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Data in the ATL: Spring 2018

Data in the ATL

#DataInTheATL is a speaker series hosted by Georgia State University Library that connects the university community with prominent members of the Atlanta data community. Invited speakers show the importance of data science in making informed decisions and how they use data analysis and expertise in their daily work.

Location: CURVE, Georgia State University Library, 2nd floor of Library South, 103 Decatur Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Map it.

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Hanah Goldberg​Hanah Goldberg
Director of Research
GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students

 Hanah's slides pdf

Hanah is an educator and researcher who directs research initiatives for GEEARS, a non-profit organization established to help business, civic, and government leaders maximize the economic return on Georgia's investments in early care and learning. Through her work with GEEARS, she has helped develop a suite of online data tools, the Readiness Radar, which allows citizens and other decision makers to explore a range of information relevant to early childhood and school readiness in Georgia. Most recently, she and colleagues launched the ATL ACCESS Map, which visualizes supply, demand, and gaps related to child care in the metro area. Hanah is a graduate of Emory University, with a master’s in early childhood education and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Georgia State. More about Hanah Goldberg.


Friday, March 23, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Katherine ZitschKatherine Zitsch
Director, Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Manager of Natural Resources, Atlanta Regional Commission

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A professional environmental systems engineer, Katherine has more than 20 years of water resources experience in areas of regional water planning, water and wastewater treatment, storm water, water reuse, and water conservation. Providing leadership for the 15-county Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, she and her colleagues use data to look at water management in a holistic fashion, protecting water quality and supply for the District and downstream communities as well. She has championed the metro area's interests in the tri-state water dispute as well as the implementation of the Metropolitan River Protection Act, protecting a corridor along the Chattahoochee River for future generations. Katherine is intimately involved in using data to project future water supply needs for the metropolitan Atlanta region and then working to ensure water supply is available to meet those needs. She earned her B.S. in civil engineering and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University.


Friday, April 13 New Date: April 27, 2018 | 11:00-12:30

Debra LamDebra Lam
Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation
Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), Georgia Tech

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In this newly-created role at Georgia Tech, Debra drives smart cities and urban innovation happening in Atlanta and beyond. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance in which she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance, and innovation functions of city government. She also crafted that city's first strategic plan for innovation, the Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. She is a founding leader of the MetroLab Network, a city-university collaborative for urban innovation, of which the City of Atlanta, Georgia State University, and Georgia Tech are members. Debra has lived and worked in cities around the world and as is a graduate of Georgetown University, with master's in public policy, sustainable development from the University of California, Berkeley. More about Debra Lam.

For more information

Contact Bryan Sinclair 
Associate Dean, Public Services

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#DataInTheATL Objectives:

  • Introduce students to possible careers in data science

  • Increase connections and partnerships with the Atlanta data community

  • Promote University Library efforts in supporting research and data services

  • Share expertise and promote knowledge