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The Geospatial Approach: Bridging Science and Community Development

November 04, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Miriam Olivares
Department of Geography & College of Architecture Texas A&M University

Geospatial Coordinator


Geospatial technologies were originally designed as a mean to integrate diverse information and factors necessary to be considered for sound decision-making. The same utilitarian approach holds when science appears too complex for the common citizen; geospatial technology may be used to bridge the communication gap between experts delivering sophisticated information and databases to people who need the information for decision-making on their business or operations realm. This seminar will showcase case studies from a fisherman village to the Texas border community, from climate change scholars to the agriculture community, from science to inform communities from crime. Join this discussion on how geospatial technologies make easy to understand and visualize critical data that change the course of development among communities. Learn how web-mapping services can help not only to untangle intricate information to deliver easy-to-use and visualize data services but also becomes a means to organize and connect real-time or historic data through their spatio-temporal dimension.


Miriam Olivares is the Geospatial Coordinator for the Department of Geography and the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Her primary role is to promote and support geospatial initiatives across Texas A&M University, including teaching, research and outreach. Previously, as the GIS Coordinator at the Map & GIS Library, she provided expertise and advice on how to integrate geospatial technology into interdisciplinary research in dozens of fields of study within the Texas A&M System. She also led the development of the GIS services, outreach program, data and web mapping development, and other geospatial initiatives. During her tenure, the Map and GIS Library was awarded the Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award due to their contribution to the GIS technology. Olivares has utilized geospatial technology to bridge science and community development in the U.S. and Mexico. Prior to her career in the United States, she had over a decade of experience as an architect in Mexico, planning and designing low-income housing communities, among other commercial and residential projects. She is working towards a doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Sciences, her dissertation focuses in spatial-based policies and crime deterrence. Olivares earned a Certificate in Business (2004) and a Master of Science in Land Development (2002) from Texas A&M University. She holds a Bachelor in Architecture with emphasis on Urban Planning (1988) from Monterrey Tech in Mexico.


November 4, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Koldus Room 110