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WAML 2013 Meeting

Tenaya Lodge
Fish Camp, CA
October 30 - November 2, 2013

Waterfall in Yosemite from Pixabay user Simon Yosemite from Pixabay user Waterfall in PDPhotos Mirror Lake, Yosemite from Pixabay user tpsdave

Meeting Information

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


Speaker information

Daniel Brendle-Moczuk
Re-Locating the Orchards of Victoria, BC: A 20 yards diet!
daniel is currently the Geo-Spatial Librarian at the University of Victoria, BC.

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 an 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

Check out Jim's site and his movie based on the Wieslander VTM:

Mapping Change In Sierra Nevada Forests 2D from Steven McQuinn on Vimeo.

Program notes

Continuing Education Session:
XML metadata
Working with GIS data can be challenging. Documenting that 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.
-Jon Jablonski, UC-Santa Barbara

GIS Unconference

We all have index maps of some sort. Chris Thiry and Jon Jablonski have been talking for the past year about a repository of data files that would represent quadrangle indexes. This repository might be able to handle individual institutions' holdings information, or it might just be a page on the WAML website that serves as a place to go get shapefiles. Either way, between Chris and Jon, they have about a hundred sets worth of data.

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?

Of course, in the spirit of unconference, if you would like to propose a different project--please do so! There's no reason you can't change our minds. And there's no reason we can't work on 2 projects. Or 3!


Map to Tenaya Lodge

Yosemite, while beautiful, is somewhat remote. Nearly 300 miles from both San Francisco and Los Angeles, driving to Yosemite may be the easiest way to get to the meeting. If you're interested in carpooling, either driving or riding, please make sure to click on the WAML 2013 transportation spreadsheet in the registration acknowledgement page.

Driving directions

Directions from the National Parks Service

Yosemite by air

You can fly into an airport near Yosemite and then rent a private vehicle or connect to a bus (motorcoach) service to reach the park. The nearer airports are smaller fields; their commercial flights are less numerous and may be more expensive than those to the more distant major airports.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport: the nearest commercial airport to Yosemite's South Entrance and Wawona, about 75 minutes away, and 115 minutes (95 miles, 150km) from Yosemite Valley by private vehicle (use CA-41).

Sacramento International Airport: about 4 hours (185 miles, 295km) from Yosemite Valley by private vehicle (use CA-120).

Oakland International Airport: about 4 hours (175 miles, 285km) from Yosemite Valley by private vehicle (use CA-120).

San Jose International Airport: about 4 hours (185 miles, 300km) from Yosemite Valley by private vehicle (use CA-120).

San Francisco International Airport: about 4 hours (195 miles, 315km) from Yosemite Valley by private vehicle (use CA-120).

Airports, & getting from the airport to Yosemite

The closest airport is Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), which is about an hour and a half from the park. Go to Fresno Yosemite International Airport to see a list of today's flights, or to Fresno Yosemite International Airport route map to play with the animated route map.

If you're surprised at the number of flights, note that Fresno County's population in 2011 was 940,220 and the city of Fresno is the fifth-largest in California.

PLEASE NOTE if you are planning on taking a bus from the Fresno airport to Tenaya Lodge and/or from Tenaya Lodge to the airport, you MUST book your trip in advance. There usual host of shuttle companies do not provide unscheduled service from Fresno to Tenaya Lodge. Tenaya Lodge advises that renting a car may be the cheapest option. The airport's list of ground transportation options is here: Fresno Yosemite International Airport transportation information.

Driving directions

Driving directions from Tenaya Lodge

Current conditions at Yosemite

California Highway Patrol's Incident Report (regional list of real-time problems: choose Fresno or Merced)

You can find more information on John Rabold's site.


To register, please complete the registration form. Instructions on payment are on the form. If you are interested in carpooling or sharing a shuttle from the airport, make sure to visit the carpool spreadsheet which is linked from the registration acknowledgement page.

Registration for the conference is $70 which includes two lunches (Thursday and Friday) and breaks. Meeting attendees can register separately for the banquet. The cost for the banquet will be $55.

Tenaya Lodge and Executive Chef Frederick Clabaugh pride themselves on the amazing food available in a variety of settings. Simply put, the food at Tenaya is really, really good. You can find out more about the Lodge's cuisines, sustainable food practices and more on the Tenaya Lodge dining page.

PLEASE NOTE: Tenaya Lodge is located in a rural area that can be difficult to reach if you don't plan ahead! If you're planning to fly to Fresno, Los Angeles, or the San Francisco Bay Area, please make sure to review the transportation section of the conference website. If you'd like to participate in a carpool or share a bus, please use the WAML 2013 transportation spreadsheet.


WAML has reserved a block of rooms at Tenaya Lodge. You can make a reservation at the conference rate of $149 by using the Tenaya Lodge reservations site. Using this link will pre-populate the group rate code field with the WAML reservation code.

You can also contact Tenaya Lodge at 888-514-2167. Use Group Code 30O6Z4 to get the WAML conference rate.

There are no other lodging options near Tenaya Lodge. It is highly recommended you reserve a room at Tenaya Lodge for the conference.

Field trip

The field trip on Saturday, November 2, will be an 8-hour guided tour of Yosemite National Park. We will visit Yosemite Valley; Mariposa Grove (giant sequoias); and, weather permitting, Glacier Point.

There are many photo stops along the route through the park and we'll have from 30 minutes to over an hour to explore the Mariposa Grove, Glacier Point and areas of Yosemite Valley, including some of the waterfalls. Join us to learn about the history, geology, flora, and fauna of Yosemite.

The bus tour will begin and end at Tenaya Lodge. The field trip registration fee includes park entrance fee, a box lunch, and water and soft drinks throughout the day. Registration for the field trip will be $65. The bus is limited to 29 passengers, so reserve your seat early. Contact Kathy Stroud (kstroud@uoregon.edu) if you have questions about the field trip.

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