Writer: Margaret Blanchard
The Institute of Government is hosting a webinar about innovations in data analytics and data visualization and their use in local government on Thursday, Oct. 27. The hourlong event will begin at 11 a.m.
The webinar, an effort of the institute’s Georgia Data Innovation Hub, will focus on tools to help local governments interact with important information such as sales tax distribution and census data. It is designed for those interested in data analytics, visualization, data driven decision-making, program evaluation, GIS, or predictive analytics.
Presenters include Tommy Pearce, executive director of Neighborhood Nexus, a regional information system based in Atlanta that provides data, tools and expertise to create more equitable and livable communities for all of the region’s citizens. Participants will learn about a free tool available from Neighborhood Nexus to find, visualize, analyze and export community data. The tool allows users to explore neighborhoods, census tracts, zip codes, cities and counties across the state of Georgia.
The Institute’s Emily Franklin, a fiscal analyst and data scientist who manages the Institute’s Georgiadata.org resource and data sets, also will present on “Visualizing Local Government Data.” Participants will learn how sales tax distribution and other local government data are downloaded, transformed and visualized through software such as R and Qlik for Georgiadata.org, a resource developed and maintained by the Institute of Government.
The mission of the Georgia Data Innovation Hub is to convene, train, and provide technical assistance to raise the capabilities of government employees doing data analytics, data visualization, and predictive analytics.