November 15, 2017 – The month of November plays host to one of the biggest holidays in America. Every year people from all across the county come together to celebrate family, friends, and the good things in life all while enjoying a delicious meal. While Thanksgiving is certainly the more recognized holiday, there is another day in November that is significant for a lot of people across the states and this year, several InterDev employees took part in recognizing National GIS Day.
GIS Day was recognized this year on Wednesday, November 15th. GIS Day was originally created in 1999 in order to provide an international forum for users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in society. There were hundreds of events and gatherings all across the globe and InterDev employees were proud to take part in a few of them.
Amber Keller and Brock Ryan, GIS Analysts with InterDev at the City of Dunwoody, celebrated GIS Day by sharing their knowledge with four classes of high school students at Clarkston High School in Clarkston, GA. Ms. Keller walked the students through a wide variety of the tools and resources used for GIS analysis including the Dekalb County Parcel Viewer map, a Land Use map, and a climate change story map. One of the more interesting discoveries for the students was how incredibly accessible these amazing tools are. Many of them are web-based tools and since many of the students use Chromebooks (internet based computers) in class, it was very easy for them to access and navigate through all these tools. The teachers were very interested as well and were excited to incorporate them into their curriculums.
Langdon Sanders and Mike Edelson, also GIS Analysts with InterDev, took part in presentations given at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on GIS Day. Langdon Sanders was part of the team at the City of Sandy Springs that was recognized earlier this year by URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) for it’s vital usage in the City’s Emergency Operations Center in early 2017. Mr. Sanders was invited to the CDC to present and discuss how this award-winning system could provide crucial, real-time information to the organization. Mike Edelson was part of a separate presentation given at the CDC in partnership with Dr. Lilly Immergluck. Dr. Immergluck presented her findings in a study concerning the relationship of how ‘access’ to a child’s healthcare provider might impact their ability to receive the complete number of rotavirus vaccine doses in order to be fully protected against the Rotavirus. Dr. Immergluck used several maps developed in conjunction with Mr. Edelson to illustrate some of her findings.
Many of InterDev’s GIS team members participated in a variety of other GIS Day events in their areas and InterDev is proud of the incredible passion they have for giving back to their communities.