Accomplished practitioner, manager, and educator, with a diverse background of academic and public-sector experiences in management of cartographic/geographic data. The unifying theme in my career is geocomputation, which spans computer algorithms, database management, geographic information systems, scientific modeling, cartography and visualization. In addition, I am an experienced project manager, having led numerous database and GIS/mapping activities for DOE, EPA, NOAA, NSF, and USGS as well as private industry; I subsequently served as the Nevada State Cartographer. My academic work focuses on gazetteers, geological maps, and management of data in the geosciences generally.
How do people know, and tell others, where they are in the world? Mostly, they use place-names, which are richly expressive fuzzy fragments of geography, recorded in the original public-participation GIS, a gazetteer. After centuries of indispensable reliable use in conversation and on maps, gazetteers are still remarkably under-studied. By arcane coincidence, the geological maps that I have researched and supported for two decades are the slimmest users of gazetteers, and almost obese users of cartography. Only a geologist could imagine cataloguing over 200 line patterns. Nonetheless, the connection between gazetteers and geological maps runs straight through the mind of GI Science: how do we recognize, delimit, track, and communicate geospatial phenomena.
Hastings, Jordan T. (2019, to appear). â€œAn Implementation of GeMS in Excelâ€. Proceedings of the USGS Digital Mapping Techniques 2019 Workshop, Butte, MT, 20-22 May 2019.Hastings, Jordan T. and Clarke, Keith C. (2018) â€œNew World Geographic Reference System v2 and 3Dâ€, Presentation at NSF/IUCRC Center for Spatiotemporal Thinking, Computing, and Applications (STCenter) IAB meeting 31May -1 June 2018, Fairfax, VA 22030Johnson, J. Michael, Coll, Jim M., Ruess, Paul J., and Hastings, Jordan T., 2018. â€œChallenges and Opportunities for Creating Intelligent Hazard Alerts: The â€˜FloodHippoâ€™ Prototypeâ€. J. of the American Water Resources Assoc., online https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12645USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (2017, in agency-review). â€œGeMS (Geologic Map Schema), version 2.0 â€” a standard format for digital publication of geologic mapsâ€. Ralph A. Haugerud and David R. Soller (Eds) USGS Open-File Report 2017-XXXX. Moisja, Kiira, Oja, TÃµnu, Uuemaa, Evelyn, and Hastings, Jordan T. (2016). â€œCompleteness and classification correctness of features on topographic maps: An analysis of the Estonian basic mapâ€. Trans. in GIS (12 Dec 2016) Online: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tgis.12257/full