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Data in the ATL: Spring 2019

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 15, 2019 | 11:00-12:30

Thomas PriceMaking Data Accessible and Understandable
with Thomas Price, Data Strategist, Atlanta Public Schools

As a Data Strategist for Atlanta Public Schools, Thomas Price (M.A., GSU, 2015) works extensively with data visualization, statistical modeling, and data analysis consulting. He strives to make data more accessible and understandable with the goal of applying data-based strategies that improve educational outcomes for APS. His experience also includes work on K-12 education policy for the state of Georgia and instructional support for GSU's Department of Economics. He holds an M.A. in Economics from GSU's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a B.A. in Government & Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Presently, he is a Strategic Data Project Agency Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 11:00-12:30

Karen CramerEmpowering Non-Profits Through Data
with Karen Cramer, Director of Performance Measurement, TechBridge, Inc.

TechBridge is an ATL-based non-profit organization whose mission is to help other non-profits be more impactful through technology and data. At TechBridge, Karen helps organizations define and implement their data strategy in order to better realize their missions and goals. She is passionate about data sharing and building data collaboratives across the broader non-profit community that allow for the better coordination of services and the matching of service demand and capacity. Among her recent accomplishments, Karen co-founded the non-profit Helping Mamas, a baby supplies bank in the metro area and winner of United Way Atlanta's 2015 Spark Prize. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University and M.S. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 11:00-12:30

Pat WarnerTracking Storms and Real-Time Data at Waffle House
with Pat Warner, Director of PR and External Affairs, Waffle House, Inc.

Waffle House prides itself on keeping its 1,900+ locations open 24/7, 365 days a year – even through hurricanes and natural disasters. When a Waffle House goes offline, something major has probably happened in that community. This is why the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses something called the “Waffle House Index” to determine the extent of damage or flooding in an area once a storm hits. The company has established its own Waffle House Storm Center where team members track the latest models from the National Hurricane Center and match them against restaurant locations, providing an indication of impact on those locations and how and where to stage their response teams. As Director of PR and External Affairs, Pat Warner uses data to tell the Waffle House story and help get resources where they can do the most good. Pat has over 19 years of experience in communications at Waffle House and earned his B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University.

Data in the ATL 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

For more information

Contact Bryan Sinclair, Associate Dean, Public Services,

Need help with your own data? Our Research Data Services Team assists the Georgia State community with quantitative, qualitative, business, and spatial/GIS data.