Mapping Non-Levee Embankments in Indiana

The Geoinformatics team at The Polis Center is renowned for its expertise in hazard risk mapping, analysis, and mitigation planning. Over the years, we have successfully developed GIS based Risk Assessments and DMA 2000 Mitigation Plans and led FEMA Risk MAP planning and mapping activities throughout Indiana. These projects identified flood risks often associated with dams and “levee like”...
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New report finds disturbing gaps in life expectancy in Central Indiana communities

SAVI Community Information System in partnership with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI recently produced a report that highlights significant gaps in life expectancy within Central Indiana communities. Worlds apart Two communities that are both situated within the Indianapolis metropolitan area and separated by only 28 miles are in reality worlds apart. One sits in a...
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Geographic Information Officer: What it is and Why your State Needs One

A Geographic Information Officer (GIO)–sometimes called a chief information officer or data manager–is responsible for managing geospatial data and related applications, such as GIS. At the state-level, a GIO’s role is essential for effectively coordinating data activities at all levels of government, higher education, and with the private sector. “Establishing a...
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Spirit & Place Festival director named “IUPUI Inspirational Woman”

The IUPUI Office for Women has awarded Pam Blevins Hinkle, director of Spirit & Place Festival, “IUPUI Inspirational Woman” in its staff category. “It’s an honor to be recognized along so many talented women,” Blevins Hinkle said. “It’s a celebration of all the remarkable women within the IUPUI community.” The announcement came at the reception for IUPUI’s 2015 Women’s...
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David Bodenhamer publishes new book

The Polis Center’s Executive Director David Bodenhamer shares his expertise in spatial humanities in a recently published book, Deep Maps and Spatial Humanities. Part of the IU Press Series on Spatial Humanities, the book appeared in February 2015 and features essays that investigate deep mapping and the spatial narratives that stem from it. A deep map is a detailed, multimedia depiction...
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