MEGA2  Standards Workshop - Orlando, FL, USA May 16-20, 2005

The ZIMS Data Standards Workshops are designed to help our software developer (CGI) define the rules for recording information in ZIMS so that this information is valuable to all users. (For example, when ISIS software users input the sex of an animal, data standards determine the choices you have to describe that animalís sex.)

Understanding that it will be difficult for experts to attend a five-day workshop, we have divided the workshop into three sessions.

  1. The first two days (16-17 May) will focus on the topics related to animal management, animal inventory, population management, enclosure management, taxonomy, group management, and institution management.
  2. Wednesday, 18 May will be a combined day-long session of both groups.
  3. The last two days (19-20 May) will focus on clinical medicine, drug inventory, necropsy, pathology, nutrition, preventative healthcare, protocol management, sampling, and scheduling.

Your participation in the ZIMS data standards development process is extremely important, and we hope that you are able to attend. Your institutionís financial support of your participation in this workshop will be recognized.

In order to get the best possible rates, please book your travel and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Participants should make their own room reservations by calling the Radisson WorldGate Resort 1-866-705-7676 and referring to the meeting "ZIMS". (Unfortunately they do not have online booking). Please book by April 15.

The meeting hotel is:
Radisson WorldGate Resort
 3011 Maingate Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34747 <>

MEARS Shuttle from airport $ 17.00 ($29 round trip). Participants should go to Level 1 after picking up baggage and look for the MEARS table to request a shuttle. You can also get a taxi at the airport but the one-way rate to hotel is about $50.00 .

Estimated Participant Costs:
hotel room per night 69.00 + 13% tax = $ 77.97
dinner (average) $ 25.00 (breakfast, 2 breaks, and lunch will be provided)

The workshop will be held at the hotel. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sue DuBois , 1-407-938-2838, email