GIS DAY 2019 Presentations

We welcomed GIS enthusiasts from across campus and the community at our annual GIS celebration. This year we altered our format slightly and we gave attendees more time to network and connect with fellow GIS-ers.

Wednesday, November 13

9:30AM – 10:30AM

Coffee & networking  

10:30 AM

Opening Remarks Tracy DeLiberty, Geography & Spatial Sciences, UD
10:35AM  Onwards & Upwards: GIS Infrastructure in the Cloud!

In spring 2019, Cecil County Government migrated its physical GIS hardware to the cloud. What, exactly, is “the cloud”? What are its advantages and disadvantages compared to an “old fashioned” server rack in a server room? What is the timeframe and cost of undertaking such an endeavor? How did the move impact the County’s enterprise-level GIS? And how does it impact future decisions? If you’ve ever been curious about cloud computing, this presentation is for you!

-presented by David R. Black, AICP, GISP GIS Coordinator Cecil County Government

10:50AM GIS Modeling of Agricultural Suitability in the Highlands of the Jornada Branch of the Mogollon Culture of South Central New Mexico

Changes in the importance of agriculture in prehistoric economies are of major interest in a range of contexts worldwide. Measure of site location in relation to agricultural potential are an important tool for identifying relative shifts in the importance of agriculture over time within a given region. Here we examine the application of GIS modeling of agricultural potential based on soils, topography, temperature, precipitation, and horizontal coordinates in the highlands of the Jornada branch of the Mogollon culture of southcentral New Mexico to explore shifts in agricultural reliance over time.

-presented by Andrea L. Anderson, Anthropology, UD

11:05AM Anatomy of a Shooting

This Story Map, entitled “Anatomy of a Shooting,” details how the University of Delaware Police Department used technology and sound investigative techniques to successfully identify and prosecute an individual who fired numerous shots from a handgun following a fight at the Laird basketball courts in August, 2013. 

-presented by Mark Seifert, director of Emergency Management, UD

11:20AM Closing remarks John Stevenson, Library, Museums & Press, UD & John Huffman, IT, UD
11:30AM Door prizes  
11:40AM  Poster session, lunch & networking  
12:00PM Off the Beaten Path: Using GIS to Optimize and Monitor Humanitarian Supply Distribution in Madagascar

Software Demonstration

You have dozens of remote villages that require supplies and you can only set up a few distribution points. Where do you place them when you lack traditional road network data? How do you keep track of which households have received aid and those that have not? Large international development agencies face questions like this every day all around the world. By leveraging the ArcGIS Platform, mapping, analysis, and monitoring allow for effective project planning and rapid emergency response.

presented by Eric Wagner, Solution Engineer, Global Water Practice, ESRI

This year’s prizes

5 individual ArcGIS for Personal Use licenses & 100 Service Credits

T-shirts, books, and other swag from ESRI

Swag from CEOE


Presenter Biographies

Andrea L. Anderson

Andrea L. Anderson

Andrea L. Anderson is the Archaeology Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Delaware, working with students in the lab, conducting collections research, and participating in fieldwork. She holds an MA in Anthropology from Binghamton University. Currently, her interests are in Native American and gender issues in the early colonial time period and lithic technology in the Southwest.

David Black

David Black

David Black is the geographic information systems coordinator for Cecil County, Maryland.  Mr. Black oversees an enterprise level information system used by Cecil County’s Department of Emergency Services, Department of Land Use and Development Services, and Department of Public Works (amongst others).  A portion of said system includes Cecil Maps (, Cecil County’s online GIS application that averages over 5,000 users per month and allows users to query property ownership data, zoning information, infrastructure location, and much more.  Mr. Black’s current projects include working with internet service providers to extend service to areas lacking broadband, implementation of Next Generation 911 standards at Cecil County’s public safety answering point, and improving previously deployed field data collection apps used by field based personnel.

Mark W. Seifert

Mark W. Seifert

Mark W. Seifert has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Wilmington University. He is the Emergency Management Director at the University of Delaware. Lieutenant Colonel Seifert was a Delaware State Trooper for 21 years and he retired as the Deputy Superintendent – the second highest rank within the State Police – in 2008.

Eric Wagner

Eric Wagner

Eric Wagner is nothing short of a geography nerd and is beyond proud of it! Currently, he works at Esri as a Solution Engineer on the Global Water Practice and volunteers much of his free time to several non-profit organizations in the region that focus on international development and environmental conservation. He graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Geography and an MS in Geography from West Chester University