CGA Virtual Forum 2021: Geographic Data Science and Public Policy


Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 10:30am to 12:30pm



In the wake of much public data science and public data visualization (as related to covid-19, elections, police violence, evictions, etc.), how is geographic knowledge translated to various publics? What are the important GIScience principles that get muddied in the rush toward storytelling with data, including long-standing concerns around choropleth thematic maps, polygonal transformations, data normalization, scales, projections and more. In this forum, we invite geographers and data-based journalists in a variety of organizations to offer thoughts on the roles and means of translation. Invited speakers include people working in data journalism as well as those working in data-driven institutes.

Topics include:

  • Data transformation / geographic apportioning / standards
  • Interpretation / visualization of space and places / storytelling with maps
  • Information enrichment / add value by location association / bring out insight
  • New data sources / social media with location / privacy / ethics
  • Policy implications / successful examples / cases of misuse

Final program

This event is open to the public. To join as an attendee, please register to receive the meeting link.

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