GA URISA Online Luncheon — GIS Profession Survey Results and Visualizing Data for Public Users

Topic: GIS Profession Survey Results

Presenters: Cory Alden and Robert Phillips

Cory Alden is an Application Support Analyst for Cobb County’s Core GIS Team. In this position, Cory creates customs web applications and maps, designs web pages, and is an ArcGIS Online Administrator. His career goal is to create practical and interesting uses of GIS data and applications for the general public.

Past Positions include: Remote Sensing Scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, and GIS Technical at the Bureau of Land Management. Cory holds a B.A. in Geography from Georgia College & State University, an M.A. in Geographic Information Science (GISc) from Appalachian State University, and a Graduate Certificate from Appalachian State University.

Robert Phillips works for the Cobb County Water System as a GIS Specialist. He helps maintaining the various water assets throughout the county, creating customized solutions for various projects and/or workflows, builds and writes various scripts/tools to generate reports or streamline tasks. One of his many goals is to further his knowledge and understanding of GIS, and to ultimately test his knowledge as well as the various limitations of GIS.

His past experiences include working as an intern for the American Cancer Society, Cobb County Government, City of Roswell Parks and Recreation. He has a Bachelor Degree in Geography with a certificate in GIS. Some of his major accomplishments are the Cobb County Brewery and Distillery Tour, which was presented in the ESRI UC in 2018.

Topic: Visualizing Data for Public Users

Presenter: Amber Schmidtke

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Dr. Amber Schmidtke recognized there was a large gap between the way that scientists communicate and how non-scientists receive information. She has combined her roles as a public health microbiologist and college educator to provide meaningful analysis and explanation of disease trends to the public through a popular newsletter and podcast. As a result of these communication efforts she was invited to serve as a member of the Georgia COVID-19 Data State Task Force, advising government agencies on how to package their complex data to meet the needs of the public.

Summary of the talk: Discussion of lessons learned while creating data visualizations for the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Meeting Info:

Meeting number (access code): 160 180 5592

Meeting password: X3RpFxJ6Ui2

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

11:45 am  |  (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)  |  1 hr 30 mins

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