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Thursday, October 15 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Morning Track 2: Mapping the Pandemic

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Choropleth Maps Normalized for Social Distance in the Classroom 
Lucas Martin, James Holcomb, Dr. Patrick Kennelly, Central Oregon Community College
With the application “COCC Social Distance 2019-20” college administrators can perform time-enabled, multivariate investigations regarding which and to what degree classes in 2019 were above social distancing capacities established for 2020, thus identifying which classes need special accommodations for the COVID-19 era. Classrooms are symbolized according to 2019 event attendance as percentage of social distance capacity and records are filtered using time-sliders and attribute-parameters. Maps were created by joining non-spatial attendance and social distance data to existing classroom footprints using Make SQL Table, which created a ‘stacked’ feature of multiple records in one location, filterable according to time-stamp.

A Travel Health Perspective on Mapping COVID-19 at the CDC
Ellie Milligan, CDC Travelers' Health
The CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine routinely monitors and analyzes public health data needed to issue Travel Health Notices (THN) about health threats outside the United States. As the global and national epidemiology of COVID-19 evolved, so did CDC protocols for data analysis and visualization. An interactive map was created to display COVID-19 travel recommendations, THN level, and recent COVID-19 case counts, by country. This talk summarizes how the CDC created the map, describing the processes used to synthesize and visualize the data, and the corresponding travel health recommendations CDC made as our understanding of the pandemic changed.

Fighting COVID-19 through Spatial Data Science and geospatial data  
Miguel Alvarez, CARTO
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has spread all over the world causing a global health, economic, and political crisis. In these circumstances, the use of Spatial Data Science and location-based data streams is more important than ever. In this talk, I will present the work done at CARTO to help fight COVID-19. I will walk through the different analyses and models we have worked on, from understanding and predicting the dynamics of the COVID-19 spread over time and space in the US and Italy, to empowering public administrations in NYC and Spain with insights and tools to better plan and respond. A special focus will be given to how insights and results were visualized using CARTO’s technology with plenty of examples.

Revamping an Introductory GIS Course for Online Delivery 
Nathaniel Douglass, Carolyn Fish, University of Oregon
The rapid switch to online teaching is something nearly all students and teachers experienced during the COVID-19 crisis. Without physical access to lab spaces and in-person support, GIS courses had to adapt quickly to provide students with valuable course material that was both engaging and accessible. This presentation explains the process of developing an online Introduction to GIS course at the University of Oregon. We share what went well, what could be improved, as well as helpful tips to run an online course.

Challenges in the Museum World in the Covid-19 Era
Daniel G. Cole, Smithsonian Institution
Maps in the museum environment vary between static, animated and interactive displays in association with exhibits. But after Covid-19 arrived on the stage, interactive kiosks and other devices have needed to be eliminated since their use would require a constant repetitive cleaning by staff, which is not a realistic option. Nonetheless, turning interactive maps into animated and static maps requires rethinking and retooling the map’s message. I will be focusing on two exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History that deal with this problem: the Geology, Gems and Minerals hall, and the relatively new Outbreak exhibit.

COVID Cartography: mapping mobility, symptoms, and more with Facebook Data For Good 
Presenters TBD
In the Spring of 2020, Facebook Data for Good released an interactive COVID-19 map and dashboard, visualizing several coronavirus-related datasets created using aggregated Facebook data in conjunction with a network of academic research partners. In this presentation, we give a tour of the functionality of the map and its various data layers, including data on COVID and flu symptoms as reported by Facebook users, and aggregated mobility data showing rates at which people have been moving around or generally staying put during government-mandated periods of physical distancing. Throughout the presentation we explore the cartographic challenges and opportunities in combining these diverse datasets and discuss our experience of quickly developing and launching an urgently-needed interactive map in a rapidly changing information landscape.


Lucas Martin

Central Oregon Community College

Ellie Milligan

CDC Travelers' Health

Nathaniel Douglass

University of Oregon

Carolyn Fish

University of Oregon
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Daniel G. Cole

GIS Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution
Daniel G. Cole is the GIS Coordinator and Chief Cartographer of the Smithsonian Institution (SI). He has worked in this position since 1990, and since 1986 has served as the research cartographer at SI. He has designed and created maps for multiple exhibits at the National Museum... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2020 9:15am - 10:30am PDT