Queen’s University Faculty of Arts and Science researchers Carolyn DeLoyde and Betsy Donald have led the creation of the Kingston IN Focus dashboard website.
It is aimed at capturing helpful --community data in an accessible way. Launched last fall, it contains a wealth of information about the Kingston community from the perspectives of economic and social change, health, mobility, environment, and other sectors of the community. Information contained on the dashboard relies on advanced computing techniques to perform automatic updates whenever new data becomes available, allowing site visitors to reference meaningful information when exploring changes in the landscape of the Kingston area over time.
The project has been a collaborative effort with the City of Kingston, Kingston Economic Development Corporation, The Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) and Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s University, Kingston and Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM), and the Department of Geography and Planning.
The media are invited to attend a virtual webinar via Zoom on Wednesday, January 25 from 11-noon to learn more about the project. A personalized Zoom link will be sent separately, or you can reserve your seat now.
Following the presentation, a Q&A will take place featuring the following experts:
- Carolyn Deloyde, Assistant Professor (Adjunct) Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University
- Craig Desjardins Director, Office of Strategy, Innovation and Partnerships, City of Kingston
- Betsy Donald, Professor, Department of Geography, Queen’s University
- Fernando Hernandez Analytics Developer, Centre for Advanced Computing, Queen’s University
- Jamie McKenzie-Naish, Managing Director, Kingston and Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites (KAM)
“The City of Kingston is grateful for the collaboration with Queen’s researchers, students, and other project partners in advancing access to data and insights on our community. Evidence-based decision making is the hallmark of a leading city. The launch of the community data dashboard will be a critical knowledge resource as our economy emerges from the pandemic and as we use the data insights to inform greater resilience for our collective future.”
- Craig Desjardins, Director, Strategy, Innovation, and Partnerships, City of Kingston
“This project has been exciting for KAM on many different levels. As a lean, non-profit we do not have the resources to produce a data analytics project at this level of complexity and quality on our own – but working in collaboration with Queen’s University, the Centre for Advanced Computing, Kingston Economic Development and City of Kingston, sharing resources and expertise, has been transformative.”
- Jamie McKenzie-Naish, Managing Director, KAM