Philadelphia Joins a Global Open Data Network

Last week we announced that Azavea would represent Philadelphia as a new node in a global network launched in 2013 by the Open Data Institute (ODI).  This is the second group of ODI nodes (the first wave was in October), and Philadelphia joined Seoul, Osaka, Sheffield and Hawaii as new “regional” nodes.  There’s more information about this announcement in the ODI…

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How Open Civic Data is Making Political and Civic Data Easier to Use

A common complaint among civic data consumers is the inconsistency in data formatting, delivery and metadata.  As the producers and data collectors for Cicero, we are keenly familiar with the variability in data organization.  Thankfully, the Open Civic Data project has developed data models and tools that make data more accessible and transferable. One goal…

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Need a Paid Summer Fellowship? Search No More.

Summer of Maps offers $5,000 fellowships to students to perform geographic data (GIS) analysis and visualization in support of the social and civic missions of non-profit organizations. Are you a  student GIS analyst looking for a unique professional experience over the summer? Here is your chance! Student applications will open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, and…

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User Testing Drove Enhancements to Chicago Early Learning

We’re seeing a lot about early learning programs in the news lately, as a political spotlight shines on increasing funding and accessibility for such programs.  A couple of years ago, the forward-thinking Smart Chicago Collaborative retained Azavea to develop a web application, Chicago Early Learning, to serve as a portal for parents to find early learning…

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A photo of our four new staff members

Meet Our New Staff!

We kicked off 2014 with some new faces on the Azavea team.   Laurence Liss joins Azavea as a software developer on the Civic Applications team. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production and Mathematics.  Laurence also has a Master’s degree in Information Science and Technology from Temple University.  He…

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National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting
February 27-March 2, 2014 – Baltimore, MD
Andrew Thompson and Sarah Cordivano will be attending and exhibiting.

GeoPhilly & MathCounts March Meetup: Math & Maps
March 6, 2014 – Azavea
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Event begins at 7:00pm.
This event will feature four 10-minute talks about how folks are using math to solve geospatial problems and other crossovers.

2014 Tri-State Sustainability Symposium
March 7, 2014 – Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
Robert Cheetham will be attending.

2014 Esri International Developer Summit
March 10-13, 2014 – Palm Springs, CA
Matt McFarland will be attending.

2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference
March 13-15, 2014 – Washington, DC
Robert Cheetham and Sarah Cordivano will be attending and exhibiting.

OSGeo » Code Sprint 2014
March 24-28, 2014 – Vienna, Austria
Azavea is a sponsor and Kenny Shepard and Rob Emanuele will be attending.

GeoPhilly Film Screening
April, 9, 2014 – PhillyMOCA
Doors open at 6:30pm. Film begins at 7:00pm.
Short archival films related to mapping, cartography, and planning from as early as the 1940s will be shown.

9th Annual Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference
April 22-23, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA
Several Azavea developers will be attending.