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Azavea, George Mason University and Harvard University Present District Builder, an Open Source Web-based Redistricting Application

PHILADELPHIA Feb. 3, 2011 Public Mapping Project Michael P. McDonald George Mason University Micah Altman Harvard University Azavea http://www.publicmapping.org/resources/software the United States

Every ten years, city council, state legislature and congressional district boundaries must be redrawn to reflect the nation’s growing and shifting population. Legislators and political consultants shift district boundaries according to their own political interests, often at the expense of the citizens they represent. The Public Mapping Project’s District Builder enables redistricting authorities to solicit public input and open government watchdog groups to allow the public to generate redistricting plans for their state and localities.  Users select blocks, tracts, counties, or other geographies, and assign them to districts.  As districts are edited, users view demographic information, population count and other statistics.  They can save their plans, share them with others, and generate summary reports.

www.publicmapping.org/resources/software Christopher Newport University Virginia College www.varedistrictingcompetition.org Philadelphia

www.redistrictingthenation.com

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Joyce Foundation Judy Ford Wason Center at Christopher Newport University

About Azavea

Azavea http://www.azavea.com

About the Public Mapping Project

Michael McDonald Micah Altman http://www.publicmapping.org/

SOURCE Azavea

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