The Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal is an initiative of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Pennsylvania State University. It annually recognizes outstanding individuals, groups, and organizations that produce exceptional innovations to further democracy in the United States or around the world.
Micah Altman and Michael P. McDonald unveil the Public Mapping Project, which developed DistrictBuilder, an open-source software redistricting application designed to give the public transparent, accessible, and easy-to-use online mapping tools. As they show, the goal is for all citizens to have access to the same information that legislators use when drawing congressional mapsand use that data to create maps of their own.
About the Author
Micah AltmanisDirector of Researchat theProgram on Information Sciencefor the MIT Libraries. He has authored more than seventy articles, a half-dozen open-source software packages, and several books and monographs correcting computational errors in the social sciences. Michael P. McDonald is Associate Professor ofPolitical Science at the University of Floridaand a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at theBrookings Institution.He is a coprincipal investigator on thePublic Mapping Project. Widely published in scholarly journals and law reviews, he is coauthor with Micah Altman and Jeff Gill of Numerical Issues in Statistical Computing for the Social Scientist.
Table of Contents
2. A History of Public Mapping
3. Planning for Public Mapping
5. Public Mapping and Redistricting Reform
About the Authors