Below are several presentations from the GIS and Data Day the GIS Center and University Outreach hosted on November 13, 2019.  Click each dropdown menu to find a brief description of the presentation and a link to download the presentation in PDF form.

Click here for the day's schedule.

"GIS Center Introduction" – Troy Rosencrants & Ahmed Alaiwat

Troy and Ahmed give a welcome to GIS Day as well as an update to the GIS Center’s MapFlint project, including new data and maps available.

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"Focus on Flint" - Jennifer Acree, CS Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation distributed the first issue of Focus on Flint to the community in August. The publication highlights facts and figures within several important issue areas including education, housing and public safety. It also incorporates qualitative resident input on things to celebrate and improve within the community. Following the distribution of the publication the Foundation held a series of community engagement sessions. Foundation staff will share what was learned from the community engagement process and how the data collected from residents could help shape local grantmaking. In this session we will present the methodology for Focus on Flint and highlights from the data. We will also describe our approach to community engagement, where we learned more from residents about community priorities and changes they would like to see in their neighborhoods.

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"Data Dashboard 101" - Tryphena Clarke & Elizabeth Jordan, Ruth Mott Foundation

The Ruth Mott Foundation partnered with the Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University to develop a community-level dashboard to be used by the Foundation and the community at large. The presentation will provide insight on why and how the Foundation developed a dashboard and showcase this easy-to-use resource.  We will walk through its design and some of functions. The goal of the Foundation’s 2016-2020 strategic plan is that residents of north Flint create and sustain opportunities to contribute and thrive. The North Flint Community Dashboard has been a practical tool to communicate performance, support decision-making, and build mutual accountability with the community related to the Foundation’s priority areas of youth, public safety, economic opportunity, and neighborhoods over time. The dashboard is accessible through the Foundation’s website and displays an overview of community-level trend data for the north Flint geography in relation to other local data.

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"North Flint Revitalization Initiative Community Based Crime Reduction Project" - Sandra Johnson, Hamilton Community Health

Hamilton Community Health Network as lead applicant and fiscal agent for a BCJI Planning and Implementation Grant of $1,000,000 for the North Flint Revitalization Initiative to reduce crime and improve community safety as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance neighborhood revitalization along the northern-most neighborhoods in Flint, Michigan. The North Flint Revitalization Initiative takes a place-based, assetbased, community-driven approach to catalyzing partnerships built on trust to reduce and prevent crime. Public health and public safety as inextricably linked, and community-based economic development is the path out of community and individual poverty. This project takes a collective approach to crime prevention and reduction by involving stakeholders, law enforcement and researchers as equals, bringing forth their knowledge, expertise and resources to solve issues that impact everyone.

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"Deep Mapping in the Rust Belt" - Dan Trepal, UM-Flint/Michigan Tech

Processes of deindustrialization, economic restructuring, and redevelopment efforts remain a widespread phenomena across much of the USA. These processes continue to have major impacts on social mobility, health, the environment, and community heritage within the region. The so-called rust belt of the Midwestern USA is an archetypical example of a deindustrialized region, with all of the attendant challenges and issues. Our research team applies an interdisciplinary approach to studying the rust belt through a digital geospatial research ecosystem. This big data-based ecosystem takes the form of a deep map, a digital spatial data infrastructure integrating multidimensional information and representations about space, time, architecture, material culture, environment, and community knowledge. The deep map is accessible to researchers and community members alike through a web-based interface. Ultimately, the deep map serves researchers, community members, and local decision-makers alike. The deep map permits these groups to collectively explore their community in new ways, and to collaborate on responses to challenges inherent in postindustrial communities.

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"What Cheer #2, the Forgotten Mine" – Ken Koleda, Genesee County

A brief presentation of the mostly forgotten What Cheer coal mine located in Genesee County and mapping of it's extent.

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"Building Mapping with Drones" - Daniel Argyle, Drone View Technologies

Giving participants a clearer understanding of how 3D drone data can benefit builders, insurance industries, property owners, and engineers. There are many ways we can acquire data regarding structures, land topography, material volumes, and drone data is one of the best methods. With drones, the data received can be delivered promptly and accurately, which increases the value to the interested party. When collected in a specific way, the data can produce insights that might not have been available to clients in the otherwise more traditional methods. Once the available 3D modeling software has processed the data, the recipients of the data will already be able to analyze the data. 3D drone data provides users with important information such as; building health, volumetric measurements, structure/utility inspections, and topography information.

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"Campus Energy Data" - Richard Hamilton, University of Michigan-Flint

Facilities and Operations has a system which uses data visualization to show trends, graphs, heat maps for our each of our buildings here on campus.

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"Census 2020" - Troy Rosencrants, University of Michigan-Flint

With the 2020 Census approaching, knowing where the hard-to-count populations across America is vital to obtaining accurate data. The GIS Center is assisting the Community Foundation of Greater Flint with mapping of their 2020 Census programming, in addition to examining various demographics across Genesee County region.

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"2017 Speak to Your Health Data Rollout" - Suzanne Cupal, Genesee County Health Dept; Dr. Daniel Kruger, University of Michigan

Key data will be presented from the 2017/2018 Speak to Your Health Survey data including information related to the Flint Water Crisis. The survey includes health and quality of life information from Genesee County residents 18 years old and older.

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