University of Georgia’s College of Engineering is making some changes to the way it handles data about its graduates, and the implications for the world’s largest research university.
Georgetown University is expanding its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and using geospatial data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) for its graduation survey.
The university’s data collection is currently done through the geospark service, which has already been used for a number of high-profile graduation ceremonies.
But in April, the university and the DOE teamed up to make it possible for students to have access to the SDO data, including a map of where they graduated.
“The ability to create data about people is one of the greatest opportunities for collaboration in the world,” said John Leibowitz, dean of the College of Architecture and Design and one of four members of Georgetown’s Graduate School of Design.
“Our geospacial data is used by hundreds of thousands of students each year, and it can be a powerful tool for identifying students who have potential for leadership in our industry.”
The geospheric data can be used to identify students who may be working in an industry that’s highly relevant to their career.
For instance, Leibowits says, if a geospalker saw a student at the end of the survey, they could find out which industry they studied in and what job they did in it.
“If they’re in an engineering industry, they might have some information about that,” Leibowski said.
“We could use that information to predict who will be a good engineer and who will not be.”
Geospark data also is used to help determine which companies are the most likely to hire graduates, based on their education and background.
And because the survey uses geospatially based data, Leiberowitz said the company is able to determine how the graduates are performing in the industry, based upon their job descriptions and grades.
“We are building out a suite of tools and capabilities that allow us to collect and analyze data in ways that we haven’t had before,” he said.
The University of Florida is using geostatistical data to predict where students will go to college.
In September, the UF System of Higher Education launched the first geosparse student survey, which was intended to give students an idea of where their interests lie.
The survey is also being used by the Florida Institute of Technology to predict the graduation rate of incoming freshmen, and by the University of Houston to determine the overall graduation rate for students who are pursuing degrees in health sciences.
The Geospatial Data Initiative (GDMI), a partnership between Georgetown and the National Science Foundation, will be launching in 2021.
The GDMI will also be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve data collection, use and sharing of data across the federal government.
The GDMI also is working to improve the accuracy of its geospatalization model, which is the model used to predict what geostationary satellites are seeing.
The model can be found at https://geostatistics.ngo.gov/index.php/graphics/geostationaries-geostats-model.
In January, Georgetown launched its first geostats service, a project that lets users see and track what satellites are sending data to Earth.
The service is currently available only to students enrolled at Georgetown.