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Concurrent Sessions (30 Minutes) [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 8

1:15pm EDT

PRESENTATION: 2020 Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)
AUTHORS: Cynthia Hale Gillham, U.S. Census Bureau; Trent A Berger, U.S. Census Bureau

ABSTRACT: The decennial census is fast approaching. The 2020 Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) offers regional planning organizations, councils of governments, and local governments the opportunity to review and modify select statistical boundaries that the U.S. Census Bureau uses to collect data in your community, so that we can give you the most relevant, useful information possible. Statistical boundaries let us give you the small-area statistics and spatial data you need. The 2020 PSAP geography review includes census tracts, block groups, Census Designated Places, Census County Divisions, and for the first time, American Indian and Alaska Native areas. Data made available by Census for these statistical areas is often used in grant applications to fund community and regional development, education, agriculture, energy, and environmental programs, as well as other needed community improvements and enhancements. You know your local community best. By participating in PSAP, you can help us provide relevant, useful data about population, income, and housing for small-geographic analyses. The Census Bureau will use the statistical areas defined for the 2020 Census to tabulate data for the 2020 Census, Annual Population Estimates Program, the American Community Survey (ACS), and Economic Census throughout the decade. Come learn more about PSAP today. The next opportunity to review and delineate statistical areas will not come again until Census 2030!

Tuesday May 8, 2018 1:15pm - 1:45pm EDT
Room 205

1:45pm EDT

PRESENTATION: Municipal Solutions with AGOL and Collector
AUTHORS: Fred Kapinos*, Town of West Springfield, Stephanie Straitiff*, Town of West Springfield.

ABSTRACT: 'The Town of West Springfield has developed several innovative approaches to using GIS for municipal applications. Using AGOL with related tables, our Building Department and Town Clerk have switched to using Collector to track building permits and dog licenses, instead of relying on outdated and under-supported software. We also implemented a Python script to send notification emails when new features are added to a DPW Request map, which alerts supervisors to work requests and potential emergencies. Moving forward this year, we hope to use Survey123 for Health Department inspections, as well as AGOL GeoForms--allowing utility companies to submit Street Occupancy Permits directly to our Engineering Department. All of these GIS applications are complemented by browser-based SQL reports, which can be customized to fit each department's unique needs. The goal of this presentation is to provide an overview of how we implemented these applications and address the issues we encountered along the way.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm EDT
Room 205

2:15pm EDT

PRESENTATION: Building an Ecosystem of Data Users
AUTHORS: Michelle Riordan-Nold, CT Data Collaborative

ABSTRACT: Striving for informed decision-making across Connecticut, the CT Data Collaborative empowers an ecosystem of data users by democratizing access to public data and building data literacy. With the increased availability of public data and open data initiatives, users now find themselves with more data than they could have accessed even a decade ago. Though data users have more data at their fingertips, their ability to evaluate data quality and navigate data analysis and reporting remains a challenge. In this session, we present our work to make data not only available but also accessible through www.ctdata.org; our efforts to liberate public data; and our data user engagement workshops held through our CT Data Academy-- designed to increase data literacy, expand data capacity and enable all to use data effectively.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 2:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Room 205