Here are several more maps that are helpful for understanding the COVID-19 spread in Iowa.
The State of Iowa has a COVID-19 page: https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/. There is a map of the the confirmed cases statewide. This page has demographic breakdown of the cases by male/female, age cohorts, as well as hospitalization and recovery information.
– University of Washington has a more detailed map showing the “infection cases” in the United States. This map has descriptive information about the cases which I have found helpful in understanding more about how the virus and transmission. https://hgis.uw.edu/virus/
– Another map that I have found helpful was produced by 1point3acres, it provides details about each individual case and includes case number, date confirmed, county, and other case notes. https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en
The Iowa Department of Public Health also produces a weekly Flu report (Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network) which gives very detailed information about the state of influenza-like illnesses across the state throughout the flu season. https://idph.iowa.gov/influenza/reports
Interested in presenting? The ITAG planning committee invites the submission of abstracts from professionals, educators, students and others participating in the latest developments in information technology and GIS.
Example topics might include: • ArcGIS Pro • GIS Web Applications • Drones • Next Gen 911 • Python • SQL Server • VMware • Windows Server 2019 • Project Management
Presentation types: • General Session – (Select 60, 45, 30, or 15 minute time-slots) • Lightning Round – (15 minutes) • Round-Table or Collaborative Session
Abstract Guidelines: • Abstracts cannot exceed 1,500 characters • Abstract submission is online only • Please fill out separate forms for each presentation submittal • Presentations should be informative and educational and not sales oriented
Gift Cards for Presenters: • Will receive $50 gift card for 60 minute talk, $25 for 30 minute talk • If a presentation has multiple presenters, they will only receive one gift card for the group • If presenter is presenting two or more times, they will only receive one card • Not valid for exhibitor or student presentations • Must submit presentation by April 15 and must register for conference before May 8 • Only applied if presentation is accepted for the conference • Card will be given at the conference
The 2020 Map Competition for Iowa middle and high school students is open.
Students in grades 4-12 are invited, with their teachers, to participate in this year’s mapping contest sponsored by Esri, the Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC), and William Penn University. This year’s theme is Mapping Iowa’s Tourist Attractions.
How to participate: Use the Story Map application to tell a story about an Iowa tourism site using a map and pictures.
Students submitting the five top middle school map entries (grades 4-8) and the five top high school map entries (grades 9-12) will receive a $100 cash prize and certificate. The top entry from each state will be submitted to the national competition hosted by Esri.
must submit their winners to the state for judging by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May
13, 2020. Iowa GIS professionals will judge the entries so Iowa awards may be
announced, and send winning entries on to Esri for the national competition.
Esri will announce the national winners on June 1, 2020. National winners will
receive a travel grant to the Esri Education GIS Conference held in San Diego
A few years ago the Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC) asked members to share stories of how members became interested in geospatial technology. Click here to read those stories. It is interesting to read all the different ways people get involved – often through school, other times through a work project, even through life events (hurricanes, Disney World, 4-H, etc.) No matter what path brought you to GIS; we’re glad you are here. Please consider sharing your story on the IGIC website as well.
Geography Awareness Week continues with the celebration of GIS Day.
Participate in the international celebration of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions. On GIS Day, help others learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS that are making a difference in our society. It’s a chance for you to share your accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS. – From the ESRI GIS Day website
The OpenStreetMap (OSM) community is also celebrating this week as OSM Geography Awareness Week (#osmgeoweek.) It is a time for teachers, students, community groups, and map lovers, in the US and around the world to join together to celebrate geography and make maps with OpenStreetMap, the free and openly editable map of the world.
Over 132 groups around the world are hosting mapathons to gather people to add to the OSM basemaps. While we aren’t hosting an official event in Ames this week, we do encourage you to get mapping. In a previous post, we suggested ways to connect with the OpenStreetMap community, click here to check that out.
Another way you can do to improve the OSM basemap is to log in and navigate to your local community. Add new developments, new roads, public buildings, parks, and points of interest. It’s always good to make sure your community’s data is fresh and correct.
This is another important week for geography and GIS.
November 11-16, 2019 is Geography Awareness Week. It was started over 25 years ago by National Geographic society as a way to raise awareness about the dangerous dificiency of geography in American education and to excite people about geography as a discipline and as part of everyday life. Learn more about Geography Awareness Week from the National Geographic website.