Development of reproducible scientific workflows for web GIS dashboards

Authors: Zachery Slocum*, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Eric Delmelle, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Wenwu Tang, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Cyberinfrastructure
Keywords: web GIS, dashboard, workflow
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 19
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Web GIS dashboards hold the power to improve outreach, aide decision makers, and communicate constantly updated scientific results to citizens. The widespread use of geographically infused dashboards during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown there is interest from citizens and scientists to bridge this communication gap. Now more than ever, it is important for geographers to standardize their work to extract useful knowledge from raw geographic data. Through reproducible scientific workflows, we can ensure updates are provided to citizens in a consistent and structured fashion with limited opportunity to make mistakes. Geographers should strive to take advantage of the latest technologies from computer science for the advancement of their work. In this paper, we introduce an example scientific workflow spanning commercial and open-source products. We utilize technologies such as Git, Docker, PostgreSQL, and ArcGIS Online to deliver visualizations and pertinent information to citizens.

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