Weekly update.

The USGS, ESRI and The National Lewis and Clark Education Center at The University of Montana proposed a national conference in May 2001 relating to Lewis and Clark geographical data. Every day new and important research relating to the Corps of Discovery geography becomes available, and it is the goal of the Data Consortium to assist in this process to make this information available in unique ways to the widest possible audience.

The goal of the conference is to join representatives from the private and public sectors who are interested in contributing unique data sets that reflect the historical and contemporary geographical characteristics of the Lewis and Clark Trail and its environmental context. The challenge remains to identify known and unknown data resources, continue the process of collecting these resources and work to convert such resources into a digital format. Representative data may include botanical, hydrological, climatological, cartographical, meteorological, zoological, geological, cultural, political, contextual, demographical and general geographical-historical information that could be aggregated, digitized and georeferenced for dissemination through interactive Web-based applications. Classified and non-classified remotely sensed imagery are to be considered from satellite, aerial and ground-based systems. Metadata documentation will be emphasized.

The formation of the Lewis and Clark Data Consortium coincide with the fast-approaching Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration scheduled for 2003-2006. To participate, contact Alex Philp at aphilp@eoscenter.com or 406-243-6469.