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Azavea in the News

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All news is good news, but we had more than our share of the spotlight in April and May!

Drew Griffin of CNN and his crew paid us a visit to interview Robert Cheetham, Abby Fretz and our development team about our work on redistricting and District Builder, the open source web-based redistricting application we built in collaboration with George Mason University’s Public Mapping Project.

That same week, we participated in several events organized by Technically Philly as part of Philly Tech Week. Tamara Manik-Perlman was our ambassador for the launch of, a first-of-a-kind catalog of Philly-centric datasets, while Deb Boyer announced the rollout of PhillyTreeMap, a citizen-driven application for the inventory of Philadelphia’s urban forest based on the OpenTreeMap framework.  Tamara was interviewed by WHYY‘s Shai Ben-Yaacov and the project received accolades from NewsWorks.

Meanwhile, intrigued by our use of Animoto, an easy-to-use video slideshow product, the company contacted Jeremy Heffner to understand how we had been using their software for our marketing purposes, which ended up as a “Business Spotlight” on their website.

And in May, Technically Philly was in our office to interview Deb, Robert and Tamara after the publication of our white paper on  “Implementing Mobile Augmented reality Technology for Viewing Historic Images” (download here at the bottom of the page).

How do we keep track of everything that’s happening in the office, you might ask?  Jeremy and Brian Jacobs have been experimenting with an internal company dashboard that lists our company’s metrics as varied as web traffic on all of our web domains, our tweets, blogs and google alerts, conference room schedules. Most recently, we’ve even beta tested their map widget with our CiceroAPI‘s calls. Very handy to visualize where Cicero’s users are the most active nationwide!