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Amy Blatt

Medical Geographer
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A medical geographer and public health advocate, Dr. Amy Blatt stands at the intersection of health, science, and place. She holds a BS in biological sciences from Stanford University and PhD in geography from the University of Cincinnati.

Biography

Amy Blatt, Ph.D., GISP, has over 15 years of research and teaching experience in geography, GIS, and public health, gained at the University of Cincinnati, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and other institutions. She serves as a consultant on advanced geospatial applications and visualizations, and her health research has been favorably reviewed in Nature. As a special theme co-editor of the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research and editorial board member of the Journal of Map and Geography Libraries since 2003, she brings numerous geospatial technologies and applications to a broad audience of professionals through featured articles, interviews, and columns.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Dr. Blatt has published extensively in the fields of geography, science, and public health. She has served as guest editor of a number of academic journals, including the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, and the Journal of Map and Geography Libraries. Her work has been favorably reviewed by her peers, and has served as editor and author of two medical geography texts - "Health, Science, and Place: A New Model" (Springer, 2014) and "Perspectives in Medical Geography" (Routledge, 2012).

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Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Perspectives in Medical Geography - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Journal of Map & Geography Libraries

Open-Access Geospatial Data: Promise and Potential


Published: Aug 05, 2016 by Journal of Map & Geography Libraries
Authors: Amy J. Blatt
Subjects: Geography , Information Science

The landscape of open-access geospatial data is full of promise and potential. Data on everything, everywhere, and at all times is changing the way we view our world, and librarians can help their patrons figure out how good the data are and how ethical it is to use them.

 Journal of Map & Geography Libraries

The Benefits and Risks of Volunteered Geographic Information


Published: May 18, 2015 by Journal of Map & Geography Libraries
Authors: Amy J. Blatt
Subjects: Geography , Health and Social Care, Information Science

An overview of VGI with a focus on possible and real legal implications. Compares the difference between VGI and contributed geographic information, or CGI. This is an extremely useful column on inherent responsibilities for librarians in relation to working with researchers using VGI, with timely reminders about the ethics and privacy issues involved.

 Journal of Map & Geography Libraries

Technological Changes in Maps and Cartography


Published: Sep 11, 2013 by Journal of Map & Geography Libraries
Authors: Amy J. Blatt
Subjects: Geography , Information Science

A review of the major changes in maps and cartography - from traditional map atlases to on-line mapping apps.

Journal of Map & Geography Libraries

Using GIS in emergency management in Chester County, Pennsylvania


Published: May 09, 2012 by Journal of Map & Geography Libraries
Authors: Amy J. Blatt
Subjects: Geography , Information Science

David and Stacey Sekkes are a husband-and-wife team who work in Chester County government, providing their expertise in local geography and GIS to run the Emergency Operations Center(EOC). David coordinates the GIS activities within the DES, while Stacey provides leadership in Chester County GIS Services and coordinates the staffing support for EOC during emergency events. This conversation in this column was compiled over a series of interviews with both David and Stacey during January 2012.

Journal of Map and Geography Libraries

Ethics and privacy issues in the use of GIS


Published: Jan 12, 2012 by Journal of Map and Geography Libraries
Authors: Amy J. Blatt
Subjects: Geography , Information Science

In areas of geography where personal data on individuals are often used (such as medical geography, geodemography, and planning), it is important for map and geography librarians to be aware of ethics and privacy issues in the archiving, cataloguing, and distribution of geospatial datasets containing personal and identifiable information.