Draw the Line Midwest

December 31st, 2010  |  Published in Work

Open source mapping software allowed users to view state and federal legislative districts and draw their own district plans during the 2010 redistricting process.

Role

Integrating developer

Details

I deployed and customized instances of the open source District Builder software for a number of Midwestern states.  Users could view existing districts or create new district maps based on block and tract census geographies.  Some instances provided a platform for competitions to see if users could create more balanced district plans based on political, racial and population demographics.

In order to minimize hosting costs, the instances were deployed on a single server with resources provisioned to virtual hosts using VMWare.  In addition to the provisioning and hosting, I provided data preprocessing and cleaning in order to add additional demographic data to use to evaluate district plans.