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Data Informatics Program 

The CE3 Data Team regularly creates interactive maps and data visualizations to enhance the presentation information collected and analyzed for applied research projects. Using a combination of geographic information system (GIS) and web applications, the Voinovich School’s GIS, database, and web development units collaborate to create user-friendly, interactive maps that help our clients answer questions about natural resources, infrastructure, business strategy and land use and make decisions using a variety of analysis techniques and data from many different sources. How the data is modeled in a database has huge implications for the sustainability of a system, the effectiveness of that system, and your return on investment. Based on our experience and lessons learned from past projects, we have developed dynamic queries, GeoVisualization, DynamicMap, TreeBrowser, ViewTogether Visualization, AttractionFinder, and a variety of widgets to present, search, browse, filter, and compare rich information spaces.

Our knowledge and extensive experience with handling complicated data has helped our partners and clients throughout the region and across the country. For example, the Data Team has developed a data model that integrates geospatial and other types of data to help industries solve specific problems. The team additionally specializes in rendering complex information and location-based data into visually pleasing, easy to use, and understandable forms, so information can be used to make strategic business decisions. Our diverse set of clients includes county engineers, auditors, and planners; city engineers and planners; state and federal government agencies; environmental organizations; universities; utilities; and private companies.

Point of Contact

Taeil Kim
Computer Software Design Specialist
Ohio University Voinovich School


Example Projects

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Ohio Shale Development Community Impact Survey

The Voinovich School is conducting the first of what is anticipated to be a longitudinal investigation of the impact of shale development activities on communities in eastern Ohio. The report is based on the results of surveys conducted with local officials across 17 Ohio counties. The findings include what types of shale development activities are being reported and how shale development has impacted local populations, housing, public safety, infrastructure, employment, environment and the local economy. To learn more about the project, click here. For more information, contact Robin Stewart at ce3@ohio.edu.

Tags: Data,Land,Shale

Appalachian Housing Initiative Report

As part of a project funded by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research and Strategic Planning and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, the Voinovich School in 2012 examined the ongoing impact of shale development on rental housing availability and cost and on homelessness in Carroll County and four contiguous counties. The findings show that demand for affordable housing has risen significantly. The influx of shale workers, limited availability of affordable housing in the county for residents, and housing per diems provided to temporary workers, have enabled rental market prices to climb. Additional factors have led to a strain on the existing housing infrastructure. The project is intended to help the Agency choose Ohio communities to monitor long-term. Click here for more information.

Tags: Data,Policy,Shale

Appalachian Ohio’s Open Geographic Information System Web Access

The Appalachian Ohio’s Open Geographic Information System Web Access project will help counties in southeastern Ohio to more effectively create and manage their parcel data. The project will create a shared web mapping service allowing counties to publish their data online and make it available to the public. This will allow citizens, as well as public and private interests, to have access to the data for real estate, investment, and economic development purposes, and more.

Tags: Data,Land