Collaborating with the public through geospatial tools

Authors: Jennifer Lee Pera*, US Environmental Protection Agency
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Environment, Careers and professional development
Keywords: geospatial, federal, public
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The Environmental Protection Agency has sought out how to communicate technical and scientific work to the public in engaging ways through geospatial technology. As most of the agency's work is place-based, the geospatial community at EPA has been strong since the founding of the agency. Over the past six years EPA has built out a GeoPlatform to facilitate geographical analysis by non-technical staff, encourage collaboration among staff and partners, and communicate the agency's work with the public through online maps. In the past few years, EPA staff have used the GeoPlatform to create story maps to communicate about new regulations and programs, coordinate environmental work with tribal and community partners, and share program information and data services with the public. This presentation will explore the ways EPA built community with partners around shared geospatial services and applications, translated technical information into engaging story maps, and demonstrated the importance of geographical thinking in solving environmental problems. Information will be shared about how researchers and the public can access EPA's data and geospatial tools and get students involved in research projects with EPA.

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