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GLIN==> Great Lakes Information Network redesigned: Catch the new wave!

For immediate release
May 15, 2000

Great Lakes Information Network redesigned: Catch the new wave!
http://www.great-lakes.net or http://www.glin.net

Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission is pleased to announce a
new look and
enhanced navigation for the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN). The
new GLIN is
officially unveiled to the public today, May 15.

The site features a condensed “Daily News” page that includes current
Great Lakes news and media stories, new Great Lakes web sites of
interest, a fast-forecast weather link, and Site of the Month profiles.
Other enhancements to GLIN include an advanced search engine that allows
visitors to narrow their searches by agency, keyword or GLIN topical
section, greatly increasing the visibility of the web offerings from
GLIN partner agencies.

Online since 1993, GLIN has received awards and high praise as a
one-stop-shopping resource on the Web for Great Lakes-related news,
issues, organizations and activities. Its usage has grown remarkably and
is fast approaching 1 million visits per month.

By cross-linking with hundreds of agencies and organizations involved in
management of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system, GLIN represents a
united web presence for the entire region and a model for other shared
watersheds around the globe. For example, a network modeled after GLIN
serves the Baltic Sea region and similar initiatives are under
development in the Upper Paraguay watershed in South America and the
Gulf of Maine in New England, among others.

With the new design, GLIN continues to use an “ecosystem approach” in
its navigation, recognizing the integrated nature of the water, land,
human and economic resources of the
binational Great Lakes basin. Two new components of GLIN are The
Education And Curriculum Homesite (TEACH Great Lakes) and Maps and
Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

TEACH focuses on advancing the nature and distribution of Great
Lakes-related educational
materials to the broad audience of educators and students in the Great
Lakes region and
beyond. The TEACH site will be a “virtual library” of curriculum and
related educational materials, as well as an educators' information
exchange corner, image gallery, expert speakers bureau and more.

“Maps and GIS” is a new portal for managing and maintaining digital data
at a regional level.
Users can browse and download images in the map gallery, access datasets
that can be used with GIS software, or sample online GIS mapping tools.

GLIN is supported by grants from the Ameritech Foundation; the U.S.
Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information
Administration; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes
National Program Office; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District;
and Environment Canada. GLIN development and maintenance services are
provided by the Great Lakes Commission.

Contact: Christine Manninen
Phone: 734-665-9135
Fax: 734-665-4370
E-mail: manninen@glc.org


The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency
created by state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a
strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission
consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors’
appointees from its eight member states. Associate membership for
Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration
of Partnership.” The Commission maintains a formal Observer program
involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities,
binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices
are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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