Join us for the KGS Annual Seminar and meet Keynote Speaker Dr. Sarah Battersby

Join us on May 20 for the Kentucky Geological Survey’s Annual Seminar. The theme of this year’s seminar is “Big Earth Data: Forging A New Future.” Data is the foundation of science and as science grows, so does data. Knowing how to manage, share, and use large collections of data provides the pathway to future breakthroughs. The seminar will be held virtually via Zoom Meeting.

Dr. Sarah Battersby
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sarah Battersby, Principal Research Scientist on the Tableau Research team at Salesforce. Sarah’s primary area of focus is cartography, with an emphasis on cognition. Her work emphasizes how to help everyone visualize and use spatial information more effectively – no advanced degree in geospatial science required. Sarah holds a PhD in GIScience from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a member of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Map Projections and is a Past President of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS).

Dr. Battersby’s presentation is titled, “How people think about maps: Analytics and building trust.” Her talk will focus on the process of analyzing and communicating about spatial patterns. According to Dr. Battersby, “These problems are compounded when we consider that at their core, all maps are wrong in some (sometimes critical) ways.” In this presentation, Dr. Battersby will address some of the technical, design, and analytics challenges that we face in designing spatial analytics tools, as well as consideration of the broader challenges of how people think about maps that make the whole process more challenging—and more interesting.





11:40 AM – 12:00 PM Poster session/networking breakout session
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Introduction Dr. Bill Haneberg
Kentucky Geological Survey
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Haney Distinguished Lecture – Sarah Battersby – “How people think about maps: Analytics and building trust” Dr. Sarah Battersby
Tableau Research Team at Salesforce
1:15 PM – 1:35 PM ESIP: Collaboration to Seed Innovation Dr. Ken Casey
NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information
1:35 PM – 1:45 PM KGS Staff Awards Dr. Bill Haneberg
Kentucky Geological Survey
1:45 PM – 2:05 PM Poster session/networking breakout session
2:05 PM – 2:25 PM “Kentucky’s Contribution to the Modernized National Spatial Reference System (NSRS)” Bryan Bunch
Kentucky Infrastructure Authority and Jeff Jalbrzikowski
NOAA National Geodetic Survey
2:25 PM – 2:45 PM "Mapping Landslide Susceptibility and Risk in Eastern Kentucky" Dr. Matt Crawford
Kentucky Geological Survey
2:45 PM – 3:05 PM Linking environmental exposure and health outcomes: the importance of data coordination Dr. Amy Wolfe
Kentucky Geological Survey
3:05 PM – 3:25 PM Poster session/networking breakout session
3:25 PM – 3:35 PM Closing Remarks Dr. Bill Haneberg
Kentucky Geological Survey
3:35 PM – 4:30 PM KGS Map Blast and continued discussions

*Posters are going to be available online 1 week prior to the event.

Register now for the KGS Annual Seminar

***The seminar is free, but registration is required so we can manage the meeting efficiently. If you’ve already registered, you don’t need to register again. Information about accessing the virtual seminar will be sent to all registrants before May 20.

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Last Modified on 2021-05-06
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