The Library of Congress is having a conference tomorrow, and since it will be virtual for GIS Day, anyone can attend! The Geography and Map Division is bringing together a panel of experts, on Wednesday Nov 18th, who are at the forefront of using GIS to track and fight the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Mapping a Pandemic: Cases, Traces and Mutations, will take place tomorrow in honor of GIS Day 2020 and National Geography Week.
Experts from Johns Hopkins University and ESRI will be joining to discuss the geospatial and genomic data being used to understand the pandemic and examine how mapping and GIS technologies are helping public health officials, emergency rooms, epidemiologists and the public grasp the spread of the disease and decide on allocation and distribution of precious resources, like vaccines.
For epidemiologists, studying the virus and its evolution and mutations, not to mention thinking about the distribution of potential vaccines, the pandemic has inspired widespread use of GIS, and new geospatial machine and deep learning technologies. Scientists and public health officials are relying on these new mapping and computational methods to understand the viruses spread and on new visualization techniques developed by cartographers to track the geospatial dynamics of its mutations.
Dr. Este Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer at ESRI
The Role of GIS in Fighting the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic
Ensheng Dong, Center for System Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Historic First: Mapping the Pandemic in Real Time
Mike Schoelen, ESRI Health and Human Services
Driven by GIS: A Resilient Supply Chain for COVID-19
John Hessler, Library of Congress & Johns Hopkins University
More Than Just Cases: Mapping the Mutations of SARS-CoV-2
These presentations will premiere on Nov 18, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST), with closed captions on both the Library’s YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/loc/ and on the Library of Congress website at https://www.loc.gov/collections/event-videos/. The presentation will be available for viewing afterwards at those sites.
For more information see the Library of Congress Events Calendar or Press Release below: