to run LearnLinc, which you should allow, then it puts you through a microphone and speaker test.

Then log into the server with your new credentials, scroll down the list of courses until you see my name "Curt Schroeder", which is my LearnLinc sandbox. This is a Web conference software that we support and is used by our students throughout North America, so it should meet our needs.

Once you have set up your LearnLinc account, send me an email and we'll organize a Web conference. If we accomplilshed this tomorrow (Friday) we're well on our way to facilitating progress on our map project.

Regards,

Curt Schroeder Faculty Trainer

SIAST Wascana Campus

Regina, SK S4P 3A3

schroederc@siast.sk.ca

(B) 306.798.9631

(F) 306.798.0196

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Malin Hansen [mailto:hansen2m@uregina.ca]

Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 10:59 AM

To: kim Dohms

Cc: Schroeder, Curt

Subject: Meeting about map

Hi Kim and Curt,

Have we decided if we are having a meeting tomorrow (Friday) or not?

Perhaps it is not that urgent to meet yet and I am wondering if we can do some of this via e-mail, especially since we all have access to our own computers and could probably even meet on the phone:).

Kim, I know that you would like to discuss what questions to ask people and organizations who are to be included on the map, but I think we could come up with a questionnaire just from e-mailing back and forth a bit. Regarding the map, it might be better to wait until we have more information on what can be done. For example, I know that Google map would work, but I do not know its full potential.

Also, I would like to know how SWA's project demonstration map was done, but I have not had a chance to talk to the right person about it yet. Curt, have you had a chance to look into Google map as well as the map created by SWA? There were links to these in earlier e-mails.

Ok, so let me know if you still want to meet or if we can work on this separately for a little while longer. Kim, I will send you an e-mail with some ideas on questions later today.

Malin

 

 

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 Kim, Malin,

Given that I'm also the Coordinator of the Technology Group, I'm eager to get RCE people to try out the LearnLinc Web conferencing server that SIAST supports since it costs us nothing and saves time and money in travel, especially in winter. So, dig out your headset (or microphone and speaker) and install Learlinc on your machine. If you don't have a headset, buy one. Get one with a USB connector and Skype certified. About $60 at Future Shop. Older headsets with the two connectors will work too, but strongly recommend the newer headsets with USB connectors. I suspect the University computer shop will have them.

I also took the liberty of creating a Forum on our Web site (www.zebra.anatexis.net) called Map Project. I highly recommend we switch our email communication to this bulletin board approach. Don't have to hunt through old emails, can share with other RCE members and it provides an archive. Check it frequently or make us of an RSS feed aggregator like Google Reader which I demonstrated last Friday. By the way, the RSS feeder on our Web site is now working. If you were there at the tutorial last Friday your Google Reader should now be receiving posts from our Web site which makes it convenient to monitor the information being posted.

Can we do a LearnLinc session tomorrow some time?

Regards,

Curt Schroeder Faculty Trainer

SIAST Wascana Campus

Regina, SK S4P 3A3

schroederc@siast.sk.ca

(B) 306.798.9631

(F) 306.798.0196

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Kim Dohms [mailto:dohmskk@uregina.ca]

Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 11:56 AM

To: Malin Hansen

Cc: Schroeder, Curt

Subject: Re: RCE Mapping ideas

Hi Malin and Curt,

I just checked the biology students' computer lab and it looks like it's booked for Biostatistics from 1:00-2:15 tomorrow. It's open all day on Thursdays though, so perhaps we could use it on a Thursday instead, or a Friday after classes are over. However, the LearnLinc server sounds good - I just don't know if I've got a headset. I'll check on that at home and let you know, Curt.

I think we could definitely come up with a questionnaire via email or just over a quick coffee meeting. I've started a list of organizations and people that I think we could contact and a few that are possibilities but I'm not sure what they do. I can send this to you, Malin, once I've completed all the contact info I can on it and then we can forward it onto the working group for more suggestions or to fill in information.

Cheers,

Kim

 

 

Keith Fortowsky wrote:

> Our Info Services has a training room, but I doubt that it is

> available while the CUPE strike is on, and that same strike means I

> don't really have time to follow up. So remember it as a future option.

> /Keith Fortowsky

>

> Roger Petry wrote:

>> Hi Malin,

>>

>> While I am not aware of computer space here at Luther aside from what

>> we used last Friday, Keith Fortowski who was also at our training

>> session and is part of the RCE Technology Group (RTG) indicated to me

>> that there was some computer lab space available on campus. I will cc

>> him on this e-mail as he may be able to help you. Please see my other

>> comments regarding the dimensions of the region that may be helpful

>> for your mapping purposes. It would also be good if this could

>> somehow build onto our existing content management system but I know

>> that Tim is also very busy right now. We might be able to gather the

>> data we are interested in on our RCE website while we are choosing an appropriate mapping tool.

>>

>> I hope this helps,

>>

>> Sincerely,

>>

>> Roger

>>

>> On Mon, 2007-26-11 at 16:36 -0600, Malin Hansen wrote:

>>

>>> Hi Kim and Curt,

>>>

>>> I could come to the UofR or SIAST this Friday at 1:30pm to discuss

>>> website contents and ideas for the map. Last Friday I discussed the

>>> issue with Tim Maciag and he said he would look into it as well.

>>> Would it be useful for us if he attended the meeting as well? He

>>> seemed rather busy so perhaps we will have to go ahead without him.

