UD GIS Day | Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free breakfast and lunch catered by UD.

Discovering the World Through GIS

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in society. Join the University of Delaware’s Library, IT Client Support Systems, Department of Geography, Department of History, Delaware Geological Survey, Disaster Research Center, and Water Resources Center for a celebration of GIS. Throughout the event speakers will discuss a wide variety of topics including the cultural underpinnings of the geospatial revolution, GIS-based research in the Sea Grant Programs and the Delaware Geological survey, and on-the-job GIS experiences of recent UD graduates.


Location: Perkins Gallery, University of Delaware

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

A big thank you to our sponsors:

CDA Engineering; Library, Museums and Press; Client Support & Services; Geography Department; Center for Applied Demographics and Public Services; and Delaware Geological Survey.


09:30am – Networking and morning refreshments

10:00 am – Opening remarks:  Tracy DeLiberty, Geography

10:05 am – 11:55 am – Lightning Talks 

Time Presenter Presentation Description
10:05 Rusty Lee, Assistant Professor,
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Citilab’s Sugar Analyst–Measure Accessibility  There is a great deal of discussion about accessibility for people who use cars, public transportation, bikes or are pedestrians. But can accessibility be measured? Citilab’s Sugar Analyst provides a cloud-based tool that can be used to measure how accessible citizens are to jobs, retail, services or any number of points of interest. The tool can also be used to evaluate how improvements to infrastructure systems (roads, bike paths or sidewalks) can improve accessibility.
10:20 Lillian Wang, GISP, Delaware Geological Survey Delaware Geological Survey Story Map Gallery The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) distributes geologic and hydrologic information through publication and public service.  Web applications such as ESRI Story Maps are another way for DGS to deliver scientific information online with interactive maps that accompany informative text and imagery.
10:30 Jay Hodny, PhD, GIS Technician for the City of Newark Police and Public Crowdsource Reporting – A 2017 Esri SAG Award Winner Jay’s presentation will include a discussion and demonstration of Esri’s Crowdsource Reporting application, used to report non-emergency traffic concerns by the public. The three-day pilot project occurred in August 2016, and generated 76 concerns and more than 550 votes in favor of the concerns.
10:45 Troy Saltiel, undergraduate, Earth Ocean & Environment Open Data and the MapGive Initiative Open Data is of great importance to humanitarian response. Data can be expensive and/or lacking in quality, making it difficult to efficiently respond to disasters. The MapGive Initiative helps new volunteers learn to map and get involved in online tasks through OpenStreetMap, an online mapping service with free and open data. Organizations can request projects be created on a tasking manager where volunteers can contribute and crowd-source the data according to the urgency of the project. Through the MapGive Initiative, nearly 2 million new map features were added to OpenStreetMap between March 2014 and May 2017 and that figure continues to climb.
10:55 Naomi Bates, PhD, Delaware Geological Survey Applications of LiDAR Data Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is an active remote sensing technique using pules of light to measure distance to a surface.  In early 2014, topographic LiDAR was collected for the entire state of Delaware, and from these data, a seamless, statewide 1-meter, hydro-flattened, bare earth digital elevation model (DEM) was produced.  This presentation will include an introduction to LiDAR data and include examples of point cloud data, DEM analysis, and discussion of LiDAR derived data products and applications ranging from watershed studies to habitat identification.
11:10 Andrew Homesey, Water Resources, UD “Gee” in GIS – Geospatial Intelligence through the Collective Mind We have seen how the public good is served for professionals in the geospatial field by fundamental research by public entities. In this talk we investigate the role of citizens as investors in the activity of the government. As primary investors (and the largest shareholders) we must demand a high return on investment (ROI). Basic R&D provide benefits that redound to the public good many-fold, although the “investment horizon” is often longer than is tenable politically. It is up to us to protect and advocate for investment that promotes the common good in the long term, and supports the livelihoods of those of us in the geospatial profession.
11:25 Matt Kennedy, Esri Data analysis and exploration using Insights for ArcGIS Insights for ArcGIS is a web-based, data analytics workbench where you can explore spatial and non-spatial data, answer questions you didn’t know to ask, and quickly deliver powerful results.  This new tool adds data exploration to Esri’s powerful collection of spatial analysis capabilities.  The best part is that Insights was designed so anyone, not just GIS professionals, can easily explore vast amounts of data to discover the patterns that lie within.
11:40 State of Delaware FirstMap Overview of FirstMap enterprise GIS. More specifically – what’s available; how to access data; how to access services; how to download available data; data sharing capabilities; Story Maps and Web Apps.

11:55 am – Closing Remarks: Olena Smith, IT-Client Support & Services & John Stevenson, Library

12:00 pm – Poster session and light lunch