Who We Are…

The Public Mapping Project is comprised of a coalition of people who believe that democracy works best when the public is engaged. The software development is guided by principles for transparency and public participation in redistricting articulated by our advisory board. We describe the project's concept in a Washington Post opinion editorial.

Principal Investigators

The principal investigators of the project are Dr. Michael McDonald and Dr. Micah Altman.

Associate Professor, George Mason University; non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Senior Research Scientist, Harvard University; non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Software Development Partners

Azavea, a certified B-Corporation lead by lead by Robert Cheatham (president), believes in the power of technology to improve communities and our planet. Since 2001, we have been stretching the possibilities of geospatial technology and contributing to the open source community. Azavea has lead sponsored development of DistrictBuilder and contributed its own effort.

As an open-source project, we are indebted to the numerous people who have contributed to the open-source tools we use. We have been fortunate to work with people from around the globe.

Deployment Partners 

Organizations Using Our Software in 2010

Founding Advisory Board

Our advisory board includes representation from persons affiliated with both major political parties, non-profit organizations interested in redistricting reform and voting rights, and persons affiliated with official government redistricting authorities.

Funding Support

The Public Mapping Project has received grants from: