Distinguished Achievement Award 2009

Distinguished Achievement Award 2009

With nearly twenty years of professional work experience, Daniel Nelson has consistently made, and continues to make, high-quality contributions to the ISGS. His current role as the GIS Database Administrator involves preservation and long-term management of the Survey's vast scientific GIS database holdings. During the last several years, he has made considerable progress and has successfully transformed the GIS database environment into an increasingly robust and more efficient operation.

Nelson's efforts on the Illinois National Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse and in database management have brought considerable recognition to the ISGS. In 2001, Nelson was part of a team processing new Digital Orthophoto Quads (DOQs) for the entire state. This innovative project was used as a template for integration of large raster datasets to the dynamic ISGS database. Its successful completion served as a model to secure numerous externally funded projects for the Illinois Clearinghouse.

The Illinois Clearinghouse continues to be an important resource for anyone working with GIS and remote sensing technology in Illinois. By providing easy access to a substantial amount of data, the Clearinghouse is recognized throughout the country as the key Web site for Illinois digital data. Colleagues outside the ISGS continue to comment about the effectiveness of the Illinois Clearinghouse and associate the Illinois Clearinghouse with the ISGS.

As a geologist and database expert who has worked at the ISGS for many years, Nelson is extremely familiar with the Survey's mission, goals, and objectives. His work is a reflection of goals and objectives that are identified by the ISGS Strategic Plan, and he has single-handedly raised the bar for cohesive GIS database management.

Nelson's plaque reads, "Distinguished Achievement Award: Daniel Nelson, in recognition of your dedication and outstanding contributions in the areas of GIS, database development and management, and the Illinois Natural Resources Geospatial Data Clearinghouse for the benefit of the ISGS and the people of Illinois." In addition to his plaque, Nelson received a monetary award to be used for work-related purposes.