>>> Tim, if you are able to make it, let us know! Tim or Roger, do you

>>> know of any computer labs that we could book/use at the UofR for

>>> about an hour or so on Friday afternoon? Kim, perhaps you could

>>> check to see if the biology computer lab on the 4th floor is

>>> available Friday afternoon.

>>>

>>> Thanks,

>>>

>>> Malin

>>>

>>> Quoting Kim Dohms <dohmskk@uregina.ca>:

>>>

>>>

>>>> How would this Friday (November 30) at 1:30 work? I'm not entirely

>>>> sure where; I'll already be at the U of R, but I could travel to

>>>> SIAST without much of a problem

>>>>

>>>> This will help me to determine the information I'll need to request

>>>> from people for the inventory so the sooner we meet, the better.

>>>>

>>>> Thanks,

>>>> Kim

>>>>

>>>>

>>>> Schroeder, Curt wrote:

>>>>

>>>>> A Friday usually works well for me. We ought to meet where we

>>>>>

>>>> have

>>>>

>>>>> access to a networked computer, or three. We can do this at

>>>>> SIAST,

>>>>>

>>>> or I

>>>>

>>>>> can come to the U of R. Probably meet no longer than an hour or

>>>>>

>>>> so, I

>>>>

>>>>> would think. These links are helpful in assessing our own needs.

>>>>> Regards,

>>>>>

>>>>> Curt Schroeder Faculty Trainer

>>>>> SIAST Wascana Campus

>>>>> Regina, SK S4P 3A3

>>>>> schroederc@siast.sk.ca

>>>>> (B) 306.798.9631

>>>>> (F) 306.798.0196

>>>>>

>>>>> -----Original Message-----

>>>>> From: Malin Hansen [mailto:hansen2m@uregina.ca] Sent: Monday,

>>>>> November 26, 2007 12:27 PM

>>>>> To: KimDohms

>>>>> Cc: Malin Hansen; Schroeder, Curt

>>>>> Subject: Re: Mapping ideas

>>>>>

>>>>>

>>>>> Hi Kim,

>>>>>

>>>>> Yes, SWA's interactive map of demonstration projects is exactly

>>>>>

>>>> what I

>>>>> had envisioned! Thanks Kim, for bringing it up!!! It looks nice and

>>>>> you can zoom in as much as you want. The only thing that

>>>>> the google

>>>>> map does better is showing people exactly how to get to

>>>>> the place,

>>>>> i.e. you can zoom in to the street or grid road. I wonder

>>>>> if we can

>>>>>

>>>> do

>>>>> something similar with a map like SWA's. I will talk to Ryan Lorge

>>>>>

>>>> who

>>>>> I think is responsible for putting SWA's map together. Regarding

>>>>> meeting times I should be fairly flexible. I work Mondays, Tuesdays

>>>>> and Wednesday and would therefore prefer to meet a

>>>>> Thursday or a Friday.

>>>>>

>>>>> Malin

>>>>>

>>>>> Quoting Kim Dohms <dohmskk@uregina.ca>:

>>>>>

>>>>>

>>>>>> Hi Malin and Curt,

>>>>>>

>>>>>> I nearly forgot about the interactive map that SWA has put

>>>>>>

>>>> together

>>>>

>>>>>> for their demonstration projects. Here's a link to the page

>>>>>> where

>>>>>>

>>>> you

>>>>

>>>>>> can access the map:

>>>>>> http://www.swa.ca/Stewardship/PrairieStewardship/Default.asp?

>>>>>>

>>>>> type=Services#

>>>>>

>>>>>> Cheers,

>>>>>> Kim

>>>>>>

>>>>>>

>>>>>> Malin Hansen wrote:

>>>>>>

>>>>>>> Hi Kim and Curt,

>>>>>>>

>>>>>>> Check out this site! This is pretty close to what we might be

>>>>>>> interested in: http://www.foundcity.net/ The technique which

>>>>>>> uses google map is called mashup. This

>>>>>>>

>>>> website

>>>>

>>>>>>> gives a good overview about its use:

>>>>>>>

>>> http://www.oreillynet.com/etel/blog/2005/05/hackers_tap_into_the_fun

>>> cti

>>>

>>>>> ona.html

>>>>>

>>>>>>> It would be good if all three of us looked into the

>>>>>>>

>>>> possibilities

>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>> of

>>>>>>> creating a map over SK, which could zoom into areas such as

>>>>>>>

>>>> cities

>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>> or

>>>>>>> sites. This would be great for people who are looking for

>>>>>>>

>>>> direction

>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>> to

>>>>>>> sites such as Hidden Valley etc. The site with the map could

>>>>>>>

>>>> then

>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>> be

>>>>>>> linked to our theme area group page on the RCE website. It would

>>>>>>>

>>>> be

>>>>

>>>>>>> great if we all looked into this before we meet. Should we

>>>>>>> try

>>>>>>>

>>>> to

>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>> set

>>>>>>> a time for a meeting within the next two weeks? What are your

>>>>>>> schedules like?

>>>>>>>

>>>>>>> Malin

>>>>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>>>

>>>>>>

>>>>>

>>>>>

>>>>>

>>>>>

>>>>

>

>

>

 

 

 

Curt Schroeder

Faculty Trainer

SIAST Wascana Campus

Regina, SK

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Mapping tool

Thank you for setting up the LearnLinc conference today, Curt. I think that the google map will work very well for items (places, projects) that can be mapped and will be an excellent addition to the site. I'm looking forward to meeting with Malin and you next week so we can come up with a plan for an online search function for the inventory as well.

Kim Dohms

MSc Candidate, University of Regina, Department of Biology