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Polis Director of GeoInformatics Jim Sparks to Speak at 2018 State of Pennsylvania GIS Conference

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

The Polis Center’s Director of Geoinformatics, Jim Sparks will be a keynote speaker at this year’s (2018) GIS conference in the State of Pennsylvania. The conference takes place May 14-16. Sparks will be speaking Tuesday, May 15 from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Sparks is a highly-experienced geospatial information professional recently appointed the Director of GeoInformatics at The Polis Center at IUPUI. He served as Indiana’s first Geographic Information Officer with responsibilities that included the coordination of  statewide geospatial...

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“Ethos and Creativity” Three Decades Later: Art and Race in Indianapolis

Posted on Feb 28, 2018

LaShawnda Crowne Storm, Spirit & Place Community Engagement Director and visual artist, activist, and community builder is participating in a panel March 8 for an IUPUI Africana Studies event, Mari Evans’ “Ethos and Creativity” Three Decades Later: Art and Race in Indianapolis.  The program will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall, 735 West New York Street.  A panel of local artists will consider Mari Evans’ essay’ continuing relevance 30 years later to art, justice, and community.  More...

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Gendered Innovations: Lunch with Londa Shieninger, MA, PhD

Posted on Feb 26, 2018

The IU School of  Medicine Office of Diversity Affairs is hosting a luncheon featuring credited and esteemed Londa Scheinbinger, Ma, Phd.  Dr. Londa Schiebinger will be presenting her work on gender, science, and technology on March 6 from 12-1:30 in the Joseph E. Walther Hall (Room 303) Londa Schienbinger, Ma, PhD is the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University where she directs the EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment project.  Her work has landed her as a...

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The Polis Center at IUPUI Plays Huge Role in New Natural Hazard Mitigation 2017 Interim Report

Posted on Feb 7, 2018

On January 10, 2018, more than a decade after releasing its original report on mitigation, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. The 2017 Interim Report highlights the benefits of two mitigation strategies. The Institute’s project team looked at the results of 23 years of federally-funded mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA,) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),...

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GovLab and NNIP feature IndyVitals as great example of how data helps community planning efforts

Posted on Feb 7, 2018

  IndyVitals makes the news! The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)–a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building–included a case study on SAVI and IndyVitals in a recent website post, Powering Community Participation in Planning for Indianapolis’ Future. It was then picked up by GovLab, (the Governance Lab at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering), which...

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Bold Ideas for Philanthropists to Drive Social Change

Posted on Feb 6, 2018

After all the hard work of conceiving a meaningful global project, researching and confirming partnerships, drafting a proposal, and waiting months for a decision from funding organizations, it can be disheartening to learn you did not receive the grant for a program you felt would make a big difference in the world. But, The Polis Center experienced a very unique “afterglow” during the recent submission process with the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition. “The 100%Change initiative funds a single proposal with a $100...

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London Company Shares How Helps Community Planning Efforts

Posted on Jan 26, 2018

The London-based company, Apolitical, has turned the spotlight on The Polis Center tool, IndyVitals, in a case study published January 2018 on its website. The article explores how IndyVitals provides Indianapolis city planners with data that informs and prompts new ways of thinking that ultimately allows for solutions to complex problems, making Indianapolis a greater place to live and work. “The IndyVitals framework can be implemented relatively easily in other cities,” said author Anoush Durabi, “but requires political...

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Polis Center, City of Indianapolis, GIPC to Receive National Award for IndyVitals

Posted on Oct 23, 2017

The Polis Center at IUPUI, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, are pleased to announce IndyVitals, a geospatial tool that measures the health and sustainability of neighborhood areas in Marion County, has been awarded a prestigious national award for improving the delivery and quality of government services. IndyVitals, a legacy of Plan 2020 built by The Polis Center at IUPUI and powered by the SAVI community information system, is a 2017 recipient of the Exemplary Systems in...

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IndyVitals Named URISA 2017 Enterprise System Category Winner!

Posted on Sep 27, 2017

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has announced recipients of its 2017 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Awards. The award competition recognizes extraordinary achievements in the use of geospatial information technology that have improved the delivery and quality of government services. IndyVitals won in the Enterprise System category, which acknowledges outstanding and working examples of using information system technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process to improve...

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

We were curious to know more about ridership characteristics in Indianapolis, particularly on the heels of the successful vote by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016 to enact a tax dedicated to transit in order to improve the city’s services. We combined information from the recent IndyGo survey with a variety of neighborhood socio-economic factors from the SAVI community information system to better understand how and why certain groups of riders used the service. Our new report provides general audiences with an informed...

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