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Additional COVID-19 GIS Mapping Resources for Iowa

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.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has a similar page: https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus. One thing I like about the IDPH page is that they have the number of negative COVID-19 tests as well as the positive cases.


An interesting infographic site that is put out by ESRI called Impact Planning for COVID-19: https://business.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/dc74772707d94db9a7d24d30ffdcf36c. This site pulls together demographic data, hospital data, insurance data to give a snap shot of each county around the country.

AmericaView Educational Resources – College-Level

College-Level Remote Sensing Resources


GAView
AV University http://gaview.org/moodle30f/
IAView GIS and Mapping Task Sheets https://www.extension.iastate.edu/communities/gis/quicktasksheets
MNView Remote Sensing 101 https://minnesotaview.rs.umn.edu/education
MTView Python and R http://www.montana.edu/montanaview/
NHView Remote Sensing Webinars http://www.nhview.unh.edu/educations_webinars.html
VAView Remote Sensing Tutorials https://www.virginiaview.cnre.vt.edu/education.html
WVView Intro GIS and R Courses http://www.wvview.org/course_directory.html
VTView Intro to GIS Videos
RS YouTube
Remote Sensing with Computers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-TllvjKWBo&list=PLG0a9U3eef7qia0EHGLirRt3qeGCocpGL
https://www.youtube.com/user/joneildunne/videos
http://rscal.maitec.com.au/
AV Website GEE Tutorials https://americaview.org/program-areas/education/google-earth-engine-tutorials/
AV Website Educational Resource Portal https://americaview.org/program-areas/education/resources/

COVID-19 GIS Map Resources

The geospatial community has been doing a good job of mapping known COVID-19 cases. Having data in a map can often help us with decision making and help keep things in perspective.

ESRI has a COVID-19 GIS Hub which has a lot of great maps, data and applications.

Below are links to three maps that I have found useful:

– John Hopkins University has a map of global cases of the Coronavirus COVID-19 including data about confirmed cases, deaths, recovered, and active cases: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

– 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

Consider Presenting at ITAG 2020

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.

SUBMIT NOW

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

Iowa Map Contest 2020

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.

Contest Website: https://sites.google.com/site/iowamapcontest/home

Story Maps Website: https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-storymaps/overview

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.

Schools 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 in July.

What’s your GIS Story?

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.

TELL YOUR GIS STORY

Happy GIS Day #GISDay

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

Check out ESRI’s list of 101 ways to participate in GIS Day. Here are a couple ideas that stuck out:
27. Submit a story map to the 2019 StoryMapper of the Year Contest. I have heard of storymapping student contests but apparently ESRI also has a contest open to anyone with a $5,000 prize.
61. Wear your favorite GIS shirt.
My favorite map shirt features the Upper Pennisula of Michigan. What about you?
92. Complete a Learn ArcGIS lesson.
This is a cool site with real world guided GIS lessons.

#OSMgeoweek

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.

A Great Week for Geography and GIS

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.